A couple of years ago, I remember talking to a stylist at a photo shoot about an event she had been to. She was telling me all about these incredible knitted animal heads that hung on the wall like taxidermy. My curiosity piqued, I began an internet hunt for their creator and stumbled across the delightful work of Louise Walker and her blog, Sincerely Louise.
If you don't already have Sincerely Louise in your blog reader, go right now and do it! Its full of fun and quirky knitting patterns for the most adorable toys and accessories. Don't worry, I'll wait.
Later this week, Louise's first book, Faux Taxidermy Knits, is out. Its full of the same kind of delightful creations as have been on her blog. My favourite is probably the hedgehog slippers or the Croc makeup bag.
But I am pretty sure I know what I will be making the estate's gamekeeper for Christmas this year...