Well it has been a push, but the Golden knitting book, The Crafty Golden Retriever Knits has gone to press and will be available in about three weeks. Author Debbie Macomber wrote a wonderful forward for the book.
This is the third in the Crafty Dog series along with the Samoyed and the Lab. I am well into working on books for the Newf, Corgi, Poodle, Bichon, Boxer and German Shepherd. The Newfoundland book will be the next one published.
Of course, not being one to rest even for a nano-second, I am also working on the 2007 Pedigree Book for the Samoyed Cllub of America. It will be available for sale at the SCA National in September in Lancaster, PA. This is a pedigree record of the Samoyeds that are showing or doing obedience, sledding, agility, etc throughout the country whose owners are members of the Samoyed Club of America. The value of the book is that it allows breedeers to plan their breeding with care, selecting the best pair for producing a healthy, sound and beautiful litter. It is a very useful tool for the breeder.
On top of all this writing, I get to go meet knitters. July 12-15 I will be in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Knitting and Crochet Show sponsored by the Knitting Guild of America and the Crochet Guild of America. I will have a booth so that knitters and crocheters may examine all my deigns and books, and check out the sample sweaters. It will be very different for me to have a booth that doesn't have dogs walking through it. I am really looking forward to making new friends and learning what designs that knitters might like me to create. I get my best ideas when talking to dog fanciers or knitters. I hope everyone will come visit me in my booth.
Then when I return from that the pedigree book will go to press and in September, I'll take myself off to Lancaster to have my booth at the SCA National and teach knitting to dog lovers. I'm giving a beginning knitting course because everyone there will have a beautiful Samoyed which sheds 365 days a year and therefore provides wonderful yarn. The fanciers will learn how to take this hair and work it into a simple knitting project.
I will have much to share with you soon. I hope I see many of you at the Knit & Crochet Show and at the SCA National.