Crafty First Dog lovers — did you know you can build your own Bo Obama dog at the Build-a-Bear Workshop®?
The popular craft/enteratinment store actually has three versions you can check out online in their “Gifts to Go” section:
- 16-in. Portuguese Water Dog, who is truly cute, with his happy little tail up in the air
- Best Friends Portuguese Water Dog, who looks to be a mom with her pup, along with dog house and water bowl
- American Pride Portuguese Water Dog, who has a little flag bandana and a red, white and blue leash
You can add sounds such as Brahms Lullaby, “Happy Birthday Bear Song,” or, if you’re not into species role restrictions, a cat, monkey or owl soundtrack. Also, you can buy them stuffed or unstuffed. If the latter, just make a note in the comments section.
You also can go into your nearest Build-a-Bear-Workshop and make these cuties on site. Call the store first to check that the dog kit you want is in stock.
Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne have to be the best-known knitters in the UK. According to The Telegraph, their black sheep jumper became famous after Princess Diana wore it to a big polo event in the early 80s. And their cardigan was an essential plot point in the Jim Carrey move The Truman Show. They also have appeared on the Martha Stewart show. Anyway they’re into warm and cuddly and have a new book for sale: Best in Show: Knit Your Own Dog. It includes patterns for 25 dog breeds, including Portuguese water dogs.
The projects can be done by beginners. ‘They are all relatively easy to knit,“ Muir told the Telegraph. ”It’s the sewing up that can get fiddly…How the dog looks depends on how you sew on the ears, eyes and nose. That’s how you get the character.“
I said, “amigurumi”
Another option for dog-loving yarn crafters is amigurumi, or the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting small animals and other creatures. A nice example is here, where you may also find, by the way, a free pattern.
And there are books galore. Here is one to check out, called Cute Little Animals.
Although many amigurumi are smooth textured, it is possible to make “loopy” or hairy animals to give the shaggy appearance of our own dear Bo.
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