Sometimes I find patterns that I just want to knit over and over. Right after I finished my last Ridge and Furrow Shawl, I cast on another one. It's a perfectly mindless project. Just grab two balls of yarn that go together, and keep knitting in the pattern until you run out of yarn. This one is made of one ball of Berrocco Lustra, a blend of wool and tencel in solid brown, and one ball of Crystal Palace Yarns Taos, a variegated wool yarn. Both were sale yarns I picked up with no project in mind.
I've already knit two more pairs of Basic Fingerless Mittens, this time with two colorways of Fibranatura Oak, a blend of superwash wool, silk and linen, that I got for cheap at Tuesday Morning. This yarn is a light worsted, but I doubled the yarn by knitting from both ends of the ball simultaneously, and used a size 9 needle. These gloves are a women's medium, while the ones I made from the superbulky yarn were a women's large. Throw in an extra two rows after the cuff and they'll fit better.
I like to stockpile projects like these for gifts. Oh yes, that gift giving season will be upon us soon. Don't say I didn't warn you.