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One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet by Leigh Radford
One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet

grnydgrl, September 10, 2006

If your life is anything like mine these days, a one skein project is about all you can imagine completing. That's where Leigh Radford's little gem of a book comes in. Oneskein offers many fast and hip projects--well over a dozen that I plan to complete--for the knitter or crocheter with little extra time for projects but who just can't give up her needles and wool.

This isn't a book only for beginners. I'm an adept knitter and would be bored with endless stockinette, but this book includes interesting colors and textures. And like all Interweave Press books, Oneskein is beautifully photographed.

For the beginner (or forgetful non-beginner), Radford includes clear instructions for each special techinque in the back of the book.

I would have given this book a 4.5 if it were possible; I have only one small complaint. I realize it may increase sales and broaden appeal, but not all knitters are crocheters and vice versa, and I wish publishers wouldn't pretend we are. I prefer knitting to crocheting, and wouldn't buy a crochet pattern unless forced to in a combination book like this. While only a relatively small percentage of the patterns are crochet, they are still wasted on me. But that's just a small annoyance--overall this book is superb.
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