Thursday, December 27, 2012

Keep Knitting and Carry On

Well hello there!  I'm back, and I hope I'm back for good.  One of my goals for this upcoming year is to blog more regularly, so no better time than the present than to jump back in!

Hopefully I've been missed, just a tiny bit?  :)  I've certainly missed the friends I've made in the blogging and vintage community and promise to not only be a better blogger, but a better reader too!  I tend to get stuck in lurk mode all too often.

I'll start off with what I'm currently working on with my knitting....I know, soooo exciting, right?

Well, in 2011 I started working on making a dog sweater for our dog, Ginger.  This was quite the ambitious project for me, a little over my knowledge level but nothing like jumping in the deep end to try and force myself to learn something!

But then, our precious Ginger died on September 28, 2011.  I promptly threw the whole mess of yarn into a drawer and haven't looked at it in over a year, until today.

Our doggie angel, Ginger

I decided that enough time has elapsed and my grieving is at a place where I can work on this sweater again.  I don't know what changed; before today I couldn't even bear to think about it, let alone take it out and look at it.  I opened the drawer and took it out, and there it was, still scrunched up on the needles where I had left off.

I took out the pattern and tried to make sense of what I had already done a year ago, and how I was going to pick up where I left off again.  I thought about ripping it all out and starting from scratch, but then I thought, no, that wouldn't be right.  I know there will probably be a permanent indentation in the finished sweater from remaining in that position on the needles for so long, but that indentation will be a poignant reminder of the doggie this was meant for.

We live in a house with four cats and a [new] dog.....we've had Sasha for a year now and still we think of her as the "new" dog......anyway, let's just say that pet hair is very abundant in our household no matter how hard I try to keep it under control.  Upon examining the sweater I saw little bits of Ginger's fur still sitting on it, probably picked up from the couch where I would lay it down.  I almost cried at seeing it, but then thought how fitting that, too, will be in the finished sweater.  Even though Sasha will be wearing it, Ginger will still always be with us.

Ginger fur

Sasha is brown, too, and I think the dark red will look fabulous on her.

So here's to "keep knitting and carrying on."  Now I just have to figure out what the heck I'm doing........!


  1. In the picture of Sasha she seems to be saying, "Yes. I am the world's most interesting dog!"

    1. ^^ my husband wrote this while I was still logged into my Blogger account, lol.

  2. So glad you are able to get back to these projects (knitting & blogging). The pictures of the dogs and the story of the dog hair made me cry. Gotta love our pets. Hope your Christmas was lovely.

  3. Welcome back, dear Betsy, thank you for sharing some of your most recent going-ons with us. I'm deeply sorry to hear about Ginger's passing last year. There are few things more awful to endure than losing a beloved pet.

    I truly hope that you have a wonderful, joyous New Year and an incredible 2013 filled with much happiness, fun and creativity.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Great to see you back, Gingerella!!!

    ...glad to know you are resuming a project that will not only keep your Ginger's memory with you, but also to 'carry on' the 'circle of life', so to speak, with Sasha... she has grown quite a bit, no?

    AND, glad to hear you are back to's tough to pencil in time for it sometimes, but... once you get rolling, it just...happens... and yeah, I miss your posts! :-)

    Hope y'all had a great Christmas, and a joyous and prosperous new year!!!

    KIG, Betsy!!!



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