So, that knitting thing. I've been knitting away on it though bugs and zits and dark of night.
I've got less than ten rounds to go on the pinwheel body thingie. However, seeing as each round gets bigger, that could take a while. After that, I'm going to do a knit-on lace edging (haven't decided which one, yet), and then do something similar for the sleeves. The white bits you can see in the blue knitting are the sleeve holes; you use Elizabeth Zimmerman's Thumb Trick (using waste yarn, knit across the stitches you want to ultimately be the opening, then put them back on the left needle and knit them AGAIN with the real yarn; later you remove the waste and unzip an opening; EZ originally used this on mitten thumbs). Voila. Sleeves.
I had a question about how easy this was to knit, and I've got to say, really easy. Particularly if you are a skilled crocheter and actually follow the pattern without tweaking it. I'd say it would be a great combination of mindless zombie knitting and a little bit of entertaining crochet at the ends.
Once I finish this, with tweaking and all, I'll publish my version for you. The only real difference is, I'm adding a little bit of length to the stockinette parts, and then knitting on an edge. I'm doing that so I can turn it in to the state fair.
I've been sitting around with a heating pad on my shoulder (it makes the Mystery Spot feel better), and the cat has suddenly figured out what was going on. She's got a pretty good memory for a cat, and for a long time, when I first got her, I spent many days with the heating pad wrapped around my arm. When she saw it again, she knew! Knew at once!
She's been impossible, lying in wait on the foot stool. As soon as I move, wham, she's in the chair on the heating pad.
Mama kitty didn't raise any dummies.
You know, people talk about reading to your children, and I agree that's a good thing. But I've always maintained that it's just as important for children to see their parents read for enjoyment, because then kids start thinking it's a normal thing to do with their leisure time, and follow suit.
She did this entirely unprompted by me; just crawled up in her chair with a book, and kicked back to look at it.
I couldn't be more proud.