I liked the first pair of these mitts so much that I did another pair in Malibrigo Rios and have decided I really like that yarn. Recently I saw a pair of mittens from this pattern that had been embroidered in the area by the thumb and want to try that sometime using a plain-colored yarn. BTW, the free pattern is Maize and available on Ravelry. It's quick and easy.
This prayer shawl isn't a Christmas gift, but it's headed off to a friend who's having cancer surgery tomorrow. I hope she knows how much we love her and wish her the best. Beat wishes to all of you, too, for a very nice holiday. Merry Christmas!