Fans of The Artist will be delighted to see that Uggie has finally gotten an Oscar! Well, Knitted Uggie has. Jo and Sally made a lovely stop animation video where the little Jack Russell receives his moment in the spotlight.
It’s the Ms (and Mr) Universe of the dog world, and it’s twice as enchanting to watch! All our teles were tuned in to Crufts this weekend for the ups, downs and all around aaaw! moments. And now that the winners of the greatest dog show in the world have been announced I’m planning on getting a Newfoundland (because it’s like owning a big, friendly bear) once I move out of my tiny flat.
And three cheers to Elizabeth the Lhasa Apso from Coventry who took the Best in Show award. You can read all about her and her amazing win in the Coventry Telegraph.
We staged our own mini Crufts in the office and wouldn’t you guess, the West Highland Terrier won, with the Corgi a near second!
Congratulations to Susan and her lovely pair of knitted dogs, our first Best in Show winners this year!
Entries are now closed for February and judging has begun. There were so many amazing entries and we will take our time to ensure we choose the pick of the litter.
The March competition is still open for submissions. Enter now!
There have been a lot of things going on here at Knit Your Own Dog, which means your competition entries may take a bit longer to appear on the site, but never fear, if you send your entry in by February 29th you will be a part of the February Best in Show competition.
And to keep you going here is a puppy in a hard hat:
His name is Aries and he’s a seeing-eye puppy being trained by a NASA engineer. Read more about him here.
Best in Show is available in the US and the UK, but now we’re proud to show you the new French translation!
The French Bulldog looks right at home with our copy!
The Poodle, or Caniche
We love all dogs at Knit Your Own Dog, but there are some dogs we especially like. This is Moose, our favourite dog of all!
He’s a miniature Schnauzer living in London with his owner, a photographer.
Last year he wrote a really great book both dogs and their people love about living happily, even during the recession.
You can read all about Moose and his adventures on his blog www.mynameismoose.com!
Have you ever wanted to know which dog is best matched to you? Spent hours clicking through rehoming websites thinking, ‘He’s cute, but is he for me?’ Well Pedigree in New Zealand have found a solution: Doggelganger: Human to Canine Pairing Software. Simply upload a photo of yourself and let the program do the work. We tried a few here at our office and got some fantastic matches.
A 60.36% match, definitely a keeper!
Sienna’s lovely black poodle! Congratulations again Sienna, another dog well knitted!
Sally and Jo also gave honourable mention to Deb’s awesome little Yorkie. It really is amazing how creative everyone is getting!
Every Friday from now on we’ll be showcasing a lovely rare dog breed. This week’s is the whimsical Barbet.
They’re described by their owners as sociable, joyful and intelligent. And while they look like the perfect cuddly dog, the Barbet Club of America warns that these loving pets take consistent training and lots of mental and physical exercise. And with that curly coat they need to be groomed very regularly or you’ll end up with a big knot of a dog.
Barbets are French in origin and were one of the first water dogs. They were first referenced in the fourteenth century and have been used over the centuries for hunting and as sailors dogs. Despite their historic popularity, the breed was nearly extinct by the end of World War II, but is being slowly reestablished.
If you’re tempted to knit a Barbet, I’d suggest some lovely boucle yarn in the standard colour (either black, brown or brown with white patches on the chest and/or paws). Use the Labrador pattern to knit your dog, because even though the Barbet and Poodle share a curly coat, the Poodle pattern is just too delicate and thin. If you want to make your Barbet extra shaggy, cover the body in loop stitches on every 4th row.
All pictures from Barbet Club of America website.
Over the last few weeks we’ve gotten tons of emails about the gorgeous knitted Staffie for the Staffies. They’re softer than you think. campaign at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Well, after a tiny wait the pattern is now available to download from Battersea’s website. Make your own life-size Staffie to cuddle up with on these cold winter nights and feel good, knowing you’ve helped Battersea continue it’s fantastic work with animals.
I’m a dog person, through and through. But for those of you who prefer a feline companion, we have just the thing for you! The much anticipated follow up to Best in Show: Knit Your Own Dog is here, and now there’s a website too:
Go there to see all the amazing cats Jo and Sally have created for you to knit. There’s everything from a cuddly kitten to a precious Persian, suave street cats to wild exotic breeds. You can even buy a copy of the book to sit (nearly) peacefully beside your Best in Show: Dogs book.
And just like here, we have a monthly Best in Show competition, so get your knitting needles working and see if you’ve got what it takes to be Top Cat!
Sally and Jo recently hand-delivered their giant knitted Staffie to Battersea Dog & Cats Home. We know he’ll help the ‘Staffies. They’re softer than you think.’ campaign and continue to let people know what good pets Staffordshire Bull Terriers can be!
Sally and the Staffie at Battersea Dog & Cats Home
Also, for those of you who have been posting and emailing to find the pattern, a little bird told me there may be one on the way very soon!
Congratulations to Sienna! Her amazing Chihuahua-Papillon mix stole Sally and Jo’s hearts to win Best in Show October 2011. Remember to enter your knitted dogs before 31st of November for a chance to take Best in Show November 2011!
Over the years Staffordshire Bull Terriers have gotten a bad reputation. But if you’ve ever known and loved a Staffie you’ll know that they’re intelligent and affectionate, and are even known in some circles as the ‘nanny dog’.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home recently asked Sally and Jo to knit them a life-size Staffie for their ‘Staffies. They’re softer than you think.’ campaign. Click on the link to see a picture of the finished result: a big beautiful knitted dog with that characteristic Staffie smile. And while you’re there make sure to read all about the campaign to educate the people about the breed and help some of the many Staffies in their care find good, loving homes.
Halloween! It’s that time of year when you can dress as a zombie and still be served in the pub. And why leave your beloved pet out of the fun? In fact, with a bit of ingenuity you can make them shockingly realistic:
You can re-enact your favourite comic book moments:
Or let the whole world know about your love of saturated fats:
Even cat lovers are getting in on the fun (but we don’t think they’re nearly as fun):
But at the end of the day, the cutest costume always wins:
Summer was just too short! There was barely any time to air out the sundresses and let the flip-flops creep out of the closet before September took a chilly jump into Autumn.
Pools in the US have found the best way ever to end the summer: dog swims! When the human swimming season ends on the Labor Day bank holiday, they open the pool to furry friends to take that one last dip before winter.
Now that looks like a good time!
If you’re ready for more knitted dog action, Jo and Sally have another little film for you:
Did you catch the surprise guest at the end? I think we’ll be seeing a lot more knitted cats around September…
Knitted dogs never need to be groomed, but most pets will go to the doggy stylist’s at least once in their lifetime (or, in the case of my Chow, six, once for each time she got too friendly with a skunk). And it seems poodles have picked up a reputation for being the prima donnas of the dog world, what with their fancy hair cuts and frequent visits to the salon. But it seems some poodles, and their owners have taken it to a whole new level:
I think he might be more comfortable wandering around Camden Market. Now, we at KnitYourOwnDog appreciate creative expression, but please, do discuss any grooming choices carefully with your groomer and your poodle before attempting this:
Wow! I can barely hold still long enough for a cut and blow dry. That must be the most patient dog ever. Oooh! Zebra:
So, here’s a challenge for you, can you knit an extreme poodle?
Top three photos taken from this great slide show.
Maybe it’s from knitting too many dogs or spending all day staring at patterns, but doesn’t Bob, the Ravelry dog, look just like the French Bulldog in Best in Show? All he needs is a red collar!
If you’re a Raveller and spend half your day clicking through other people’s stashes, you should join the Collins & Brown Ravelry Group. You’ll get up-to-date news about other Collins & Brown books and get the chance to connect with other knitters over your love of yarn (and knitted dogs of course).
We at KnitYourOwnDog don’t like to gossip, but we’ve just heard that footballer Ashley Cole is planning to win back Cheryl by getting her a puppy for her birthday. Puppies are cute and cuddly, but they also slobber, eat your slippers and need to go out for potty breaks right in the middle of your favourite show. So we’ve come up with a brilliant plan, Ashley: put away the football boots and pull out some knitting needles. Show Cheryl your domestic side and wow her with a perfect pet that fits in every handbag, never wees on anything and would never think of eating her Jimmy Choos! Perhaps a knitted Pug?