I found a pattern for fingerless (and thumbless) mitts in Weekend Knitting from the Library - finished one and 1/2 halfway thru the second. They're quick because they're garter stitch, one piece. Simple hole for thumb. Just about perfect for driving. walking the pup-pup.
Went to a terrific knitting shop Knit Pickings in Plaistow NH http://www.knitpickings.com/ - Very good selection and great Sale prices too. Got enough of a Berocco Peruvian wool in a gorgeous purple - blue single strand, 17st per 4 inches to make a sweater - I want to make one of the Ann Budd circular yoke sweaters next.
The green sweater out of Orchid yarn from Harrisville Designs http://www.harrisville.com/ is going really well, akmost half finished, I'm about an inch and a half down the body stitches, after that the arms and it'll be done.