I think if you duplicate stitch over the first knit, then do a purl stitch, with the bar going over the second, and repeat this.
It might help to look at a piece of ribbing while you do it, so you can see where the yarn would go.
THe easiest way would be to figure out how big around you want it, and how many stitches in your yarn that would take, then look at the different sizes of the Wallaby and follow the pattern that has the closest cast on number.
Just remember to adjust the rate of decreases, too.
I'd say no. He's the one who spaced out on dates. Also, I don't think it's a good idea to set a precedent for getting out of school.
I think 7-goin-on-2 is pretty common. Eight was a huge relief for us. We also had some great help from Ds1's school. They hada group therapy kind of thing, where they learned a lot of skills for dealing with emotional turmoil in a less disruptive way.
The Gesell Institute books (Your Seven-Year-Old; Your Eight-Year-Old; byAmes and...