I've also started on my christmas gifts! Tuesday, I casted on a pair of fingerless gloves for a friend. I'm using Swish DK yarn from Knitpicks in the color whirlpool. I'm starting with a basic tube on size 5 circular needles and will later make a single thumb hole when I decide that they are long enough. This allows them to fit on either hand. (No left or right confusions with the pattern!) She has much longer arms than I do, so I'll be making these to fit slightly past my own elbow.