My birthday was at the end of February, and my mom gave me a knitting kit she assembled herself: a skein of hand-dyed yarn (naturally dyed with madder) that she got while she was travelling earlier in the month, and a choice of three fingering-weight shawl patterns. I chose one of the patterns ("Happenstance") and cast on. It's moving pretty quickly - this is what it looked like at the end of my seminars just over a week ago, and it's grown quite a bit since then.
The yarn is a single-ply merino-silk blend, and it has a really beautiful sheen. I think this is going to be a really lovely shawl once it's finished and blocked out!