Thursday, July 4, 2013

They Never Came Back, 'Til the Fourth of July

Happy Independence Day!  We are back on the home front.  I am celebrating this holiday by taking several long walks so Gris and Coop are tuckered out by the time fireworks come.  Typically it's not too loud.  Just a few distant booms.  But you can never predict what people will do in the neighborhood or how the dogs will react for that matter. 

The dogs should be a little jaded by the sounds since we've been having thunderstorms almost every day for the past week.  I don't ever remember having this much rain on consecutive days.  It should be a rule that it only ever rains at night.  Mother Nature just told me to eff off...

To tucker the boys out, I found this frisbee pattern and modified it for small dogs and to just use one color yarn (Ain't nobody got time for that).  I was all excited (easily transportable, and just all around cuter than a plastic frisbee.  Could also throw it in the wash!), took them to the dog park, and...  they were so unimpressed.  It actually flies pretty far, but Coop just stared at me.  Unfazed.  Watching me dejectedly walk to retrieve the frisbee.  Epic. Fail.  However, when we got back home, they were all about it!  Griswold wouldn't even let me throw it.  I guess they were too distracted by the sights and smells outside.

Growling at me when I tried to take it to throw.

Festive Fourth of July Flyer


Worsted Weight Yarn (for dog toys I always use 100% cotton yarn.  Acrylic = ouchie!  I used Peaches & Creme Stars and Stripes.  One ball will get you several frisbees)
Size G Crochet Hook
Large Eye Blunt Needle to weave in ends
Optional - Stitch marker  (I really can't be bothered, so I count.  It doesn't need to be perfect)

Instructions are in U.S. crochet terminology.
ch - Chain
sc - Single crochet
sc2tog - Single crochet 2 together, decrease
sl - Slipstitch
st(s) - stitch(es)
fo - Fasten off

Worked in round

Pattern adapted from Lion Brand Yarn Company

Ch 12.  Sl to first ch to form a ring.  (If you don't want a hole in the middle, you could magic ring 18sc.  I'm not sure if that messes with the aerodynamics.)
Rnd 1 - 18 sc in ring
Rnd 2 - sc in next 2 sts.  2sc in next st.  Repeat until you have 24 sts.
Rnd 3 - sc in each st (24)
Rnd 4 - sc in next st. 2 sc in next st.  Repeat until you have 36 sts.
Rnd 5 - sc in each st (36)
Rnd 6 - 2 sc in next st.  sc in next 3.  Repeat until you have 45 sts.
Rnd 7 - sc in next 2.  2 sc in next 2 sts.  sc around until last st. 2 sc in last st. (48)
Rnd 8 - 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4.  2 sc in next st.  *sc in next 2.  2 sc.  sc in next 4.  2 sc in next st.*  Repeat until last two st.  sc in last two.  (60)
Rnd 9 - sc in each st (60)
Rnd 10 - sc in next 4 sts.  2 sc in next 2 sts.  *sc in next 8 sts.  2 sc in next 2 sts.*  Repeat until you have 72 sts.
Rnd 11 - sc2tog.  36 sts.
Fo. Weave in any straggly ends.  Try to get your dog to retrieve it.

Pleasantly surprised that the variegation made almost equal rounds 

Have a safe fourth!  How do you guys involve your dogs in the celebration minus fireworks?  Mine were clearly blasé about my Uncle Sam tribute...

Hmm.  I think this this is a little large.  I mean, I
wouldn't want them to look ridiculous or anything...

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