To the world Debbie Bliss might be renowned designer and bestselling author of knitting books, but to her two dogs, Monty the Beagle and Smiffy the Jack Russell, she is their Person – the subject of their total, unconditional love and devotion. Quite appropriately, Debbie has rewarded their affections by dedicating her latest book to their knitted wardrobes…
This book combines two of my great loves: knitting and dogs. I want a pet who, when you pop out to the kitchen for a few minutes, will behave as though you had been gone for months on your return. Surely all doggy devotion should be rewarded with the best possible wardrobe lovingly knitted by their owner.
Her book Wooly Woofers is a collection of over 20 knitwear designs for pooches – from cosy, cute, comic canine outfits (some top-notch animal alliteration there) to a classic knitted tweed cape and deerstalker inspired by “legendary dog detective” Sherlock Bones. It’s also full of beautifully illustrated scenes by Jo Clark inhabited by dogs looking as embarrassed as only dogs can while dressed in paw-kerchiefs and accessorised with jaunty berets. Chiens à la Mode, we salute you and your furry fashions.
This book was clearly a lot of fun to shoot and it’s just as fun to paw over. Even if you don’t have a dog and can’t knit, we’d recommend purely for the fact it features a terrier disguised in ‘lamb-ouflage’ . Now if someone could just lend me their Dachshund so I can knit it a bee bonnet complete with antennae…
Win a Copy!
As a special treat for good behaviour, we’ve got three copies of Wooly Woofers to give away. So if you’re potty about your pet, here’s your chance to demonstrate your love with a hand-knitted Barker Parker or Dog-las Tartan Coat. To enter, either leave a comment at the end of this post or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘I want my woofer to be wooly’. (And, erm, while you’re there, a photo of your dressed-up pet might not go amiss, not that it’s obligatory of course, but we find a puppy in a polo and a cat in a hat makes every day a little brighter.)
The deadline for all entries is midnight on Sunday 21 September, and the competition is open to UK residents only.
Woolly Woofers by Debbie Bliss is out now (Quadrille, £14.99)
Photography: Richard Burns / Illustrations: Jo Clark
Would love to win this book & knit all these outfits for my sisters Yorkshire Terrier, Rocky!
Hey – i would LOVE to win this book, dogs in knitwear would aleay brighten my day :)
Skye says she’ll only go out with a new woolly coat!
My dog NEEDS new knits!
Ooh, what a fab book! I’d love to see my Springer in a beret!
My little shih Tzu George is due for a new coat/sweater this Autumn and I’d love to make it with one of Debbie’s patterns, pretty please! :0)
I would love to win this woofingly brilliant book for the future dog my children are badgering me for!
what a wonderful book! am eying it up already for Rufus – a miniature Schnauzer we have come to love and be very silly about……………………never realised I was dog person!!
Would love to win a copy so I can knit presents for my brother and sister-in-laws 2 hounds!!
My 8 yr old would love this.
wow – amazing ! My little Billie-Bobs would look very dapper …
I would love to win a copy of this book so I can make my two “puppies” a Sherlock Bones cloak to keep them warm in winter x
Oh how cute is this!!! I love to dress my doggie Daisy in cute sweaters & knitted scarves! How fun this book would be to win for her!
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