- Hardcover: 95 pages
- Publisher: Search Press (November 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844483606
- ISBN-13: 978-1844483600
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knitted Fairies: To Cherish and Charm Hardcover – November 2, 2011
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The fairies themselves are just gorgeous. There are several photos of each of the 10 fairies in different stages of completion, so you can see how things should be looking as you go along. There is a lot of detail to each fairy and the photos kind of show you each part. I would almost call this an art book and even the partial photos of the fairies and their clothes are really well done and are very pretty. There are little illustrations on the corners of the pages and each fairy comes with a short story about who they are and where you might find them. I won't list them all because they are already listed in the description of the book, but I will say that Cobweb the Dark Fairy is one of my favorites. It's done in blacks and purples and has kind of an elegant and spooky look. All of the fairies have kind of a modern and sophisticated look to them. These don't really seem like toys for kids, but more like decorations for your house.
The book does not call for specific yarns, only DK weight and suggested colors. At the beginning of the book, the author thanks a yarn shop and their huge supply of Cleckheaton Country 8-ply yarn, so I would imagine that's what she used. I haven't heard of that yarn before, but I googled it and it's readily available and in the $3.00 to $5.00/skein range. The clothes and accessories use some specialty yarns, such as eyelash, but that's easy to find. I was a little worried about doing the eyes because I'm not an artist at all, but there are little templates for different eyes and mouths, and you do them on felt and glue them to the fairies. The dolls in the book are so nicely made that I thought the eyes and mouths were painted directly on the knitting, but they aren't.
I wouldn't hesitate to buy this book at all. Even if you never make the fairies, it's definitely a book that will be fun to look through often.