Dapper Dogs

Knitted up a couple of custom sweaters for charity auctions, bringing in $110 to help with medical bills for Westies.

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Here’s Brady looking dashing in his hand-knit.

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Lily my fit model was too snoozy to try on this work in progress
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Awake and ready for her close up. This hand-knit went to another Westie named Winnie, but Lily was happy to try it on!
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“Are you sure I can’t keep it?” Looks like I’m on task to knit Lily another sweater😀

Shhh! Don’t tell the dogs…

…but we also help cats!

A local cat shelter called H.A.R.T. put out an APB on Facebook, asking for fleece blankets recently. Since I work for an apparel company that happens to have scrap bins of fabric free for the taking, I put a poster outside a couple of the bins:

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I couldn’t believe the response I got! This is just a little bit of the fabric passed on:

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Seriously, my car was FULL! People were so excited to contribute, it made a normal work week so much more exciting! I already knew I worked with GREAT people, but the community that came together for the kitties was amazing!

Yay kitties!

Also Yay pups! (finishing another sweater, new shipment of two sweaters going out to Southern Comforts Animal Rescue TX this week!)

Crochet Patterns

EclecticNana on Ravelry was kind enough to suggest some Crochet Patterns. Thank you, EclecticNana!

http://allcrafts.net/crochet/petscrochet.htm

http://members.optusnet.com.au/we2/cabledog.html

http://debbiejean.blogspot.com/2009/12/doggie-sweater.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20111109232127/http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/Accessories/WR1095%20Dogs%20Crochet%20Granny%20Square%20Sweater.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20120907232622/http://www.caron.com/projects/ss/ss41_dots_dog_coat.pdf

http://webfunnel.net/pdfs/95.pdf

http://web.archive.org/web/20111010221645/http://www.coatsandclark.com/NR/rdonlyres/6F28D266-736E-4829-83FA-4CDE89B5BFEB/93685/WR1035.pdf

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Intention

If you give me a gift, I will think of you every time I see it. Even something simple as a tea towel elicits a reaction of gratitude for the gift and the person who gave it.

Perhaps matter holds memory, perhaps it is merely a projection. But the mere act of giving brings a little bit of self to the gift creating a bridge between giver and receiver.

I’d like to think that kindness of the giver attaches itself, weaving itself into the fabric, even more so if it’s handmade. (If you’ve read the book/seen the movie “Like Water for Chocolate” you know what I’m talking about. Basically the emotions of the main character are carried through every dish she cooks effecting the people who eat her food. Really good movie & read, I highly recommend it!)

I’d like to think that when we create sweaters for doggies, the warmth of our intent is also felt. A dog’s perception is so unique, maybe your kindness embeds a scent and the sweater feels a bit like an embrace.

xoxo,

Sweaterpups