Blue Jean Baby for My Baby

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Most of my dog sweater designs float around in my brain for quite a while before they get test-knitted, written and published.  And honestly, I can hardly wait to get a new idea on the needles. I have five or six concrete ideas in the old queue right now — just can’t make them as fast as I can think them up.

Willie had a BIG operation on his back leg at the end of May. He had a torn ligament and luxating patella repaired, and it was quite an experience for the whole family. So when July 1 rolled around and we set off for Beverly, Mass., for a month — without the dogs – I was feeling a mite guilty. Just had to make something sweet for the little one while I was gone.

Blue Jean Baby, a little knitted jean jacket for dogs, has existed in my head for quite a while — the name, the yarn, the whole thing. While on vacation, missing the baby, I worked and reworked it till I got it done. (Never done a sleeve on a dog sweater before, and I must say I was mystified, but it happened, and it works.)

We came home to find Willie had lost two pounds. (Work that guilt, Mommy!) His new, svelte self fits perfectly in his jean jacket. And I promise never again to leave my Blue Jean Baby for so long!

The pattern is available on my Patterns for Sale page (just pass over the categories at the top of the page — it’s in white type on a white background and hard to see otherwise). It’s knit in Rowan Denim and sized to fit dogs with a chest measurement of 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 or 17-18 inches.

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Knittin’ for Obama 2012

Updating my popular BARK OBAMA Dog Sweater Pattern from 2008 — get the pattern, with intarsia chart, on my Patterns for Sale page. All proceeds go to the Obama re-election campaign (I pay all Ravelry and Paypal fees). The pattern is suitable for the intermediate to experienced knitter and will fit dogs with 13-14″, 17-18″ or 19-20″ chests. It’s knit in five shades of DK-weight yarn on size 5 and 6 needles. If you don’t feel comfortable with intarsia, you can do the color work in duplicate stitch.

The Puppy Dogs’ Picnic

Check out my latest creation: Sunday Picnic, a gingham check sweater that’s perfect for a sunny day and a big blanket in the park.

Knit in two shades of sport-weight yarn — I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Ocean Blue and Fresh Cream — this sweater is a great project for practicing your stranded color work and learning how to STEEK. 

Yes, steek.

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If you have not heard this term before, a steek is a series of extra knitted stitches that enable the knitter to continue knitting in the round, so you can knit an entire fair isle garment from the right side.  That means no more purling from the back. Steeking is an old method that many knitters are afraid to try, because it involves cutting your knitting after it is done.  BUT IT WORKS!  I promise!  And a tiny dog sweater is the ideal place to try steeking, as it isn’t as frightening as cutting, say, a full-size fair isle cardigan down the center.

Full steeking instructions are included
in the pattern, as well as a chart for the gingham pattern, of course.

Try it. The pattern is available on my PATTERNS FOR SALE page here on the blog. More info on Ravelry, under My Savannah Cottage.

Silly Wabbit

    It’s not too late to get your baby all dolled up for Easter.  Willie Wabbit, pictured here, is wearing the quick and easy “Funny Bunny” knitted sweater and hat with bunny ears, which I’ve decorated with craft flowers, ribbons, felted Easter eggs and other frou-frou items from the crafts store.  The pattern is on my Patterns for Sale page, and it will take you about an evening to work up the basic outfit.  Then, have at it to make your puppy the cutest in the Easter parade.Image

St. Paddy’s Day Giveaway

Here’s a St. Paddy’s Day special for Facebook fans: Buy-one-pattern-get-one-free through Sunday, March 18, if you LIKE My Savannah Cottage on Facebook and use the coupon code on my fb page when you pay after checking out at My Savannah Cottage on ETSY ONLY. Offer good on only one deal per buyer. You must LIKE My Savannah Cottage on fb to redeem this deal (please enter your fb ID also at checkout). Tell your friends!

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 58,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

And the Winner Is …

Elizabeth McNearney!! Thank you all for visiting my blog and leaving your kind comments. After drawing her name this afternoon, I will be emailing Elizabeth free pdf’s of all my paid dog sweater patterns. Thank you again for participating, and stay tuned here for more patterns and knitting/crochet news.



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