I am pretty thoroughly mittened out now that it's 26C outside, but I have one last mitten news:
A pattern for these mittens (ravelry link) is for sale at Knit Picks, for dirt cheap. It's written for their City Tweed HW yarn, which is mostly wool and alpaca, and is sort of heavy and a little glossy. I also test-drove it in Takhi Donegal Tweed, and it came out looking like this:
I can't even bring myself to put them on my hands, though, or think about them for long enough to write about them. Good god, I want it to be winter already.