Friday, September 19, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Faux Taxidermy Knits

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)!

Faux Taxidermy Knits blog hop

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.

Croc_Bag_01If 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 hereCheck out Faux Taxidermy Knits and other creative titles from Stitch Craft Create here.

Win you very own copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits! Thanks to the great folks over at F&W Media International Ltd, I get to give away a copy of the book to one lucky reader!

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment below indicating why you want to win.  Be sure your comment includes a way to contact you (link to Google+, your blog or an email address), in case you are the lucky winner!
  • Get a bonus entry for tweeting about this giveaway. Leave a separate comment with the link to your tweet in it.
Contest is open through Thursday, September 25 at 11:59pm eastern time.  Winner will be picked by random number generator.

Photo Credit: Photography ©F&W Media International Ltd

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.


Sue said...

Those are cute and very original. I'm always looking for new ideas for kid's hats for charity and those would be a hit.

Amanda said...

I just HAVE to knit the bear coasters! They are the perfect!

Marjie said...

Those animal coasters are too funny, but please don't enter me in the drawing - give the book to someone who can actually use it!

Unknown said...

I love it! Want to make the fox stole to match my fair isle fox mittens and a set of polar bear mittens for my two little bears!

Ruby said...

Those are FABulous!!! Butts I don't thinks Ma has the talent for makin' such creations!
I loves the hat! I thinks I might even let Ma puts that on my head! ☺
Ruby ♥

Rachel said...

I would love to win this book. I want to make att the adorable things I have seen!!! Plus they would make some totally awesome Christmas gifts!!

Rachel said...

Liked your page AND commented on a post on your page :)

Rachel said...

tweeted!! Rachelmama4 on twitter

tubby3pug said...

These are really cute I quite like that scarf! I may not be gifted enough to make this but perhaps I could practice and make the simplere items ,Ive started knitting again

retro rover

Carol said...

I would like to win so I can knit the fox scarf for my snazzy brother.

WonderWhyGal said...

I have to say, I love all of those patterns. Being married to a hunter, I have some of the real stuff here. The placemats are adorable.

WonderWhyGal said...

I have to say, I love all of those patterns. Being married to a hunter, I have some of the real stuff here. The placemats are adorable.

Elizabeth said...

I want this because it is ADORABLE. Those animal coasters and that fox stole are things I would absolutely love to make for myself and as gifts.

My email is!

Leigh in Portland (we are not burning down) said...

I'd like to win so I can knit up those bear coasters! So CUTE!

Anonymous said...

This book would be a great surprise and the perfect gift for my lovely knitter! Those hedgehog slippers and bear mittens would be definietly her next projects. :) Milan Mail:

Unknown said...

I would love to win the book :)

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