I am a bad friend.
Two years ago, I was the maid of honor in my friend Brittany's wedding. When Brittany settled into her new married digs in Minnesota, she got a new dog named Turtle. I promised that I would make Turtle a doggie sweater before the winter so she didn't freeze in Minnesota. I moved to New York, started grad school, and completely abandoned the sweater.
Now, I am a new person. I graduated from school and have resurrected the pattern from the Stitch n' Bitch Nation book. I e-mailed Brittany, told her I was getting started on the sweater, and knitted about 20 rows. I just noticed that I messed up the stripe sequence pattern, so I'm backing it up a bit. But hopefully this year, Turtle will have a sweater in time for winter (even though Turtle now resides back in Kentucky where winters aren't nearly as harsh).