I couldn't pick embroidery for the front bands...it's supposed to just have more of the 5 color, 4 colors to a row stranded work, done back and forth in stockinette, but I just couldn't possibly stomach that, especially on size 1 needles as recommended. So I worked the bands plain and did some Norwegian-style embroidery on them when I was done, before sewing them up.
It took 2 weeks and 2 days beginning to end. It might have taken less if I hadn't been sick the whole time, but then it might have taken longer because I would have tried to get more other stuff done.
I really liked the idea of the faux tablet woven bands. I just can't start with tablet weaving. I know it's taught to kindergardeners in Scandinavia, and I even have cards downstairs I bought years ago...but it's one more thing I just can't get started with now. And it's a lot easier to do the knitting well with the experience I have than to start with something new and have to spend time getting good enough at that to be satisfied with the results!