Well at least for the most part I don't knit, maybe the occasional scarf or two, and I have done one sock (not a pair, just the one).
At one point I have also made a sweater. Now it is not one I wear out of the house, as it is ummmmm lets just say interesting in its fit (although not totally outrageous). It will fit comfortably layered over a turtleneck and sweatshirt, and even probably a second sweatshirt. In length it also comes to about mid thigh. This is not quite what the original pattern was designed for. For all that though it is nice and warm and snuggly, and curling up in it at the end of a long day in the winter is comforting.
So, with that said while I have knit, I am not by any means a knitter. However, the book Casts Off, The Yarn Harlot's guide to the Land of Knitting by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee was recommended to me as very cute, and in most cases if I substituted the word stitcher for knitter, very relevant. I got it out of the library and read it this past weekend, and it was a quick and fun read. In addition, as my friend said, for the most part substitute stitcher for knitter in the various descriptions and you have most of us stitchers. It talked about startitus, it talked about SABLE (stash accumulation beyond life expectancy), and that famous line "just one more row" (or in our case just let me finish this strand, section, etc...). In the book she notes that knitters are "not obsessed, but rather as exquisitely focused in a very narrow direction". She even lists such things as the Ten Commandments for the Traveling Knitter, with among them "Thou shalt pack more than one project for your vacation. You may tire of the one you are planning on knitting. Indeed, no one has ever suffered harm by bringing four or more projects on one trip" See what I mean, switch out knitting, add in stitching, and there you are. Anyway, if you're looking for a cute, fun, and in many cases way to accurate, a read you might want to check it out.
The good news for the week is that I think we've managed to get my older dog Sasha's arthritis under control again. Sasha has been on arthritis medicine for about two years now, and for the most part does pretty good. However a little over a week ago she stopped wanting to go up the stairs to get back in the house. At almost 130 lbs, this is not good as I can't lift her. The side door she normally goes in and out of has 3 relatively steep steps down from the kitchen to the landing and then a sharp turn to go out the side door. Going down she'd do, but she started looking at me like "mom I can't do this" when it came to going back in.
Almost a year ago she had some trouble, so a friend built me a platform for the landing. This gave her one step up, then she could turn, pause, and do the last two steps up. This worked great until last week. At that point, for the most part she didn't want to do it. Either she took forever to go up the two, or we had to walk around the house to the front and use that door (which has only two straighter and shallower steps). This worked OK sometimes. But in the middle of the night if she wanted out she was used to just asking and being let in and out the side. If she wouldn't use the side and only use the front (where the yard isn't fenced like the back) this meant I had to walk around the house with her in the middle of the night in my pajamas. While not fun in the summer at least doable. Come winter and the middle of the night with the snow this was not going to work well.
Needless to say we went to see the vet, and she is now on an additional pain med that she takes in the morning and evening to supplement the other arthritis medicine. She's been on it a week now and is doing so much better. She's in and out the back like the steps are no big deal. She's much happier and so am I. At almost 12 years old, and being so large, she is a retriever/newfoundland mix, I know we are getting close to living on borrowed time.
However, she's doing great now and the vet says since she's on the lowest dose of the new meds that we should have a fair amount of room to work with them as far as doses in keeping her comfortable. As long as she's comfortable and happy, we'll just take it day by day and see how it goes.
So, I'll leave you with the above two pictures of my baby taken just after the rain we had. We have a small area of grass, which I've kept watered so it doesn't die as my two dogs love to lay it it. So for your viewing pleasure Sasha, (the above two pictures) what do you think, Happy? I think so. :)
And so she doesn't feel left out my other dog Jazmine, who's almost 11. Although she's a year younger, with all her gray she certainly looks older.