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Knitted Birds
Nicky Fijalkowska

Search Press
3 August 2015 / ISBN-13: 9781782211099
How-To Books/Knitting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Knit 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.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2016