I also have been working on the secret gift knitting project for my nephew's birthday - here is the first blobby piece that I've knit so far in a very hard-to-photograph bright red (aka, the only color he deems acceptable these days). Any guesses what I'm making?
I'm signed up for the next 3 months of the Fiberista Club and got my first shipment last week - a mini-skein pack of Cheshire Cat merino fingering from Wonderland Yarns in a specially-dyed colorway (Roger's Park, which is near where I used to live here in Chicago). Naturally, I couldn't resist diving in to start a new project with them; the club suggested 3 knitting patterns and 1 crochet pattern for this yarn, and after some deliberation I decided to cast on for the Sail Shawl, which is available for free here on Ravelry. It's total potato-chip knitting - it was a huge motivator to keep going til I reached the next colorblock section. I just started the third colorblock section, so here's hoping this is another fast project!