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Chatter / Re: How to find an adult dog to adopt?
« Last post by JuneBug on Yesterday at 07:30:11 PM »
Another option would be to contact reputable breeders in your area.  When we bred and showed bullmastiffs, we had contracts with all our dogs, show and pet.  Along with mandatory training requirements, if for any reason, the dog needed to be re-homed, the owner was to contact us first before selling or rehoming the dog elsewhere.  We had a re-home situation only once. I received a call one morning from a woman interested in a young adult dog.  After a long conversation, I told her I would keep her contact information and let her know if I heard of anything.  That same afternoon, an owner family called.  They had received an unexpected work transfer and were moving to the east coast, unable to take the 1.5 year old dog with them.  I thoroughly vetted the first caller over the next week and was able to put the family in contact with her.  The dog was re-homed without any trouble.

I wish you the best.

Machine Sewing / Waistband for linen pullon pants
« Last post by Joyce F on Yesterday at 07:27:01 PM »
I usually prefer a separate waistband for my elastic- waist pants, as they look better, but this fabric is linen, and I want to reduce ravelling as much as possible. What's a good way to minimize raw edges and friction from inserting the elastic? I am considering binding the raw edge of the pants upper edge, but I am thinking of adding something smooth to the inner edge. Hope I'm making myself clear. I hope one of you accomplished sewists has an idea.
Another thought - I am using inseam pockets, and that also has raw edges to deal with.
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Marcy Tilton patterns for Vogue 2
« Last post by Elona on Yesterday at 07:26:10 PM »
...The band fabric is the same weight as the body of the shirt so that can't be the difference. I cut the band the size as the  neckline but the band just seemed too large...

Even though the fabrics appear to be the same weight, their stretchiness may be quite different.  That is the reason Veblen, in the video, suggests a trial of the band, kind of 'walking' it around half the neckline to check how long it actually needs to be, and which parts of the curve need to have more or less tension to lie smoothly. 

Doing this trumps either a printed pattern or a formula proposing a certain ratio.  I do the Veblen routine with each banded-neckline top I make, even when the same pattern is involved, because I have found that every single knit I work with is different from the last one.

Chatter / Re: How to find an adult dog to adopt?
« Last post by FrancesGrimble on Yesterday at 07:06:24 PM »
I know about the commitment, as my parents not only fed, walked, and cleaned up after their dogs, but spent many hours training them for shows and then taking them to compete. Well, except for the wolf and the collie mix because they did not qualify. All I can say is I'm still very good at reading strange dogs' moods (shy, friendly, lonely, nervous, whatever), so I haven't totally lost it. You can deal with the barking to some extent by not leaving the dog out extensively where it barks because it's lonely (one of our close SF neighbors did that for years, but we lived with the barking), and by ignoring meaningless barks while paying attention to real warning barks.
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Marcy Tilton patterns for Vogue 2
« Last post by Tanglebox on Yesterday at 07:04:29 PM »
LOL, Garden Girl this is supposed to be the view that is angled and lies flat without tucks.  I took two tucks in the front to sort of "save" it.  I had already frogged it once and wasn't about to do it again.   ::)  I've decided to just wear it as is and maybe next time make a different view!  LOL!  I do really like the fit of tee right out of the box so to speak. 

Ann C I've put in many a regular neck band in the past and thought this angular band would be a fun change.   ;)

I've already progressed onto my next project.  MT V9057.  I think this is the one she bases her Craftsy tee class on.  Here's my fabrics:

Chatter / Re: How to find an adult dog to adopt?
« Last post by vtmartha on Yesterday at 06:58:21 PM »
You might check with the vet school at Davis.  The first year students where DD was in school used dogs that were donated to the vet school to teach the students about non invasive procedures and handling techniques.  A small group of students was assigned to each dog.  At the end of the school year, the dogs were put up for adoption.  Many students adopted the dogs they were caring for.  DD already had a dog so she was able to place hers with one of our local vets. The dogs were all chocolate labs to keep things as consistent as possible.

Writing while Judith posts.  Hats off to you, Judith, for understanding the commitment a dog requires and for supporting your local humane society. 
Chatter / Re: How to find an adult dog to adopt?
« Last post by judith on Yesterday at 06:50:32 PM »
We haven't had a dog for about 20 years. The last one was a sweetie, and every now and then we talk about getting another one. We talk about how it would be good exercise to walk a dog, and how nice it would be to have a well behaved critter who loves us unconditionally.

Then we talk about how a dog deserves a lot of our time and attention, including walks (even though we have a huge back yard, I think a dog still needs the social aspect of daily long walks), vet services, training - even a dog that comes trained needs some training. We know that a dog can't stay outside all the time, even a sturdy outside dog, and we talk about dog hair which we would hate. Our neighbour has a dog that is low-shedding, but every time we pet it our slacks get dog hairs, would not want that in the house. We listen to our other neighbours' dogs - the first one barked too much, so they bought a second one to keep it company and now have two barking dogs. They argue that they are good watch dogs, but when they bark nobody pays any attention.

Then we talk about how whatever we feed it will come out the other end, and that will have to be picked up, each and every time.

At that point, we accept that we are not sufficiently caring to adopt a dog.

Hats off to all of you who love your pets, and especially to those who adopt rescue animals or foster. I think you are amazing people. But I know I'm not one of you. So I contribute to the local humane society instead.
Chatter / Re: How to find an adult dog to adopt?
« Last post by FrancesGrimble on Yesterday at 06:47:12 PM »
Looking at vets' bulletin boards or asking them seems like a good idea. It would enable us to talk to the vet and the owner.
Chatter / Re: How to find an adult dog to adopt?
« Last post by PJsewingal on Yesterday at 06:34:42 PM »
I agree with the comments about contacting a shelter or rescue group.  Most rescue groups have fosters and that helps the dog get trained, acclimated to family, etc.  We have had 3 dogs, all rescues and all were wonderful.  Two were fostered before we got them so they came trained.  The last one was older and he was the best!  Sadly we just lost him in May to nasal cancer.  He had been tied up, outside in our hot climate for an unknown period of time until he was stolen and taken to a rescue group.  And his cancer (melanoma and another type) in his nose were totally because of that life in the sun.  That is the unfortunate part - sometimes rescues have underlying issues that cause life threatening disease that don't show up right away.  You understand that, love them thru it and do what you can for them. 

DH does not want another dog right now because it is hard to go thru the loss.  I feel being with dogs helps the healing process, so I am now volunteering for a rescue group that focuses on helping owners with dogs who have cancer and they also have a 'pen pals' program - rescues are trained at a prison, achieve good citizenship certificates and are well trained to be adopted.  And the prisoner/handlers have a purpose. There are lots and lots of dogs out there - particularly adult dogs so hooking up with a shelter or rescue organization is a good first step.
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Marcy Tilton patterns for Vogue 2
« Last post by Ann C on Yesterday at 05:52:53 PM »
I had been reading this thread and when I realized which pattern it was, I remembered that I had meant to buy this pattern because it was a raglan sleeve tee and I hadn't ever tried this style before, or maybe it has just been a long time.  At any rate, I ordered the pattern last night through Etsy/Lanetz Living and am eagerly awaiting its' arrival so I can try it out.  Belinda, your experience with the fit gives me hope that this will work for me.  I'm hoping that I have better luck with the neckline as I can see your experience with it.  I had wondered how the neckline was actually done as it looked sort of angular instead of rounded and I couldn't quite decide how it was done.  I'm anxious to see how you are able to get around it.  I agree that all that serging/stitching does make one hesitant to start "unsewing", but I have done it before when there was no other choice.
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