The hat and mittens are complete. As you can see, the hat is not the "Ironic Gnome", though I am still planning on knitting that for the teens. Maybe striped. In the end, William just wanted that hat on his head so I finished it off, put a big pom pom on the top and it turned into a hat from Peru.
The mittens were easy one point needle mittens from Lion Brand and knitted up in two days. I knit both at the same time and they flew off of the needles. Both the hat and the mittens only used one skein of Simply Soft yarn.
So William is thrilled with his winter ensemble and I get to start something new. I've been wanting to knit a traditional pair of Norwegian mittens and found a pair that uses sock yarn. I bought alpaca so that they'd be warm and a cable needle so that I can learn the magic loop technique. The pattern uses stranded color work so essentially there will be two layers of alpaca; I'm hoping they'll be warm enough for subzero Ohio winters but I'm thinking if they work in Norway, Ohio should be no problem at all!