The intarsia method of working with color strikes fear in many knitters. Oddly, I find it far easier and way more fun and manageable than two-color Fair Isle knitting. I guess, like everything else, it takes a first attempt followed up with a bit of practice. I hope that not only will there be a pair (or two) of quick and colorful mittens on your gift-making list, but also a sense of accomplishment in mastering this knitting technique—an added gift just for you. This pattern can be found in Mags Kandis' Gifted.