Thursday, November 24, 2011

2011 Christmas Card Design

After much pondering I finally decided on my Christmas card design and got busy last night. Right now our backyard is carpeted in yellow leaves fallen from our Ginkgo tree and dozens of Oregon Juncos foraging in the leaves. Morgan has been calling the backyard Junco Landing.
I love how Juncos return from the mountains every Fall to spend the winter with us in the lowlands. My grandpa called them "snowbirds". Indeed! Happy Thanksgiving!

Now if we could just get some snow!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pedro's Got a Brand New Coat

My dog Pedro has very short hair and almost no body fat. He is cold all the time and seeks out heat vents, beds that are and are not his and shivers pitifully. I attempted knitting a sweater for him twice but due to his big boxy chest had a hard time getting a pullover to fit well.
I found this fabulous pattern on Ravelry. It is called Blaze and is featured in the book Top Dog Knits by Jil Eaton. It is more coat than sweater. Almost like a horse blanket really. This design seemed fitting for my 80 lb "speeding brick wall" of a dog.

I'm hoping that being felted this will serve as a raincoat on our long rainy walks in Portland. Raincoats for dogs his size run upwards of $80.
He certainly looks distinguished and I haven't seen any shivering since I put it on.
I used Cascade Eco Wool in a natural light grey colorway and size 10.5 needles. I used buttons instead of the Velcro called for in the pattern.
If I were to make this pattern again I would check it mid way through the cycle while felting. It is a wee bit too small which I never would have anticipated looking at the pre-felted garment. It was huge.