Two thumbs up? Maybe...
I struck a happy compromise, finishing the gusset and moving the stitches to the waste yarn out of my house but at my knitting group. I took another project with lots of mindless garter stitch to my long committee meetings. It’s best to know your limitations, right?
I finally tried these on the other day, and was disappointed to discover they are currently a bit too snug and too short. They are lovely enough that I suspect my daughter will snatch them up in a New York minute, she being in possession of lovely slim young hands and mine being of the pudgy middle-aged variety.
That’s not a fault of the pattern--more a consequence of the yarn. I think if I redid the pattern in a heavier weight yarn, I’d come up with just the right size for my substantial hands. Or, with the half a skein I have left, I might adapt the pattern to size up since I do love the elegance of this weight of yarn. While I admit to being worried, I’m smart enough to know you can’t really judge a pattern until it’s blocked.
I’m still proud of myself for doing both the right and left thumb gussets simultaneously. It took a little marking up of the pattern, and a little concentration, but all-in-all not too taxing. This might bolster my confidence enough to attempt turning two simultaneous sock heels one of these days. Who knows what hilarity will ensue if I try that!