Yesterday Nemo and I walked up King street to the bank with my friend Aimee. We stopped into the Dog Park, my favorite doggy food and toy supply store. I was hoping that she would have most of her winter coats in already since it is starting to get cold at night and Nemo hasn’t spent a winter with us yet and therefore, has no coat. They had some of their coats in already but nothing that worked for Nemo. Then I spotted a table of hand knit sweaters.
Now generally speaking, I ignore hand knit things in retail stores. I always end up finding things wrong with them that would bother me. And as a knitter, everyone would ask if I made the sweater, and then I would have to admit that I didn’t. But this particular sweater..well it is Intarsia. And since I happen to think that Intarsia is the devil, I don’t feel bad purchasing something that has it, because I am officially done knitting Intarsia. Lucky for Nemo, the sweater came in his size. Unlucky for mom, the bind off is too tight and needs to be pulled out and redone and the tails aren’t woven in on any of the Intarsia. I suspect this is because the wool is a great sticky wonderful Peruvian wool that will just felt down a bit as it is worn and the tails will be fine, but the knitter in me is bothered by this and will have to fix it immediately.
Just like the last time a sweater was put on Nemo, he expressed his general discontent by smooshing his entire body up under his front legs. Eventually, he jumped into his window seat and tried to deal with the shame of wearing a sock monkey sweater. I am certain he will get over it. Later that day, we discovered that the hood falls down over his eyes when he goes down the stairs and renders him blind. Because he is an Iggy, he keeps trying to go down the stairs despite the lack of sight. (They have tiny brains. Very tiny brains.) As you can imagine, this didn’t turn out well. So I guess he can’t wear his sweater indoors. Other than this particular problem, the tails and bind off, the sweater is worth every bit of the $38 dollars that I paid for it. There is no way that I would knit this sweater for a mere $38. Absolutely no way. So in the end, it was worth everything that I paid for it.