Yesterday being Thursday, I went to my local yarn shop, Spun, for the regular knit-and-natter session. Lydia has a display of winter knits in the window, including two sweaters from the Knitting & Crochet Guild collection. I showed both of them in December at the Guild branch meeting on picture knits (see here).
They work well in the display, because the backs of both are interesting as well as the fronts - the bird tracks across the back of the robin sweater, and 'ICY' on the polar bear one.
(Though I don't really understand why anyone should want to have 'ICY' written across their back.)
Several people at Spun had already signed up to the Mystery Knit ALong that's being run by Sarah Alderson and Ann Kingstone, and were choosing two colours of 4-ply yarn for it in the shop.
The Knit Along is a pair of fingerless mitts - you'll find it on Ravelry if you search for a pattern called On the Other Hand. There will be three stages, with two choices at each stage, one designed by Ann and one by Sarah, so there are 8 different combinations altogether. (Or 16 if you make the thumb cuff and the hand cuff different, though personally I wouldn't. Or 16 x 16 if you knit each mitt independently, though personally I think that would be daft.)
The description of the pattern on Ravelry includes the tags: cables, corrugated ribbing, slipped stitches, stranded, twisted stitches - none of which are an essential part of a fingerless mitts pattern. So it's going to be complicated.
I signed up for the Knit Along when I got home. I'm already knitting a scarf in 4-ply in a dark teal colour, and will have some left over, so that's one of my colours. Not entirely sure yet about the other. The first instalment of the pattern was due to be released at 11 this morning - haven't looked yet. Very exciting!