…Famous last words…Sure, I can get a pair of stranded color-work mittens done by Christmas. Mittens are easier than socks, right? Granted, I did realize I did not have enough time to knit another pair of socks for Christmas…but mittens, why not.

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Mittens are easy, right?

So, I thought when I saw the cute, sweet stranded color-work pattern with a chart. I can do this. Mittens knit up faster than socks, right? Of course they do. I’ll have some time once I finish my classes, right? I can get them done by Christmas, no problem…says every crafter with good intentions each year…Do we ever really learn?

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Apparently, I do not learn well…at least when it comes to crafting…

I still have a semi-secret quilt top to sew, work and now these darned mittens. The designer is likely very creative, I got them here at Ravelry.com. They’re cute. And I’m finally using the recycled denim yarn that only took me eleven hours or so to untangle as I wound it. I’m glad I took the eleven hours, though I could have been working on a paper during that time.

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Squib, checking my inventory…

Alas, I have one more paper to go, and it’s a reasonably easy revision. But how does a modern woman interpret Medea? (Yes, I’m open to suggestions; I’ll figure out how to give credit later). In the meantime, I’ve been working on them and knitting up little black starbursts in the cloud colored denim before class at school and during extracurricular lectures. I made some progress, but if you know me, you know charts are not my strength…especially when I’m in company.

The lecture was on Neil Gaiman by Dr. Joseph Sommers: “It’s Neil Gaiman’s World, I Just Work In It.” I feel I must confess that I have never read Neil Gaiman(gasp!)–it’s not that I haven’t wanted to, but it hasn’t come up in my repertoire of historical romance and mystery/suspense. I think I need to remedy this…Do you think that will keep Santa from dropping coal in my stocking?

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Scamp, arranging her book nest…

I enjoyed the lecture, as did Dear James-who got to go with me and we made a short evening of it, because I had an exam today. It’s done. I now have to decide if I wish to sell this text book on Amazon. But that has nothing to do with mittens. In my defense, I was finishing the cuff of the mitten at the lecture. Now, I’ve attached color two and am working stranded color-work, that has some sort of design to it, I’m sure. “The left mitten features half of the proverb, with a floral Gotland motif, and the right mitten features the second half of the proverb with an abstract star motif, “The left mitten features half of the proverb, with a floral Gotland motif, and the right mitten features the second half of the proverb with an abstract star motif.” (Bujold).

It shall be interesting…I’m no longer sure if it’s faster than cabling…. We’ll save the “What was I thinking?” part for next week, as you may hear about these….

Oh, dear…then I read the note about using a larger needle size for those with larger hands…tune in next week to hear about the fix…(Or ripping and tearing I have no time for…perhaps I’ll buy the man a Neil Gaiman book, I hope tips are good, so if you go gamble, remember your dealer has to purchase gifts too).

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