Because I get carried away, I always make one pass through the entire vendor building and then decide what I'm going to buy.
Last year I bought a kit and made these incredible Scandinavian style mittens, designed by Linda Hellberg George, based on her grandmother's pattern:
Straight out of a storybook, the cuff extends high up over the wrist, keeping hands toasty in even the coldest weather. I adore the silver button:
This year I bought these hand-dyed yarns, created by Laura Macagno-Shang of Missouri. One daughter is getting the peach yarn with purple as an accent, while I might actually use the periwinkle for me: