This is the year; handwarmers ... fingerless mitts ... wrist warmers ... flip top mittens.
I really want to knit for myself right now also. Those gray ones maybe? In another color?? And I really want a sweater or vest or ... maybe a hat for myself. I'm constently distracted as you see.
I swatched (don't snicker, I really do swatch once in awhile but only if it's to be worn & needs to fit right) for a sweater or vest or something like that ...
And yes, I cast on before stopping myself and refocusing on the Christmas gift knitting again.
I did knit at least one scarf in the bunch. (BTW, all patterns above are listed on my Ravelry page)