Guest Post: Debbie Bliss
We all know that my little hound, Waffle is the love of my life. So, when Debbie Bliss’s new book Woolly Woofers, with over 20 knitwear designs for dogs of all shapes and sizes, arrived here at PeachyHQ I did a happy dance. The kind that involved dashing about for yarn and trying to get the dog to stay still long enough to take his measurements!
Debbie Bliss is renowned the world over for her fabulous and contemporary knitwear designs – with garments and accessories for babies, women, men, children and now dogs. I adore the fun designs in this book, with not only a range of styles to suit a whole host of different breeds and sizes of dogs, but with a wide range of different techniques that are sure to tempt you to work on something adorable for your little pup!
I couldn’t wait to catch up with Debbie and find out a little more about the cretion of this fantastic book, so with out further ado, guest posting today is the wonderful Debbie Bliss talking about her new book Woolly Woofers!
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It is really difficult to continually find fresh inspiration but now I have my daughter Nell and assistant Teresa working in the studio with me so there is a lot of brain storming going on.They have now formed a design team of their own called Conway and Bliss. It is good to have input from the younger generation in order to keep ideas fresh.
My editor at Quadrille, Lisa Pendreigh, is as dog mad as I am so we tend to spend a lot of time looking at pictures of puppies. It seemed a good idea to combine my love of dogs and knitting and produce a book of dog knits. We have two dogs Monty the Beagle and Smiffy, the Parsons Jack Russell. Smiffy is on the cover of the book, proudly wearing a Breton striped top and a beret. Well, I was proud, he was possible humiliated! Monty couldn’t model as he had had a operation on his legs but he would probably have been rubbish anyway!
My favourite part of working on this book was the photography shoot. I felt huge relief that they fitted all the different sizes and breeds but also I don’t think I have ever laughed so much on a shoot. Some of the dogs looked adorable, others obviously loved all the attention they were getting, all the owners looked very proud apart from me as Smiffy has the attention span of a flea.
If you have a passion for knitwear design, be sure to check out sites like Ravelry anyone one can put up their own designs and get feedback, with custom made designs under you belt it would be good if you can create your own dedicated website.
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