My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Faux Taxidermy Knits

I have here a review copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits: 15 Wild Animal Knitting Patterns by Louise Walker (David & Charles/F+W; $22.99; Available Now).


If I had to sum up this book in one word, that word would be “quirky.” Given a paragraph, I would say that this is a collection of 15 patterns of anima-based knits. The patterns include both wearable items and home decor.

On the back cover, it states that this is a “tongue-in-cheek” collection, and that is for sure. Some of the patterns are brilliant. For example, the “tigerskin” rug is a masterpiece.


I love (and laughed out loud at) the crocodile make-up bag.


The hedgehog slippers are adorable.


As are the bear coasters.


Some of the patterns made me go “huh?’ Like the hanging pheasants:


And the badger head, suitable for wall mounting.


But I can imagine that these have their place — they are just not for me!

Who’d like my review copy of this cute, quirky book?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits by Louise Walker, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am Eastern Time Sunday, March 1, 2015. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.

Loki is a little concerned about all this taxidermy . . . see how anxious he looks?



  1. Just the thing for me! I love the quirky!

  2. What a wonderfully fun book! I would love to enjoy it!

  3. I’d love to knit some of these items for my in-love-with-animals grandchildren. I think I’d start with the bear coasters. Too cute!

  4. Quirky for sure but kind of cool!

  5. My dog would love to have a pheasant to carry around! She’s very gentle with her toys, so knits last a long time for her.

  6. Alligator handbag! I’d love to play with this book! Thank you for sharing the images, shows you can knit just about anything.

  7. Those polar bear coasters are adorable beyond reason! I have a Kuvasz who looks a lot like a polar bear, perhaps that is why I am so smitten with these.

  8. those patterns are too cute!

  9. Have a friend with a baby boy who would totally love that badger in his room!

  10. I love the knitted badger head! That would be super cute over the TV.
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  11. Love the little bear coasters. Looks like a fun book 🙂

  12. Quirky yes, but I love the hedgehogs

  13. Oh how fun! Crossing my fingers. Thanks for the opportunity!

  14. Suzie Marchetti says:

    Ooo, I already have this on my Amazon wishlist. I want to make the fox stole.

  15. I would love to have this book. All the animal items look amazing. I can actually picture quite a few of them in my house.

  16. My grandkids would love the hedgehog slippers!

  17. Badger badger badger badger 🙂

  18. BWHAHAHAHA! This book looks like a trip and “quirky” seems to be a great way to describe it!

  19. I want this book just for the tiger rug!

  20. Not much left to say….would give the book a good home!

  21. I would give the book a good home!

  22. for some reason I just love the pheasants even though they are kind of impractical. Maybe it is because in England you can’t drive anywhere without almost running one over.
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  23. I would love to win this book. I find “quirky” knitting is fun and relaxing between “serious” patterns. I would make everything in this book!

  24. I’d love to make the crocodile make-up bag for one daughter, and the hedgehog slippers for the other. On second thought, I’d probably have to make them both for each daughter…

  25. I love those bear coasters!

  26. The slippers are awesome! That project would be Christmas gifts for everyone next year!~

  27. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the Taxidermy. Adorable hedgehog slippers look like something good for my granddaughter. Maybe the tiger for a little boy I know. And the crocodile purse is a gem.
    Thanks for blogging!