My sister and I don't see eye to eye about much, but we do agree on one thing: pugs rock!
We grew up with Dandy, a much beloved but rather maligned little dog who put up with a lot of abuse by three school-age kids. Most families might worry about a dog biting kids; in my crazy family, we worried about a kid biting the dog! My brother, the baby in the family, harbored great feelings of jealousy; on occassion we'd find him hovering vampirelike over the pug. Poor thing. No wonder he always seemed a bit forlorn.
I adopted Moose in 2002 after learning that my long quest to have children had ended suddenly and sadly in a hysterectomy. Completely distraught, my ob/gyn's nurse told me I had to get a dog. HAD TO. I told her I had cats but she said nope, I needed a dog. So my husband and I picked a just-born pug out online and waited for him to grow up. Moose was the cutest and sweetest little pup I've ever seen. In fact, he still is!
And now my sister, Jill has Jett, a jet-black terror who inspires laughs and smiles from all who meet him. He is the proverbial bundle of energy; my dog takes one look at him, lowers his tail, and collapses in a heap of exhaustion. If my sister could bottle Jett's joie de vivre, she'd be rich - and I'd be her first customer. Jett is something else.
So, using this canine inspiration, I whipped up this little stocking for my sister and her pug. It's my first real pattern and I'm proud of it. I'm going to reknit it (this time as a fawn pug), capture the exact instructions, and publish it as a free pattern on Ravelry. I was hoping I'd get it done before Christmas, but I'm not so sure - it might have to wait until next year. I'm really busy in my real job, plus all the holiday preparations - as I'm sure is the case for you, too, too much crap to do, too little time. But someday soon, there will be a free Ravelry download in homage to my family's love of pugs.