Friday, January 06, 2012
I'm taking on a new challenge--building a sweater for a special needs dog. This little cutie is Geiger, who is the spokesman for Trio Animal Foundation, and his mom, Sue, is one of the founders. They do amazing things for homeless animals, including covering medical costs, and helping to find foster programs and homes for some of Chicago's neediest pets. I thought that knitting a sweater for a tripod would be easy--just eliminate a leg opening. Not so much. For the front leg amputee, the remaining leg is brought forward for balance--so a sweater with a traditional leg opening will torque when Geiger walks, and end up pinching him. That's been his history with donated sweaters so far. So after his initial fitting, I am now working up a totally new sweater shape, that will allow him to move his front leg comfortably.
This photo is funny--it looks like Geiger is wearing the hat, that is actually on Sue's head.