I know what you mean about 'finally making something for yourself'.. I noticed when I was putting photos in ravelry.. that almost everything that I had made last year was knitted for others.. (and I didn't even take photos of everything that I knitted)
My goal this year.. 'make more items' for myself. HOWEVER, I have already knitted a few things (for others) since 2008 .. oh, yes, I do remember one item that I knitted for myself- a small knitted Christmas ornament.
At least.. it's a start!
I am going to try to do better.. and I am currently working on a simple scarf for myself.
I think it will look great to have all sorts of winter gear out of the same yarn.. that way, you can wear as much as you need/want.