Creative Reading: Woodlands Knits
Once in a while a craft book comes along that makes you sit up, sling your cup of tea to one side and declare, “This is the reason I make things!”
Well, my friends, when this brand spanking new copy of Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen arrived at my desk, that is exactly what I did!
You may already know the insanely talented Stephanie Dosen, I first found Stephanie – or rather Tiny Owl Knits on Ravelry when my (also knitty fanatic) sister shared with me the delights of the Beekeeper’s Quilt – believe me, there is nothing humble about the hexipuff! If that’s not enough of an introduction, then you must check out Stephanie’s videos . If you need just one more reason to list Stephanie in your Hall Of Fame for All Time Greatest Girl Crushes, let me help, she’s a singer & songwriter too, you can even buy her CD – trust me, you are going to fall acorn over toadstool for this gal!
When I’m not knitting my eleventy billionth hexipuff, I’m found drooling over her achingly dreamy designs over on Etsy . So, to say that I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book is something of an understatement!
When you have the highest of high expectations, there is always the fear that the build up and anticipation will never quite align with your dreams. As soon as my copy arrived, hot of the press from the publisher, I couldn’t wait to leap in.
With design names like Tiny Violet Hand Puff (I know for a fact that this is on my sister’s Must Knit List!), Deer with Little Antlers Hat (already a worldwide best selling design), Dragon Watcher’s Hood and – wait for it – Mr Fox Stole My Heart – it was impossible for me not to fall utterly and completely in love with this book.
The photography and styling of the designs transports you to a magical dreamland forest, I’m not even kidding, it’s so beautiful even if you have zero interest in knitting anything ever, you’d love this as a stunning picture book!
Ok, you get the idea, I love Stephanie’s whimsy and enchanting designs. But, is there more to it than that? Heck yes there is! This book is the perfect balance of style and substance – and by substance here I’m talking down and dirty knitting techniques. This gal really knows how to apply tried and trusted knitting skills with just the right amount of panache to give you a challenge in some patterns, the comfort for beginners in others and reassurance of results for those thinking about picking up the needles again. There are over 20 designs including garments, accessories and general whimseys – there is something for everyone and every knitting mood!
Basically, I’m making no bones about the fact that this is a knitting book that you need in your life. And, you know what? I might be able to help you out with that!
I have a copy Stephanie Dosen’s wonderful Woodland Knits to giveaway. Yup! You know the score folks – leave a comment below sharing why you’d love, love, love this book to be in with the chance of winning! Too easy!
Winners (UK entrants only please folks) will be announced on Friday 4 October! Good Luck!
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Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen, £14.99 (Quadrille) photography by Tiffany Mumford.