I am a fan of warm hands. A gentleman in shop last week informed me that it isn't necessarily that I am negatively charged (as one darling husband may have asserted) but the fact that women generally have colder hands than men is the reason I have a hard time getting my touch devices to respond consistently. That is nice to know! And further justification for all of the fingerless mitts in my life. So, of course, I think that knits (and crochets- wait, you know what I mean) for hands are a great gift. Not only can most be accomplished with 50-100 grams of yarn, but they can be as complicated or simply constructed as you like. Mitts are a fabulous palette for color play in the making and the embellishing! Beads, embroidery, needle felting... really, you have bits and pieces in your stash to incorporate and mash up and elaborate the humble, practical mitt into coveted gift. I think it is super important to remember as we are digging through our stashes to be open to the mixing and matching of friendly yarns. Carry a mohair along with a wool, add stripes into a pattern that is plain, make coordinating but not matching mitts! (that is a heretical statement in our house. ask me sometime about Erika's socks) Here's a link to our Favorites Bundle of Hands. My personal faves: Last Minute Mittlets - chunky/bulky and so fast. I love them for myself and gifting. I make many of these every year even though I tell myself that I'm not going to... Don't have a chunky in your stash? How about holding multiple strands- fingering and dk? worsted and lace weight mohair? dk doubled? just check your gauge and go! X-Mitts- written for both Fingering and Worsted, knit flat or in the round. This pattern is awesome for a hand-dyed yarn. Fun for the knitter is key! Kwolek- sport weight and designed by Helena, one of our favorite designers and member of the Oink Pigments dye team. And considering how crazy popular the days are when she visits in shop, you have some Oink Pigments yarn in your stash (we have some in shop if you need a refresher). This pattern works well with solids or hand-dyes or a mixture. Again, fun to make!