Review: Woodland Knits

tiny owl knits (small image)

There are lots of beautiful knitwear books on my shelves, but the ones I turn to most frequently are the ones where the knits take centre stage. Locations and styling complement the designs and the knitter’s prose reflects their personality and their desire to “connect” with the reader. These are my “comfort knitting” books, the ones I have covered with post it notes of things I want to make for myself or my friends and they’re the ones I curl up with on wet Sunday afternoons, just to turn the pages and be inspired by the content.

Woodland Knits is set to become one of those books. I took it to knit group  and the collective “Oohs and aahs” and “No, no I’m still looking, you can have it in a minute” revealed that my admiration for this book was shared by my fellow knitters. Not surprisingly, it also passed the “teen test”, with young girls (and boys) who hadn’t come across Stephanie Dosen’s work before falling in love with Mr Fox and begging me to knit them a pair of catching butterflies mittens.

Stephanie Dosen has done a grand job, pulling together a collection of new, and familiar designs in a beautiful book . Already I’m inspired to pull out my needles, forget about all the commissions and patterns waiting to  be edited. I could, just for a day, put aside the “work knitting” and indulge in a fantasy of knitted Faerie Wings, a Bo Peep Scarf or a Wildflower Crown …

The commissioning editor and creative team at Quadrille Craft have achieved the difficult task of bringing the  world of “Tiny Owl Knits” to the printed page. Her quirky style, her creativity and her unique way of making you feel that she’s sitting right beside you as you knit haven’t been lost. And there lies its triumph.

Buy this book, put it on your Christmas list or pester your local library to stock it. Any which way you can, get hold of a copy and cherish it. This is a book to have and to hold – and to hope that just a tiny bit of Stephanie Dosen’s enchanted  world rubs off on you and makes your day better – it certainly made mine a little magical.

T x

Woodland Knits is published by Quadrille and is available from 26th September

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  1. Anne

     /  September 16, 2013

    I have followed Steph for a long time…Love what she does and will certainly be ordering her book. Congrats, Steph.

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  2. Ali

     /  September 17, 2013

    Wow – what an amazingly atmospheric book and a fabulous feast for the imagination over on the TOK blog too… hope you find that day to forage in fantasy knitting! Ali xx

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