I've heard from the Alaska mom about her boys' color and item preferences. So I'm ditching any thoughts of scarves, since they apparently won't wear them. It's going to be hats and mittens, though I am not planning to knit the mittens; those will probably be courtesy of Lands' End.
OK, hats. Favorite colors: for the 2yo, anything is good; for the 6yo, blue or green, which I'd already thought about, since he's a pale blond with very pretty blue eyes. But for the 6th grader - black or orange? Oy. Black, IMO the hardest to knit with (vision difficulties), and orange, my least favorite color of all. This will be tough. On the up side, hats go fast! I'm off to browse the Lambs' Pride Superwash colors.
As for progress on seamen's scarf #1, here it is. I'm not getting a lot of knitting done the last couple of days; too scattered, I guess. The 15in of neckline ribbing is done and the two ends are moving along. The ends need to be about 15in long each. I'm happy with the texture; this is nice now and will be still better with just a bit of blocking, enough to separate the vertical elements.