Awww, don't feel guilty! No one on your list needs
to get a hand knitted item. They'd all appreciate it of course, but worst case scenario, you just buy them something instead, right? (and Merry Christmas to you
, as you re-appropriate all that yarn!
But as far as reading and knitting, these two things are definitely
born to go hand in hand. I originally taught myself to knit w/o looking precisely so I could read at the same time, but in fact I rarely do it, I find it cumbersome. I much prefer to simply get Audio books! (I LOOOOOVE knitting to Audio Books. Truly addictive.)
This isn't the most modern collection of audio books, but this site has a bunch of free ones:
I'm a Sherlock Holmes fan. I've probably listened to every one of the ones they have, and they have a bunch.