These might just be the coolest (read warmest) most practical things I've ever knitted.
The perfect use for my lovely skein of The Uncommon Thread's Tough Sock yarn, happily purchased on a day out in London with a good friend at Loop London, and finished with two vintage fabric buttons from my awesome boss.
The pattern, by Lydia Gluck, is in the first issue of Pom Pom Quarterly. It's really well written and a nice alternative to knitting a pair of socks. Highly recommend!