I finished the Komi mittens for Thomas.
When Niklas saw me knitting them he wanted "the same mittens" but with green as the main color. In the end I was worried I would run out of dark blue and green yarn. I had knitted all four mittens and then still had to do all four thumbs. But luckily I had enough yarn.
The pattern is the Mitten #6 from Mostly Mittens by Charlene Schurch. I used Cascade 220 yarn, the dark blue and green was leftover yarn, I just had to buy the blue yarn. I knitted with 3 mm needles and they are a bit dense, but I think it makes them warmer. I had not knitted two-color mittens before, but the Komi mitten patterns are very nice and I am considering knitting a pair for myself.
After the mittens I cast on for one of my Christmas gifts. They are socks in the Embossed Leaves sock pattern from Interweave (also in the Favorite Socks book). I had knitted socks in that pattern before for myself, but the yarn was variegated and the pattern didn't show very well. This time I chose almost solid-colored Colinette Jitterbug in dark green. The pattern shows much better. I enjoy knitting this pattern and also the yarn which I purchased immediately after I finished Colinette socks for me. So with yarn I love and a pattern that is easily memorized I hope to have these finished soon and then mail them off to Germany.