I'm way ahead with this present! My DS birthday isn't until October, but I'm glad that's out of the way. I'm not made for knitting several projects at once! I forgot to take notes when I knit the first sock, and making another pair in between the first and the second sock didn't help at all. They may appear to be identical, but upon closer inspection you can see some differences. It would not be a problem would they be for myself, but I'm not quite sure how DS will react. He's a bit obsessive, but I don't know if this goes for socks too.
I'm knitting this shawl, because I've committed to the KAL, but I'd rather knit mittens, hats, and another cardigan for myself. Oh, yes, I'm already plotting and planning in my head, and even found some yarn in my stash. Would love to swatch for it, but must (enjoy) shawl knitting first.