Good luck with your first sweater and congratulations!
Mittens should knit up a lot more quickly , or you could just fixed the thumb? Knit a new one and sew it over the old one with hole, be extra warm?
I'm almost through my second armwarmer (picks soon), I can't wait to give these to my mom! They've got pillars of travelling stitches in a sort of spirally column thing.
(It looks a lot better in person, I swear!)
Hooray for finishing things way before the deadline!