Last week I was browsing online (always a dangerous pastime, I am sure many of you will know) when I decided, on a whim, to see if there were any new One Skein Wonders books that had been published.
I will say upfront that I am a great fan of the One Skein Wonders series of books. I love the innovative ways that designers can take a single ball/skein or hank of yarn and turn that prescribed meterage, texture and combination of fibres into a finished item. It is one of my own favourite ways of designing – to take a single skein of beautiful yarn and decide how to use it to best highlight its qualities as a material.
So, I decided to treat myself to 101 Crochet One Skein Wonders and 101 Lace One Skein Wonders. I have found that the quality of the One Skein Wonders books as the series has increased with each installment, and that there with each new release the projects were showing a greater deal of refinement and complexity.
Now that I have received the two newest books I have slightly mixed feelings. On one hand the Crochet title just doesn’t seem to hit the mark for me. I don’t crochet very often and hoped that there would be projects in this book that would spark the wish to pick up a crochet hook and make something, but the actual projects included don’t seem to hold much desirability. Many of the projects look very simplistic or even dated. This isn’t because of a knitting bias, as I specifically bought this book because I really do want to crochet something, but I’m just not very keen on the majority of designs that have been included.
The lace book however, is quite lovely. There are a couple of dud projects (to be expected if you have over a hundred projects to choose from) but there are also a number of really stunning pieces, and some absolutely gorgeous socks, lace scarves and stoles among many other things.
Both books are well presented and offer a wide range of styles in the projects included, and I’ll spend a good few happy hours choosing something to make from each before giving the books a proper write up, as I am going to begin a recommended reading section on this site so that I can document the books, magazines and (most importantly) blogs that I enjoy to read.
As a complete aside, thank you to everyone for the words of comfort and support regarding the issue of my pattern in a recent magazine. It’s been frustrating and upsetting waiting on a reply to my emails, and I’m still waiting on information as to whether my knitted samples are safe and likely to be returned to me and if any correction will be run in a subsequent issue.