Time to face facts:
It's December 4th.
In 20 days, I will be past the point of knitting anything for anybody.
It takes me an average of 30 days to come up with a pair of socks, to say nothing of the other 5 or 6 things I'm supposed to be knitting for presents.
I can't knit socks for my likely-to-enjoy-handknit-socks friend.
I can however substitute a hat out of qiviut:
Let's just hope I have enough qiviut in the stash!