Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne run their own knitwear business, Muir and Osborne (www.muirandosborne.co.uk). They have a shop in London and export their knitwear to stores in the U.S., Japan, and Europe including Barneys, Saks, Liberty, and The Cross. They won the UK Fashion Export Small Business Award in 2002 and several pieces of their knitwear are in the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Their previous book, PetProjects, was featured on The Martha Stewart Show.
Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne run their own knitwear business, Muir and Osborne (www.muirandosborne.co.uk). They have a shop in London and export their knitwear to stores in the U.S., Japan, and Europe, including Barneys, Saks, Liberty, and The Cross. They won the UK Fashion Export Small Business Award in 2002 and several pieces of their knitwear are in the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Their previous book, Pet Projects, was featured on The Martha Stewart Show.
Dog lovers may want to knit these 25 charming "pedigree pooches" as a display set, although it will be a lot of work! Each little dog--they range from 6.75" high x 8" long (Afghan) to 3.5" x 6.25" (Corgi)--has a lot of parts, which need to be joined or sewn together, stuffed, and embroidered with noses and eyes. For example, the cover dog (Wire-haired Fox Terrier) requires knitting two back legs, two front legs, a right side and tail, a left side and tail, a body, a neck and head, a tummy, two ears, and a collar.
The designers have done a fine job in capturing the essentials of each breed. My favorites are the Poodle (knit in boucle yarn) and the wrinkly English Bulldog; my least favorites are the Labrador and Dalmatian, which are still quite identifiable by their breeds. Breeds included are: Afghan Hound, Whippet, Dachshund, Basset Hound, Wire-haired Fox Terrier, Jack Russell, Scottish Terrier, West Highland Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Red Setter, Labrador, Portuguese Water Dog, Dalmatian, Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, French Bulldog, English Bulldog, Pug, Rough Collie, Border Collie, German Shepherd, Old English Sheepdog, Corgi, and Siberian Husky. Experienced, creative knitters can no doubt adapt the patterns for other breeds.
The patterns call for small amounts of various Rowan yarns (Pure Wool, Kidsilk Haze, Cashsoft, Felted Tweed, etc.), but the authors include a brief note on substituting yarns. If I were knitting these, I would use something other than Kidsilk Haze for the Schnauzer's long muzzle hair and the Rough Collie's thick "mane", as the thin mohair isn't quite convincing as a dog's silky coat.
I haven't knit-tested the patterns, but the instructions seem very clear.Read more ›
Some times it literally is the little things missing in the lives of the 1/6 scale collector that make all the difference. At first I was hoping for life sized dogs but as I looked at the patterns and saw they called for size 2 needles I thought about my dolls. Why not spoil your dolls, or your child's, with a dog? A quick look through the patterns at the finished size and body type and changing the yarn will result in most any dog in the world. I say use any yarn type, color, and needle size you want. This is one of the most charming books I've seen in a long time. Surprise someone with a pocket sized copy of their dog they can carry anywhere!
I made a test dog with left over yarn and larger than recommended needles and can happily say it looked like a dog. Four legs, two sides to each body and head, two ears, a tail. A practiced knitter could turn one of these out while sitting back and watching a movie or two. If you can do increases, knit together, knit, and purl you can make one.
I was really excited about this book and was really looking forward to knitting and completing a number of the dogs in the book. My first project was the English Bull Terrier. I easily knitted the legs, body, neck and head, but when I came to the Tummy that was where the trouble started.
In the description it mentions "Work 50 rows st st (measure against dog, it should reach bottom of dog's chest, adjust rows if necessary)". This made me think that perhaps 50 st might not work and that I needed to do less or more, so I pinned the tummy to the body and tried to gauge where the dog's chest might be. I made a judgment on the number of rows and continued on in the pattern. I found when I got near the dog's head, the tummy seemed really short. So I unpicked and tried again, adding more rows. Again, it seemed to come up short. The third time, I knitted a little more to where I believed was still the dog's chest and this allowed the tummy part to reach the dog. I then followed the finishing instructions on seaming the tummy to the dog. This was again, where I had trouble.
The instructions say, "sew cast on row of tummy to bottom of dog, and sew bound off row to nose. Ease and sew tummy to fit body". I did this and found to my bewilderment that the dog's head was way up in the air and it looked utterly ridiculous.
I then realized that the reason that the dog's tummy does not match up with the body is because the tummy pulls the head down when it is sewn to the body. So, why on earth, did the authors not mention this? Why imply that you can add more than the 50 stitches, when if you do your dog's tummy does not match the body and head correctly? The instructions for putting together the dog is so vague.Read more ›
Really cute book with great pictures but these patterns are extremely difficult. I'm an experienced knitter with 25 years experience and I struggled with these. First of all, the dogs are TINY (just a few inches long) - literally you're casting on 1 stitch at times and making these tiny pieces that all have to be seamed (I'm a big fan of reducing seaming by knitting items together, etc and there's none of that here, tons of sewing involved). The "tummy" pieces are sometimes 1/2" wide by a few inches long and have to be stiched together with the other pieces and I had to rip out and start again many times trying to handle the tiny pieces. If they were twice as big it would still be a quick project, but much easier to do! (There is about an hour of knitting and about 8 hours of sewing up involved in each). Cute pictures but as others have said, there are no "in progress" photos and no diagrams, nothing to show you any of the steps and the directions for assembly are vague and often missing steps. Again, I'm a very experienced knitter and I struggled through several of these. Really, just a cute coffee table book, not anything I'd recommend actually knitting from.