Wishful Thinking by Evelyn Clark

Sometimes I wonder if I ever will graduate from the school of hard knocks. My latest lesson involved my dog, Mica, a spindle, and amethyst-colored Merino top. Only afterwards did I remember the adage “Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.”

It began with a Wallace and Gromit movie. I love those characters—especially Gromit, the knitting dog. I was thinking about that movie one day while I was spindling. Mica was lying nearby gnawing a toy, and for the first time, I noticed that she looks a lot like Gromit. I began to wonder what it would be like to have a knitting dog—to share an interest in fiber with a pet. It sounded like a great bonding experience. I looked at her and said, “I wish you could knit.” She didn’t even glance my way, no doubt understanding immediately the insanity of that idea. She is far too active. Knitting could never compete with gnawing.

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