Crochet Easy Dog Sweater!

Glad your here… as it’s cold outside and our dog, a cairn terrier mix we liberated a year ago from an animal shelter, is smallish and gets cold easy. I developed an easy dog sweater that is warm, easy on and off and washable. This pattern is adaptable to any size dog as long as you measure. Three measurements are needed. Around the neck, from head to beginning of tail and around the chest or belly (which ever is larger)


Our dog Buddy is the model today so it looks real big on him.

I’m making this for a friends dog and his measurements are 16 inches around the neck, 20 inches from neck to tail, and 25 inches around the chest/ belly area.

For this sweater I am using Bernat royal blue and Red Heart white.

A size 5.5 crochet hook but use what the yarn recommends.

A button or 2 I use one that can be sewed in with yarn. Easy and looks great! They are 1.1/4 inches and are easy to sew in with yarn.  As it’s a larger dog I am doing 2 buttons.


Scissors and yarn needle

Stitches DC- double crochet (you can use any stitch you like but I used DC because then I don’t have to leave a space for the button-hole. It’s there for you.

Chain
For the sweater I chained 50 and did DC in  the 4th chain from the hook. DC to the end chain 3 turn and work your way. That’s it… yes that’s it. Well for the first part anyway.

Now I’m doing a stripped pattern so I alternated the blue and white every 2 rows. You decide if you want solid or stripped or multi-colored. I did 2 rows of blue and 2 rows of white. But again the beauty part of this easy dog sweater is you design it.

I am also, doing back loop only. After your first DC row start using the back loop only as you work the length.  It gives the sweater a great pattern design.

I also did a turtleneck so I did a few more rows so it can fold over.


After you have the length sew 3-6 inches together so it goes around your dog’s neck.

Then on one side of the sweater start don’t my D.C. Leaving an area for the front legs and back-end.


D.C. The width you need for your dog. And just eyeball the perfect position for the button or buttons.

Attach the button on the short piece b cause then you can button your pup in for the best fit.


Buddy is not happy with me because I woke him up.

See easy as can be. Just pick your color or colors and get the measurements. I add 1 inch to the numbers because the last thing your pet wants is a tight-fitting sweater.

To wash this fabulous easy sweater just wash in cold water and lay flat to dry.

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Glad your here!

Lisa

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Thrift Store Finds!

Glad your here!

So we just had a few storms come through Northern California. Today was a beautiful day so my hubby stayed home today to help do some storm repairs. We had a window that liked to turn itself in to a waterfall and a gutter that was not completely cleaned out.

After we did out work of course….. We spend the afternoon going to the 2 thrift stores here in our town. My daughter looks for clothes, hubby movies, and me book, clothes and chicken stuff. My son just went along to laugh at us I think…

I didn’t buy it because I have no place to put it but they had a John F Kennedy tapestry. 1965 from Italy. Cool in my humble opinion. Maybe I should  go back tomorrow.. $20 bucks what do you think?

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Love hunting books at thrift stores. They are not new releases but I almost always find an interesting one. This is a great place to find old cook books one of my favorite types and even do it yourself books.

I did get the Elizabeth Taylor book. For $3 it was a deal….. I love biographies on the stars who from the golden age of movies..

I DID NOT get the David Hasselhoff book…… I loved Knight Rider when I had a HUGE crush on him…  and I did watch Baywatch but……..I was cracking up in the book isle….

You have to hunt for good quality clothing at thrift stores but its worth it. Here is my daughter hiding in the racks… We found 2 shirts for .50 cents each and a sweatshirt for $2. Here is a tip…. ALWAYS wash the items before you wear them…. ICK!!!

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SCORE!!!!! Found this handmade chicken purse for $8 brand new. Yes I will be using it too. It’s how I torment the family…. I’m cool like that….

Found a few movies too. We tend to watch movies and binge watch TV shows we like. Hubby is addicted to DVD’s but I found the Oceans Eleven set and the Audrey Hepburn set… I love old movies where you had to have real talent to become a star….. These were a bit more than we normally pay at $6 each but hey we were having a bit of fun…

So money-saving tip of the week… Take time to check out your local thrift stores. The 2 we have here are independent ones. One called Field Haven is a rescue organization for cats. We frequently donate to them. The other has been here forever and is privately owned. The prices are a little high for a thrift store but I do find deals when I hunt. Do some good and donate to those that help the community by donating items and purchasing that hard to find item.

Glad you are here!

Lisa

 

 

Chicken Raising! Basic Needs…

As you can see I am a chicken Mom… Love chickens. They always de-stress me and I get eggs.  I wanted to share some of my information I learned by keeping chickens. I hope you are thinking about getting some. They are fun to have and help you in lots of ways.

Gardens love chickens….. The pecking and scratching as well as the poop add nutrients and aerates the soil. Rich soil is a plus in gardening as you know.

So I also save money by keeping chickens. A dozen eggs at our Wal-Mart is 3.38. That is for large white eggs. I pay for a 40 lb bag of feed at $9 feeding 10 chickens all hens for about a month. I get about 8 eggs a day in peak time which I will explain in a minute making my out-of-pocket cash cost per dozen eggs about $2 bucks….  cost-effective right….

 

Not to mention my eggs are completely natural. No chemicals added and have more nutrients per egg then store-bought.. Plus, you can’t beat an egg cooked within 24 hours of collection.

The eggs in the store are not from healthy chickens. They are giving chemicals to make them lay more often than the 28 hour natural cycle. Some breeds are longer or shorter cycle. They are already old by the time they hit the stores, egg producers have 6 WEEKS to get them to the store….. Depending on what breed you choose to have your fresh eggs will be bigger too.

A few things you need to do to prep for having chickens……

1; Check your city or county and find out if you can have chickens and how many… If not well it’s completely up to you to decide if you want to risk it.

2; OK you can have chickens so now do you have space for them. They need a minimum of 4 square feet per for roaming around. That will dictate how many you can get too. Remember their lay cycles are 28 hours. You may be giving eggs away if you go over board. YES I DID…..

3; Most chicken experts recommend at least 3 chickens because they are social animals. You also need to be aware of outdoor predators like cats, dogs, hawks…. etc. Keep your other animals away from them unless you are willing to deal with the ugly details. Or train your pets to love them too.

4; You do not need a rooster to have chickens lay eggs. That is a question I have gotten before. If you have people close by you may want to keep it to hens.

5;You need a house for them. A place for them to lay eggs and perch at night. It will help you in the long run by having a way to contain them on occasion like I do. We purchase a hen-house from someone on Craigslist. $100 and 2 dog runs for $100. not too much money if you think about it. You can build your own hen house and get fencing.

6; Water and feed are important. You don’t have to spend huge money on chicken products but find out what will work for you and check out YouTube for ideas. Unless you live on 20 acres and have plenty of green and bugs for them they will need supplemental feed. Fresh water needs to be available 24-7. Feed you can feed them in the morning and a bit at night but I just have feed available 24-7 too.

7; Now is the time to research what breeds are best for you. If you live in snow country or hot area certain breeds are best for your area. Here in Northern Cal I can choose almost any breed. Contact your local farm supply store and find out what works around your area. Most of them will be selling day old chicks in the spring.

8; Make sure your area you have for the chickens has ample shade and sun. Chickens need at least 10 hours of sun to lay eggs and be healthy. Shade for when its hot out is good too. They can’t sweat and have hot feathers. They need an area to cool off. I set up a mister so they can be cooler when it’s over 100 degrees.

There you go…. the 8 things you should think about before you bring those fur balls home. I hope this helps you with the basic information you will need to know before you get any chicks or chickens.

In my next Chicken Raising article I will take you though the frist steps of chick babies. What they need and how to raise them so they love you as much as you love them.

Questions or comments please leave them here… I want to help you and you can help others…

Glad your here!

Lisa