Security Dog Collars

New Safety collar Tutorial

I have been making regular dog collars for a while now but recently I have had requests to make a dog collar with a double D ring. This is a security feature which gives you peace of mind when you latch your dog outdoors or when you are taking him/her for a walk.

Having adopted a few shelter dogs,  the last one being a 45 pound, 4 year old and she was used to running. I was concerned with the fact that she would not respond to me when she got away from the leash. She didn’t know her name, had no formal obedience training and this worried me. Now this was not her fault, she was an abused unloved dog and the only thing she knew at the time was to run free. She did not respond to any command and I knew I had a lot of work to do to build her trust and love.

For the first year I had been concerned with her somehow breaking her collar buckle and taking off down the road. Speaking with some of my friends that wanted to order a special dog collar from me, I realized they were dealing with the same problems. The Plastic buckles that I could buy as well as the plastic buckles that came on the store bought collars were just not strong enough any more to give us any sense of security when we latched our dogs outdoors.
So.. I decided to come up with a strong , secure, and oh so cute dog collar for the medium to larger dogs. There is really no reason for the smaller dogs to have these unless you want to have an easy latch one for your convenience.
I have several of these collars made, each one I make has a bit more of a tweek to it and today I have finally come up with a final design that I am happy with.
As well as having the collars for sale I am now working up a full tutorial for you to make your own security dog Collars.. make one for your own dog, your friends dog or make as many as you want to sell online.. all I will ask is that you don’t claim the pattern as your own., resell or modify it as your own.  Please give me credit for the long hours and many tries and failures I had before the final design.
These can be made with just 1″ webbing or you can go crazy and add decorative ribbon,  or fabric to one side of the webbing. Mix it up and be creative!
Right Now I am in the middle of drafting the tutorial and this will take me a bit of time but once I am happy with it I will release it on this site as well as ETSY.com

I am really excited about this venture. I love creating new things.

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New Little Boys’ Belts

Another design for this week. I am trying to figure out a way to use up all the webbing I have here and here is my next product.

The belts are size

Small – 33 inches (Fits a 24/25 Inch waist or a 8/10 pant) 

This length belt has and extra  9 inches added to the waist size, which will allow for the belt to wrap around his waist, under the D rings and then fit through the first belt loop on the pants to secure it.

Little boys belt size  Small - 33 inches (Fits a 24/25 Inch waist)

Little boys belt size
Small – 33 inches (Fits a 24/25 Inch waist or an 8/10 pant )               $12 +$3.00 s/h

Little Boys Belt  Small - 33 inches (Fits a 24/25 Inch waist or a 8/10 pant)

Little Boys Belt
Small – 33 inches (Fits a 24/25 Inch waist or a 8/10 pant)   $12 +$3.00 s/h

These will be selling for $12 -$14 depending on the lengths. I will also be making bigger boy belts with a buckle attached to it. As soon as the supply of buckles arrive.

I am pretty well done in for the day. Time to clean up the studio for the weekend and go to the TV room to start a Purple sparkly hat for my Grand daughter.

oh boy  oh boy.. what a mess in here!!… hehehehe

Tartan Dog Collar

I have decided up to use some more of my stash in my room. The other day I found a container that had rolls of webbing and dishes of dog accessory hardware. WELL NOW!.. I proceeded to muck up my room again. I dug out my cutting boards, sewing machine and got at it. I have made the first one of my leashes. Not sure I like the double fabric for such a small leash. It feels too thick, I also made a collar, so I have the harness, collar and leash. size Small

Step in harness

So the next set I will be making with the design fabric or ribbon on the outside only. Much nicer for the small sets.

Also I have a different design bouncing around in my head so I am going to work on that design. So if you hear clanking, thumping and loud screams, do not fret, it is only me trying to get my head around the pattern. HAHAHA

I have also finished what is the first in the line of Tartan Collar sets. I will have Cape Breton Tartan, New Brunswick Tartan, Nova Scotia Tartan and Newfoundland Tartan sets in production within the following week.

PEI Tartan on the front and Dark Green webbing. The 4 ft leash comes with a metal swivel clasp.

PEI Tartan on the front and Dark Green Webbing.      Medium size 12″ – 19″                     The 4 ft leash comes with a metal swivel clasp.     This can be purchased right now in my shop.     $20.00 + $5.00 shipping in canada.                         buynowdog

So with all this being done the last few days, I am taking a break to have a bagel for lunch and to check my emails.

Be safe and remember!… if you see something brown on the side of the road, for goodness sake step over it.. hahaha

Sock Monkey Mittens

Well I did it. I finally made something for myself. A few years ago I saw a pair of mittens on Zibbet for sale, unfortunately that pair was sold and the lady had no idea when she could get another pair made.. I then asked her if she would sell the pattern and she made excuses and said she didn’t have time to write it up. So after a few years I figured.. HEY.. I can do this!.. I got my yarn out,, the picture of the mittens and away I went. The first pair turned out a bit big for me

Blue Sock Monkey Mittens.. so someone else in my house got this pair as a gift.

So on to another pair.. Grey with white and red for me (once I found the yarn in my studio).. hahaha..

They turned out great, knit tightly for warmth and sized for my hands

sock monkey mitts

I think they turned out pretty great!.. don’t you think?.. The problem now is what yarn to use. The bernat softee chunky is no longer available. Well actually it is now revamped from 14 st =4″  to 11 st = 4″ and I might have to go out and try that yarn. I do think that it would be much too thick to make a comfy mitten but we will see.

Right now I have taken some yarn I have in my studio and have doubled it up with some white to make a ragg type yarn and I hope to get another pair made to see if that will work. It won’t twist like the denim or ragg yarn so it will have a totally different look from the first two I made. Oh well….I am determined to do some stash busting and hopefully people will like the newer mitts as much as they like the first two I made.

On to try out the doubled up yarn

Pictures to follow

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Sock Monkey Mittens

Well I did it!!!.. I saw a pair of mittens I really liked online and the woman was not prepared to write up her pattern. Been asking for a couple of years so I decided.. heck.. I can do that!!.. I dug out my chunky yarn. found the grey,, and red… but could not for the life of me find my white chunky so I figured.. hey a pair of boy type ones. It didn’t take me long to knit them, once I figured out how to start them off. Oh.. did I say!.. these are top down mittens. The one thing about mittens that I really don’t like is the pucker at the top and they always seem to go pointed at the top.. ugh.. so I figured..hmmm. I love the toe up socks so why not use that skill to make the top down mittens.. well howdy DO   I worked!.. The second mitten will go much faster as I think I have the gist of the basic pattern done up. Also did the afterthought thumb which makes the knitting go so much faster.

So here is the right mitten I have just finished

Blue Sock Monkey Mittens

The top is just the way I wanted.. well.. not exactly.. need it a bit rounder but this pattern works great!.. I am thinking of making several pairs for the winter and bonus!.. it will use up my chunky yarn that I have stored in my studio.

So on to the second mitten. I am also writing down the pattern and it could possibly be for sale in the near future.

Things You Should Know About Introverts

MStarr:

I couldn’t had said it any better.

Originally posted on Playfully Tacky:

From MeetTheIntroverts.com

From MeetTheIntroverts.com

1) We need to recharge alone.
This right here is the cusp of the entire introvert v. extrovert debate (if there is one, anyway) – Introverts need to be alone to recharge. We tend to get completely worn out by socializing. This is basically what it means to be an introvert.

2) We don’t hate being around people, but we probably hate crowds.
I love being with people, but if you drop me into a large crowd I instantly feel like I’m alone and invisible. I try to avoid situations where I feel that way, so I may decline your open invitation to some random event. It doesn’t mean I don’t like to be around you, it just means I like to have more control over my surroundings.

3) We don’t mind silence.
I can sit beside you in silence and not think we are having a bad…

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Converting Knitting into Crochet Stitches

And here I go again. My brain is in overtime now.  I have had several people ask me if my dog sweaters are available in crochet form.. um.. never did that since I have been a knitter for years, but I do love a challenge you know. I have decided that I am going to attempt to convert my knitting patterns for my dog sweaters into crochet patterns. I have found a site that helps you to figure out your knitting stitches and how to convert them into crochet stitches.

( http://crafts.creativebug.com/convert-knit-stitches-crochet-stitches-1808.html)

I have taken my pattern and hand wrote the instructions for the crochet pattern and now I am going to sit and try to figure out what to do. The only thing that is really puzzling me is the decrease stitches.. hmm.. should I do a decrease on the body of the sweater or on the chest piece. And hmm.. how am I going to do the collar. should I keep it looking like the rib stitch? So many questions of myself.  If I do the body then I am not sure how the decrease will work out as I have too many rows in my decrease to work out the conversion. I will figure it out as I go along I guess. One good thing about crochet is that if you don’t like what you are doing, or you have made a mistake it is easy enough to pull out and redo from a particular row.. So.. here I go.  Off to figure this out

Pictures to follow as I am going along.

Have a great sunny day