Sunday, October 25, 2015

A cotton-candy striped party sweater for the catdog

This was pretty much inevitable. Any dog who has a heated bed with her own handmade quilt and bobble-trimmed feather pillow--I'm not exaggerating--is bound to get a handknit sweater eventually. It is just possible that somebody around here is spoiled...fancy organic venison dog food, anyone?

[I'll admit that part of me made this only because of how cute it looks on her...]

Does she need a sweater? According to the vet, she doesn't. Would she like one? I think most definitely. This dog would nap with her head directly in the fireplace if it weren't for the glass front. She gets up on the couch to stick her cold feet underneath my leg. She presses her face against the blowing furnace vent and sighs with a deep, rattling moan of contentment. She likes to be warm. Well, what kind of knitter would I be to deny her the great pleasures of a handknit pullover, fancy with cotton candy stripes?

The pattern is here. I made the large size for the 44-pound Catdog, and used all acrylic yarns--vintage, thrifted, the kind of yarns that are made with "Orlon" and have an outer layer of armor. They come in those sausage-shaped skeins and have 59 cent price tags. You know the ones I mean. This yarn is, um, durable. Five billion years from now when the sun has swallowed the earth in a cataclysmic supernova, the only thing left, floating alone in the silent vastness of the Milky Way, will be this dog sweater. Catdog, you're welcome.

Nobody around here is going to be cold. Not on my watch.

 

 

40 comments:

  1. Oh my God I love this and Catdog so much! She looks adorable. :-)

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  2. Well someone knows how to make 59 cent Orlon look gorgeous!!!

    Cindy Bee

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  3. Oh, I just LUUUUURRRRVVVVV it! I am going to scurry off to plan one for my 100 pound cuddle-bug!

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  4. Oh, I just LUUUUURRRRVVVVV it! I am going to scurry off to plan one for my 100 pound cuddle-bug!

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  5. Love the sweater!!! So sweet.

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  6. Kristen, it is that final photo of your adorable catdog with the background of multi-colored fallen leaves against the still deeply green lawn that stole my heart.

    Your exploration of the power of knitted stripes is fantastic. Please do carry on.

    xo

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  7. Awwwwwww Catdog looks wonderful in her nice cozy sweater! She seems so sweet, it lifts my heart when she is included in your highly creative adventures!

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  8. OMG! She's absolutely adorable, this little Catdoggie :) The sweater's colour key is really stylish: exactly what a girl needs on a gloomy autumn day.

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  9. I have an actual dogcat, but he loves loves loves to be warm. His very favourite thing is to be allowed into the bed (a Sunday morning treat), and he then climbs under the duvet and curls up behind my knees and is utterly happy with lot, and hotter than you would like anyone wearing a fur coat could stand. I'm very tempted to make him a wee jumper to wear at night in winter.

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    1. Wow - typos and grammatical snafus galore! I meant to say - I have an actual dogcat, and he loves loves loves to be warm. His very favourite thing is to be allowed into the bed (a Sunday morning treat), where he then climbs under the duvet and curls up behind my knees and is utterly happy with his lot, and hotter than you would think anyone wearing a fur coat could stand. I'm very tempted to make him a wee jumper to wear at night in winter.

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  10. Oh I love it! I recently tried a doggy sweater and it didn't turn out the right size at all - pretty sure my gauge was a bit too big, and I measured my pup wrong. But, then again, he is an odd size - barrely chested little Chihuahua mix that is adorable, but oddly shaped xD So thank you for sharing which pattern this is as well, as it's another to try! :D
    I'm so certain your Catdog will love it - my little man loves to be as warm as possible as well, and will lay in the sun even if it's hot out, and come back to me panting and happy as can be :D

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  11. Love your sweater...or Catdogs sweater to be more exact. I made one for our Chloe from that same pattern. She's a lab and always has her face in the fireplace too. She wants to be warm and loves her sweater.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  12. Oh how I love your Catdog and your love for her. She certainly looks spiffing in her new togs.

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  13. Ah, posts like this make it worth getting up in the morning. Priceless.

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  14. that made me laugh!
    she looks adorable! & very appreciative of the coat too!
    thanx for sharing!

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  15. I love it! I think I need to make one for my dog.

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  16. I love it! I think I need to make one for my dog.

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  17. Catdog looks even more beautiful in her sweater! She looks so very pleased with it.

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  18. haha She looks like she loves it. What a sweetie.
    xx Beca

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  19. Catdog is a natural sweater model, so cute.

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  20. I'm working on sweater #6 for my little bundle of joy, and, of course, the planning of a 2015 holiday version is also in the works. You are right about the durable yarn!

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  21. Fabulous! She looks mighty proud of her sweater.

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  22. She is a very pretty girl and looks grrreat in her new sweater. You have done a lovely job and I'm sure she appreciates the added warmth. :) Some dogs just love to be warm, mine love the fireplace but not going under the covers. They are like little ovens and make me too hot even when they are on the outside of the covers. :) Hot bods. lol Love your blog and all that you share! Thank you
    Victoria BC
    Canada

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  23. She and it are beautiful! Love how you love your dog! Love my dog, too, but she is always hot and looking for the air or open window!

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  24. Best sentence ever: 'Five billion years from now when the sun has swallowed the earth in a cataclysmic supernova, the only thing left, floating alone in the silent vastness of the Milky Way, will be this dog sweater. ' If you publish a book I will be first in line to buy it.
    And cutest dog and sweater. lovely colours for both.

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  25. 59 cents? that means you haven't bought acrylic yarn since the 70s, or you got it at a thrift store. Even el-cheapo Red Heart is 4 bucks a skein. a good choice though, and a lovely lovely sweater! because after all, who wants to make a dog sweater with yarn that cost Eleventy-thousand dollars for 2oz of string. I wouldn't. Love this, I want one for my dog right now. :)

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  26. Smiling at your pitter patter today and of course your catdog coat. I always wondered who made these!!! Now I know. Jo x

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  27. Perfection. You're too funny. :)

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  28. She is adorable. Methinks she needs a matching hat.

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  29. Oh bother, I now need to start knitting a sweater for the dog in our life... I never even knew about dog sweaters

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  30. Toooooooo wonderful for words! You've made my day and Catdogs! Perfect. Rebecca x

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  31. Look at her face! She's adorable in her new doggie sweater, and you are such a good mama :)

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  32. What a adorable baby and she looks awesome in her new sweater! Love your post, you are a great doggie mom.

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  33. Fantastic dog and beautiful sweater on her, congratulations,ann

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  34. Fantastic dog and beautiful sweater on her, congratulations,ann

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