Craft artist Ruth Futter was at the Paraparaumu Library selling her handmade woollen wares when she met Chrissy Garlick, and the pair have been firm friends every since. Garlick’s first story for North & South in Four Corners ( page 24) tells how the 85-year- old is reviving the 19th- century American Indian tradition of spinning and knitting garments from chiengora: dog fur. Futter was born in the Dutch East Indies and her home is full of eclectic pieces, such as 50-yearold German sewing machines, says Garlick, who isn’t aware of any previous articles that have been published here on the use of chiengora – “not even in the carefully combed newsletters of pertinent New Zealand dog breeders, or arts and crafts societies”. A freelance journalist and keen photographer, Garlick has written about the life of her own Spca-acquired dog, Kiri, and of Caesar, a leonberger therapy dog who visits the elderly in rest homes. She also works part-time as a reading research assistant.