So this funny thing happened when I started learning to knit. I grew strangely ashamed of any of the knitted items that I'd previously purchased. Not ashamed like I didn't like them anymore, but when friends, acquaintances, and co-workers learn that you knit they start to assume that you made every knitted thing ever. Which is flattering, sometimes, but means that I get oddly embarrassed to admit, "No, I bought this scarf before I started knitting."
See? A knitter's pride :)
What this also means is that, if I could make it, I don't want to buy it. So when we had a cold snap a few weeks ago and my son needed a hat and mittens I refused to buy them - I mean, everyone would assume I'd made them myself! I found a quick and easy pattern on ravelry, and here is the result.