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KNITTING => Knitting: Completed Projects => Topic started by: Ratfinkz on February 28, 2011 11:10:33 AM



Title: Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern)
Post by: Ratfinkz on February 28, 2011 11:10:33 AM
My dog trainer is competing at Crufts this year (she does most but I didnt know her last year lol!) in competitive obedience with one of her Collie's so I decided to knit her a Border Collie as a 'good luck' gift.

I knitted an Alan Dart dog last year for my other dog trainer / friend as a 'just because' and it took  me a little under two months. This time - I couldn't afford to get the pattern until Wednesday just gone - and my last chance to give it to her is this Tuesday - so I had just under a week. On top of that my In laws were down for the weekend, I'm trying to look after my fiance who's undergoing chemo (although luckily well at the moment!) and to really add insult to injury - I suffered and astma flare up / chest infection which has made me feel really ill the last couple of days - and very nearly end up hospitalised! Mind you - this has meant that I've had more excuse to sit knitting (especially last night when I was sat up 'til 4:30am waiting for the emergency doctor!)

Anyway - after that massive essay (sorry!) I finally got him finished today - so here he is!








I'm giving him to her tomorrow - and am shitting myself as am really shy, not good at giving people things I've made for him - and aren't as pleased with him as I could be - but everyone I've asked says give it so I will do!


Title: Re: Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern)
Post by: lilkimmi27 on February 28, 2011 11:39:11 AM
You did a great job!! so adorable! where did you get the pattern from?


Title: Re: Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern)
Post by: Ratfinkz on February 28, 2011 11:48:14 AM
Awww thanks:)

I got the patten from here - I LOVE Alan Dart Patterns

http://www.alandart.co.uk/products/


Title: Re: Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern)
Post by: Kestrel on February 28, 2011 02:04:41 PM
Really cute! I love the little tongue sticking out, very cheeky  :)


Title: Re: Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern)
Post by: littlemissmanics on March 11, 2011 09:24:13 AM
I think he's adorable! I've just started one of Alan Darts dog patterns (the dalmation, but doing it my own dog's colours) so I'm pleased to have seen 2 patterns on here recently that have come out so well...it gives me hope that mine won't look too much like a gremlin.

Was he well received by your trainer?


Title: Re: Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern)
Post by: smudgeness on March 13, 2011 10:05:18 AM
I'm amazed! Great work!


Title: Re: Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern)
Post by: VeesMom on March 13, 2011 01:24:48 PM
That is adorable!!!!
We've had a BC for almost 15 yrs.  My 18 yr old has been taking lots of pictures of her and spending as much time as she can because she says she's preparing herself for 'that time'.  It is hard for all of the kids to imagine life without her because most of them can't remember not having her tagging along.  But it seems to be hardest for her.  I am getting this pattern.  Her birthday is coming up and I think this would be something she would treasure.


Title: Re: Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern)
Post by: CptnDenim on March 14, 2011 09:28:13 PM
You did a fantastic job! he's a little cutie. I don't know anyone who wouldn't be proud to recieve as wonderful a gift as him. I bet he's full of good luck to!