A couple of years ago, I made a dozen or so pairs of fingerless gloves. My neighbor got a pair and then she wanted some for two of the elderly women she cares for in their homes. They were good to wear indoors, I heard; comforting for arthritic hands.
They are also good little projects for the knitter. I sort of engineered a pattern that worked and remembered at some point to make a few notes. Now I can make a pair without having to calculate the distribution of finger stitches every time.