Book Review – Knitless by Laura McFadden

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By Home Decor Contributor Alyssa

Knitless by Laura McFadden

If there’s one thing I have an abundance of, it’s yarn. I always buy yarn for a project knowing I won’t use all of it, but justifying it by telling myself that I’ll be able to use it for another yarn project. Haha. Yeah right. Each project calls for such a specific type of yarn that it’s sort of impossible to recycle for anything. I have so much yarn, guys.

So! When I was given the opportunity to review the book Knitless by Laura McFadden, I had a “gimme gimme!!” moment. A book full of yarn-based, no-knitting DIYs? I don’t even knit. It was destiny.

The second it arrived in my mailbox on a windy and rainy Saturday afternoon (what could be more perfect?), I thumbed through its pages eagerly while my boyfriend played an old PS2 video game next to me and we sipped on tea under our favorite blanket. Ahhh. Reading this book on its own is a joy. The projects are broken down into different categories, such as home décor, jewelry, gifts; the variety of ideas seems endless. There are crafts for more seasoned DIY-ers, crafts for kids, trendy crafts, kitschy crafts, there’s even one that involves a bike. She’s thought of everything.

Some of my favorites:

Yarn-Bombed Bicycle

bike

Speaking of bikes, I LOVE biking. I took it up recently and have since acquired a few spare, no longer usable parts that I’m just not quite sure what to do with. This book answers that question: yarn bombing! Although she shows you how to yarn bomb an entire bike (without any knitting, something I have never seen before and am very eager to try), you could easily adopt this craft for separate parts as well. Turn your pretty what was garbage into a beautiful piece of art. I also love the idea of bombing an entire bike for someone with a really cool, big backyard. I would love to turn this craft into a lawn ornament.

Suspension Bridge Side Table

table

Talk about modern. Who knew yarn could create something so architectural and contemporary? I love this DIY for someone who wants to breathe some life into an old piece of furniture. I also love anything that gives me a chance to see how two colors interact with each other in interesting ways. The graphic design-esque element made out of yarn is so intriguing to me.

Boho Wrapped Paracord Necklace

necklace

I’m always on the lookout for gift ideas, and this craft would make the perfect gift for the little girl in your life who is growing up just a little too fast. Why is she already carrying a purse? Is she wearing heels? I don’t even wear heels. If she’s all into jewelry and eyeshadow now, the least you can do is give her something you both agree is pretty cool. This necklace is perfect – her friends will be jealous and you can be happy knowing you didn’t give her something her mom wouldn’t approve of.

Mod Pom Pom Throw

blanket

It’s no secret to everyone who knows me that I love a good blanket. However, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, a nice throw can cost upwards of $40 these days, and I have a cat to feed. Why not purchase a blanket that’s on the cheaper side (because it’s a bit lackluster) and spruce it up with some DIY pom poms? Definitely something you can do with most types of yarns in many colors.

If you have a tangle of yarn sitting in the corner of your house or apartment like I do, looking sad and gathering dust, don’t let it go to waste! Knitless will back you up when you tell your significant other (for the tenth time), “no, honey, I really do have a plan for all my yarn – just give me another month or two.”

KNITLESS

By Laura McFadden

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About Alyssa

Hello! My name is Alyssa. I am a, as they say, “real girl” crafter. I make stuff for my home that virtually anyone can make, no matter their crafting experience or expertise. I love practical, beautiful home décor that often does double-duty, and include the crafting mistakes I make so you can avoid making them in the future. We all mess up, so embrace it! I find inspiration in things with hefty price tags, usually followed by the famous last words, “I could make that.” I love the outdoors, live music, my sisters, and admiring strangers’ dogs from afar. Although I currently reside in Seattle, I’m a small-town girl at heart who can often be found daydreaming in front of my office computer or on the couch with my overbearingly affectionate cat, Kristoff, who, if he’s lucky, will receive a very weird-looking, hand-crafted kitten sweater sometime in the future.

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