I have some of last year's FOs to show you, as well as the first FO of 2009. Two of them were compelled by the loss of my Natalya Mitts. I had worn them to school and left them in the classroom at the end of the day. One of my co-teachers picked them up and left them for me in a spot where I would find them. It turns out someone else found them first, and I was left fingerless gloveless.
I made these in one day, because I needed something to wear outside!
They're knit with Rowan Felted Tweed on size 2.5 needles, I think I had 48 stitches. I did some ribbing at the ends, and a simple stockinette tube in between. I did make two thumb holes. One the allows me to use my fingers, and another that allows me to warm my fingers.
The look a little funny, and my thumb get a little cold, but they were functional and it only took a day to knit them.
After finishing up these, I knit up a Christmas gift for one of the teachers I work with. We go outside a lot with the children, and having something to cover our hands is quite important!
Pattern: Juniper Mitts (Rav link)
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers Abundance
Needles: US 7
Time to Knit: December 5-11
Modifications: I cast on fewer stitches than suggested and added a gusseted thumb instead.
I love these mitts and I totally thought about keeping them for myself. Fortunately, this teacher has almost exactly the same taste as me (we have the same jacket, dress, and 2 different vests, all bought separately!) (they're all different colors, thank goodness), so I knew she would love them too.
And finally, since I needed a longer-term solution to the no-fingerless-gloves problem, I knit myself a pair of these.
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Tess Supersock & Baby (green), and Socks that Rock LIghtweight in Tanzanite
Needles: US 1
Time to Knit: Dec 23 - Jan 4
I do love colorwork, and so I made a little chart and set off. They were fun to knit, and I think I have enough yarn left over to make a Selbu Modern (pdf) for me!