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One Ball Knits Gifts: 20 Stylish Designs Made with a Single Ball, Skein, Hank, or Spool Paperback – April 20, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Knitted baby blocks? I had four babies, and they don't play with that sort of thing, it's just decoration. Knitted coffee coasters? Hmmm. A boring-done-before 'interlocking square' pillow. ho hum. A spiral vine vase cover... a vase cover? Come on!
However there were some clever and creative projects: A cabled hot water bottle cover - we would use this. A nice looking pair of knee socks - okay not original. An attractive baby hoody, the bomber hat is clever and would probably get worn (matching personality to project of course, my adult son would think it was weird). The small pot tea cozy is a possibility (if only for it's size) and the 'Toasty toes slippers' look good, if you wear scuffs.
I need to insert that there is an how-to section at the front which includes not just knitting how-to but basic sewing and construction instructions. The patterns refer to the page number for the required instruction(s).
Something to note is that several of these projects take other sorts of materials, such as felt, leather pieces and foam for the slippers or a lined basket for one project, fur, leather, felt or lining material for others.
Note also that several projects take quite a bit of construction outside the actual knitting for the piece. The needle case requires felting the knitted fabric, ribbon and lining fabric, embroidery and quite a lot of assembly for the needle 'pockets'. It's a nice little roll up needle case, but it is quite a lot of work for your 'one skein'. Most of these are not quick projects.
I cannot tell you how well the instructions were written because I haven't made anything up yet.Read more ›
As they say in the introduction, "Our family believes that a handmade gift, because of the time and effort spent to create it, is more precious than a purchased one and that such a gift provides a lasting impression of love and friendship. Whatever the occasion, a handmade gift can bring forth a smile, a tear of gratitude, or a warm embrace from the recipient."
What kind of gifts? Here's the list: Coasters, table runner, hot-water bottle cozy, lace bowl, backpack, pillow, knitting basket, bomber hat, tea cozy, slippers, needle case, placemat/napkin ring, scarf, vase cover, driving gloves, baby hoodie, blocks and ball, afghan, knee-high socks, laptop case.
Yes, it IS a nice variety of patterns, isn't it? They're nicely thought out, too. Each one may only use one skein of yarn, but there are extra details that add a nice touch. A fabric lining to the slippers. Embroidery on the tea cozy. Foam lining for the laptop case. Appliqued letters on the baby blocks. Little details that show they were paying attention, and not just throwing together a bunch of patterns and hoping they would work. The collection is nicely varied because there really is something in here for almost everyone on your gift list.