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Designer One-Skein Wonders
by Judith Durant
5 Sheep (excellent)
I do “wonder” at one-skein knitting books but this one surprised
me enough to buy the book! There are quite a few cute, clever
projects. The designs are grouped by type of yarn: lace-weight,
fingering-weight, sport-weight, DK/light worsted-weight,
mohair, worsted-weight, heavy worsted-weight, bulky-weight
and novelty yarn. Skill level isn't stated but I think mostly
beginner to intermediate, just jump in. Abbreviations and
a glossary of techniques are at the back along with short
bios about the eighty designers (including Lily
Chin, Lorna Miser, Barry Klein, Myrna Stahman, Laura Militzer
are mostly knit but there are a few crocheted projects and
several felted items. Besides hats, scarves, shawls you'd
usually think of to use up one skein how about a dresser
scarf, nano nanny, three-season lace vest, guilty pleasures
socks, scallop-edge beaded necklace, “garterlac” bath rug,
cabled baglet, an eyelet “shruglet” (for a slim teenager!)
or scrunchy hand warmers?
baby items include a “blanket buddy” (diagonal washcloth
with shaped bunny head and knotted paws), Kat's Hat, feather
and fan baby sweater, blue-wave (ripple lace) sweater, wave
jumper, Ostrich plume baby bonnet, and a baby squash hat
(with i-cord stem).
felting aficionados: a darling little monster bear, ruffled
bag, bowls, flowers, etc. Also a few beaded projects to
try your hand at – scallop-edge beaded necklace, tiers-of-waves
beaded scarf and ring-bearer pillow.
truly liked most of the designs – I could do without the
obligatory garter-stitch tie or granny square tie (ick!
Retro isn't always a good idea), the belt patterns (can't
imagine any man wearing a plaited cable belt with plastic
belt buckle!) likewise the knitted toy centipede. I'm not
sure who needs egg-cozy hats to keep their eggs warm though
they do suggest using them as decorations or as doll hats
(maybe big enough for preemies?).
is a wonderful book of ideas for community service knitting
or gifts for family members (or you!). A great purchase
for a knitter (beginner or otherwise) who'd like to try
new skills without investing in a lot of yarn (you can always
work up to that big yarn stash). Knit up Elizabeth's perfect
hat - a provisional cast-on, knit side-ways with Noro Silk
Garden yarn (beautiful!), join with three-needle bind-off
then pick up stitches on the top edge to knit the crown
then top it off with knotted i-cord! Go from beginner to
expert at the drop of a hat!
some oddball skeins or a new yarn you'd like to try and
thumb through this book, I'm sure you'll find several designs
to love! Check the book website for some free patterns not
in the book! www.oneskeinwonders.com
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