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One-Skein Wonders® Paperback – October 20, 2006
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“If the cold weather has you excited to stay inside, this is the book for you.”
-Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK
“Reads like an atlas of quirky yarn shops from all across the land.”
-Associated Press, Syndicated Article
“Start something and finish it immediately. Judith Durant put 101 quick patterns in her book [One-Skein Wonders].” –Metro West Daily News, Framingham, Mass.
“Divided by fiber weight, the chapters tell you exactly what local yarn shop owners around the country think you should do when you have just one ball to knit.”
-- Yarn Market News
From the Back Cover
Every knitter has at least a few single skeins -- those oddball orphans that clutter up your yarn stash. They're too beautiful to toss, but what can you do with them? Yarn shops across the United States come to the rescue with this creative collection of all the patterns you could ever want. One hundred and one sweet, addictive single-skein solutions: hats, mittens, and scarves; napkin rings, coasters, and wine bags; hairclips, belts, and bags -- stylish, fun-to-knit projects that demand little yarn but deliver big results. Leftover skeins never had it so good!
Top Customer Reviews
I was attracted to the book because of its title. Having created a stash of yarns over the years, I thought it might be a fun way to use up leftovers as well as work up some fast projects.
It turns out there are a lot of things I like about this book but there are also several things I don't like.
Things I like
There are a lot of items to make.
The projects include a sketch of the item and the pattern.
The projects are creative.
The stitches are creative.
There are color photos of each project.
Most of the projects are knitted. A few use crochet.
Things I don't like
Most of the recommended yarns are specialty yarns that are not available in the big box craft stores.
You need to know a bit about substituting to be able to use a different yarn and have the project turn out right.
Each yarn has different weight and yardage. The patterns call for one skein of a particular yarn but you may need more than that if you substitute.
Two major warnings:
1. There are errors in this book! The first pattern I tried has a typo and it took me 3 days to figure out what was wrong. Since the pattern was complex, at first I thought I was making some kind of mistake. This was stressful for sure. I did find an errata sheet on the publishers web site but it does not include the pattern that gave me trouble (Honey Tangerine Scarf): [...] Many of these changes are already in my book but some errors are still there, plus the one I found in the first project I tried.Read more ›
Most of them have 1-2 dozen little things to make with a little yarn in a little while, or a lot of fat yarn in a weekend. Some are cute-- but some not. Some really original-- and some like bad Xerox copies of things we've all seen before.
This book, however, is different. Different in that there are many many many (101) abreviated projects to choose from, and most are original and quite different from everything else in the book! Beat that!
I have already made the lovely "filigree" lace collar on p187 and am very pleased with the ease following such simple and straightforward directions. There are a couple more collars and neck bits I can try next -- maybe after the hair ornaments, or the gauntlets, or one of the interesting flower decorations....
I also like the lay-out of the book with the center color photo index of projects (easy to re-find ideas that have flipped shut) AND the nifty table of contents that breaks down the projects by yarn size! This is a "knit up your scraps" book designed by real knitters!
So, bravo and well done! I counted up those projects that I would either want to knit for myself, or would knit for friend/family, and came up with 42 out of 101. I don't know about you, but that's a high hit rate for me.
I've made 2 things (Felted Coasters and Cozy House Socks) so far and they've turned out really nicely. I'm going to start a scarf that looks like a ruffle around the neck next. I'm also interested in the knitted wine bottle gift bag. I would think this book would be a great addition to anyone's knitting library - especially because it will be fun to buy just one skein of a really nice yarn knowing you'll be able to find something to make with it.
Here are a sampling of errors I found. I haven't written out details of the corrections; that's Storey Publishing responsibility.
The Gossamer Shell Scarf (p. 55) tells you to cast on 20, and then knit according to the pattern. However, the pattern stitch requires more than 20 stitches.
The Twisted Knee-High Sock (p. 44) contains incorrect instructions about arranging stitches before the heel flap. It has has incorrect directions for turning the heel.
There are others - be sure to read the other reviews!
It taught me a lesson about buying pattern books, though. I no longer buy them hot from the press, but either check them out from the library to review before buying or read reviews written by people who have bought.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book offers creative ways to create gifts with only one of yarn especially handy for those odd skiens left over from bigger projects. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donna Hernandez
Has great ideas and variety to work from. Will enjoy keeping myself busy.Published 1 month ago by linda m amid
Loved this book. Looking forward to making many of these! Nice lay out design. Will be stopping by many of the yarn shops credited in the back.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer