I thought that recreating my friends in doll effigy form would be a good (and cheap) idea for Xmas gifts this year. I'm doing four in total (two couples) and here is my first finished doll -- my dear friend Joanne. The effect is somewhat lost if you don't know her, but I swear it looks just like her.
I used the Knit Your Own Rock Star pattern (loosely), basing Jo here on Joan Jett.
The painful details can be found on my blog: http://www.elizaboothy.blogspot.com