There are lots of reasons to knit here in Colorado. Cold shoulders, cold heads, cold hands. Regarding cold hands, I have knit several pairs of fingerless mitts. I often wear them over gloves. In the winter, I need multiple layers. This spring, I finished my first pair of gloves. They were warm enough then, since they were wool. It will be fun to see how far they will take me this fall before I have to reach for another layer, or for the more extreme days, my ski gloves.
I followed the pattern from Knitting with Beads by Jane Davis, but I had to adjust the gauge. The Tesoro yarn I bought from JoAnn's knitted up at a larger gauge than the suggested worsted weight. Even though I knit it tightly, on size 6 needles instead of the size 10s recommended for the Tesoro. I even used size 5s for the fingers, but still got fewer stitches per inch. As you might imagine, as tightly as they were knit, the gloves are quite warm. However, the Tesoro yarn remained soft and comfy. I have enough left for a hat and a scarf, but am still debating patterns.
I used some iridescent blue beads i had left over from a beading project. They were just big enough to fit over the yarn. The cable is my favorite cable so far. Once I started that section, I could stop until I finished--it was so much fun! The fingers, they were not so fun. I may stick to fingerless mitts from now on.