Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Knitting a dog sweater for a Vizsla

Whiskey models her new fashion
This post is a long time coming as I've been working on a sweater for Whiskey for a couple months now in between other projects.  I've started knitting a year ago and mostly use Youtube to learn as well as Raverly for patterns. When I first started, I noticed someone had posted a pattern for a dog sweater with a Vizsla modelling it so of course I needed to make it! We live in Canada, it can pretty chilly in the winter, and Whiskey is a bit skinny (no matter how much she eats) so it's great to have a nice warm merino to throw on.
Good for male or female
This was my first experiment into joining parts together and picking up stitches for a sleeve. The only other things I've made before are lots of hats, scarves, snoods, and blankets. This was so much fun and much quicker than a human sweater.
She's so warm in it!
The pattern isn't highly detailed but for $2.00 it was very helpful for a starting place. I choose two skeins of superwash merino wool from TOSH VINTAGE (Laurel and Jade) but needed to buy a third skein for the arm sleeves (not needed but I just wanted a nicer finish). For a more interesting knit, I started some cabling down the spine of the sweater as well as a gradient from dark to light green. Also, I knitted the neck in the round rather than flat since I thought it would make the joining easier and cleaner. I finished the bottom with ribbing and added more ribbing on the "sleeves". I had to adjust the arm holes a couple times to find the right fit for Whiskey.

Starting out I worked the neck in the round
splitting off into flat after the neck
So much fun changing into the second color
showing the split
In all, it was an easy knit, and now that I know her size, I can make the next one much quicker. Whiskey tolerates "clothing" quite well for a dog but I would make sure your pup is ok with sweaters before starting out. I would also suggest to knit in the round so you can constantly try the project on the dog as you go so there are no surprises. I think for the next one, I'll extend the length of the inner belly section, make that section a bit more narrow, and maybe make the whole thing a bit longer.

Two pieces
cabling detail

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Widgeon Falls

Paddling on Pitt Lake
Now this was an adventure! To get to Widgeon Falls, one must drive to Pitt Lake, canoe or kayak across, make your way up a creek, and then hike a couple kilometers to a beautiful waterfall. This was my first time and I really enjoyed this day trip. The previous day Whiskey had cut her back paw so we were happy for a short walk (and a bootie to protect her).

The sunrise light on blueberry fields
Arriving at Pitt Lake
Whiskey and Millie, her half sister
We woke up really early on Sunday to drive to the canoe rental shop since we had heard it can get really busy and we had a big group that didn't want to miss out on canoes (11 people and 4 dogs). Well the shop was supposed to open at 8am but we didn't realize we needed to knock next door in order to get the shopkeeper (presumably living next door) to open up so we waited around for a good half hour before figuring it out.

Tugging on a found sock, yucky!
What mom? can we go yet?
Millie checking out the view
You got the canoe? Lets go!
The canoe was wonderful and all dogs behaved themselves, even the boat with 4 people and 2 dogs (we were on a 3 person 1 dog canoe). Canoeing to the hike point can be harder than you expect if you aren't used to paddling and steering but we had enough Canadians to work it out.

a 4 person 2 dog canoe
Little Ginger was also keeping watch in her canoe
It was hard to keep Whiskey fully inside
Amazing mist on the creek
Really beautiful scenery
She kept sniffing the water
We reached the hike point (also the camping grounds) in an hour and the hike itself is very pretty and quite short. The falls were fantastic (my best friend even trucked in a cake to celebrate my birthday early) and it was just wonderful to sit in the sun.

Beautiful light on the trail
Millie takes a dip in the cold water
Widgeon Falls 
Part of our group
A little birthday on the rocks
My family
Millie inspects a hole
Shira is our gorgeous 4th dog today
We had paddled out in the early morning on high tide (Pitt lake is large enough to be tidal) but coming back was reaching low tide so there were moments the heavier canoes had to be pushed to get through some very shallow parts (it's a good idea that someone has water shoes). Also, on the way back Whiskey decided she had enough with canoeing and jumped out into the marsh. We were really happy we could convince her to get back in without jumping out ourselves! I do believe my Vizsla is not the biggest fan of canoes and would rather walk.

Whiskey jumps out for a run