It is with a heavy heart that I write this post! The Blissful Bookworm is one of the many knitted creations I’ve featured on my other blog, Knitting Nandu–and certainly one of my favorites. I proudly showed him off to a visiting guest, and was not careful about putting him out of Webby’s reach once the “show and tell” was over. I returned home to find my dear bookworm totally EVISCERATED…
“C” is for Choco, the name of my aunt’s Shih Tzu — and it also stand for “Cool!” Wouldn’t you agree? Choco is modeling a great turtleneck sweater that I made from a free Lion Brand pattern.
This sweater is my homage to the bold and bright solid colors that were prevalent in the mod fashions of the 1960s.
It was also the perfect way to use up a stash of Sensations Lourdes yarn that I had. I’m sure many fellow knitters can relate the the experience of seeing a bunch of yarn on sale, buying it all on impulse, and then letting that yarn sit in a storage box for years. Well, that was exactly the case with this looped yarn I bought for what seemed to be no good reason–after all, there were only a few (pretty small!) skeins in each color, the colors were all a bit loud for any of the project ideas that came across my mind, the loops were impractical for accessories since they caught on everything… Sigh—basically the best feature was that it was on clearance…until now!
Webby is ready for high society in this tailored little number! While her Pretty in Pink and Blue and Yellow Stripe Sweater make her look like a little cotton-candy fuzzball, this fitted garment really shows off her sleek and leggy physique–and yeah, I’m jealous ;)!
As I’ve said before, I just love Hand & Hand yarn–this Korean yarn is super soft and in the prettiest pastel colors. This time, I decided to knit Webby a sweater in blue and yellow stripes–the school colors of my alma mater, UCLA. Go Bruins!
I love how this fuzzy Hand & Hand yarn I bought in Korea is so soft and cuddly! When my dog, Webby, wears this sweater, she’s just like a big fluffy cloud of cotton candy walking around.
Turning my dog, Webby, into a fashion plate has become a new favorite hobby. For one thing, knitting for my little 18 lb dog provides the gratification of completing a project in just hours (or at most, a day or two), as opposed to many days (or weeks/months/years even!) for larger projects such as blankets and human clothes.
Here, she is sporting the first sweater I ever made for her. I started with Bernat Baby Coordinates in Soft Mauve for the main body piece, and Patons Brilliant in Sparkling Rose for the collar, the under piece and the flower accents.
My very energetic doggy has power jaws and an incredible love of chewing– Her sharp little teeth would gnaw a hole in no time flat, and then she would have the time of her life ripping the stuffing out. Thankfully, she didn’t care to eat it at all–but if you could only see the devilish gleam in her eye when she pulls out another mouthful of poly-fil… At least she still had a ball playing with the gutless remains until it got so raggedy I tossed it away.
After a few more knitted toys, I realized that these just weren’t for her. There are a great many dogs who are far gentler on their toys, but my dear Webby is not one of them. The good news is that she is just as happy with an empty plastic bottle, or a rattle wrapped in a rag. Clearly, she doesn’t judge books by their covers—good for her!
As I mentioned in my last post, I’m busy with preparations for my new foster doggy. After finishing the tug toy, I decided to keep going (mostly to occupy my time–Sunday seems ages away!)
Having owned a dog before, (who killed quite a few stuffed animals in his day), I kept the following in mind to craft an ideal toy:
- A knit toy vs a sewn toy. Knit items can’t easily be ripped apart. Dogs are often able to rip apart seams on typical sewn toys, allowing the filling to fall out– which is both potentially dangerous and messy.
- Cotton materials. Something durable that also holds up well to washing. We all know how doggy slobber can smell!
- Choking hazards. There are no buttons, eyes or other embellishments that can be gnawed off and swallowed.
I can hardly keep still because I’m so excited! I’ve been approved to a be foster mommy for this adorable doggy, and I will be picking her up from the shelter this Sunday. I’ve been busy with preparations, which of course, includes toys!
I’ve browsed many pages on the web for doggy toys, and while I can’t replicate some of the great toys that exist out there that use industrial materials (i.e. plastic, rubber), I realized that there was not reason why I couldn’t still give toy making a try.