Apparently, getting a pair of knee socks done by Christmas is not challenging enough. I seem to have decided that knitting Jared Flood's cover mittens, Druid, from Vogue's Fall 2008 edition as a gift for a friend, is a great idea. I've simplified the pattern for the sake of speed, eliminating the small border cables and now have one half of Mitten One completed. It's an addictive pattern and knitting with Hempwol from Hemp for Knitting, is a true joy. The problem? Chasing this impossible, yet delightful, dream is taking away from the knee sock knitting. Today is December 8. Thirteen days until Christmas. I now run the very real risk of finishing no Christmas gift projects at all.