yourself a whole aviary of birds! From robins to ravens there
are thirty feathered friends in here, all of which would make
impressive conversation pieces for your home or imaginative
gifts. Not for children as the warning sensibly reminds us
at the front; they have wired poseable legs and glass eyes
as well as easily chewed felt beaks. Also non-UK knitters
note that these are all birds that are found in Britain. Many
of them are found elsewhere of course, but primarily this
is a book of British birds.
This is a book of projects for intermediate and up knitters.
At the front is a guide to the yarns and needles used as well
as a section detailing elements of the making up process.
There are staged instructions for making felt beaks, different
tails, wired legs etc, which are essential reading before
tackling any of the models. Each project has several photographs
of the final bird together with written instructions, a list
of what you need, size, tension, beak pattern and a brief
note about the bird. There is a good selection of these, from
garden favourites like blackbird, robin, blue tit etc, to
birds of prey like owls and even Monty the Dyfi osprey. Waterfowl
are represented by the mute swan, herring gull and others,
and there is an exotic hoopoe. Some of the smaller models
make ideal Christmas tree decorations while the larger ones
are shown fixed to bases and looking very impressive. At the
back are patterns for eggs and nests, and many of the birds
have chicks as well. If you love birds and are up for a knitting
challenge then this is a good book to get.
If you cannot find a good range of knitting materials locally
for a list of suppliers.