The mitten is kicking my butt. I did not have the mistake I feared yesterday, but found an earlier mistake -- in the first row of the braid -- and ripped it all the way back. I'd purled the damn row rather than knit. That's the third time I've knit that braid. It can only be lack of concentration -- I was so intent on following directions the first time and didn't have a single problem, me and my cocky attitude are being put in our place with the second.
There are no guarantees that I even did Meg's Jogless Jog correctly, but you see the result at right compared to plain ol' circular stripes (spiral) on the left. What do you think; is it an improvement or a wash? I think it's kind of a wash.
I've been playing with closures for the SP2 Shapely Shawlette. I wear it a lot and had been making a knot, but then I look like I have a uniboob when I put on a jacket. When Lynne sent my prize alpaca, she'd tied it all up and included was a sparkly, plastic belt buckle which I used the other day. This is one that I cut off an unused belt I had. It works very nicely and lays pretty flat -- I'm looking forward to thrift shopping for potential shawl closures!
It was a good mail day yesterday -- two packages! The first contained books (the redemption of my B&N Christmas gift card), and the second was a leather coin purse that my sister made for me. Every year, for the past several, she's made "Martha gifts" for our mom, her MIL, sometimes sisters and SILs -- always a project from Living magazine. This year, it was leather coin purses. She had extra leather, so made one for me -- and look what I found inside!
I'm ready to talk about Duncan now. Who knew that the best way to introduce a new cat is to throw 'em all off-guard with a dog, first! When Ai's friend called before Christmas and asked if we could adopt her 4-month-old kitty because things weren't working out well at her house, my hesitations were 1) do we really need a third cat/fourth pet and 2) the poor kitties have just gotten used to a dog, how will they react to a new cat? Well, apparently Scamp & Roxie figure that there's strength in numbers -- I cannot believe how well Duncan has been "accepted." Hmmm, not with hugs and kisses from the others, but not nearly the amount of hissing and spitting and pet mayhem that I was expecting. Duncan has melted our hearts, for sure, a real sweetie-pie, and he has obviously charmed the other felines, too.
Coming up on Monday: someone's getting a new 'do. Have a great weekend!