When reading, I have a strict one book at a time policy. Knitting, however, is a different proposition and I like to have different projects to suit the mood.
Ishbel, Ysolda Teague's enormously popular shawl, I decided would be an excellent holiday knit. Small enough to not require a huge knitting bag, large enough to last the whole holiday. Easy enough to withstand a few holiday wines, challenging enough to keep me interested.
Like all lace knits, it really came to life with a good blocking. (For the non knitters, blocking is the process of soaking, then laying out and pinning out the finished article to dry. A light iron sometimes is required as well).
Nowhere is it documented that the input of a cat is required.