Did you ever want a seashore animal for a pet, but without an aquarium? How about a tarantula to sit peacefully on the arm of your sweater? In the book Science Critters you will find examples of toys or models of several small animals that have delighted both scientists and children.
Here are explanations for making your own science critters of various kinds. Knitters will find patterns here to make an Octopus rubescens small enough to fit in a pocket, or an E. coli microbe big enough to hold in your hand. If you'd rather crochet a squid or a spider, there are options here for several multi-legged critters.
Science Critters includes designs for a range of craft skills, from accurate models of a T4 bacteriophage virus to simple as an earthworm. Yarn and simple tools needed are easily found online, in neighbourhood shops, and thrift stores. Some of these critters are used by biologists during school visits, others are worn as jewellry, and hundreds have been given as toys for restless children.
Doublejoy Books is delighted to release this practical discussion of making knitted figures for fun. The enjoyment of learning about science shows on every page as author Paula Johanson presents ways to represent living creatures with yarn. This is the author's forty-second nonfiction book, and her confidence is clear whether she welcomes the reader to marine biology or making toys.
About the Author
Paula Johanson is a Canadian writer. A graduate of the University of Victoria with an MA in Canadian literature, she has worked as a security guard, a short order cook, a teacher, newspaper writer, and more. As well as editing books and teaching materials, she has run an organic-method small farm with her spouse, raised gifted twins, and cleaned university dormitories. In addition to novels and stories, she is the author of forty-two books written for educational publishers, among them The Paleolithic Revolution and Women Writers from the series Defying Convention: Women Who Changed The World. Johanson is an active member of SF Canada, the national association of science fiction and fantasy authors.