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Stashbuster Knits: Tips, Tricks, and 21 Beautiful Projects for Using Your Favorite Leftover Yarn Kindle Edition
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There is a nice section on color combinations. She explains the theory of color and provides different color combinations that go together. She discusses the Magic Ball Technique to get random color patterns. One cuts random lengths of yarn from one ball and a different length from a second ball. Then continue adding lengths from different yarns and wind them all together. Attach the lengths with knots.
There is a section on ways to use science and math to make use of your stash. She discusses the Golden Mean and the Fibonacci Sequence. I love that this is included. Take a chance, she says. Use dice and "choose twelve colors you'd like to use in a project, and number each one." Use the dice to determine how many rows for each color. Random and mathematical - how can a knitter go wrong?
Ms. Leapman states that we should be sure "that each yarn used within a project has the same laundering and care specifications." Weight of yarn should also be consistent so that gauge can be achieved. Gauge and yarn type are listed for each of the patterns and we should be sure to have enough yarn to complete the project.
The patterns are very varied in type, from sweaters and shawls, to bracelets and purses. My favorites are the Greenmarket Bag in a lace pattern in fine/sportweight yarn; Mona's Little Bias Scarf in fine/sportweight yarn; Keiki Baby Kimono in fine/sportweight yarn; Sporty Stripes Sweater in Light/DK weight; Puzzle Play Blanket in medium/worsted yarn; Sausalito Purse in medium/worsted yarn; Tamara's Wrap in Medium/Worsted yarn (my favorite pattern in the book); Urban Knitster Slouch Hat in bulky weight yarn; and Bravissimo Throw in bulky weight yarn (my second favorite pattern). That's nine patterns that really called out to me.
The book is an EXCELLENT resource and has enough lovely and different patterns all clearly written for me to rate it a '5'. Thank you Ms. Leapman.
The attractive projects include (1) a charted "jigsaw puzzle piece" baby blanket; (2) geometrically-patterned bangle bracelets; (3) striped mittens, scarves, shawls, throws, and sweaters; (4) striped and patterned shopping, sample, and tote bags; (5) a Fair Isle yoked sweater and a Fair Isle vest; and (6) many single-color hats. The projects are grouped in the book according to the yarn weights used: fine, lightweight, worsted, or chunky.
What I really like about this book is the lengthy introduction that discusses sorting yarns leftovers by weight and color, to ensure the best possible combinations for successful knitted fabrics. Several pages, illustrated with color wheels, explain the scientific theory of color--including how to get good results from monochromatic color combinations, and from combinations of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 colors. The book also includes explanations of how to join yarns together using standard knitting techniques, or using the "Russian join" (which uses a tapestry needle). There is a nice discussion of how to put together a "Magic Ball" of short lengths of leftover yarns of different colors and textures (the ball is knitted up like regular yarn); as well as some discussion of yarn storage.
Nearly all of the projects are fairly easy to knit. (The Fair Isle garments, the intarsia sample bag, and the charted puzzle-piece blanket will require moderate knitting experience). Note, though, that whether you will have enough yarn already on hand to knit many of the larger projects will depend entirely on the actual size and makeup of your personal yarn stash! For me, this book rates an unqualified 5 stars.
all knitters. Good ideas and easy ways to combine yarns. I have already started on one of the
projects. Good instructions. Can't wait to do more and use up my endless stash.
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