10 January 2012

Snuggly Warm

Meet Lucy.

My aunt came across this boxer/pit bull mélange while driving down O street.  Having no tags and only a luggage suitcase strap attached to her collar, it was pretty evident that she was lost.  After no claims were made for her at the humane society, my aunt took her in (I think soft spots on the heart just for animals is a genetic characteristic I've received).  Inevitably, she and Clay became fast friends.
Lucy was not to be left out this Christmas season, so I snagged some yarn from my mom and took to the internet.  There are mountains of free sites for dog sweater patterns, especially if you're looking for something in particular.  I chose the Lion Brand Yarn website, stuffed full with a plethora of free knitting and crocheting guides, ultimately deciding on the City Stripes Dog Sweater pattern.  You'll be required to sign up, but it's worth it for the patterns, most of which are a snap.  I didn't bother striping the pattern since the yarn was already flashy enough.

After a few hours of knitting, the bulk of the work was finished and it just became a matter of stitching the two pieces together.  Clay reluctantly modeled it for me . . .
















. . . and fortunately, it turns out that it fit Lucy pretty well.
Sure, it's a little ridiculous to dress up animals but I don't think they mind.  Lucy will be a dog of a different color in her snuggly warm sweater for all her winter walks.  Plus it was so simple and fun to do, it could easily become a gift for other dog lovers.  Dogless at the moment, I think I'll knit some for a shelter pet or two . . .

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