Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Debbie Macomber says "...you're in for a real treat!"
The Crafty Golden Retriever - Knits
Best selling novelist Debbie Macomber, a lifelong knitter, says “Peggy Gaffney has introduced a new idea into the knitting realm …you’re in for a real treat.”
Debbie Macomber, who often includes Goldens in her novels, means the new idea of creating a whole book that deals with desig
ning portraits in knitting of a single breed of dog. As she explains in her Forward to The Crafty Golden Retriever – Knits, “Really, what could be better? Yarn, a pair of knitting needles, a good pattern, and a faithful companion by your side.”
The concept starts with
stories. These stories about the Golden give the reader a broad understanding of all the activities the dogs enjoy. They are written by Peggy Gaffney with the help of those who know and care about the breed most. These stories in turn inspire portraits. These are portraits of Goldens hunting, doing agility, rescuing a child, diving from a dock, and performing a myriad of activities that make these dogs distinctive. Only these portraits are created using knitting stitches. The knitted portraits appear as more than 20 charted graphs that knitters may work into any of the 24 sweater and accessory patterns included.
The Crafty Goden Retriever - Knits
is beautifully illustrated with over 75 photographs of Goldens involved in every possible activity as well as just being dogs. The photographers who illustrate the book are Betty Schmidt, who specializes in photos of dogs competing in field trials or hunting with their owners, and Mary and Joseph MacQueen, who photograph dogs from their own Nitro Golden kennel, Mary shares the experience of her work in search and rescue and drug detection in which she and her dog Ch. Robin are vitally active. Robin is in a league of his own and story is an inspiration..
The Crafty Golden Retriever – Knits is the third volume in the unique Crafty Dog Knits series from publisher Kanine Knits.

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