On Sunday I answered a plea. A plea for help. A plea for support. This plea came from the lovely Plutoniummuffin who wanted kind knitters to join her in knitting blankets for the abandoned and mis-treated dogs rescued by Battersea Cats and Dogs Home in London. This was a plea that, as an animal lover and supporter of animal rescue charities, I had to answer.
Some of the dogs who arrive at BCDH find kennel life stressful, may be ill or need an operation and are taken in by foster carers whilst they recover. The blanket is part of a 'doggy bag' which they take to their foster home to comfort them and then, when they are rehomed, they take this with them to ease the transition - what an amazing idea.
I have been meaning to do for a while, and I downloaded the pattern a few months ago, but never got round to starting it. This was the kick up the bum I needed to get it done and so I replied and joined the Knit A-Long (KAL).
Plutoniummuffin was very excited and you can see her reaction here on her blog.
I chose my yarn, DK acrylic, in purple, lilac, royal blue, turquoise and yellow and retrieved my funky purple 4mm needles and started knitting those squares.
The pattern, written by the wonderful Deadly Knitshade of 'The Scarf of Doom' fame, is entertaining (as always) and very easy to follow. I have completed 5 squares so far in royal blue and I love the patterns for the paw prints - so cute!
There is still time to join the KAL and to show your support for the dogs at Battersea Cats and Dogs Home (they are always wanting blankets so even if you can't join us now, you could add it to your queue for a future date!) Links to the pattern, Plutoniummuffin and the Ravelry group are below. What are you waiting for? Get knitting!
Battersea Cats and Dogs Home
Blanket pattern on BCDH website
Blanket Pattern on Ravelry
Ravelry Knit A-Long Group