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Sunday, January 16, 2005
Dog Sweaters Explained
I never fully explained about the dog sweaters, did I? In December, my grandmother went into a local pet accessories store and they saw her dog wearing the sweater she'd knit for him, and asked her to knit sweaters for them to sell. She said she didn't have time, but I told her to tell them I'd be interested. I went in to meet with them and brought a few books of dog sweater patterns to get some ideas worked out. They told me which they liked, or didn't, and what colors they moved most. So I'm in the process of making some samples to show them, and if they like them they might buy sweaters to sell. I'm making about 8 samples, all in small sizes just so they can see the styles.
I almost started a flame war when I mentioned this on the knitlist, because many people emailed me offlist to warn (or lecture) about how illegal it is to sell knits that are not my design. They had me so freaked out that I contacted the two publishing companies; Interweave Press and Penguin. Both thanked me for calling and said that there was absolutely no problem in selling the finished knitwear, provided that I cited the designers. My original intent was to have a "wash info" tag, and on the back would be "hand knitted by Jennifer" and then "design by Designer's Name, from Book Name", so I was relieved.
So to anyone who has an idea like this, don't listen to people who say one thing or another. Go right to the source and sometimes you'll be pleasantly surprised. I was. Interweave Press even wished me luck!
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 1:45 p.m.  
  • At 9:11 a.m., Blogger Jody said…

    Just read your blog for the first time (I am a FiberRAOKer too).I love the dog sweater with the "fur" on the edges.And yes, you have the cutest cat!! Those eyes!! Good luck on selling your petwear...I think it's a great idea!

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