I spent most of today trying and failing to work that knitting pattern. If I had a nickel for every 'FUCK!'... It's set aside for now and maybe forever. Turns out I am a good knitter, not an expert knitter. I can live with that. I have a new afghan to do instead. But first I have to finish the hat since it's using the needle cord I need for the afghan.
My CPA responded to my inquiry on my amended return. He said to just be patient. The feds are notoriously slow and, apparently, glacial now due to budget cuts. I try not to think about the actual workings of our federal government. It's just too depressing. I prefer the ostrich approach.