Vickie Howell--the popular host of DIY network's Knitty Gritty--plus a dozen contributing designers have stepped out of the box with 25 super-original, funky playtime projects that are as much fun for parents to knit as they are for children to receive.
Not another boring sweater! Vickie Howell, and her group of talented contributors, will make you the most popular parent on the block with the coolest projects for kids' stuff ever. These knits are gifts children will go nuts over, because they include a playful range of costumes and toys. Crafty moms and dads can create such enchanting items as a wizard's hat and princess crown; a super kid cape, mermaid dress up, pirate bath set, alien tooth fairy pillows, bowling ball and pins, and a tool set with pouch. Vickie includes estimations of how long each project will take to complete, along with tips for busy knitters and advice on special techniques, such as felting, tassel making, and edgings. Many of the designers have appeared on her show--but every item is a never-before-seen original.
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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.
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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