It's nearly a pair of North Star Mittens! I ran out of gas at the point where the top shaping begins. These will certainly be finished by the weekend. I couldn't be more pleased with how the second mitten is turning out. I'm knitting looser and, so far, it fits and feels so much better than the first. I may end up re-knitting the right-hand mitt.
See how nice the inside looks? In both pics, the first mitt is on the left and the second is on the right. I'm much more consistent with how I'm carrying the yarn. I like the inside or wrong side of things to look nice, too. That's been drilled into my head since before I even took up needles of any kind. My maternal grandmother died when I was in third grade and I don't have any memory of her actually doing handwork, but she did a LOT. (According to my mom, she rarely finished any of it. I finished one of her cross-stitch pillow tops long after she died, and it's a treasure.) Anyway, at every opportunity, my mom would tell us that her mother always said that it's important to make the back look as neat as the front. I imagine that great grandma was a stickler, too. With those words rolling 'round in my head, you should see the back of some of my cross-stitch pieces!
Mail call! The whole family shrugged and said, "Oh, it's probably yarn from one of mom's knitting friends." Right-O! It was Baby Ull in yesterday's mail; my recent effort to help Jody with stash reduction. The first thing that came to mind is "Tanguy," one of the cute-beyond-words patterns that I recently purchased from Kate. I haven't checked to see if this yarn would actually work, but I'm hoping. Can't you see it?
My very own Kate is having fun with her new short hair. I'm working on replies, but I'd just like to thank you all again for your comments about her gift to Locks of Love and her cute new 'do. I was surprised at how many people are growing their hair in order to do the same. It's really a wonderful thing.