I received a copy of the awesome new book Stashbuster Knits last week (thanks to Potter Craft!) and I'd love to give you a peek inside! First you should know that I think this is a great book for serious knitters and yarn addicts - those of us who have a basket of beautiful yarn leftover from other projects (or luxurious single skeins squirreled away because we couldn't resist them!). The best part is that this isn't just a book of "one skein" types of projects to use up small amounts of yarn - it's about incorporating those bits into larger projects that are really creative and eye-catching.
There are a couple of other things about the book that are make it unique and fun to peruse - for instance, the projects are arranged by yarn weight so you can easily match a project to the yarn you have in your stash. The author (Melissa Leapman) also gives advice on sorting and storing your stash (or "personal yarn collection" as she calls it) and deciding on which color combinations to use.
One more thing - there is also a technique included in this book for making a "magic ball" from leftover short lengths of yarn and for joining the yarns to make a smooth ball without knots. I have been knitting for a long time now and I had never heard of this knot-less technique before! I have to say that I'm quite in love with the idea!
Now on to the projects! There are 21 projects in the book ranging from sweaters, wraps, and throws to hats, mittens, and cowls. Here are some of the options that caught my eye in a major way:
(I think this is my favorite project in the whole book! It has moved to the top of my project list.)
Fire and Ice Cozy Cowl
(I love the airy, feminine feel)
Waves of Color Shawl
(a ripple pattern for knitters!)
(great for using up scraps!)
Thanks again to Potter Craft for letting me review this amazing book!