Owls in the Woods
We've been doing a lot of hiking lately and Rosie missed the memo about Yorkies being fru-fru dogs - this dog can HIKE! We've gone on a number 5+ miles hikes through the woods, on and off trail and through rough terrain. She has been a trooper! And it's nice because now that she is properly trained to come and stop when called we can have her off-leash which she just loves.
But the past few times we went hiking I started to become worried because she is so small, fast and blends in with the fall colors of the forest. So I thought I could make some neon-colored clothing to mark she was a pet and not some hunt-able game critter.
After hunting around for some neon yarn I found some at a big box store. Not stoked that I had to purchase yarn at a big box but neon must not be a eagerly sought out color. I ended up with Caron Simply Soft neon orange and yellow. Again not super happy - but it works for what I need here. Besides I spray the natural tick repellent on Rosie when we go hiking so really I guess it's okay if I get this sweater all gross and I have so much yarn left over I could knit a couple more for the queue.
Pattern: Ginny's Cardigan by Mari Chiba
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in neon orange
Needles: US 5
Started: Oct. 7, 2013
Finished: Oct 13, 2013
I decided to knit this as a button-on shell sweater as I've knit for Rosie before. I don't even need a pattern anymore and can easily wing it as I go. However instead of making a plain stockinette or garter stitch back, this time I decided to add a pattern. I ended up using the owl pattern from my new Interweaves magazine, The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, special edition. This particular lace pattern is the back of a gorgeous cardigan inspired by Ginny Weasley. I actually intend to knit this cardigan for myself but I thought it would be adorable as a doggie hiking sweater. The pattern itself was easy enough, although purling the 4 yarn overs was a bit cumbersome and I think I was a little sloppy on two of the eyes. But again, this is just a hiking sweater and it was nice practice for when I do knit this for myself.