Surreal because… well, I knit that! I knit that very thing the doggie is sitting in!

Back in October 2005, I sample knit this fabulous dog bed for Annie Modesitt’s newest book, Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them. Shortly thereafter, I handed it over to Annie during her visit to the Boston area, and she did the felting and finishing herself. I pre-ordered the book in September, and here it is, finally!

Very satisfying to see my work in print :). And to be acknowledged as a sample knitter in the back of the book:

The book itself is filled with a ton of cute patterns for dog and man alike.

These little booties are too adorable for words (though I wonder if they’d make a doggie do a little jig).

In other news, I’ve got a mo-hairy situation on my hands:

Pray for me.


47 thoughts on “Surreal

  1. Cynthia

    That last pic would make me wet my pants from fear. Yikes!

    Going to have a little “published” party tonight? Even if just alone with a good glass of something and a bubblebath?j

  2. Wannietta

    Isn’t it funny when you tell someone, “I knit that.” and you can tell that they don’t quite get it so you point at it, tap it a few times while saying, “THAT one. I knit that one!”

    Congratulations – it’s lovely!!!!

  3. Christy

    oh, how fun to see something you knit published!

    and now I need to get that book. a coworker asked me if it’d be possible to knit her pampered schnoodle some booties. I *knew* there had to be a pattern somewhere!

  4. Cassandra

    I enjoyed your use of your online knitting persona in the credits… you are like the knitting version of a rock star i.e. Madonna, Fergie, etc.

    very cool.

  5. becky

    Egads, what is that hairy blue spaghetti? Looks completely unfroggable, which means I could never use it. Sending happy thoughts your way, better you than I, baby!

  6. kelpkim

    oh man…that is one cute doggy bed!

    and how cool is it that you got to be a test/sample knitter! congrats!

    and that poor pooch that did a jig–i really feel for those guys. :o)

  7. Stephanie

    I remember that dog bed! I need to buy that book so I can see it up close and personal. I’m praying for you – the mohair looks nasty.

  8. Jomy

    Congrats on the book. I think that if I had to tell this story, I’d have had to jab at the picture until I made a hole until the reader/listener understood what I met.

    I’m not sure I know what’s going on with the mohair. Is that for your Vintage cardigan? Eep.

    Somewhere In the back of my mind, seeing the same color ribbing and mohair made me think you were knitting a mini UltraFemme…

    And seeing as that you were just talking about dogs… ya know..

    what’s wrong with a sassy dog?

  9. Leslie

    Congratulations! How exciting to see something you’ve done (even a sample) in a published book. As far as the mohair situation, what’s scary is it’s on double-pointed metal needles. Very slippery, indeed.

  10. Agnes

    I am waiting for that book too! Should be here in these few days … excited! I don’t think dogs and cats are too happy to have to wear those booty things … but they are cute.

    What in the world are you doing with mohair? You are highly allergic to that, right?

  11. Amber

    Bah, you’ll make it through the mohair. What gave me a heart attack was that whatever those black spikes are on the right side of the picture look like giant looming scissors. Until I see that there’s actually a third point coming up at the very bottom. But another glance still gives me that looming giant scissors feeling. Perhaps you’ll just frighten the mohair into submission.

  12. Laura

    Congratulations! Drew showed me the book proof in November and I combed through the book looking for your pet bed. I looks different from the small snippets that you showed on your blog so I needed a few flips through the book to find it 🙂

  13. Laurie

    Gah, that is the kind of mess I get going in my lap that makes me afraid to get up. So I sit there for hours, parched, needing to answer the phone and go to the bathroom but I must.knit.the.mess so it won’t tangle.

  14. inky

    It looks like the knitted project is being attacked by the blob.

    Hey! Sci-Fi knitting! Hosted by Rod Purling!


  15. Sarah

    Knit and Tonic Wendy just posted about seeing a dog wearing bootees…in Southern California, on a sunny day, at the beach. Dog bootees are cute, but I think perhaps there need to be some ground rules.

    The doggie bed, on the other hand, is a great idea and is beautifully knit!

  16. Sonya

    I am reader but new commenter here – trying to make that transition from lurkdom to reader-participant. What a wonderful dog bed and an equally nice way to thank test-knitters – a whole page dedicated to you guys – wow! Right on Annie Modesitt! Having test knit for a few books (OK, twist my arm, only two) and one where I wasn’t mentioned at all (and no the books were not pulled off the shelves ’til the next run, the indignation) this is big, huge in my world.

    It also looks like that sweet doggie is looking fondly up at your name; the purple highlighter of course helps in this illusion. Now I’ve rambled on.

  17. Kristen

    I’m allergic to mohair so my suggestion is to burn it all. Congrats on the book but btw…when is the book with the Egyptian dress coming out? And will you be credited as Grumperina?

  18. aj

    Congrats on your book debut! 😉 Good luck with the mohair, looks like quite the sticky (or hairy) situation!

  19. Monica

    Congrats! I can’t get over the time lag between when you knit it and when the book came out. (And what are YOU doing with mohair??)

  20. roro

    Knitted doggie boots? Mmmm…no. The dog is sliding around enough as it is.

    Knitted, felted doggie bed? Not as long as I have a Great Dane 😉

    (Wonder if I could make one big enough and still fit it in the washer to felt it?)

    Congrats, it is the first time I’ve seen test knitters credited. Good job!

  21. britt

    oH MAN GOOD LUCK. I just finished a mohair sweater right before Christmas and frogging it back to fix an error was horrible!!

  22. Ashley

    That’s so awesome….good for Annie for giving credit where it’s due.

    Bailey, by the way, says, “Doggie booties? Sheah right.”

  23. paula


    I’ve been looking for that book for months now. 🙂

    Lot’s of small doggies at work who need some sweaters and a very adorable kitty (Haruki) who needs a pet bed. 😉

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