KaliMama asked for a picture of me reading and knitting at the same time, and I happen to have one. I am wearing Siv and knitting Hopkins, so this is in the nature of a historical picture, but this is how I do it. Nowadays, when I am reading a thin book, I use a kitchen clip to hold the book open, but essentially you have to read part of the page, then shift the elbow. Not terribly convenient, I suppose, but I do it all the time. So did my grandmother, for that matter.

In this picture, I am working with two colors and therefore holding yarn in each hand. I add this note for knitters who like to check out people’s knitting technique. If you can’t tell whether I use the left hand or the right to hold my yarn, it’s because I do both at once for colorwork.

Yesterday I skipped cardiopump class and instead came home after my treadmill stint and did some sawing. I have completed step one of the chaise longue.

An article in Knitty introduced me to the useful concept of Epic and Zombie knitting. Epic is stuff like Hopkins, above, and Zombie is stuff like the prayer shawl at right. Ideally, you would have one of each going at all times, so that you can choose something simple or something complex, depending on your mood and the gripping-ness of your current book.

During my sawing, I had much leisure to contemplate another distinction among craft projects.

There are Normal projects, like baking muffins or knitting hats, which most people do. I know there are people who buy muffins, but there is certainly nothing eccentric or daring about deciding to bake muffins.

(I had a sudden recollection of X-Entertainment’s attempts to bake cookies, but surely he is an exception.)

Then there are Loony projects, like deciding, in the absence of any experience or skill, and even without the ability to distinguish between a bow saw and a crosscut saw, to build a chaise longue out of pallets. Or to make an origami wallet out of cloth, again in the absence of any skill, knowledge, or experience.

(And, by the way, if you like to see people at your site meter from Estonia, Italy, Singapore, and other exotic climes, then you should put the word “origami” into your posts.)

However, there are a number of things that began as loony projects on my part — canning, making soap, felting — which have become enjoyable skills, contributions to the household economy, and even ordinary parts of my household routine. If you are willing to do something badly while you learn, you can eventually gain all kinds of handy skills.

Therefore, I am making a plea on behalf of loony projects. Go ahead! Build a spaceship in your basement!