Like magic, it turned into a pair of fingerless mitts.
The yarn is Tracks Sport from The Buffalo Wool Co. I received it in my November socks kit from KnitCrate. The yarn is a merino & bison blend. Right off the skein, it was a little stringy and had a slightly stiff cottony feel to it but after blocking, it softened right up. It softened up enough that there's no longer a question about whether they are destined to be mine or my shop's. They are definitely mine now.
Do you notice anything odd about the cabling? They are worked from the fingertips downward and I was binge watching Vikings while I knit the first mitt. Apparently I was paying more attention to Ragnar than the number of rows I was knitting. The cables got further and further apart as I knit. Ooops. But no worries! I just did the same thing on the second mitt and am calling it a design element. I actually kind of like it.