Back in April, I promised to knit a pair of mittens "in Bates College colors" for my student, T.L. Real life intervened (plus he chose an astoundingly hard pattern!) and I faced the embarrassment of going eight months without producing the mittens. I finally confessed to him that the difficulty of the pattern was slowing me down, and he kindly agreed that I could simplify the pattern to make them go faster.
I cast on Friday night, and here's where I was on Monday morning:
I got a lot more done yesterday evening, but haven't taken fresh pictures yet.
I'll post all the details with the Finished Object post!