I made it easy on myself though and picked an interesting but small project and was amazed at how quickly it came together. Here are my Target Wave Mittens from Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature.
The pattern is sized for children but I was able to make toddler mitts by simply using thinner yarn and smaller needles. I used stash Peruvian Alpaca from elann and knit them up using size 3 needles (3.25mm) instead of the recommended size 8 (5mm) needles. I also altered the number of 'rings' around the thumb so that they would fit Julian better (that's two fewer colour changes for the thumb). Other than that, I didn't have to modify the pattern at all to resize these for toddlers!
Here they are being modelld by my sleepy Jubilee (isn't napping in a sunbeam the best?). They still need a serious blocking but I'm really happy with how they turned out - never mind that I was able to finish them in the time it took to watch Transamerica and Kinky Boots! If you want to give the pattern a go, but don't want to spend the big bucks for the book, pick up a copy of the current Interweave Knits magazine. This pattern is included as a 'preview' ;0)
Have a good week everybody!
PS - thanks for all your kind wishes about my big baby news last week. I had a Doctor's appointment on Friday and all is well. We even got to hear the little one's heat beat. Oh, how I love that sound ;0)