03 July 2017

# blog update # bookish

Hello, again

Hello, world.  It's been a while.

Do you remember me telling you about Chloe, aka 'Cobo', aka the inspiration that got me crocheting and designing patterns? The sweet little pile of chihuahua love that would pour herself into said dresses and produce the cutest photos ever? (Don't take my word for it, proof here.)

Anyway, I digress.

Chloe died last year, in a tragic accident.  It really hit my family hard, and it still feels like we're only beginning to heal from the trauma of it.  Since then, I haven't been able to pick up a hook to crochet a dog sweater.

Blankets, hats, placemats, nothing caused trouble. But something about making dog dresses and sweaters when Chloe was no longer around to be my model and chihuahua guinea pig just tore at me.

Everything changed a couple weeks ago, when we adopted Henry.

Henry is a 13 year old Chihuahua. He is toothless, partially deaf, and has markers for the early stages of liver disease.

He's also only about 3 pounds, and gets cold very easily! This had to be remedied quickly, however, since my muse had always been a girl chihuahua, he had no choice but to prance around in one of Chloe's old sweaters. How emasculating. At least I didn't pick one of the ones with the tutu bottom.

Somehow, Henry healed the part of me that couldn't bear to create another chihuahua sweater. I immediately got to work and made him a nice, manly blue sweater. It was basic and nothing to be impressed by, but, I did it. And it didn't feel wrong or upsetting in any way.

And I can't even tell you how good it feels to finally be back. I plan to begin sharing much more, and even have some exciting ideas for places to take this blog that are different than previous years. I hope you'll stick around and join me!

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