The Taunton Press, $17.95, 144 pages
Do you love to knit beautiful and practical clothes and accessories for friends and family? Why not make something for your favorite animal? Now you can using //Pet Projects: The Animal Knits Bible//. Beginning and experienced knitters alike will jump at the chance to make these unique outfits for their pets. Animals of all shapes and sizes will benefit from these designs. If you carry your miniature dog in a purse, why not make a fashionable, colorful and comfortable papoose to keep your puppy feeling warm and secure? While you’re at it, knit an adorable soccer coat using your favorite team’s colors. Don’t feel left out if you have a cat. There are instructions for how to make pompoms, cushions and scratching mats. There are also designs for accessories for horses, goldfish, guinea pigs and donkeys. Some of the more interesting projects include the Tortoise Hibernation Tent, Hamster House, Wire Bird Feeder and Hell’s Angel Dog Collar. Authors Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne rate the projects from easy (one bone) to difficult (3 bones). Your pets and your knitting will be the talk of the neighborhood.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin