Folk Coat Show

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PATTERN: Swing Thing by Theresa Belville
SIZE: 2-3 years
YARN: Garnstudio DROPS Nepal in Gray-Green 7139
BUTTONS: Orange Gerberas and Leaves wooden buttons from Apples and Eggs

The adorable Amy, Rob, and Dax the corgi came for dinner a few weeks ago (which reminds me that I need to remind Andy about that pizza post he was going to write). Clover, naturally, lost her mind with excitement. After several hours of being chased around the house, Dax effortlessly performed several tricks to the bewildered amazement of all of the Paulsons (including Clover Meadow). On command Dax sat, stayed, rolled over, played dead, danced, and offered his little paw in a delicate shake, then trotted away modestly to enjoy his treat. We sat, mouths open, deeply impressed. Andy (middle child) was immediately motivated to display Clover's skills to the crowd. He called her over to the living room and asked her to shake. Instead of offering him her little paw, she became a misguided tornado of earnestness: she fell over, sat, barked, laid down, rolled over, turned in a circle, knawed on his hand, collapsed to the floor, jumped to her feet, and barked again (it was more like a shout) in his face, all without ever really giving him her paw. She basically did everything she knew how to do and then some, all at the same time, kind of like if you'd said to your kid, "Sweetie, why don't you show our nice guests how well you play the clarinet?" and instead of picking up the instrument she started riding a unicycle around the house, speaking fluent Ubbi Dubbi, scratching her stomach, dribbling a basketball, and making cappuccinos for everyone in the room. It was hilarious. I sat on the edge of the sofa and smiled sheepishly as if to say, "Kids — what can you do?"

Anyway, ever since we've been trying to teach Clover the "give me your paw" thing for reals, and I think it's finally sticking (although it's still more of a pawing kind of thing as she lifts up her paw way too high and then tries to scrape my hand off as if she's digging a hole, but, you know — some kind of progress, at least). What any of it has to do with this swingy little knitted coat I don't know, except that . . . No. It has nothing to do with it.


Except that I'm showing it off. According to my Ravelry page for this, I started it on December 18 and finished it on January 19. I have several things that I actually did finish that I never did get around to posting about, so I will try to trot those out and show them off (hopefully they'll behave) over the next few days to try to maintain this effort at housekeeping I am making. Thank you for all of the comments on the little hat yesterday! I'm writing a pattern for it and am almost finished, so I expect to have that ready for sale next week (hopefully along with some finished hats, as well — fingers crossed!). I've also gotten a lot of questions about whether I am ever going to finalize the patterns for last spring's Tulipfield dresses (Anneke, Mina, and Saskia) and the answer to that is: Yes. I really am! I have to first knit the taxes and then I will work on those patterns next.


That made me laugh SO HARD! Good dog, Clover. She blew that other Corgi out of the water with everything she can do, all at once.

Adorable little coat, by the way. I want one in my size. But I don't feel like knitting it. I feel like going out and buying it to get myself through the rest of the winter. Which has been, so far, endless feeling.

Oh Clover, I'm not laughing at you - I'm laughing with you. What's a girl to do when put in such a position?

I am completely charmed - by both your sweet knitting and by the antics of your sweet Clover Meadow. Off to add to my Ravelry queue. Oh, fantastic buttons - thanks for the link!

This coat is just absolutely beautiful! I love the cross stitch touches. Amazing color,too! Clover...awwwwww....what a sweetheart! She's marching and pawing to her very own drummer, which makes her all the sweeter!!

Love the little coat. Will definitely make this to put in my little hope chest of things for great grandchildren! I may not be knitting when they arrive, but I want them to have some of my work that was knit with love.

That is a stunningly beautiful little coat. And yes, dogs are exactly like children (at least ours are) - they seem to delight in doing exactly what you do not expect. But we love them - the dogs and the children. And the cats. And the chickens. Amen.

You always seem to know exactly what color to use for your projects, and what exact buttons, etc., go perfectly with it.

That post made me snort pepsi out my nose. My corgi does exactly the same thing! She does every trick she knows one after the other with ear piercing barks thrown in for extra intensity. LOL.

looks like something out of a story book, so cute, the colors are bright, electric:)

This post had me laughing out loud! Animals add so much to our lives! And this little coat is so darling; your creations are all so beautiful, original and make me stop and say "aah". I look forward to your posts...a little ray of sunshine--regardless of what's happening outside my window here in Portland.

Oh I love this - I saw it on your ravelry page and was ooooing and aaaaahhhhhing over it.

:) Clover is just too cute. She really is warming my heart up to getting my children a puppy just like her.

You make the sweetest little garments. I will be so happy to see them photographed on a little darling girl someday!

Alicia, I had the funniest dream last night that involved you. Last night I went to a new restaurant in San Francisco, opened by Tyler Florence, called "The Wayfare Tavern." It was a great spot. (This is the real part)
Then, last night I had a dream I was back there having dinner, and I over heard one of the waitresses say that the Avett Brothers were coming in for dinner! I told my husband that I couldn't wait to send Alicia a note on her blog that I saw them at Wayfare Tavern.
I think I had been showing your blog to a friend that evening, and some how incorporated all of this into my dream.

ANYWAY......Love this little jacket, as usual it is darling and pure eye candy!!

I love hearing about Clover Meadow! Thanks for the hilarious visual....I'm still laughing.

your description of Clover is hilarious - my dog does the same thing when asked to roll over. And I totally hear you about the pawing instead of shaking - we turned the whole thing into a "high five" instead of shaking, which always gets cheers from the crowds we are trying to impress.

We have a corgi/westie mix that is currently fascinated by our newest family member, a hamster! Whenever she goes MIA we can find her upstairs staring at the cage, cocking her her left and then right:)
And just when I think you have hit the pillar of cuteness, you march out this darling little coat!

Love the little coat. Adorable! :D

If the next time I see Clover she is dribbling a basketball and making us cappuccinos, I will tell Dax he's got a few more tricks to learn! She's such a sweet and smart puppy- the "shake" trick will click and she'll do it all the time- trust me. Sometimes I ask Dax to do something else, and then only thing he'll do is shake, and bark. Darn cute stubborn Corgis! Thanks for the sweet mention! :)

I'm so jealous of these beautiful clothes. :) I wish they were my size! Or I at least wish I had the knitting ability to make them my size.

Also, I can only hope that my future pup can put on a routine like that. Single tricks are overrated!

This is just wonderful! I don't knit, wish I did! I just finished a washable, felted wool baby coat for my granddaughter. You might like it!

Adorable sweater! I want a girl, just to knit cute things for her. Although I have a boy, I don't think he'd look very boyish in this one.

I was literally laughing till I was crying. Somehow I was envisioning Clover Meadow riding around on a Dr Seuss type unicycle like the cat in the hat while pouring capuccinos for all with her outstretched little paw. Kind of like in Corgiville Fair where the corgis are doing all kinds of clever things.

Give that little sweetie of yours some credit for enthusiasm! She was overcome by love and flew off in all directions. How can you fault her for that?

We used to have a Welsh Terror -- I mean terrier. They are so independent. At obedience school (the 2nd time) she got "Most Improved" -- because she started out so bad.

We used to call her "light and variable" like a breezy day when on leash because she just went into la-la land and forgot to stay close.

That adorable little coat is a classic for the ages -- your little grands will probably wear it a generation from now!


You have done it again, Alicia! This is just lovely and one of my fav's! xoxo

Oh this coat is darling! Your knitting always turns out so well - you are very talented.

I love your story about Clover Meadow. My Kira does the very same thing when she is excited - coupled with some frantic barking (and she nearly never barks!) - I call it 'going through her roster of tricks'.
Incidentally, she also shakes a paw the same way as Clover. Too funny!

claire ashworth says: February 18, 2011 at 05:48 PM

haha since i dont sew. or knit. or anything having to do with fabric except make small simple pillows, i THOROUGHLY enjoy the dog stories a teeeeeeeeensy bit more :) because i have a dog, i dogsit, i work in a pet store. so i see all of these retarded things go on, and i know exactly what youre talking about! haha xoxo

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.