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In early September, I started a pair of mittens on a whim. Mittens are fast and fun, not to mention downright useful much of the year in the upper Midwest. 
I zipped through the first one. Colorwork goes especially fast because it is, as they say, potato-chippy. One more round, one more short repeat, and before you know it, you're decreasing for the top.

The second mitten was, alas, less zippy because somehow even though mitten #1 went flawlessly, the second time around I kept misreading the chart and had to rip back not once but twice from the top down to the thumb. 
And speaking of thumbs, those are my downfall. I always put them off. They only take a few minutes, but I find knitting thumbs on mittens to be extremely tedious, what with the short rounds and all those points from DPNs (though I suspect magic loop would be even more annoying), and I'm still perfecting my technique for avoiding awkward, ugly gaps where the thumb meets the hand. The best method I've found so far…

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