Archive for February 24th, 2011

FB9I know nothing about this book, but it has one of the best titles I’ve seen in a long time: “Knit Your Own Dog” by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne.  If you can indeed knit a dog from following the patterns in this book then I am giving it my full endorsement.

I really want a dog, but feel that my current lifestyle would not be the best for one, so for now I am sticking to cats only.  However, this means that I tend to over compensate by surrounding myself with photographs of dogs, dog calendars, stuffed dogs, little statues of dogs on the mantle, etc. – you get the idea.  Now I might have to learn to knit so I can add to my collection.

From the book’s Amazon description: “The knitted dog is indeed the ideal companion: There’s no feeding, barking, shedding, or vet’s bills, and he’ll live forever! Knit Your Own Dog is the irresistible guide to knitting the perfect pup. With patterns for 25 different pedigree pooches, Knit Your Own Dog lets you choose the dog you want, whether it’s a pretty Poodle or a loyal Labrador. Or knit them all for a pack of canine fun!”

My sister-in-law is a knitter.  Do you think she would get the hint if I gave her this book for her birthday with a the Border Collie page marked off?

M1Every now and then we come across the work of someone that charms and inspires us. Such is the case with Juliet Ames’ website and shop – The Broken Plate Pendant Co. and (I Break Plates.com).

About Ms. Ames: “Juliet Ames is a Baltimore , MD crafter who has enjoyed getting her hands dirty and making things since she was a small child. While she played with Lego’s and Play-Doh she would have never dreamed that one day she would break plates for a living!”

About The Broken Plate Pendant Co.: “The Broken Plate Pendant Co. is where boxed up, unloved, dishes from Grandma come alive and are given a renewed purpose. I break each and every plate with love…and force…crafting them into a collection of inspired and versatile pieces.”

Not only are Ms. Ames’ creations interesting and truly works or art, her whole sensibility and back-story is just the type of thing we love.

The Broken Plate Pendant Co. shop features traditional jewelry crafted from broken china like earrings and cufflinks, but there are some great original ideas, like China Knuckles.

Check out I Break Plates.com here.