When my sister and I were about two and three years old, my grandma gave each of us a Kewpie doll for Christmas. She crocheted the entire outfit herself, including the blanket. Even then I knew that took a lot of work.
Eventually, I started trying the clothes on other toys. The dress fit this little Pound Puppy to a tea, but there was a problem: I only had one dress, and I had lots of Pound Puppies.
Grandma to the rescue! Over the next several years, she made me enough dresses, skirts, pants, and hats to outfit all my Pound Puppies and some of my larger animals as well. Yes, I was a lucky kid!
These clothes did more than provide me with hours of fun. They gave me an appreciation of fiber arts and a desire to make stuff with yarn. “Crochet” was the only word in my vocabulary for this action for a long time, but one day I overheard my grandma say “Crocheting isn’t that difficult. Knitting is hard.” I took that as a challenge.
It wasn’t until I was 14 that I actually had an opportunity to learn how to knit. One of the girls in my 4-H club won a champion ribbon for her knitting abilities, making many of the rest of us curious about the craft. I finally asked a leader to teach me how. The rest is history. I took to knitting like nothing else (not to say I didn’t make a few mistakes at the beginning, I just liked it!). I made scarves, then hats, then dishcloths, then slippers, then mittens, then a shawl, then socks. Then I swore I would never knit again –for about a week. I made a vest for the last year of 4-H and an afghan that made it to the fair last year. Even in college, I just couldn’t stop knitting.
Of course, by this time the Pound Puppies and all their clothes had long been packed away. I knitted clothes for myself usually, or for various members of my family. Then one boring day at the end of Christmas vacation, I looked through an old craft magazine and found a startling figure: publishers might pay as much as $100 for a pattern – in 1991! My mind was reeling. What kind of pattern could I invent that might sell like hotcakes?
The humble Pound Puppy came to mind.
I tried to think of a modern equivalent that would be fun and easy to knit for. Webkinz were the perfect answer. They were all the rage at that time, and unlike most stuffed animals, they were designed for the 6-12 (old enough to knit) age range rather than the 3-6 range. I bought a Webkinz and started to work on my grand project almost right away.
The problem, I soon discovered, is that Webkinz are not easy to knit for. Their many shapes and sizes would require countless pattern adjustments, meaning enough increases, decreases, and measurements to frustrate many seasoned adult knitters, let alone gradeschool-aged beginners. I gave up on the idea of selling these patterns, but I still like to finish what I started. So here they are on this site: umteen FREE knitting patterns for Webkinz dogs. Read ‘em, try ‘em, and don’t be shy about making suggestions for improvements!
My goal is to have all the patterns completed and up here within a year’s time. On the weeks when I don’t have time to complete and post an outfit, I’ll have a picture, an anectode, or some other knitting related tidbit up here for you. I plan to post every Wednesday by midnight, Central Standard Time.
Ta-Ta and happy knitting!
(P.S. If you are not one for knitting and would rather just sit back and read the funny pages in your spare time, I have a blog for that too. It’s www.pezcita.wordpress.com. I post a comic strip nearly every weekend.)