Storms of sand blast every inch of exposed skin on a daily walk near the ocean. Winter is when knitting is even more wonderful – with a coat of short hair (not deep fur), Boston terriers keep more of that vital warmth when insulated with a layer of knitted wool.
A language of form and function, knitting is the art and science of making useful things. A pattern is a universal roadmap of sorts; some terms may be unfamiliar from region to region, but with a little applied effort, the way forward becomes clear. This one is from a booklet published in 1862, digitized by Google, and available to all online. The image is linked to the original publication, which contains other possibilities, including how to create a muffatee (an archaic term for knitted fingerless arm-gloves). It’s a new year; always good to learn something new.
“Old Mrs. Rabbit was a widow; she earned her living by knitting rabbit-wool mittens and muffatees.â€ – Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny