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Christmas is Going To The Dogs

I finally got around to knitting a new sweater for my dachshund-maltese (or maybe dachshund-terrier) mix. She’s small, long, and low. We didn’t realize she was just a pup when we rescued her and got her a sweater which is now too small and ragged. So I was determined to make her a sweater more appropriate to her length. The pattern I found that I really liked was for a “shorty” sweater. But it’s a simple pattern and modifying it for a smaller, longer, dog wasn’t too difficult. A lot of style for such a simple fast knit! The pattern is available here, from Doublepointed, on WordPress. I posted my notes on how I modified the pattern on Ravelry. If you’re on Ravelry, look me up! 🙂 This worked up so fast and easy that I think I’m going to make one (in a different color) for our other dog, who’s a bit closer in size to the original pattern. Pics from Instagram below. Oh, and by the way…”Christmas is Going To The Dogs” by the Eels is a fun fav Christmas song. 🙂


Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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