Faux Taxidermy Knits
15 Wild Animal Knitting Patterns
by Louise Walker
Paperback: 128 Pages
Publisher: David & Charles (October 10, 2014)
I am honored to have been asked to be a part of the Faux Taxidermy Knits blog hop. Not only do I get to review this super creative knitting book, I also get to give away a copy to one of you (more about that later)!
I first became aware of Louise Walker's fun designs through her Instagram feed where she regularly posts photos of her hand-knit critters. Having ooh'ed and ahh'ed at just about every picture posted, I was very excited when I heard she was working on a book of her patterns!
Faux Taxidermy Knits is a collection of 15 unique designs, divided into 2 sections: Wearables and Habitat.
The Wearables section includes the Fox Stole pictured on the cover, an intermediate project. I can't help but chuckle at the description, "Drape this faux fur stole over your shoulders to release the foxy lady within." Indeed!
If you're ready to channel your inner Davy Crockett, the Raccoon Hat is just what you need! This beginner project is a fun one that you could whip up in no time while watching TV. Talk about a cute way to stay warm this winter - just add comfy sweater, jeans and boots!
Maybe you like to live life on an even wilder side? The Wolf Headdress is for you! You'll certainly turn heads while keeping your own warm this winter.
If you're not quite ready to wear your wild side, perhaps the Crocodile Make-Up Bag is more your style. This cute little number is ethical and adorable!
The Habitat section includes several amazing items for your home. I'm a little partial to the Moose Head, but others might find the Pheasant to be more easy on the eyes... especially given the fact these winged friends knit up quite quickly using super bulky yarn. Create an entire flock to give as gifts this holiday season!
While I haven't had a chance to cast on any of these wild creations just yet, I have added the Bear Coasters to my short to-knit list! These mini faux-skin rug-like creations are simply too cute for words! Each little cub is knit in two pieces, then seemed together and stuffed. Oh my... I need to make a whole little bear family!
Are you ready to get your needles clicking on your own wildlife creations? Enter to win a copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits below!
About the Author: Louise Walker is a London based designer recognized for her animal creations and photo series 'Wooly Heads'. Since launching Sincerely Louise in June 2013, her work has been featured in publications including Tatler, the Daily Mail and the Sunday Express. She has been commissioned by Boden, Phileas Fog, Crafty Magazine and even a few celebrities. Visit her Facebook page here. Check out Faux Taxidermy Knits and other creative titles from Stitch Craft Create here.
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Disclaimer: F&W Media International Ltd. sent a complimentary electronic copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits to Lapdog Creations for review purposes. They are also providing a hard copy book to the winner of this contest. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.