Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Farmyard Knits by Fiona Goble

Farmyard Knits
Farmyard Knits
by Fiona Goble
80 pages
NetGalley- Andrews McMeel Publishing 
Non-Fiction Crafting
April 2013

Book Jacket Summary
Hi-ho, the dairy-o meets knit one, purl one in the latest book of adorable toy knits from best-selling knitting author Fiona Goble.Fiona Goble’s Farmyard Knits takes you through a day in the life of a farm as knitters of all skill levels create a farmer and his wife, their cat and sheep-herding dog, and a whole host of charming farmyard animals, from the rooster that crows to greet the day, to the cows slowly chewing their cud in the meadow, to the horse eating hay in its paddock, the pigs playing in their pen, the sheep who are herded into the barn as night falls, and a sly fox that prowls around the coop after dark while the hens are snug in their roosts. You can even knit an adorable tractor for the farmer to ride on, as well as a playmat with a variety of fields and a pond to set the scene.

The little farmyard knits make perfect gifts or toys for children as you teach them about animals and life on the farm.  Each pattern begins with a list of materials needed and includes step-by-step instructions, along with full-color photographs of the completed dolls. An illustrated overview explains all the stitches and techniques. More than just a knitting book, the gorgeously illustrated pages of Farmyard Knits also tell the story of the farmer and his wife as they go about their daily chores.

My Thoughts
I don't know a lot about knitting but I do know that I would love for someone to make me the horse and sheepdog! There are many ladies at work who collect these kinds of books so they can reference back on how to do certain designs. I wish this was a catalog that I could order from. The technical jargon for the knitters out there was useless to me because I am not that great with my hands, other than turning pages! However, the creations were expertly staged and made me want to make them and see what kind of dioramas I could make out of the creatures. 
This would be a great gift for those who can actually knit and I know that knitting is popular at the college where I work. We also started a crochet club at the library but alas I am not that great at crocheting either.  

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