Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tribute to a Special Dog and Finished Objects!

We lost our dog this week. She was twelve and a half, quite arthritic, and I knew we’d be lucky if she made it to 13. Still it was hard. She was in pain, and all her organs were shutting down.

She lived with, loved, and played with all our cats. They slept with her in winter. They miss her greatly, as do we.

It was nice to be her alpha – you knew where I was in the house by where she was. A good ole dog. She loved the ocean, kongs, tennis balls, her people, food, and her cats. She played with them wonderfully, and slept with them in the winter. One of our cats, Phoenix, was the same color as she, and seemed to think she was his mother. He slept with her year-round – in summer away from her heat, but with a paw out to touch her. She missed him when we lost him two years ago, now his successors miss her.

I finished my Hempathy sweater two weeks ago, and took photos of it finished. Kaitlin is in the lower right corner, and Barnum in the upper left.

I also finally blocked my Seraphim shawl. Actually got photos WITHOUT cats in them!

I got to Stitches East for about 2 hours on the Friday. Had fun, didn’t get a lot – saw new Karida of (Neighborhood Fiber Co. )

and old friends (Ann & Eugene of
Philosopher’s Wool), and snapped a photo of Kaffe Fassett.

And attended Amy, ’s book signing at A Tangled Skein, for Crochet Me, a book she contributed a really cute dress to. She is absolutely brilliant in what she can do with crochet! It often LOOKS KNIT! (My prejudices are showing!)

Currently focused on one thing in particular, with two others screaming for “their” turns next:
1. the Pearl Buck Swing Jacket from Interweave Knits – in the new “Best of” book, and I believe, Winter ’05 issue. I’m using Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk. Glorious, glorious yarn – I just adore working with it. Started it on October 16 (b-day present to myself to buy the yarn), and only have a sleeve and a half to go before starting the finishing! Hope to finish it by this Tuesday. Photos when finished.
2. The next Tofutsies Sock Club sock. It’s for display at A Tangled Skein,
3. Artamus shawl from Knitpicks, out of the yarn called for. Really want it done too.

More sooner than before. Back to the Pearl Buck Jacket.


The Purloined Letter said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your dog. She was beautiful. And how wonderful to hear about her relationship with the cats! We'll be thinking about you.

Can't wait to see the swing jacket on Tuesday!

Lee said...

Oh, I will miss Caitlin. She was a lovely friend.

Sally said...

I'm so sorry about your loss. She was a sweet, sweet dog.

I'm thinking about making the swing jacket, too -- only I may invert the pleat the other way. I've never heard of the yarn you;re using but I'll check it out as we often like the same things.

Marsha said...

I am so sorry to hear about Caitlin, she was nice, agreeable old girl. I know the cats will miss her.

I too am anxious to see the swing jacket, Sally and I were talking about it last time we saw each other.

Anonymous said...


I'm so sorry to read about Kaitlin! She was such a big ball of love and affection. Hugs to all of you on your loss.


cici said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. She was beautiful. Also sounds like you had some wonderful years together.

Pam Murphy said...

Hi! beautiful knitting!

May I ask if you, as a left-handed knitter, work to the right? I have a south paw friend who is working on her knitting skills but has been doing as she's been told: "to use proper form". Of course this means working to the left. I am very curoius to know if any left-handed persons do mirror image knitting?! I am a righty but like to knit leftwise sometimes!

I want to encourge my friend to not give up on knitting!

Well, I hope you don't mind me asking.

Have a nice day.

Pam Murphy

Sabra said...

Well written article.