Here I am sitting amid the ocean waves and sunshine of 80+ degree Southern California knitting winter hats and mittens. I will not lose hope that the Fall weather will come, even if it's some time in March. Forget about Winter.
My latest quick project was Gauntlet Mittens, by Kris Percival in her book Speed Knitting. There are actually a lot of cool projects in this book (just remember that "speed" doesn't necessarily mean "one skein") and I've there are few more things I'll be knitting from it in the next few weeks.
I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, with size 13 circular needles for the cuffs and size 11 DPNs for the mitten itself. One pair of these takes me about three hours. I modified the pattern to shorten the cuffs and also measured the sections of my hands (cuff to thumb, then fingers) because the first mitten I knit according to the measurements in the pattern it was a bit too small.
I have to admit I used to hate Thick & Quick, but now I kind of love it. It comes in some lovely colors this season and it's very soft. Also, quick knit projects suit me very, very well, as instant gratification takes too long for me (line stolen from Postcards from the Edge).