Knit Your Own Zoo is finally finished. I am not happy. I have quite a beef with these 'Best in Show' books. Whilst most of the creatures look pretty good and I can appreciate the work that has gone into writing the patterns - some of the shaping is excellent - the making up instructions are incomprehensible. It did say at the start of the giraffe pattern that it was complicated and indeed, the knitting part took a fair bit of concentration, but that's OK, I am willing to put the work in for a spectacular result. However, I do not expect the sewing up and stuffing to take FOUR evenings! Not because I am a slow worker, but because I just could not make head nor tail (literally!!) of the written instructions.
This isn't the first time I have had issues with these patterns - in the Knit Your Own Dog book, I found the sewing instructions for the bulldog totally incomprehensible and resorted to making it up as I went along. I even had a couple of people email me asking for help as they couldn't make it work either.
Let's not go into the whole leg issue on the giraffe - poor thing not only has a pair of pipe cleaners down there, but souvlaki sticks as well to prevent the onset of woolly rickets.
I also felt that a few of the animals in the Zoo book were rushed in design - they did not look as good as they could have done - if you check out the chimpanzee you'll see what I mean. I don't enjoy being harsh about someone else's work when they have obviously put a lot of time and effort into it, but I always feel if you do something, do it well.
Rant over....now how the hell do I make wings for a thrush that fold naturlly and don't look like he's wearing a greatcoat?