I knitted and then ripped out fingerless mitts for the Russian - twice! - because they keep coming out too big. That's what you get when you try to cable for a man.
So in my distress, I picked up a little pattern for leaves by Cocoknits (http://store.cocoknits.com/products/knitted-wreath.html) and knocked myself out. It's easy, takes about ten minutes to make one, and leaves you feeling successful and skilled in no time at all. (Never underestimate the power of illusion!).