We now return you to our regularly scheduled program
When my friend Andie taught me to make journals, she ended the lesson by saying, "Make another one immediately, to reinforce what you learned. You'll remember better."
I did, and she was right. So after the struggle to victory over the age 7+ knitting kit, I resolved to do it again. The DM now has a nifty new scarf (which he insists he actually LIKES) and I can go back to dreaming about things other than yarn and needles. Whew.