Working on that squirrel still, but at least it's starting to look like I'm doing it right. I'm *almost* to the part where I have knit all the way up the back and will be doing the "turn top of head" section. I will have 19 sts. on my needle at that point, then it says I do Short Row starting with: k13, w&t, p7, w&t, k8, etc... I read the instructions for w&t on the pattern, and they make sense until the end:
"Slip the next stitch as if to pur, move the yarn between the needles (bring forward if last stitch was knit, move to back if last stitch was purled), return slipped stitch to left needle, turn work and move yarn into position to knit or purl as necessary for next row"
HUH??? So I'll still have six stitches on my one needle, but I'll turn it, then start purling even though I haven't finished? Is that right? It seems all janky sounding. I just made a diagram. Drew two needles and then drew lines underneath for stitches on each needle. Then I added/subtracted according to the patterns instructions, and it DOES seem to work out...but it just seems like the stitches at the end (that don't even get knitted until after the 10th w&t) would be waaaay lower than the others, which I guess is the point since it's a spherical-ish part.
This is the most complicated thing I've ever knitted. What do I hate doing the most? Picking up and knitting. It always look so sloppy when I do it, and I can't ever figure out which side to do it on to make the sticky-out seam-like part NOT be showing. Did that make sense?
I keep reading ahead to make sure that I'm not missing something important (like I did during my last - and now undone - attempt at this same project). It's so intimidating. When those short rows come up (and lots more of them show up), I think I'm going to have to make a copy of the pattern and mark them out as I do them so I don't get confused.
Time for bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!