Howell, who is the host of the TV show Knitty Gritty, offers a number of cool projects for kids. No traditional scarves or sweaters here. Instead, we have costumes (crowns, sorcerers' hats, princess dresses) as well as a guitar pillow, stuffed bowling ball and pins, a tooth-fairy pillow, and a jammie bag. Some of the projects are quite spectacular, especially the mermaid costume. But many are also difficult, with felting or chart work involved, a lot of effort for the end result in some cases. Howell gives an idea of how long each project will take by various amusing designations: a playdate, a weekend, or summer camp. The book is attractively presented, with lots of photos of cute kids, clear instructions, and breezy commentary. This definitely fills a niche in the crafts collection. Ilene Cooper
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About the Author
Vickie Howell, host of DIY TV's successful Knitty Gritty series, is set to begin a new show on the network, tentatively called Stylicious, about handmade, edgy fashion. In addition to owning her own vintage clothing business, she is a true star of the knitting world, having started Stitch 'n Bitch chapters in her native Los Angeles and in Austin, Texas, where she now lives.