Before now, if you had shown me the patterns for Backyard Leaves and Midwest Moonlight, and asked me which one would be trickier to knit, I would have answered "Backyard Leaves" without a second thought. Those increases and decreases, the shaping, and the stitch-count changes all indicated "fiddly pattern" to this knitter.
Of course, it's turned out to be exactly the opposite. Neither pattern requires superior knitting skills. The difference is that a mistake in Backyard Leaves shows itself immediately, whereas in Midwest Moonlight you don't notice a counting mistake until you get to the end of the row and find yourself with too many or too few stitches. I now know how Dani felt when she knitted hers.
Including Dani's, I have seen quite a few Midwest Moonlights in blogland, and they all look great. The yarn makes a difference and can change the overall look of the project. Nikki's variegated MM really looks lovely. Most of the time I dislike variegated colorways, but this pattern would look fabulous with a variegated yarn. Shireen's Midwest Moonlight turned out wonderfully, and that bold red gives the pattern a sophisticated look.
I can't wait to see how my version looks.
Now for a different funny thing. Are your inboxes getting inundated with spam about new email addresses and photos of a certain celebrity whom I shall not name (to save on Google hits)? [The second one I don't understand at all because, speaking for myself, the less I see of Ms. H, the better.] It's been non-stop spam at my Yahoo! address. Luckily all the emails get shunted to my "Bulk" folder, but I wonder if they are crowding out legitimate messages here and in my other accounts.