I've received a number of very good suggestions about the mittens -- from frogging to blocking to using them as decoration. Decor: The decoration idea is familiar. Block: I might be able to block the left-hand mitten, but that still leaves the right all funky and the thumb is just not right. Frog: How I feel about frogging depends on my mood -- sometimes I'm okay with it, let's frog 'em and start over, and sometimes I wonder just how much (or little) I'd have to frog.
Here's what I'm gonna do: I'll try blocking the left-hand mitten to see if it shapes up. There's no hope that the right-hand mitten would ever match with its misplaced and mistaken thumb. But if LH
succumbs responds, I'll frog RH to the thumb, fix it, and carry on. If LH does not bend to my will respond, I will rip it a little (maybe half-way or so), figure out how to artfully add the needed extra rows for length, and then rip/fix/re-do RH to match.
Then, I'll figure out what to do with the extra mitten yarn that I sent Kt to get yesterday. It's wonderful having a daughter who is more than willing to make an emergency run to the LYS. My cost for her services? Two hanks of yarn from the sale bin. Yeah. And the yarn she brought me is a little different, anyway; I already wound it up, so it's mine in any case.
Meanwhile, the little hat swatch is adorable, no? My baby sis with the growing bump is going to be 40 on the 23rd and wouldn't this be a cute little addition to her gift? And then I realized mid-week that Mom's birthday is on the 31st! When I asked her if there was anything on her wish list and she blew me away by saying that she's been looking at bed jackets! She likes to read in bed, but doesn't like to take her arms out from under the covers because they get cold. I said, "Huh, a person could knit one of those..."