It seems I'm smitten with mitts now. I've made a second pair, and a headband to match:
I was able to make both items out of some leftover Knit Picks Swish Bulky I had in my stash - I'd say each item took about one hank. I really like Swish Bulky - it's 100% merino, so it's very soft and silky. Great for next-to-the-skin wear.
Both these patterns are free, and they're both quick and easy. I made the headband in about an hour, and the mitts in about 3 hours. The headband is a pattern called Turban(d), free on Ravelry. The mitts are also a free pattern, the One Cable Mitts from Blue Sky Alpacas.
The bulky yarn and the 3/2 ribbing make this headband a very cozy thing to wear over the ears.
Who else is knitting mitts this fall?