Wednesday, 18 September 2013

WIPs & 'Woodland Knits' Review!

So far this week I've managed a little spinning, and have almost finished my vanilla socks - just the last bit of ribbing and they'll be off the needles. (If you like the look of them, come back on Friday for the ta-dah post, when I'll be giving away 100g of the same yarn!) I've also been reading The Light Between Oceans for our local book club - we meet tomorrow and as I'm only 60% through I've downloaded the audiobook to speed things up. I'm not going to tell you about that today, as there is another book I think you'll be much more interested in... 
WIPs and books Sept 18th 2013
Regular readers will already know that Stephanie Dosen is top of my 'knitting heroines' list. I first discovered Stephanie via the Beekeeper's Quilt video (over two years ago!) and love her knitting and her music. Her whimsical style totally appeals to me - in reality I might be a mum-of-two-rapidly-approaching-40, but in my mind at least, I am sufficiently young and beautiful to skip through the woods dressed as a faery - her designs completely encapsulate this. I can't tell you how happy I was to receive a review copy of Stephanie's brand new book through the post!

Woodland Knits is a collection of the most popular and iconic Tiny Owl Knits patterns plus some new designs that haven't been previously published - there are 21 in total. Small projects include legwarmers, a seedpod purse, a crown and fairy wings (!) plus a few different mitts. There are a several different hats and hoods (with varying degrees of whimsy), scarves of differing lengths and larger projects include a poncho, jumper, and hooded capelet. These are a few of my favourites...
Tiny Owl Knits "Woodland Knits" collection.
As you might expect, there are lots of flowers, vines, woodland creatures (butterflies, bears, foxes etc) and a whole heap of inspiration. The pictures are just beautiful and with an RRP of £14.99 it costs about the same as buying just 3 individual patterns online!* I can't tell you which are my favourites because there are so many that I LOVE - as soon as this blog post is finished, I'll be looking through my stash to see what I can cast on. If you like Stephanie's style then I'd say this is a 'must have' for your craft library.

*Woodland Knits is available to order now from and for considerably less than the RRP. You can find Stephanie's individual patterns on her website and on Ravelry at around $5.50 per pattern.


  1. I love the colour of your socks, i think i might cast some on to take on holiday with me.
    I was looking at this book yesterday, I love her felted toadstool DPN holder. Is it in this book, as you say, you might as well buy the book if your buying a couple of patterns. Deb x

  2. Beautiful color way on your socks- so bright and cheery.

  3. love the color of your socks and there is nothing like vanilla knitting to whiz by each and every single stitch :)

  4. Love your socks, yay for speedy knitting!

  5. Love the colorway of those socks!

  6. Wow, your sock yarn is stunning! Your new book looks amazing. I have put it on my library list - thanks for sharing :o)

  7. oh I love hand-knitted socks! they are the best :) I really like the yarn you're using. - isn't it exciting when you get so close to casting-off? :) woodland knits look really interesting - what a lovely collection of patterns, I'll need to look it up.
    have a nice day :)

  8. Love the idea of skipping through the woods as a faery, very cute :)
    I enjoyed The Light Between Oceans, hope you enjoy it too.
    Your socks look great.
    Marigolds' Loft

  9. She's my very favorite designer- and a lovely person, as well! I've been looking forward to this book for a while now... time to buy my copy! -Anya

  10. I enjoyed "The Light Between Oceans" a lot.

  11. I recieved the same book yesturday in the mail and the girls and I have been flipping through it ever since.

  12. I'm so jealous that you've got your hands on this book, I'm still waiting for mine to arrive. (I AM 40, and I'm not too old lol!)

  13. What a wonderful book...I must get my hands on one...Amazon here I come to add to my want list, really my needs list. I got the beekeepers quilt pattern as well and fell in love with Stephanie and her style. Made a little beekeeper seat pad. Love the stripy colors.

    With All That I Am
    Carrie Forrest Dweller

  14. My, what vivid socks! Love them :)

  15. Fun sock color way. So happy happy. I'm glad Stephanie modeled her own creations.

  16. Lovely colour of yarn you are using for your socks

  17. Those are beautifully styled and really unique knits!

  18. Thanks for reviewing this book! I love her patterns but have yet to try one. That bird's nest purse is crying out to me though!


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