Tuesday, 5 October 2010

A Puppy In My Pocket

My knitted dog book Best In Show arrived the other day and it was hard to resist:


He's a labrador (you knew that, right?); but there are plenty of others to choose from. Terriers, Gun dogs - you name it. I started with an "easy" one and it was very quick to do (he's only five inches long); although I did find a couple of slip ups in the pattern. Brackets in the wrong place, that kind of thing.


Because I had so few stitches it was easy to work out where I should be, though, and I got there in the end. Next time (Oh, Yes. The Small One wants a bulldog. She says it's "cute") I'll be using smaller needles to get a closer knit finish, so you absolutely definitely can't see any of the stuffing; and I'll be sewing it up my own way because I think I can make it neater.

Knitted with Rowan Cashsoft 4 ply
I still think he's cute, even if he is a bit of a prototype. He's the kind of dog to slip into a pocket for company when you are off to do something big and scary. Yes, that's what he is: a puppy for your pocket.

Don't forget, there is still time to put your name in the draw for Pass The Book here

27 comments:

Karen said...

Adorable! This project is so beyond my knitting skills that I am awed by it!

JO SOWERBY said...

he will cost much less in vet bills and kennel care and stay young forever. do they have a westie?
Jo xxx

Deb said...

SOOOOO cute!!! I have always wanted to learn how to knit but I sure don't need another hobby/medium. I'll just live vicariously through your knitting needles! xo

Jimjams said...

That looks fab Sian (sorry no proper a with a hat on on this computer) - coincidentally I saw a knitted dog on the back shelf of a car today - it was bigger I think, about a 10-12" long - a springer spaniel with brown and white spots and fluffy (wool loops) ears. Might see about a copy of the book for my Mum's Xmas gift ... any poodles or spaniels in there?

LOL - the word verification is "cardis" also knitted!

Ruth said...

He is just so cute!! And a Chocolate Labrador is the perfect prototype! Hope Horsey doesn't get jealous!

scrappyjacky said...

He really is cute,Sian.....you'll be able to start a breeding kennels!!

debs14 said...

Oh my goodness, blogland is turning into an episode of Animal Magic - wait till you see my post planned for tomorrow!
Cute little puppy though, this could be the way I finally let my daughter have the dog she's always wanted!

Rachel B said...

Well I'm frightend of dogs but this one I think I could handle! Lol! Great work Sian :)

Amanda said...

He is sooo cute. Isn't it annoying when you find a wrong bit in a pattern, you'd think they'd check them. Onto the bull dog next then:)

darkpoetess said...

hee hee! my fiance showed me an article on this book earlier today...we spent a lot of time trying to find the closest thing to our dog. you have a cute one! they are really very adorable :-)

Ann said...

Annoying when patterns have mistakes isn't it? But you got there in the end and he really is cute. What's his name going to be then? The Tiny One? The Quiet One?.......The Stuffed One?

Clair said...

He's adorable. Makes me wish I could knit more than the odd line!

little e said...

Ev says can you make charley dogs??

Sandra said...

aawww, Sian, he's just the cutest :)

jennifer said...

He's adorable Sian, well done. I used to love puppy in my pockets, but this one is more cuddly and cute! x

Maria Ontiveros said...

He is absolutely adorable!!! I love Labradors and would love to see a border collie.
Rinda

Amy said...

This is just the cutest little doggie I've seen, I've just made my girl block her ears so doesn't hear me singing the praises of another!
Yes, the vet bills would be far more managable with the knitted variety!

laurie b said...

this looks like the perfect pet! and i bet he's housebroken, too.

scrapchick said...

Too cute! Makes me think of all the toys my Mom crocheted for me when I was little. A turtle comes to mind first. :) TFS.

Winnie said...

He's adorable! I can't wait to see what else you make up from that book. :D

Denise said...

I love him.... I wish I was better at knitting as being a Collie nut I'd love to make a Collie one!

Scrappi Sandi said...

He is so cute! Well done you!! Nathan just came in & asked if it was 'Santa's little Helper' from the Simpsons?!! See...you could have a celebrity puppy in your pocket!! Good luck with the bulldog!!

Carmen said...

So cute! I can't wait to see the bulldog!

See I'd have been reading it and wondering what I was doing wrong - it wouldn't occur to me that it was the pattern ;)

Becky said...

That is so cute! I am not showing Penny or she will have me knitting her every one from the book lol :)

alexa said...

Can't believe how fast you knit! Or your skills at making this so neatly when it is only five inches tall. What a poppet!

humel said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And a bulldog would indeed be cute :-)

Jana said...

Darling doggie. I am very impressed with your talent in knitting. I don't know how to at all.

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