By Stephanie Dosen
Taunton Press, 128 pages, $19.95
Although no small nocturnal birds of prey appear in this delightful little book, the knitting patterns of Stephanie Dosen, the designer-founder of Tiny Owl Knits, will be instantly recognizable to fans of her popular blog (tinyowlknits.wordpress.com) and crafting community (Owlies of TOKland). Dosen – who is also a well-known American singer and song-writer – is inspired by faeries, magical forests and both mythical and real creatures. Her designs are in a style that the author has described in interviews as “Snow White meets Courtney Love in a grandmother’s attic.” Taking that to heart, each of the 21 projects featured in this collection are whimsical, fun, and pretty. There are lacey faerie wings, a bulky-weight dragon watcher’s hood, delicate butterfly-embellished fingerless mitts, a luxurious bowed scarf, and much more. Something here in Dosen’s imagined world will appeal to all experience levels, and ages, of knitters. Written instructions for each project include brief notes to guide the knitter along an enchanted woodland path.
Reviewed by Linda Frederiksen