After feeling a bit of a failure on the first project, I cut up an old shirt of my husband's and wound it in a ball to later use for making a rag rug (something I've long wanted to try...).
Next, feeling a need to complete SOMETHING with some success tonight, I cut up an old sweater I'd shrunk one two many times in the wash into a matching mitt and hat set. The mitts were VERY easy, I just used the arms and traced around my hands and then turned the sleeves inside out and sewed them up. The hat was even easier. I held up the bottom of the sweater around my head to see how big to make it, then snipped up one side and rounded the edges and voila!