Thursday, December 08, 2005

Nothing Says Christmas Like Tiny Sweaters...

Last Christmas I made my canine sibling (i.e. mom's dog) Jack a doggie sweater. It was black with white edging and had "Spoilt Rotten" embroidered on the back over a little pocket just big enough to hold a tiny bone. Not that you would ever put a bone into a pocket on the back of dog sweater where they couldn't reach it - that would just be cruel. Oh heck - who am I kidding - we put a little bone in there but it was just to take a picture I swear. Anyway, imagine my surprise when on my last visit home said super-cute sweater came out of the closet for winter use and it was practically threadbare. Apparently, he wears it everyday when it's cold out and what with all the washing, it's started to come undone. Finally a family member who truly appreciates my handknits. For wearing out the first sweater, Jack is getting a brand spanking new one in a thicker and more durable wool to keep him toasty on those cold winter walks. Good boy Jackie - GOOD BOY!!

Doesn't Bigsy look thrilled to be modeling a dog sweater...he actually took it much better than I had expected. There was a period of laying down limply (passive resistance?) and then I think he was trying to kick it off but eventually he accepted his fate and I was able to get a couple of shots.

There are also a couple of new babies to knit for this year and they all seem to be little girls. I made this popsicle pink Debbie Bliss Poppy Baby Bolero for little Elise. I hope she will be cute in it - it matches the pattern measurements but I'm a bit worried that the arms are too long - maybe they just look that way because it is cropped - messes up the expected proportions or something. Anyhow, it was super-fast and will be darling (I hope).

Is it weird that I keep mistyping Poppy as Poopy?? Must be the whole baby thing...

Oh! And before I forget, I got a big yarn order from knitpicks yesterday - expect photos soon - I can finally get the rest of my Christmas knitting underway - hoot!

Project Specs:

Good Boy Sweater!
Pattern: Patons Another Dogs Life Booklet
Yarn: Briggs and Little Tuffy (80% wool 20% nylon) - approx. 1 skein
Comments: If I were to make this sweater again, I would be more careful on the duplicate stitch - I did it a bit too tightly and it puckers ever so slightly. Hard to tell when Bigsy is wearing it like a sausage casing though. Baby Bolero
Pattern: Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora Booklet - Poppy
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora (used about 2 1/2 balls - pattern calls for 4 - the sizing and gauge are correct so I have to ask why does DB always overestimate yardage in her patterns??)
Comments: This was a super fast knit. I tried out a new technique from Vogue Knitting for binding off K2XP2 rib with a yarn needle and loved the outcome. No curling or puckering on the ribbing bind off and it doesn't have that straight edge look which really works out on the curvy Bolero edging. It took a few minutes to get the hang of it but I will definitely be using that bind off again.


Anonymous Caren said...

HOW did you manage to get the sweater on your cat?? There's no way in hell still I'd be alive if I tried putting a sweater on one of my cats.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Aw, your little furry sibling is going to love a new sweater! I have a doggy sweater pattern ... maybe my Mom's little cock-a-poo would like a sweater. Hmmmm. Maybe after xmas ... I've already got too much to do! *lol*

The "poopy" is very cute. I love Debbie Bliss' baby patterns.

Happy knitting!

2:15 PM  
Blogger yahaira said...

that is freaking adorable dude! I wish my dog would let me do that, but I think huskies have an anti sweater stance. or maybe it's just mine!

That baby sweater is cute as anything! That baby is going to have a good fashionable start to life : )

6:46 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Too cute. Bailey would eat me in my sleep, otherwise I'd have one of those on her in a heartbeat (the dinosaur one on the front cover, though).

9:05 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I LOVE that picture! I can't even imagine my cat sitting still long enough for me to put it on! This little pic will bring a smile to my face all day long - so funny! :)

and the baby sweater is precious - fashionable baby indeed!

3:23 AM  
Anonymous Janine said...

The cat just looks completley bewildered -grin. I love that baby cardi - I want a grown up version! I have been looking for a pattern like that for a while.

3:24 AM  
Blogger Terhi said...

So cute! But the expression on Bigsy's face... he doesn't look too friendly. The baby bolero looks super cute too!

3:30 AM  
Blogger the knitrider said...

both of thsoe are sooo cute! i cant imagine how in the world you would get a cat to wear a sweater. when i had a cat, he wouldnt even let me pet him. he was quite a loner!

8:44 AM  
Anonymous anna said...

good work with bigsy although i have to tell you he doesn't look impressed. in fact he looks as though he's about to climb up the curtains. he follows harvey in the (short) tradition of black cats in sweaters.

4:29 AM  
Anonymous li said...

HA HA! I love the cat sweater and the model wearing it - very dashing. I plan on making sweaters for my boys, I hope they appreciate handknits. And the pink bolero is adorable as well!

6:29 AM  
Blogger Dani said...

I love that little doggie sweater! How precious on Biggy! I wonder if my kitties would take that! I think so :) Have a great holiday season :)

8:28 AM  
Blogger Lynette said...

my daughter saw the cat photo and said that he was cross-dressing! great pics.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Chrissy said...

Omigod! Your cat clothing is just priceless!

9:34 PM  

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