I knit these cabled, elbow-length, fingerless mitts for my sister and it was definitely a labor of love, emphasis on "labor". Not only was it my first attempt at cables, but it was also the first time I'd knit something on smaller needles and smaller yarn. But I knew I had to break my addiction to big needles, chunky yarn, and (almost) instant gratification...
Here is the free pattern: http://www.crystalpalaceyarns.com/cpy/patterns/mikado-gloves.html
I was NOT thrilled with the pattern. Some of my frustration might be due to the fact that I often have no idea what I'm doing, but I had to add more decreases in the wrist so that it wouldn't bunch up, and I think they could have used a slightly heavier yarn. By the end of the first glove, I was so frustrated with them that I ignored the directions for the thumb and hand shaping and modified the mitten pattern from Weekend Knitting that I was already comfortable with.
But my punky younger sister loves them!! So all's well that ends well, I guess!