The Crafty Golden Retriever Knits

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Best selling novelist Debbie Macomber, a lifelong knitter, says "Peggy Gaffney has introduced a new idea into the knitting realm. Your're in for a real treat." Debbie Macomber, who often includes Goldens in her novels, is talking about the new idea of creating a whole book that deals with designing 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 Golden 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 and the story is an inspiration. The Crafty Golden Retriever Knits is the third volume in the unique Crafty Dog Knits series from publisher Kanine Knits. The concept is to take a single breed of dog, tell about all the things they do that are distinctive to that specific breed, and then turn this information into designs. Author-Designer Peggy Gaffney, also a lifelong knitter has spent the last 40 years breeding and showing purbred Samoyeds. She has insight inot the world of purebred dogs and the passion and loyalty each owner feels for his specific breed. The two previous books in this series are The Crafty Samoyed Knits and The Crafty Labrador Retriever Knits.

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Peggy Gaffney has, since 1997, been creating portraits of dogs in knitting for clients at her Kanine Knits studio. This was an obvious choice of career for a lifelong knitter who has been active in the world of dogs sind showing since 1968. Her line of Samoyed show dogs have done their share of winning under the kennel name of Westernesse. Having spent her life knitting for friends and family, she decided, upon taking early retirement from teaching, to build a studio based on capturing the beauty of the many dog breeds she'd known over the years as knitted portraits which would be worked into sweaters for clients, owners of some of the top show dogs in the United States, Canada, U.K. and Australia. Three years ago she decided to create a series of specialized knitting books for lovers of specific breeds of dogs where each breed is studied and designs are created that tell the story of those dogs. In 2007 Peggy brought out a line of knitting pattens that included portraits of almost 100 pure bred dogs. Debbie Macomber's admiration of her work caused her to include a quote by Peggy in her new book Back on Blossom Street and to write the forward for the latest in the Crafty Dog Books series. Peggy's work has been seen at shows such as the AKC Eukanuba Tournament of Champions and Westminster as well as being the subject of newspaper and magazine articles and television interviews.

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