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Peggy Gaffney Honored By Martha Stewart.

I am being honored by Martha Stewart. I have been chosen as Doer of the Week from
among the more than 6,000 entrepreneurs who are part of the Dreamers Into Doers
program sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. It is an inspiring group of women who support each other as we grow our businesses and our lives. As an author and designer, I take pride in my work, but it is rewarding when what I do is honored by others. To read the interview, go to
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Martha found out about the dog portrait patterns when I met her over a year ago and

has been very enthusiastic ever since. She, of course, is a dog lover who also
has a bevy of cats and other creatures. Here at Kanine Knits our diversity to
other creatures is growing in that I am getting into editing the next
offering which is The Crafty Llama & Alpaca Knits. This one is fun in that I can
go into detail about all the different types of yarns that come from these
animals. And, wonderful animals they are. I had a chance to get up close and
personal with both species when I was doing my photo shoots. They are so
gentle. The llamas were very curious about my camera to the point of one sticking
its nose into the works as I changed film. The alpacas were much more shy
except for the baby who decided that he liked me and followed me around during
the entire shoot. I will be looking for ideas on what breeds to do books on next year and I welcome suggestions. I am hoping to get some of the smaller breeds included such as the
Pug and the Cavalier but I am open to breed ideas. Remember you can always just
email me at if you want to make a book or pattern

September was a difficult month here. My lovely Samoyed, Seamus, got mysteriously ill. We
still don't know the cause but over a few short weeks he stopped eating and
died. He showed none of the usual symptoms and it remains a mystery. He was
only 8 1/2 and had been my constant companion since he was born. He was the
best obedience dog and a fantastic therapy dog. He was a stunning looking dog,
but since I no longer go in the ring because I've managed to injure both my
knee and Achilles tendon in the last couple of years, he wasn't shown. I sadly
miss him as do his siblings who are still with me. He was the alpha so we are
having to develop new rules. It doesn't matter how many years one spends in the
world of dogs, for me it is more than 40, it never gets easy to say good by.

Peggy Gaffney
Kanine Knits

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