Monday, 2 April 2012

Craft Book Review & Giveaway: Knitted Fairies by Fiona McDonald

I finally finished my fairy! I can now reveal she is from the book 'Knitted Fairies to cherish and charm' by Fiona McDonald.

I loved knitting Rose from the book. The pattern was so easy to follow and even though I had never painted eyes before Fiona has written so much advice and so many tips and instructions in her book I found it to be an easy challenge. It took me about five weeks and I spent about five hours a week on it. So she's a good 25 hour project. She engrossed me and was relaxing to knit.

'Knitted Fairies' is a magical book full of unusual knits. The book has such a fun feel to it. The fairies have their own distinct characters and beautiful hair and clothes. The yarns she's picked for her fairies are fantastic. Variegated yarn is fun to knit with and will appeal to younger knitters.

Fiona has included the basic fairy pattern separately at the beginning of the book which is brilliant as it allows you to make the basic body and head, then do whatever you want with it.

Fiona trained as an artist and this certainly comes through in the designs of the faries. Their faces are exquisitely painted and moulded.

There are ten fairies all together. Boy fairies, girl fairies, ice fairies, goth fairies and sweet fairies too.

The photography in the book is fab. The fact that there were a lot of photographs helped me a lot when knitting Rose. She was shown from all angles so I could see if I was going wrong.

If you have a stash these are brilliant projects to use it up on. I had over-ordered on my bear yarn so I had plenty for Rose. I undid a scarf I had knitted in garter stitch when learning to knit a few years ago for her wings. I used cheap acrylic stylecraft yarn for her dress. The only yarn I had to buy in was eyelash yarn but it was stylecraft too and only set me back a pound! I now have enough to make some more fairies!

Search Press have kindly sent me an extra copy of 'Knitted Fairies to cherish and charm' by Fiona and also an extra copy of 'Taking Great Photos' by Heidi Adnum which I reviewed last month here to giveaway to two lucky readers who will be picked at random. Please indicate:
  • which fairy from the book you like the most if you want the fairy book (from above) or
  • if you want the photography book tell me why you want to improve your photography
  • if you tweet about the giveaway on twitter and follow me let me know in your comment and it will count as an extra entry. I tweet here.
  • remember to leave an email address or log into blogger so I can get in touch if you win
The giveaway is open globally and will close at 11am GMT on Monday 16th April 2012.

You can buy a copy of 'Knitted Fairies to cherish and charm' by Fiona McDonald here.
You can buy a copy of 'Taking Great Photos' by Heidi Adnum here.


Mary said...

I love the goth fairy at the bottoĆ­m :-)
I wull check back to see if I have won.

Jo said...

That's ok! Thanks for entering Mary! X

DivineChoice said...

Rose has got hair like mine but I do like the Rainbow Fairy best. Lovely knitting project and Rose is lovely.

As much as I'd love to have a go at knitting a fairy or two myself I'd like the photography book as this is an area I need to work on for my blog and Folksy shop.

Jo said...

Lol - Thanks for entering. It's such a useful book x

hueisei said...

I loved the ice fairies :) I used to loved her when I was a little girl :)
thanks! :)

hueisei said...

Tweeted too -

Anonymous said...

From @jobedo68: Crikey - how to choose??? I want them both! I love the goth fairy, my daughter would go mad for her, but I think the photography book would be best so I can work on my pictures :) I'm off to retweet yr tweet x

Jo said...

Thanks for the comments and for tweeting : )

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