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Knitting for Dogs Paperback – November 2, 2005
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About the Author
Kristi Porter is a knitwear designer, technical editor, teacher, and author, whose work has been featured in Knit Wit and the Knitgrrl book series. She is the designer for Curious Creek Fibers (CuriousCreek.com) and has appeared on the DIY television series Knitty Gritty. A regular contributor of features and patterns to Knitty.com, Kristi has been involved with this online magazine since its inception. She lives with her husband, Leo; daughters, Zoe and Eleanor; a cat; and two sock dogs in La Jolla, California.
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The photos are adorable, the patterns are great, and even if your dog hates sweaters, there are knitted accessories for you to make, too. My dog's a big fan of the tugging toy. Even though I design most of my own knits, using patterns from this book has given me a base for customization (using different yarn or pattern stitches, etc). It's hard for me to decide which pattern to knit next!
Well worth the money -- this book would also be a great holiday present for your favorite dog-loving knitter!
It is nice to see a book that's written for something besides "purse pooches." I have a Labrador Retriever (at least 3/4 of her is) so it's nice to have some designs for her.
Some of the designs are uber-Paris Hilton, which I guess is appealing to some people so I won't be too obvious about my complete and total disgust for them. In fact, there are only about 5 designs I'd actually use, and some of those I'd have to modify to suit my needs.
The yarn she suggests is REALLY expensive, and I'm sorry, but my dog is not worth a $120 sweater that she would probably eat in ten minutes. I mean, I love her, but acrylic will do just fine because it never rains here. And frankly, I don't think she could tell the difference between scratchy virgin wool and cashmere (or the kettle-dyed merino she suggests at like, $13 a ball). But this is a common feature of many knitting books - since they get the yarn free, I suppose they soon forget that college students like me don't have oodles to spend on "haute couture" for their dog. (Seriously, though.)
Some of the designs are embarassing, like the saddle-bags (people actually need a PATTERN to make those?), the felted collar/wristband set (uh...), a sweater with matching (human) armwarmers (yeah, just, no), and dog legwarmers. To me, some of these seem impractical because unless your dog never MOVES they'll fall off in five minutes. I don't know. I just think some of the designs are frivolous, and with the quality of other designs like the Raglan Sweater and the basic Garter Stitch Sweater I wish she just would have stayed on that track and knitted practical things for practical dogs, because there are already boatloads of books dedicated to the Jessica Simpson/Paris Hilton dog-pampering crowd. No thanks.
At least it has a few utilitarian designs for big dogs - which is more than I can say for any other dog-book I've read. Just pray you don't have to modify any of the patterns, because it's confusing and frustrating.