Synopses & Reviews
Knitmare on Elm Street offers an edgy and imaginative collection of knitting projects. Perfect for the fall/Halloween season, it shows an alternative take on the traditional craft designed to appeal to the modern knitter in search of something a little different.
Ghoulishly inclined knitting enthusiasts can create a diverse range of creepy crafts, from cuddly toys and miniature dioramas to 3Dknitted pictures, laptop cosies, and cushion covers. Clear instructions written in a down-to-earth and humorous tone make the projects uncomplicated for beginners. Tips on how to incorporate light, sound, and trickier techniques into the projects allow the more advanced to take their knitting to the next spooky dimension.
Projects include: a plush monkey with miniature cymbals, ventriloquistand#8217;s dummy hand puppet, Haitian voodoo doll, sideshow carnival finger puppet theater, and a spinning monster carousel with optional light and sound effects, and much more.
Lara Neel, The Journal Gazette
andldquo;Knitmare on Elm Street: 20 Projects That Go Bump in the Nightand#160;by Hannah Simpson is a blast even if you're not already into knitting dolls, creepy stuff, or zombie egg cozies. (If you're not into these things, what is WRONG with you?). It's not just Hannah's acknowledgement of Romero in the back of the book, the cute/creepy factor of using doweling rods for a zombie marionette, or the finger puppets that belong in a sideshow. It's also the clear instructions, wonderful photographs and very creative ideas (creepy clown pillow, anyone?)andrdquo;
Caitlin Eaton, AllFreeKnitting.com
andldquo;What better way to practice knitting than by making your own Abominable Snowman? (Yep, thereandrsquo;s a pattern for that inside tooandmdash;itandrsquo;s actually really cute)andhellip;So if the thought of decorating for Halloween fills you with an inexplicable joy, do yourself a favor and check out Knitmare on Elm Street. The creativity that went into making these patterns is sure to impress you!andrdquo;
Paranormal Wastelands blog
andldquo;This book is just too freaking cute!! ... Every project made me squee with delight!andrdquo;
Knitting blog on The Oregonian
andldquo;Knitmare by Hannah Simpson is one adorable book that not only manages to walk the line between cute and creepy, but does it by delivering 20and#160; Halloween patterns with blessedly clear directions, a variety of skill levels and a whole new realm of knitterly funandhellip;What a great gift for your favorite little goblinandhellip;these directions were generally thorough and clear, and walk you through a number of techniques most knitters don't use often, or at allandhellip;The projects here have a variety of skill and scare levels, so whether you're looking for something sweetandhellip;or something creepyandhellip;you'll find something that suits.andrdquo;and#160;
andldquo;We've done it. We've found the most adorable Halloween crafting book of them all. Are you ready? Because it's freakishly cute. A yeah, maybe a little disturbing. But hey, most good Halloween-y things are!andrdquo;
A diverse range of creepy crafts, from cuddly toys and miniature dioramas to 3D knitted pictures, cosies, and cushion covers.
About the Author
Hannah Simpsons first knitting project at the age of six, a misshapen and holey scarf, was terrifying for all the wrong reasons. She has since had a lot of practice. A die-hard fan of horror and science fiction, she eventually combined her interests, leaving behind the traditional world of knitting to create armies of knitted zombies and classic horror characters which have appeared in print worldwide and are distributed online. She divides her time between freelance internet research and consultancy, knitting, sewing, growing vegetables in window boxes, scouring charity shops for vintage treasures, and making all kinds of weird and wonderful things.