Fiona McTague specialises in knitting and needlepoint. She is one of the talented Rowan wool designers and her patterns have been commissioned by numerous magazines, such as Elie, Good Housekeeping and Woman's Weekly. She is the co-author (with Debbie Bliss) of Country Knits and has written Knits for Babies and Toddlers, also published by New Holland. She lives near Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.
Knitwear designer McTague (Knits for Children and Their Teddies) turns her attention to knitted toys with this collection of 20 colorful designs. Beginning knitters will enjoy making a simple but fetching penguin as well as the farm animal finger puppets, while intermediate knitters will want to tackle the colorful patchwork turtle. More challenging projects for experienced knitters include rag dolls, a clown complete with its own wardrobe, and a large dog that doubles as a draft protector. Each pattern contains step-by-step instructions and multiple close-up photos. Yarn substitutions should not be a problem: although the author specifies yarns used in each project, she gives enough information to make substitutions possible. The book belongs on public library shelves next to Kath Dalmeny's World of Knitted Toys and Debbie Bliss's Toy Knits. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.