aka The Accidental Knitting Spree
Step 1: Decide not to knit Christmas gifts.
Step 2: Have oh so talented sister (OMG, I hadn't looked at her site in a while - isn't that fabulous???) make an oh, so reasonable request. You see, she gets cold hands. And she's a flutist. Which means she needs finger dexterity (which standard "fingerless" mitts tend to hamper), and a colour she can wear in the orchestra pit. Which would be black.
Not being one to leave well enough alone, I added my own personal experience - you have fingerless mitts on already, and you are heading outside. Seems silly to take them off to add regular gloves - and having tried to shove mine into isotoners, I thought how cute it would be to have mitten toppers for the fingerless mitts.
Bike Helmet Earmuffs for my serious mountain biker, ecoconscious, also chilly sister. Reclaimed yarn, free pattern, what's there for her not to love? Finished just under the wire ("the wire" being the day we picked her up from the airport - so I guess I did have a couple of days of wriggle room, really!).
Lavish Flap Hat . You see how I get myself into these messes?? And then in the end, how happy I am to have ended up there?