One day before Thanksgiving, a friend was at the high school subbing. As she was supervising her class in the computer lab, she was working on a cable-knit baby blanket. I oohed and ahhed over her handiwork and she gave me a short lesson on how easy it was to knit cables. She doesn't use the special cable needle, here's a link to a blog and youtube video that will show you how: http://www.theknittingscotsman.com/knitting-lab/video-lesson-how-to-knit-a-cable-without-a-needle/
Over Thanksgiving break, I whipped up a few "mug cozies". These are very quick to make and once I got the hang of it, I adapted a few different patterns that I'd found online to create my own 'look'. If you are interested in the pattern, let me know and I'll post it or email it to you!
I was able to turn out a mug cozy in about an hour and a half, and I didn't buy any yarn, I just used left overs.
My sister wanted some leg warmers for Christmas, so I did some research online and then, again, came up with my own pattern. I don't fully understand how to knit in the round, so I just knitted these on straight needles and then sewed a seam. I'm not 100% satisfied with how the seam turned out, but Emily seemed to like them well enough. I tried them on with a pair of tall boots and they looked good sticking out of the top of the boots.