As a "quick" little knitted project, I'm working a set of Dire Wolf mittens for someone's birthday. Normally, I wouldn't knit mittens, because, well.....I'm in CALIFORNIA....where mittens aren't as useful as fingerless gloves (unless I'm going up to snow country).
But this pair is for someone who frequently finds himself out in the cold and needs a bit of warmth, esp. at night when sleeping outside.
I'm really enjoying the fair isle work. It's a small quick project that involves a bit of concentration, but not so much as to not be enjoyable. I can see why there are a lot of knitting patterns for fair isle mittens.