What do Moms do at chess tournaments? Anita Wheeless, mom to Amelia Wheeless (three-time Polgar Invitational participant), learned to knit in 2003 while waiting for her kids at chess tournaments. Just like chess, practice paid off as Anita now has a knitting book that’s just been published by Leisure Arts. “Storybook Dolls to Knit” is for sale at most online book sellers like Barnes & Noble or craft stores like A.C. Moore.
Classic fairytale characters come to life in the form of walkabouts with this book from designer Anita Wheeless. Walkabout characters are adorable knitted and felted puppets. Adults and children alike will love simply sliding their fingers into the hollow legs of these storybook stars to act out their favorite roles. The designs include Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, Mary and her little Lamb, Hansel and Gretel with the Witch, The Gingerbread Man, and Humpty Dumpty. All of the characters are knitted with wool yarn on double-pointed needles, with embellishments added after felting. Instruction book comes with an audio CD of the classic stories and nursery rhymes related to the characters.