Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wishing all the best of the Season to Everyone from Kanine Knits.

This has been a good year with the appearance of two new books, 

The Crafty Cat Knits with its dozen charted designs of different cats which 

and with the newest book,

The Crafty Llama and Alpaca Knits which is a celebration of these
wonderful camelids and which contains twenty designs. This latest book can

Kanine Knits 
presents its latest book
The Crafty Llama and Alpaca Knits

The Crafty Llama and Alpaca Knits is a new knitting book coming out from publisher Kanine Knits at the end of December. The book, by author/designer Peggy Gaffney, was inspired when a group of llama and alpaca breeders approached her last fall at Stitches East.

She was there autographing books in her series of dog portrait knitting books. They wanted to know if she would be willing to create a book, in a style similar to her Crafty Dog Knits series, for those who breed, show and love llamas and alpacas. They pointed out that not only was it a wonderful topic but, "We've got yarn!!!"

            So, after many months of research and hobnobbing with these wonderful camelids, the book is being published. It is publisher Kanine Knits policy to give their fans a chance to order new releases at a discount prior to them coming off the press. They are the first ones to receive the book plus they save money. So The Crafty Llama and Alpaca Knits is now available to be ordered at a 20% discount till the end of December. 2010. After that it will be available at the regular price.
To find out more about this offer, to see inside the book and to learn more about Peggy Gaffney and her books published by Kanine Knits, visit the website http://thecraftyllamaandalpacaknits.com


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Peggy is honored by Martha Stewart. Click the link to read the interview.

I am being honored by Martha Stewart. I have been chosen as Doer of the Week from among the more than 6,000 entrepreneurs who are part of the Dreamers Into Doers program sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. It is wonderful being part of this inspiring group of women from around the world who support each other as they grow their businesses and their lives. The friendships made among these women as they watch their dreams of grow, in their the role as business women and at the same time as women who are making the world a better place, are firm and will last a lifetime. 

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Read About Peggy In the FIDO FRIENDLY BLOG.

 The Fido Friendly Magazine's Blog features Peggy Gaffney talking about her dogs, books and what's in the works. Check out the article by going to

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Coming Soon: The Crafty Cat Knits

The Crafty Cat Knits is a unique knitting book which has been created for those who knit and love cats. Within its 110 pages, there are 25 pattens for all types of knitting from sweaters and accessories to afghans pillows. These patterns come in many sizes for men, women and children. Special bonus – see below.

The Crafty Cat Knits contains charted intarsia designs for a dozen different breeds of cat as well as extra patterns for items that relate to their history. Special bonus – see below.

The Crafty Cat Knits has stories about each of the cat breeds which have charted designs talking about each cat’s history and what makes it unique. The book is illustrated with more than 50 photographs of these cats. Special bonus – see below.

Order Your Copy Now!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Cats Are Coming! The Cats Are Coming!

What do all of these cats have in common?  They have inspired knitting designs from Peggy Gaffney, this usually dog oriented designer. They will soon be appearing in their own knitting book. Watch for the announcement soon.
Watch for - 
The Crafty Cat Knits
Knitting Projects for Cat Lovers 

Monday, April 05, 2010

Martha Loves Kanine Knits

I was delighted when this tweet appeared on Twitter. It is so rewarding when someone whose work you really respect gives you praise. The event where the photo was taken was Stitchfest at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in NYC.

I was lucky enough last Thursday, to attend a unique book launch. Martha Stewart was bringing out her newest book, Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Craft. There were several hundred eager crafters getting their first look at the book, and the demonstrations of the crafts included, plus a chance to do some themselves. In areas around the room, which was huge, experts demonstrated several crafts and invited everyone to sit down and do it themselves. The feeling was festive, with both experts and attendees enjoying the event and talking to everyone was Martha Stewart along with all the members of MSLO who help with the wonderful work she does.

As a member of MSLO Dreamers into Doers, I had met some of those involved, but I was delighted to be introduced to some attendees including David Blumenthal and Karen Tanaka from Lion Brand Yarn, a wonderful company which has been around since 1878. Their yarns are found everywhere.

I got to chat with Martha and spent time with Hannah Milman, executive editorial dir. of Martha Stewart Living. As you might imagine, the crafts department is my favorite. The care and intense attention to detail given to every project in the magazine, books or show is amazing. I am in awe.

In the meantime I may take a few hours to play hooky and do some of the wonderful crafts in this book as I enjoy spring. The weather has finally warmed up and here it is a combination of sunshine and mud. In between washing dogs on rotation, the back can't take doing more than one at a time, I am pushing to get the designs finished for the next two books about cats and llamas & alpacas. They will be coming out soon.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Sisterhood of Dreamers
Have you ever found yourself in a place with people that your really like, doing something that you really love and having a wonderful time? Well, I have been lucky enough to go on an adventure with thirty-eight women from across the US who not only own their own businesses but who have a dream about how their business will grow and better yet, the good they can do along the way. Thanks to all the people at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, we were brought together to share our dreams, bring love and hope to the women of the Safe Horizons Shelter and with the help of everyone at MSLO, celebrate our road to success.
The adventure began with the idea that some of us would like to get together, attend Martha Stewart's show and share ideas with one another. Needless to say, when you put 39 dynamic women together the event grew. Soon it was a two day event including a cooking demonstration by our own Rachel Gaffney (related only by friendship) whose business, Rachel Gaffney's Real Ireland has her teaching the people of the US all about what real Irish cooking is all about. We learned many dishes, laughed till we cried and tasted the wonderful food which included an Irish cheese cake (heavy on the Bailey's), real Irish soda bread and her own Rachel Gaffney's Irish Butter Shortbreads. Of course there were others who contributed. Lisa Umansky of the Polkadot Pound Cake Company worked magic with her pumpkin bread special sandwiches though her specialty is banana bread. Adding zing to the menu was Kathy Hamrick's Appalachian Salsa from her Good Golly Ms. Molly's LLC.

We all gave gifts to the women of Safe Horizon's Shelter. For my part, I knit them each a scarf to keep the
m warm against the cold winds of the New York winter. Artist, Kim McCool of Spirit of the Heart Designs, created a beautiful painting that spoke of the love and hope we have for these women. Mary Richey of Wallberries created a rope of hope for their wall.

I will be talking more about these amazing women who were with me on this adventure in the Big Apple. They contributed so much, shared their talents and inspired all who met them.