I was a bit confused when Gail told me she'd volunteered to help her friend Julia by being a "guinea pig".
Turns out it's nothing to do with pet rodents. Julia, who you will remember designs knitting patterns (among her many talents), is preparing a workshop showing folk how to knit and sew a cute 'wee house' key ring, and Gail had volunteered to take part in dry run on Saturday evening.
Gosh it's an intense business this knitting lark. I kindly made my tummy available so the humans could take a break from 'knit one purl one' and give me a comforting tickle every now and then. I am thinking Julia might do well to find a pup who could offer this service when she runs her workshops for real.
After an hour and a half, Gail had finally mastered something called 'duplicate stitch' (don't ask), the wee house had gained doors and windows, and I was developing a close relationship with Julia's furry slippers.
Another half hour and Gail's 'wee house' was complete (we won't worry ourselves here about the slightly wonky chimney), the knitters were celebrating with a glass of red wine, and as I dozed fitfully under the table my mind wandered back to earlier in the day when I had summited the modest Torridon peak Sgurr na Bana Mhoraire.
Well I'm pleased to report that you can find the 'wee house' key ring and many other lovely knitting patterns designed by Julia if you click here.