Here's the great news!
$5 from each sale goes to the charity of my choice. My donation will go to Bernie Berlin's A Place to Bark animal rescue. Click here to shop at Pretty Darn Swell and help a wonderful cause! This print will only be available for the month of January, get them while you can!
On the topic of Bernie's rescue, my mom and I created a prototype for Noel's hat. If you don't know Noel's story, here's a quick update - Noel is missing both her ears because of being used as a bait dog by mean horrible people. Bernie has brought her to her rescue and she is on the mend. You can read more about Noel on Bernie's blog. We thought it would be fun to make her new hats with ears so when she is all healed she can can be one stylish puppy.
Mom finished a prototype headband today, this one has little cat ears in case Noel feels catty one day. We're going to send it to Bernie to see if it fits Noel, and if it does then we can make others. Thanks to Jolene for the headband idea!
If you'd like to try making Noel a hat too, here are her measurements:
10 inches from the top of her head around her head back to under her chin
if making a headband type hat as we did make it about 3 inches wide to cover where her ears used to be
if making a round type hat her head is 15.25 inches in circumference.
To mail the hat, Bernie's address is on her blog in the right sidebar.
EDITED: I uploaded a very rudimentary diagram of the headband we made. Download it as a PDF here.
Of course after making the hat we couldn't resist putting it on our critters....
Here's Stan wearing the hat Mom made for Noel, as you can see he's not thrilled to be a hat model (Stan came from Bernie's rescue and we love him so much!)
And Toby .. I woke him from a nap, so he's not a happy camper either!!
OK wonderful! I'll trace the prototype she made and upload a PDF so you can download it. I don't know how to make the pattern in "knitting language"
hope this helps!
have a great night!
Thanks to you Claudine for also being an Animal Angel...I will pass this along to all the knitters I know, so that Noel can be the doggie diva she was meant to be...
Cast on 16 stitches, knit 6 rows of plain until measures 10 inches then castoff. Crotcheted strings at each end.
Ears - Cast on 8 stitches; knit 6 rows in plain, knit 2 together at beginning and end of next row; knit two rows; knit 2 together at beginning and end of next row; repeat until down to 2 stitches, knit two together.
I made 4 of these triangle shapes and stiched two together then we padded each ear-shape with matching wool and sewed them to the knitted strip.
Nothing fancy but you get the idea.
best of everything in the coming year to you and stan, paul, tobey and that uber crafty mom of yours!
I am so glad the headband cat ears idea I sent you was of some help.
I, like everyone, was so compelled to help Noel in anyway we possibly could.
Cheers to you and your mom!
I am sure Noel will look beautiful in this hat, with her own special ears.
Big yay for you and your mum.
And here's to Noel having the life she deserves!
I am really glad you came up with a soft solution. :)