After thinking about it for a little bit, I decided I would make some accessories to go with the dog so that she could pretend to take care of it. My favorite part is the food and water dishes. I made the food and water removable so that she can pretend to feed the dog. I also made two different collars and a dog bed.
|The food and water dishes.|
|Food and water removed from dishes.|
|The poor puppy is hungry and thirsty.|
|Now she has food.|
|Now she has water.|
|She can eat her food.|
|She can drink her water.|
|After she's done eating, she can take a nap in her dog bed.|
|She can even wear a purple collar if she gets tired of her pink one.|
|Here's the puppy all packaged up with all of her accessories.|
My niece was very happy with her new little friend. Apparently her brother also liked the puppy, because when I asked him what he wanted for Christmas he said that he wanted a dog also. He wanted his to be red. Doing one solid color was a lot easier than the different color patterns I did on the first dog.
I gave the red puppy a black and a gray collar. I also did different food and water colors than I did for the first one. Partly to try something new, but mostly so that my niece and nephew will be able to tell them apart. I didn't make a dog bed for this one because the first one took a while and I ran out of time. It was also frustrating the first time and didn't turn out quite like I wanted. The next time I make one I will probably have to fiddle with the pattern and redo parts of it. Also something I didn't have time for. To go with the puppy, I also gave my nephew one of my knit footballs. I've made many of them, but somehow hadn't given him one yet.
I hope to edit the puppy dog pattern and put it for sale on Ravelry, but it may be a while. There are some kinks that I need to work out with the shaping and I've got lots of other stuff higher up on my priority list. It may end up being a summer project.