Monday, 5 September 2011

Well hook me a corn cob!

75 birds, butterflies & beautiful beasties to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield is full of the sublime to the knitted slug! Honestly this is a book with patterns for the world’s best nature table. The book has a nice clear techniques guide at the start, a gallery of beautifully images of the finished items, instructions split into knitting then crochet patterns and finally there are suggestions for how the little knitted what-nots can be used in a larger project. My only comment for improvement of the gallery might be a discreet ‘K’ or ‘C’ symbol so that one doesn’t get all excited at the prospect of rustling up a leaf (sorry) to find that it’s been knitted if one can’t knit very well. I myself am not a confident hooker so tried my hand at a knitted caterpillar. I found the instructions required a little care, though concentrating for the short while it took to complete the critter wasn’t too demanding.

I am not usually one for ‘sensible’ but I am struggling

to see where I might put knitted beasties to use. If you go in for novelty knitteds or cunningly crocheteds I would say this is a must for your library. At £10.99 for, well, 75 patterns I would say it’s a reasonably priced book and would be a jolly gift to while away the winter evenings looping up spring.

Little Arabella Miller
Found a furry caterpillar
First she showed it to her mother
Then her little baby brother
Both said;


Poppy Cottage said...


Should really be doing course work but having a real 'can't be arsed' evening.

I have looked at that book as I have the flower one but can't decide if it worth getting it just for the sake of getting it for only a few designs that I'd like to make,but your right it would be a good one to have in the shelf.

Only a week and two days till Jose leave home for London. Starting to feel a bit weird about my baby leaving home.

Maybe I am just feeling really old!!

millefeuilles said...

I have been humming and hawing about getting the flower edition but I cannot crochet so would possibly feel a little frustrated about having a limited amount of patterns available.

Thanks for this review!


Pomona said...

I have always hankered after the flower one - but not so sure about the animals, although I think if I had some tinies it would provide amusement. And I have never got the hang of crochet, but actually maybe little projects like this are the way to start - and the more I think about it, the more I can see ladybirds on brooches, butterflies on hair toggles, etc - it could well be finding its way onto my shelf!

Pomona x

Annie said...

Oh what fun....knitting beasties :-)
A x

Lyn said...

I have this book-you have got further than me in at least you have made something from this!