Tonight my cat had his best evening in weeks.
About half an hour ago I noticed something fluttering around the room. My first thought was, "Save the yarn!!" but then I remembered the yarn was in plastic containers on the other end of the apartment. Meanwhile, my cat noticed the fluttering creature and tried to go into Bugkiller mode, but due to the dearth of prey around here his instincts were a bit rusty, so he spent the entire time alternating between lounging on the floor, squeaking excitedly when he saw the bug, and attacking random buglike objects. It was a little embarrassing. I expect that once the bug realizes my cat has forgotten how to hunt it will invite its friends over to mock us.
Himself doing his thing.
I finished the surprise object today. Once I tuck in the last two ends of yarn I'll post a photo in Ravelry. I'll post another one here when the object reaches its recipient.