Pet Projects: The Animal Knits Bible is sometimes whimsical, sometimes practical and completely adorable.
The photographs are great and the instructions appear well-written and clear. The yarns in the book are all made by Rowan, Jaeger and Twilleys Yarns. But, enough information about the different yarns used is provided to allow for substitution. See page 142 for all of the details on the yarns, however.
Don't get me wrong. I love Rowan and Jaeger yarns (I haven't used any Twilleys yet). But, for some American knitters, they can be hard to find.
The only real drawback to this book is that it makes me want a bunny, a horse, a tortoise and a bevy of stuffed animals.
I mean, really, who wouldn't want to knit a little hibernation tent for a tortoise?
For cat lovers, three kinds of cushions and a matt shaped like a mouse are offered.
Dogs (as always) fare even better, maybe because they are more likely to put up with fancy collars (there are five) and coats (there are three). There's also an anti-firework dog balaclava, which is interesting but looks like it would be more fun for the knitter than the dog.
If you don't (or can't) have your own furry friend right now, you could also knit a little pet. There are patterns for a toy fox terrier, ferret, guinea pig and tortoise (I want the tortoise).
There's also a very nice horse blanket pattern and a pattern for lily pads (for your frogs?), with instructions on using plastic bags to make your own yarn.
The book opens with a nice section of general knitting techniques, including dealing with dropped stitches and darning a hole.
Overall, a very fun book with a nice range of projects to please every animal lover.