Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway -- Knitless - 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects


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!

You can increase your chances of winning by visiting the rest of the book tour:



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.



29 comments:

  1. That would be fun, thank you!

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  2. Glad to see you are up to blogging! This book looks fun ...

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  3. I would love to win this for my daughter. Her supply of yarn out beats any store. She has wall to wall storage in her very large sewing room. All is color coded and looks fantastic. She would love this book. Thank you for the offer and entering my name. beadwright AT hotmail DOT COM
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  4. Beautiful giveaway. Looks like a interesting book.

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  5. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book, Lori! Looks like a fun project book.

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  6. My favorite place to buy yarn is online - I love browsing all the colors.

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  7. Thanks for the chance to win this book. It looks like there are all sorts of fun projects to try, and since I don't knit it's perfect for all the pretty yarn I see in stores.

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  8. My Mom taught me to crochet when I was a kid. But, as with a lot of things, once she died, I gave up. I picked the skill back up again while working at a call center and needing to find something to do between calls. I then went on to knit a baby blanket for a very good friend of mine. And, I'm in the middle of another one, bigger, and different colors. Needless to say, I have been known to go yarn freaking crazy!!! And I've ended up with a stash that is more than a few garbage bag fulls. And yes, I'm one who keeps the extra leftover yarn, as long as it's more than a few inches. Because, like you said, there is always SOMETHING you could make out of it or use it for something. Yes, Hi! My name is Kelli and I'm a pack rat! lol I did this with beading too. I saved just about every scrap of wire, every bead, every cord. Now if I could only find where I stashed it! LOL You can never find things when you need them! LOL

    Anyhoo... I would love the chance to learn new ways to use yarn for different projects to help clear out some of my stash! I am also wanting to start learning how to knit. It's one of the things on my bucket list! =)

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  9. Lori Dear I am so happy to see your blog post and you look beautiful in your new Avatar. I believe you are correct that creative people have love affairs with yarns and beads and many other tactile interesting supplies. I love yarn inspite of my lack of knitting expertise. I can knit, barely, and I can crochet so I do have yarns. This book looks like it will be a wonderful addition to any creative person's library. That pom pom chair is quite whimsical. Creative Yarn Bliss...

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  10. I usually buy my yarn at JoAnn's or online. Great giveaway!

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  11. I get most of my yarn at Joann's or Michaels. I Know this book would help me creatively use my stash.

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  12. This sounds like a great book. My yarn stash is in my son's old dresser with each draw holding different types of yarn. I usually get mine at Hobby Lobby or Michael's.

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  13. This looks like a fun book! I too buy yarn when I see it because it tickles my fancy and I do not know how to crochet or knit - or do anything w/the yarn for that matter! LOL!! But the colors and softness make me happy, so it comes home w/me! ;-)

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  14. Oh gosh, that chair is so fun!

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  15. OMG, I am so glad to have read this post! Before reading, I hid my yarn addiction like a dirty secret I thought I suffered from some type of perversion, buying yarn just because I loved the color or texture. You have made me feel SO much better. As with you, the words stash buster caught my eye. I seriously need to deplete my stash and this book looks like a great way to start. I would love to win . (Stregajewelly@yahoo.com)

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  16. I would love o win - that pom pop chair would be incredible fun!

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  17. What fun it would be to own this book!

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  18. The projects in this book look really fun!! We all have leftover yarn to get rid of!

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  19. I'm not a knitter (I do bead stitching, sewing, and embroidery). This is a great idea for a book and there are several projects I've seen on this blog and some of the others listed as well. Specifically the hanging lamp shade and the spiral rug (or table runner, or placemat, or...). I have all my grandmother's knitting needles and crochet hooks. I've never used them, but I'm also not able to part with them. Maybe I'll learn to use them after all.

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  20. I love to buy yarn at Joanns, my local yarn shop and online.

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  21. My stash is taking over! I'd love some fresh ideas.

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  22. Anonymous6:16 PM

    I buy yarn online and at various LYS, Walmart. Michaels...
    I have an awesome stash...but I always have
    room for MORE!

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  23. Thank you for the chance! Unfortunately, there isn't really a good place to buy yarn around here. I have to get it from walmart.

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  24. This would be a great resource when trying to shrink the stash!

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  25. This is just the book I need - that shed full of a decade's worth of stash needs emptying. Love your blog:-)

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  26. Having just organized my yarn stash, and knowing it is definitely SABLE, I could really use this book.

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  27. Yep, my house would have pom pom furniture! (Dining chairs are HARD!) And my kitties would probably love the poms.

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  28. Love it! That pom pom chair, oh pahlease to die for!!

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  29. What a great idea for a book!

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