Just Crafty Enough has an interesting Knit Along coming in January--Skills needed to make this mitten are knitting in the round, stranded color work, picking up stitches, increasing and decreasing and kitchener stitch. Sounds like a winner--small project with several techniques.
And if you are a quilter--join in on this Row by Row Block of the Month--each month's pattern
is free till the next month comes out. if you do each month, you'll be ready for 2016
2016 is already beginning to look like a good year!