I was looking for holiday gift ideas that fell into the "quick, ornate, and easy" category and I realized that Fetching, Cheryl Niamath's clever fingerless gloves featured on Knitty, was perfect. I just finished a pair with the leftover yarn from the Briar Rose poncho.
Fetching is a perfect holiday idea because it takes very little yarn; it can be adapted to just about any yarn (for all of you one skein stashers); you can add or take away any fussy cables and you can attach embellishments like beads and buttons. I just finished one mitt done with Rowan's Cashsoft DK, I have to do the thumb still. That's another thing, you can skip the thumb if you want - even faster!
Here are a few skeins for future Fetchings
What would be my dream pair? This stuff
Believe it or not I bought several skeins 2 years ago to make the Scarf Style's cabled felted scarf. I've been too chicken to try it, afraid I'd screw up the felting part. Maybe I'll just make cushy mitts with them. You'll know who my giftees are by the way they walk around touching their faces!