Here is Brooklyn, looking good, all finished at last. You can click this picture to see it larger, if you like. I would recommend this project to anyone, and will probably make another some day. Not for #1 son, of course, but for someone else. (In case you are a random knitter wandering through and do not already know, this is Brooklyn from Denim People.)

I went around the knitting blogs to get help with my zipper problem, and the main thing I noticed was that no one else seems to have any trouble with zippers.

Silkenshine pointed out this nice tutorial, but in the end I went with this method, on the grounds that it was more complicated. I figured, if I tried a simple method and it didn’t work and I had to take it all out again and then do something more complicated, I would suffer more than if I did the opposite.

The Water Jar, by the way, is hereby untagged. He feels that the Joy Meme leads to dull posts, which I admit. Many people have pointed out how boring joy and indeed mere happiness are in contrast to misery. Here is Michael Kelly’s Page of Misery, which is far more witty and picturesque than lists of ten things that bring someone joy. I encountered this page with the assistance of Chase Me Ladies, who is always entertaining and acerbic.

However, we would always prefer, ourselves, to be happy rather than miserable. Few of us would agree to be miserable in order to provide piquancy to the lives of others. Some are destined to find themselves in that position; a few end up producing wonderful art, though most end up being like Marvin the depressed robot. (I feel that I must point out that there have been plenty of great artists in all fields who have been happy. For every Beethoven, there is a Bach.)

This is where fiction comes in. Philippa Gregory, for one, can always be counted upon to provide an exciting and unusual story, with just the right amount of misery, with a guarantee that no actual feelings were hurt in the course of writing the book. This one does involve some real people — the Tudors — so we know in advance that there was real misery involved, but it was all over centuries ago, so we don’t have to suffer over it too much.