One-Skein Wonders® Paperback – October 20, 2006
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-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!
- ISBN-10 : 1580176453
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1580176453
- Product Dimensions : 8.02 x 0.63 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC (October 20, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Item Weight : 1.54 pounds
- Best Sellers Rank: #558,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. So I don't have a warm fuzzy feeling about the instructions.
2. This book is not for the beginner. The stitches that I've tried are not simple and I think a beginner would have a hard time. I don't think you have to be an expert, but don't buy it if you are just starting to learn to knit.
Getting back to the contents of the book, there are 101 projects. The projects are grouped by type of yarn. Color photos are in the middle of the book.
Each pattern is contributed by a yarn shop and these are listed at the back. When I was having trouble I emailed the shop that contributed my pattern and they answered and said there was a typo. They invited me to come by for help but they are across the country from me. They also gave me a phone number.
Types of projects in the book:
The projects are fun and should work up quickly and make great gifts as long as you don't run into an error that takes you three days to figure out.
There's a glossary in the book that explains some of the stitches.
In summary, I like the projects and hope to make many of the items. I do wish the publisher had been more careful before printing it.
I've made several items from the patterns. They're easy to read and work up very quickly.
The color photos are beautiful. I would recommend getting this book.
This dilemma of what to do with those treasures is solved with many options from super bulky to fingering and including novelty yarns!
Beautiful color pictures of each item is featured and easy well-written instructions make your knitting fun.
Highly recommend this book for variety and an easy way to de-stash your lovely yarns.
Top reviews from other countries
I am happy with it ...there seem to be a range of similar books with similar names by same person and our knitting group was interested in having a few to share around. this one has some colour pictures but most of pages are black and white and a reddish colour