Discover the creatures of the wild outdoors!
Through the eyes of our naturalist knitter, you'll discover a world of interesting creatures. Inside, you'll find her sketches of animals in their habitat, scientific notes, and her knitting patterns that capture the unique personality of each animal. The easy-to-follow instructions show you how to knit a total of 25 endearing animals, including a hedgehog, timber wolf, rainbow trout, red squirrel, rabbit, badger, meadowlark, bald eagle, and many more. Each one is portrayed realistically, and yet exudes it's own special cuteness that you find in live wildlife. Grab your needles and yarn, and cast on your favorite!
Sara Elizabeth Kellner is a knitted toy designer who can’t imagine a happier life; it combines a lifelong obsession with knitting and a devotion to children and animals. Sara has a standing invitation from Vogue Knitting Live to exhibit her designs in the artist’s gallery at their live events in NYC. She is the author of Knits for Kitties, and her designs have been published in Harry Potter Knitting Magic I and II, Official Disney Knitting Book, and Knit a Vintage Christmas, among others. Sara grew up in the Texas Hill Country where she still lives and rides her scooter every day - the old-fashioned kick kind. For a full inventory of her designs, please visit her Ravelry Designer Page.
Foreword by Tanis Gray
Yarn and Gauge
Mexican Prairie Dog
Flatback Sea Turtle
Baby Flatback Sea Turtle
Nest and Eggs of Black-headed Bunting
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Baby Asian Elephant
North American River Otter
Designer Kellner (Knits for Kitties) blends nature guide with knitting know-how in this fun collection of stuffed animal knits for seasoned crafters. “Animals make our world a better, more beautiful place to live in,” the author writes, and her 25 projects highlight common creatures along with “some you’ll probably never get a chance to see in real life.” There’s a pale green speckled rainbow trout, a vibrant red squirrel (and its more common counterpart, the eastern gray squirrel), a mallard duck with spot-on details down to the webbed feet, a black-headed bunting’s nest complete with eggs, and a timber wolf in a howling position. Each project comes with a sketch of the subject and naturalist notes, in which readers learn, for example, that baby elephants lose their first set of teeth and tusks “just like humans,” wood pigeons store food in a pouch on their chest, and western meadowlarks tend to build their nests on the ground. Newbies should be advised that the training wheels are off here; the instructions are detailed and Kellner jumps straight into the projects without offering a tutorial on basic techniques. Knitting pros with a penchant for the wild will find this a treat.
This is a lovely blend of science and craft. Recommended for most public libraries.