Today I am kicking off the book blog tour of Laura McFadden's new craft book,
Knitless - 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects
One thing caught my attention immediately -- stash-busting. I have a scary collection of yarn (and many unfinished projects) and I've discovered that a lot of jewelry designers and bead makers also knit. That shouldn't surprise me, because both yarn and beads are tactile and colorful. I've been known to buy a skein of yarn (or a bead!) and buy it purely because of how it feels.
|Yarn from Blue Heron Yarn, a local yarn purveyor.|
The projects in this 208-page book run from super-simple to plan-ahead-a-little complex. Some of the embroidered yarn designs for pillows reminded me of seed-beading or soutache, lush and colorful and a great way to use up bits and pieces of yarn you have left over from projects. As with beads, I hate to discard remnants of yarn, and tend to hoard them because I KNOW I can find SOMETHING to do with them, if only to display them. I'm odd like that.
|Some of my yarn stash waiting for a project to arrive.|
There are lots of templates in the back of the book, so if you want to tackle a more difficult piece that requires embroidery, don't hesitate. I learned to embroider when I was a kid, and if you can thread a needle, you can do it.
There are a number of simple projects that certainly didn't LOOK simple. They are deceptively easy. For instance the pom pom chair. Adorable.
This is too cute for words. This requires a pom pom maker or you can make your own using some simple household items (click here). I use this one, and there are a lot of different methods to be found on YouTube. However you make the pom pom, though, once you get going, you'll probably be eyeing the room looking for something that needs some added fluffiness.
This scarf would make a marvelous gift.
In the above example, you simply twist yarn of different colors together. I love the colors, and I think this would be equally interesting if you used various weights and types of yarn. You can also choose to braid chunky bunches of yarn together, but for braiding, you'll need more yarn than the instructions call for the twist.
As a jewelry designer and knitter, I couldn't help but think how the various fibers that have fallen into the jewelry-making world would work equally well in this book. For instance, instead of embroidering a lampshade with yarn, I could see sari silk being used. So while you flip through all fifty of the projects, think beyond yarn -- leather, waxed linen, ribbon, sari silk, and even wire.
If you would like to win a copy of this book
(US only, I'm sorry!)
then leave a comment below.
Feel free to tell me about your favorite places to buy yarn or share a link showing off your stash!
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Winner will be announced at the end of the month.
Thank you to Laura McFadden and Running Press for allowing me the opportunity to review this creative new book. Per federal law, I state that all opinions are mine and I was not paid to write this.