This year, because I have suffered from cold hands at work the last two years, I decided to take a quick time-out to make myself a pair of fingerless gloves:
The pattern is Woven Fingerless Gloves by Laura Eckel, from the book One Skein Sock Yarn Wonders, edited by Judith Durant, that I borrowed from the library. (I like to see if a pattern book has multiple patterns I would make before I invest money in it. This was the first project I attempted from the book, and it came out great.)
I found this beautiful blue-green yarn at my favorite local yarn shop - it's from Birch Hill Studios, a little-known yarn-dyeing studio in Mason, NH whose owner works part-time at the yarn shop I frequent. (And who attempted to - unsuccessfully - teach me crochet.) So you can imagine my delight when I found out that I could show my finished product to the very person who selected the color scheme. We had a discussion about how she needed to dye more yarn and get it into the shop, to which I agreed wholeheartedly. The yarn is sock yarn, and I love how they came out. They're soft with beautifully blended colors.
Even though my office building has the furnace running, I've been wearing them regularly at work because I like them so much. I especially like that I was able to squeeze them into an otherwise crowded knitting season focused solely on other people.