Saturday morning, I told my husband I wasn’t doing any chores over the weekend, except for the usual ordering of groceries and one load of my own laundry. He agreed and even picked up the grocery order for me. I did end up bathing Jack, but otherwise it meant that I had a lot of good knitting time, and now I have two new socks on the needles.
The red and green is the Uneek sock kit. The picture on the box shows a knee-length sock but I’m not about that life, so I just made them a little taller than my usual, about mid-calf. I’m also kind of trying something new: since they’re going to hit a fuller part of my calf, I cast on a few extra stitches, and then decreased once I was past the cuff. I probably should have put it on waste yarn to try on before I started the heel but oh well, I’ll do that before I finish them at least.
The gray sock is for the boy, with some tweedy gray superwash from KnitPicks. He also wants tall socks so I did the same cast on for him, and I’ll make sure to have him try it on soon, because for him, the leg will be like 10 1/2 inches. EEK. This will be a slow knit, but thankfully he doesn’t mind.
AND! I *might* have figured out the cause of Jack’s itchy skin issues! Back when we were trying to figure out what was wrong with him and they did the bloodwork etc, I started mixing in a bit of canned dog food with the kibble to try to entice him to eat. He loved most of them, so that was great. Last week I cut out the canned food to see if we could just do kibble. He’d give me a sad look but usually ate it. Then Friday, I added the wet food to both meals, and Saturday morning there was a wet spot on by his tail, where a previous hot spot had been. AHA! So he got a Benadryl and a bath and now he is fluffy and clean and happy. And I am happy too.
Happy Monday, friends.
Aw, Jack! You look so soft and snuggly! Don’t worry. Razz had such a problem with hot spots. He only gets dry kibble, but when I switched brands, his skin improved too. I am happy you are feeling better. BOOP!
Just curious, what kind of food do you give him?
I now have him on Purina Pro Plan for Mature dogs. He has lost 17 lbs and acts like a pup!
Interesting. It was Purina canned food that he’d been getting. I’ll have to look at ingredients!
I tried a few ‘designer’ brands on him. Finally, on a site dedicated to Golden Retrievers, I read an article about how some of these foods cause sudden cardiac arrest. Well! I dug deeper and many sources said ‘stick with science’. Feed him food that has been tested and isn’t just new age. He has been thriving. Admitting that he is getting to be a “dog of a certain age” also meant that the food will nourish him without making him chonky.
So glad you found the right food for him!
I hope you found the cause of Jack’s issue:) Myles has dry skin particularly in the winter so we add a little olive oil to his Stella & Chewy’s.
Your socks are fabulous! I just love the stripes:)
I’m glad you had a nice relaxing weekend!
I don’t have a dog, but Angel recently had a yeast infection on his face – who knew!?! I’m glad you’ve started to figure out the cause of Jack’s issue!
Oh gosh, I had no idea that could happen! Yikes!
Yay for lots of knitting! The socks look great. Have have you found the Uneek sock yarn? I recently knit a pair of socks from one of their kits, and I found the yarn to be somewhat splitty but I’m not sure if it’s the brand of just the specific kit that I got.
Hm, I haven’t noticed that but I’ll pay more attention when I go back to it. Mostly I noticed that it was softer than the WYS Christmas yarn!
Soft yarn is great!
So glad you found the cause of Jack’s problem and were able to solve it! Also yay for a nice relaxing knitty weekend 🙂 Your socks look great – good progress!
Oh me too!! Thank you!