FO: A Sweater for Cher

We adopted Cher from HART Rescue the day before Thanksgiving in 2013. Her Gotcha Day has become one of my favorite days of the year to celebrate.
This is one of the first photos I took of her, she was scared and so was I. I’d never had a dog before and I didn’t know what to expect, what to do and my husband was at work so I was all alone with this strange creature. But over the last 3 years I think we’ve figured it all out just fine and I realized that as much as she needed to be rescued, I needed her just as much.
Portrait of a Pup
This 12 year old dog spent 3 years in 3 different shelters before a rescue group picked her up. Sometimes I feel like she was waiting for me to find her and wondering what took me so long. As wonderful as she is I just don’t understand why anyone would give her (or Jellybean) up but I’m here now and she’s spoiled absolutely rotten for as long as she is with me (and I hope that’s a long time). So as the holidays are getting near and I am trying to coordinate outfits for a family photo (you may remember my holiday photo from 2015 and from 2014) I decided Cher needed a new sweater because she couldn’t repeat and I already bought a new sweater for Jellybean.
Cher's Max sweater
In a day I was able to whip up the Max sweater for Cher and I was so excited and wanted to share that I 1. only took pics with my cell phone 2. didn’t even block the sweater yet. Knitting dog sweaters is just as quick and adorable as baby sweaters in my opinion. Plus the sweaters in this book are all top down and easy to modify. My husband keeps saying I need to make a billion dog sweaters and sell them at Eastern Market. If only I had the time.
Cher's Max sweater
This was too cute to not share my Cher. I used leftover yarn from a scarf I made for Kendell a while ago, Berroco Vintage in the Black Current and Oats colors.
Cher's Max sweater
Cher of course promptly went to sleep in her sweater right after I snapped a few pics. I think she enjoys a warm and cozy hand knit. Clearly she’s the right dog for me. And since Jellybean is so small I’ll have to experiment and work on modifying a pattern to fit her tiny frame. In the meantime I’ll keep buying her little sweaters from my favorite doggy site, Baxter Boo. Seriously, they have everything and they always have a sale. And hopefully we will get a nice family photo of the 4 of us during the Thanksgiving break. I’m taking the rest of the week off to enjoy my family and friends and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving/rest of the week as well. But let me also say, I’m thankful for you! You come and read my blog, share comments and tips and give lots of support. Like I always say, yarn people are the best people.

Happy Thanksgiving!

16 Replies to “FO: A Sweater for Cher”

  1. Happy holidays to you, Dana, and Happy Adoption Anniversary to Cher ❤ She really is such a sweetie "kolač od maka" (poppy seed cake) type of dog !

  2. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! I can’t stand it!! Precious Cher in her handknit sweater!!! ❤ Your post made my day! 🙂

    Happy happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend. I hope it's full of all the things you love!! Be well!

    1. I knew you’d love this post. I can’t resist knitting Cher a sweater. Now if I could just get the sizing right for Jelly…
      And happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  3. Happy Anniversary to adorable Cher!
    Last month was our cat’s first adoption anniversary but cats, unlike dogs, really hate wearing sweaters 😦

  4. Your dogs are your runway models! I love seeing them in their gear. We are thinking about getting a dog but the husband has until his 2017 birthday to really decide if we should get one.

    1. I will say if you do get a dog consider a rescue dog. They really appreciate the love. I can’t even believe how my girls were in shelters! I can’t imagine not having them with me.

      1. I’ve heard about rescue cats and dogs, plus fostered ones. I like how ppl get to really know their personalities and so a family can really find the best fit for them. We’ll see.

  5. If you sell them at Eastern Market, I will ask if you can make one for my son’s dog – a Staffordshire Terrier aka pit bull- named Connie; my parents as well as my son live quite close to Eastern Market, and before you say “no,” might I encourage you, since you’re an academic as well, to always be open to diversifying your income streams, as I like to say. I keep thinking about either training as a yoga instructor or studying reflexology since I have no idea how long I’ll have my job – hah! (And seriously, I am laughing at this).

    1. Well academia is my secondary stream of income, hence why I don’t have the time to do it. I think I will eventually I just get overwhelmed by the idea of it all.

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