Woodland Knits – and spotting dragons


Shhh – come over here! Look what I found in the toadstool patch!

Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen aka Tiny Owl Knits

Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen aka Tiny Owl Knits

OK, so I didn’t actually find it in the toadstool patch, I actually found it on Amazon, but that’s not the point!

Do you long for a little more enchantment in your life? Do your feet itch to dance in the fairy ring at the end of your garden but struggle to see them in the starlight? Do you simply want a gorgeous knitting pattern for your next project? Then this book is for you!

I will be honest. I have waited to blog about it as I knew otherwise this post would be full of squeaks and gushes and “it’s just so amazing”s. So, I knitted two projects first and waited for the excitement to calm down. It didn’t, and it is still taking my full restraint not to do just that anyway.

The first thing that struck me was the beautiful ethereal imagery used throughout the book – just look at this one from the back cover…

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I had to cast on the moment the book arrived, literally. The Dragon Watcher’s Hood simply couldn’t wait, and the yarn for Midsummer Night’s dream was ordered within days, nay, hours.

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A midsummer night’s dream

 

Each pattern is utterly beautiful. The attention to detail is wonderful, as is the creativity and imagination in each one. I am convinced Stephanie is in fact part fae.

So many of her captivating patterns are quick knits too – the Dragon Watchers hood took only 3 days and the Seedpod Purse about 2. I can see lots of Yuletide presents being born from this book!

The patterns are truly well written, but in a friendly and inviting way, almost as though they have been written for you by a good friend. I have found myself flicking through to find the little comments about how dragons love to dance and rubbing fern seed into your eyes to see fairies. Vital information when woodland walking with a four year old.

There is information about all the yarns used and how to substitute them  with a weight guide. It makes the patterns feel far more approachable when the designer tells you not to feel limited to the yarns used as it could work out expensive.

The book includes lots of information about how to perform certain techniques, like the best way to gently hand felt or machine felt, but not in a solid block at the back of the book like so many others, rather included where and when you need it.

The owl experience level gives a really handy idea of what you can make according to your skill levels and there are plenty of pattern notes to help you along your knitting journey.

I adore the edgings of each page; woodland leaves and branches gracing each pattern in soft changing colours and designs.

I really cannot tell you how much I honestly LOVE this book.

While I wait for my yarn to arrive I will be casting on several flower crowns for the little people in my life. Maybe, probably, even for myself.

Wildflower Crown

Wildflower Crown

Any bad points to this enchanted work of art? Yes. And its name is Emily. I keep finding it stashed in her treasure chest, or under her bed, or even in her cheeky little hands under the pretense that it is her story book. Here she is having just stolen it when my back was turned!

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This book is now easily my favorite knitting book. It will be my inspiration. My vade mecum.

I leave you with a few pictures of my newly made tinkling dragon watching hood.

Have you bought the book yet? Which is your favorite Tiny Owl Knits pattern? And more importantly, how many dragons and fairies have you seen so far while wearing your woodland knits?

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Oh dear, it would appear she will be stealing the finished goods too!

Oh dear, it would appear she will be stealing the finished goods too!

P.S. Images of Stephanie Dosen and the wildflower crown have been  used with kind permission from TinyOwlKnits.

 

 

 

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About woodlandknitter

Who am I? A Mummy first a foremost to my two children, Toby and Emily. We took the decision a little over a year ago to home educate the children after Toby had many problems within state education. Unable to send them to a Steiner school at present we base their education around the Waldorf ethos. This is working out wonderfully so far and we wish we had done it sooner. Secondly I am a fibre obsessive. Knitting, spinning, felting, dyeing or just generally stroking, anything goes. You can usually find us in the woods or up a hill, by the ocean's edge or climbing trees. Follow the little trail of yarn clippings and there we will be, me with some form of fibre in my bag at all times. #118 We try to live a simple, natural and holistic lifestyle, making sure that we connect to nature daily. Fairy tales and seeking out the enchanted in everyday life is a big part of our lives, as is plenty of craft and art. I am a new member of a medieval re-enactment group, the House of the Black Star and have met some amazing people through it. I have much to learn from them. In this blog I hope to inspire and share with you the things which inspire me. Feedback is always enjoyed and appreciated. Comments on my blog are always loved! I hope a little woodland magic makes you happy today! #037 Find me on facebook Ravelry Craftsy Etsy Pinterest
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14 Responses to Woodland Knits – and spotting dragons

  1. Freyalyn says:

    Such lovely ideas – I will succumb to this book, or at least a few patterns on Rav, soon.

  2. Donna says:

    Neeeeeed a hood!!!

  3. Sarah says:

    I too have bought this book and am waiting patiently for it to arrive. Your hood looks gorgeous and that little bell is perfect. How amazing are the toadstools!!?!

    • I have never seen the toadstools there before, they were incredible this year! They weren’t even there last week!
      The book is totally magical (as if my opinion on that wasn’t obvious!) you won’t be disappointed!

  4. lluisa74 says:

    Everything’s just beautiful, maybe I will think about that book ;)

    Have a nice week!!

    Lluisa xx

  5. knitsofacto says:

    Beautiful post Sarah … and having seen both the book and your hood I can only agree, this is an incredible publication!

  6. Fionadp says:

    So my friend Elaine was watching Bake Off and she wanted to know where Mary Berry got her cardigan. So I said I would Google it and ended up here. What a piece of serendipity. Lovely blog, gorgeous children, great book although I suspect there is little cause for a dragon watching hood in the flatlands of Cambridgeshire!

  7. mamma2004 says:

    Hiya, I’m a nervous knitter but would love to knit the patterns from Woodland Knits. In fact, in your recommendation, I have ordered it.

    Do you have any advice on how I can improve my knitting abilities?

    Many thanks,

    Joanna

    • Hi – have you signed up to http://www.ravelry.com yet? spend a couple of hours going through the forums, there is so much help there waiting to be given from lovely fellow knitters! Don’t fear your knitting, be brave and just go for it! ;) x

    • Inspiration and patience. Try to find a local knit group, who will be more than happy to help. Invest in a book or two of stitch patterns and have a play. But do try ravelry.com too. Use the forums if you have questions, browse the thousands of patterns and look at peoples projects on there- you’ll very often find helpful comments. Thank you for reading and commenting xx

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