"Beautifully illustrated craft book for novel toys."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted March 30, 2013
First may I say this entire book is magical and a delight
to stroll through. The most difficult part is deciding
which topsy-turvy item to start with. Since I couldn't make
the decision on my own I had my personal assistant -- my
granddaughter -- read through this book chock full
of clear, colorful photos of the complete item from several
angles. Even then, choosing was ultimately left to which
favorite should be tried first and which yarn was readily
available in my stash.
As with all knitters having a stash is a given and any of
these projects can be easily accomplished without running
out to the yarn store. So, armed with neutral yarns from my
stash and a set of double pointed needles I proceeded to
make the dog house and dog. Absolutely as charming as
pictured this little project was knit, stuffed, and ready to
play quicker than I thought possible.
Since most projects are fist or hand sized they work up
quickly -- as soon as you have mastered working with double
point needles, and candidly it wasn't much of a handicap
for someone like me that works with circulars all the time.
I am going to rate most of the projects just a step up
from easy. Anderson starts you out with simple projects
that will keep even the beginner happy and challenged
without any frustration. Her instructions are spot on and
with the photos of each finished project clearly presented
all the finishing work is beautiful and easy.
What I also liked so much about this book is that the
projects will enthrall and entertain kids at all ages.
There is someone for any child boy or girl. One of the most
charming projects is a chrysalis to monarch butterfly which
would delight even a teen. And the ability level increases
from the first project to the last so there is always a new
step to master.
I'm a fan of small projects like the ones included in this
book which are perfect for traveling crafts. The projects
make for wonderfully, caring gifts as well as great items
for a craft fair. This is truly a delightful addition to
any crafters library. TOPSY-TURVY INSIDE-OUT KNIT TOYS will
make a thoughtful gift for any crafty person.
Susan B. Anderson's fifth book—her most enchanting yet—turns
the spotlight on "reversibles": knitted projects that are
two toys in one. This collection of a dozen delightful toys
features a dog in a doghouse, a chrysalis with a fluttery
surprise inside, a tiny hidden fairy, a vintage toy with a
fabled theme to boot, pigs in a blanket, and much more.
The adorable photographic sequences and the playful and
energetic line drawings show how each finished reversible
can be turned inside out to reveal its companion toy.
Projects are arranged in order from simplest (fine for a
beginner) to the most challenging. Finally, the book
features tutorials from the author (a great knitting
teacher), explaining special techniques: how to apply any
applique, how to do the stem stitch, how to embroider "eyes"
on the Bunny and Lamb, and 14 more. It all adds up to the
best knitting book of the season.
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