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Horse is getting old. He’s having a hard time regulating his body temperature now in that, he’s having a hard time keeping warm when it’s cold outside. He’s already at a disadvantage as compared to Yaris since he doesn’t have Yaris’ thick, double coat (which incidentally came in extra thick this year, so it means I’ll have enough fur for like three Yarises in the spring). Add to that his advancing age and…Horse is just cold. So I made him a sweater.

You may remember that I’ve done this once before for one of my other dogs when she became an old fart. She was an older fart than Horse is now when I made her the sweater, but Horse is just…such a big dog…and a purebred Lab on top of that. Choco was this weird mutt and smaller and was running with me all the way until she was about 14 years old.

Anyway, I made the same dog sweater pattern as before, again in the XL size, even though Horse is considerably bigger than Choco was. This was possible because I used a bigger needle. The pattern calls for F and G size hooks. I ended up using I and J size hooks. And I took specific pains not to pull my stitches too tight. I always end up pulling my stitches really tight. I’m not sure why that is but I almost always do it.

Btw, there’s an error on the pattern as printed that I don’t think I pointed out last time. When making the second side of the leg opening, you want to continue your stitches all the way to the end. So, if you’re following the XL pattern, the second side of the leg opening should be 16 dc total, like the first side. That will give you a total of 120 dc across (counting the 12 dc skipped for each leg opening). The same applies for the joining row.

The sweater turned out pretty good, I think. A-pusher donated the yarn for Horse and I tried to pick out the colors that were the most clashy. Because I wanted to make an UGLY dog sweater. I wanted him to be very embarrassed by his sweater. Overall, I think I succeeded. Horse was warm and not shivery anymore and when we would go out for walks at night, he would try and hide behind me whenever a car would pass by. I choose to believe that it was because he was very embarrassed by his sweater and not coincidence.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, as I ran out of different colors of yarn, I would just replace it with whatever yarn color that made the biggest pile of yarn. So, you can see when the coral yarn starts to show up in places where it wasn’t supposed to originally. And the sleeves (yes, I actually made the sleeves this time!) are pink/blue and all blue. It makes me laugh.

Also! I rather like the ribbing at the collar.

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This was originally an aside from the life-crisis post, but it ended up being longer than I thought.  So here’s the story about that young guy in the car who inspired my idea about random fraction life crises.

My sister, bil, and I were on surface streets and the streets were relatively full. Every time we’d get stopped at a light, the dude would rev his engine. And when the light changed, he wouldn’t immediately move forward and he would rev like he was going to peel out and speed off. Except…he wouldn’t.

He would rev and rev and let the space between him and the next car lengthen. And then…he would start driving forward fairly slowly. It wouldn’t be a crawl, but his start would be slower than mine and I try to start smoothly from a stop instead of just stomping on the gas. It was really strange to see that.

What was even stranger was that he would start building speed and would have room to speed up even more, but then he would suddenly change lanes so that he would be behind a slower car. He would then brake and look all annoyed (it was a convertible and the top was down).

My sister, bil, and I discussed this and I think the consensus was that the guy is intimidated by his car. He doesn’t actually know how to drive it. The way the car was moving made me believe that it had a manual transmission, so we think that this guy isn’t that comfortable driving stick.  He would rev and rev to make sure everyone knew he had an expensive fast car…and then make himself look like an idiot because he would drive pretty slowly for all that build up.

On top of that, the moment he started getting too fast for his comfort (which would have been like 40mph and the speed limit for that section of road was 50mph), he would change lanes so that he was behind a slower car so it would seem like other people were preventing him from going faster. I guess it would have worked better if he would change lanes and try and make a turn or something. But he would change lanes when there was a huge gap between him and the next car and it would be a straight section without any lanes for turning.

Not sure if I can roll my eyes any harder.