After "earning" my Brownie knitting badge over two decades ago (and by "earning" I mean my mom "helped" me probably a bit too much) and not touching a pair of needles since then, I've suddenly got some sort of strange nesting thing going since the arrival of my daughter a few months ago. I couldn't remember more than just straight knitting, but thankfully there are so many great resources on line to reteach casting on, purling and so much more that I'd completely forgotten or never even knew in the first place.
I'm still learning a lot -- and this project was a lot of firsts for me. It was my first time knitting with more than one colour, first time knitting with anything other than bargain basement acrylic yarn (I used Alafoss Lopi for the outside -- there's an inner lining too made of some sort of wool/silk blend which is softer on the hands and keeps fingers away from all the messiness from my first attempt of two colours), and pretty much my first remotely gift-worthy project.
My husband is a geek, and our winters are very cold here in Canada, so he loved them enough to forgive me that they were two days late for Christmas.
The space invaders chart is from Knitty Spring 2007
and the mitten pattern is a bit of adaption of this