My poor mom not only doesn't have a stash, she doesn't have many knitted things either. I think she's made herself one sweater in the last twenty years and the rest has come from me. And we all know by now how slow a knitter I am!
Last year, I tried to tempt her with the Peaks Island hooded scarf. I still haven't seen her wear it. Mom has a 'thing' about hats -- she likes them and tries on everyone that passes her way -- but she ends up hating them all. Just on her, mind, not in general. The only thing she does seem to wear on her head in the winter is an ancient fleece headband. I am so ready to see that thing go, I was even willing to knit during December.
Calorimetry. It's a buttoned, wedge shaped headband and a quick knit despite the short row shaping. I did it out of some South African Fine merino I spun up last year in blues and greens. This yarn was my first try with merino and it's about a worsted weight for the most part, a bit of marled barberpole, and just a very few too twisty bits.
I had over half of my 4 ounces left over so I also knitted her up a pair of matching Fetching mitts.
Mom suffers from carpal tunnel and welcomes a bit of extra warmth on her wrists in the winter. These are short enough not to interfere with knitting but long enough to cover the gap from finger to sleeve. I've actually seen her wear these so I know these are a success. They're also a very quick and fun knit so I'm likely to make these up again, given I have enough small amounts of handspun lying around now.
Next up, slippers... and I didn't knit them.