I've made significant progress on my fetching fingerless mitts:
I'm using Rowan Cashsoft yarn (instead of the suggested Debbie Bliss) so the mitts will match my Odessa hat. The yardage on the Rowan Cashsoft is slightly more than the Debbie Bliss yarn, so there's enough to make 2 mitts from 1 ball-o-yarn. I added quite a few rows of the 4x1 rib to the mitts, a longer and wider thumb, and also one more repeat of the cable pattern before the picot bind off. The picot bind off is a bit curly, I'm hoping I can do some blocking to correct that. These knit up very quickly, I knit the entire cuff for the second one during last night's Gilmore Girls episode.