Nearly 2 and a half years ago my Dad and his wife got a greyhound (called Rocky, the poor thing) from a greyhound rescue centre. Greyhounds seem to have a design flaw for living in the UK in that they struggle to keep warm in the winter. So, I decided to crochet a blanket for the poor little thing (he actually is very spoilt).
Baa Ram Ewe, my great local yarn store, had not long opened so I treated myself to a few hours browsing yarn and choosing something for the dog. I found some Wendy Mode Chunky in some bright colours and set about crocheting the blanket.
The blanket was taken to knit night and everyone commented on how lovely it was and were very surprised when they found out it was for a dog - it was far too nice!
When it reached about 15" it became apparent that this was not going to work for Rocky. It was very large and very heavy and would likely drown him as he is a rather fragile dog.
So I went out and purchased some Sirdar Supersoft Aran to make the dog blanket in which worked much better. The blanket was much lighter and the colours were far more manly for a dog that is really rather fussy.
Doesn't he look handsome?
So what to do with the previous blanket? Well, it turned out to be just the right width for a throw for a double bed, so I purchased more colours of the Wendy Mode Chunky and carried on crocheting. And then it got put away as my startitis casted on for new projects.
It remained in a cupboard for over a year......
Occasionally it came out, most often in winter when it was perfect for being able to snuggle under whilst crocheting along the top in my cold house. It felt like it would never end.
This week, I decided that I was very cold and got it out again, and I have finally finished it! It is now keeping my feet warm in bed and looks nice and bright and cheerful in my bedroom.
I might have to start another blanket now to keep me warm while I am crafting in front of the tv.....