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From coast to coast, all knitters have one thing in common: leftover yarn
Odd Ball Knitting solves the conundrum of what to make with your yarn stash by offering more than thirty beautiful projects that don’t look as if they were made with odds and ends. From stylish accessories to decorations for your home, there’s something fun and unexpected to knit from every strand you’ve been saving. Patterns are organized within chapters by the amount and type of yarn required to complete each project, so knitters with lots of extra yarn will rejoice in the Felted Patchwork Rug or the funky I-80 Poncho, while those with a more modest collection can stitch Curlilocks Finger Puppets, Mini Christmas Stockings, and other quick projects. For the scarf lover in all of us, a special section featuring reversible scarf patterns provides clever new ideas for everyone’s favorite first project.
Transforming your collection of mismatched yarn into stylish, practical accessories has never been easier. Author Barbara Albright offers strategies for using color, determining yardage, and combining yarn in unique ways. Odd Ball Knitting provides fresh new designs to change your hodgepodge of scraps into ingenious, fashionable, one-of-a-kind creations.
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Barbara Albright was a seasoned writer as well as a passionate knitting and craft designer. Barbara authored several books including Odd Ball Knitting, Knitter’s Stash, and Simple Knits for Sophisticated Living. She was a contributing editor to Interweave Knits and has written about knitting for Vogue Knitting, Knitter’s, Family Circle Easy Knitting, Cast-On, and Knit It. In addition to fiber, Barbara was passionate about food and authored more than twenty cookbooks and wrote for many newspapers and magazines, including the Associated Press, Good Housekeeping, Traditional Home, Classic American Home, Country Living, the Los Angeles Times, Working Mother, 1001 Home Ideas, and Americana. She was the editor in chief of Chocolatier magazine.
The Natural Knitter was the final accomplishment in her illustrious career. A native of Nebraska, Barbara resided in Wilton, Connecticut, with her husband, Ted, and two children, Samantha and Stone.
No, oddball knitting does not mean knitting strange-looking things. Rather, the term is a literal reference to the odd balls of yarn knitters tend to collect; half-used skeins leftover from finished projects. Some of the most creative knitting can grow out of using your "stash," says Albright, editor of Knitter's Stash and author of Simple Knits for Sophisticated Living. She provides helpful information on storing yarn, figuring out how much yarn you have (e.g., how many yards per ounce, etc.), and then presents an array of projects. Naturally, most of her suggested projects are small: sachets, hats, socks and mini Christmas stockings, though there are a few bigger items, such as a poncho and a felted patchwork rug. (A few tend toward the silly, like the amulet pouch.) Albright's advice is indeed helpful; she suggests, for instance, using novelty yarns to make purses, and ribbon yarns to make scarves, and sprinkles the book with tips on juxtaposing colors and working with multiple textures. Although her instructions are straightforward, prior knitting knowledge is necessary-which shouldn't be an issue for most, since anyone with a yarn stash has done their fair share of knitting.
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