OMG -- your parents are adorable!
Late on posting, as I was at Stiches West! I am Jill form Santa Rosa --In Northern California and I am a sockaholic. I love yarn clubs -- the whole element-of-surprise thing. I love it all and it's easier to have someone suprise me (and cheeper).
I have been knitting for almost 3 year and sock for 1 and really enjoy it. Working on my first lace project and it been fun as well.