My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



As promised, I have another book to review. I am part of the blog tour for this:


This is KNITLESS: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects, by Laura McFadden, a new book from Running Press. If you have SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy) you might find this book very useful! It’s a collection of 50 non-knit projects that use yarn. Clever idea, right? The projects range from home decor items to accessories, to gift ideas. The book is divided int ofour sections.

As I usually do, I’ve gone through the book and picked out my favorite project from each section to feature here. First, from the Home section, the Pom-Pom Chair!


What a great, fun stash buster this would be! The materials list includes 8 to 10 170-yard skeins of medium weight yarn (which I take to mean DK or worsted) and a pom-pom maker. This would, I think, be a great project to do with children . . . think lots and lots of pom poms to be made!

From the Wearable Accessories section, the Makeover Sneaker!


You could get really creative here. Tassels, braids, etc.

From the Yarn Art section, Starry Night Yarn Painting:


This is a  project where you could get really creative. I can picture this in a number of different colorways.

And finally, from Cards and Gifts, Multicolored Embroidered Notecards


This is another project that I think would be fun to do with your kids. If your child is too young to wield an embroidery needle, you could have him/her draw a template with crayons and then embroider over it.

This is just a small sampling of what’s included in this great book.

The publisher has generously offered a copy for a giveaway. Who’d like it? To be entered in the drawing for a copy of KNITLESS: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects, by Laura McFadden, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am, Eastern time on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Want to know what others are saying about this book? Here is the whole blog tour schedule:

Meanwhile in my neck of the woods, I’m making good progress on my jacket. I’ll show you in the next blog post!

Loki is resting up for that momentous occasion.



  1. Looks like a fun book!

  2. I have been eyeing this book. I would love a copy!

  3. This looks interesting and lots of things to do with kids. Nice!

  4. Rosemary Johnson says:

    I now have a name for my illness — SABLE!!!!! What a very clever book. Thanks!

  5. rrjane011749 says:

    Such interesting projects to try!

  6. my 12 yo would love this! we’re about to get started on Christmas gift making…so fun!

  7. How clever. Love the chair and the shoes

  8. That chair! I need it.

  9. Looks like a lot of fun ideas!

  10. I would love this book. I collect yarn but I don’t even know how to knit or crochet! Please pick me!! 😀

  11. Looks interesting and some projects I could do. Pick me! Thank you.

  12. Love….Love….Love this book! What great ideas! Thanks for doing a draw!

  13. What an intriguing book! Thanks for the review.

  14. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    My stash needs busting! I could use a copy of that book.

  15. Monica Cortada says:

    LOL! How did you know I have bins of yarn. 🙂

  16. This would be so helpful!

  17. Not quite at SABLE yet, but still looks like a great book!

  18. I have sable many times over. This sounds great.

  19. pick me!!!! looks like a fun book!

  20. Linda McCauley says:

    Ok, wish me luck!

  21. Very cool! I love the yarn painting!

  22. What fun looking projects.

  23. This looks like a great book – I’d love to discover all the projects inside.

  24. judith strausbaugh says:

    Love this book. Great projects you don’t find in other books. This would be a great addition to my library

  25. Midnite Baker says:

    I have a lampshade frame which is wrapped top to bottom in yarn. I bought it at a household auction in 1971. (Just dated myself.) I just vacuum it every time I clean and it still looks as good as when I bought it. Another way to use yarn knitlessly. I’m interested in learning more about those rugs in the Home section of this book. So, please enter me in the drawing. M

  26. What a fun book, would love to have a copy. xx

  27. I think this book looks so fun!

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  28. Having just organized my yarn stash, and knowing it is definitely SABLE, I could really use this book. (And, wow, I did a Starry Night in yarn for a textile design class in college…)

  29. Laws, yass! I hit SABLE status a few years ago, and continued buying yarn. Now, with a chronic illness, my LE is even shorter — so I need to use the yarn or lose it! Love that pom pom chair, I should do that to the dining set….
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  30. Looks like a fun book! Aaaaaand I have a lot of stash…

  31. I do believe I am in SABLE danger, and this book would go a long way toward helping me use up the colors I have left over from projects.

  32. Michele Ross says:

    Looks like a very interesting way to use up stash! My closet overflows,,,, Would love a copy of this book.

  33. Such cute ideas!

  34. Kristine M. says:

    That sounds like so much fun! I love the chair. It just needs some kitty hair to be complete.

  35. What a fun book….love the yarn pillow, Starry Night.

  36. I have at least a hundred small balls of sock yarn. This would be a great way to use some of it. I thought I’d use it up knitting your Leftovers Cowl, but instead I ended up with more because I ran out and had to buy more yarn. I think I’m going to try my hand at weaving on branches as I’ve seen others do. They always look so pretty. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Sounds like this book has lots of great ways to use up extra yarn!!

  38. What a fun way to use some of one’s stash.

  39. Those look like fun projects to try. I can always use more ideas to use up stash.

  40. Time to take stock of the stash! Clever to assemble lots of styles and projects to do just that!

  41. Very intriguing, thank you!

  42. Love the idea of using leftovers. I have a trunk full and would love this book. Thanks for offering it!

  43. Yes, I’d love to win!
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  44. Oh my – I knew there was a name for it. Looks like this book needs to go on my wish list for my SABLE

  45. Looks like fun!
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  46. nice ideas ♥ – thank you for offering :grinning:

  47. I like the notecards. That would be a great way to use up some yarn.

  48. My poor husband will probably light a match and shut the door to my sewing/yarn room if I die before he does. Love the chair.

  49. I would love to know how to do the pompom chair, the kids would love that!
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  50. Looks like a great book. Everyone needs a pompom chair!
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  51. Linda Newcomb says:

    Wow! Could I ever use this book. I can picture my 2 youngest grandchildren making the pompom chairs. Love all your favs.

  52. What a great idea for a book! You don’t even have to free up needles to get another WIP going!

  53. How fun! And just what I need to help with my own yarn storage problems. Thank you!

  54. Great projects to do with my granddaughter.

  55. What a cute book. Who would not want a chair like that.

  56. Looks like a great book would love to win that. Thanks for the chance!

  57. Looks like fun!

  58. Shoot! Is it too late to enter? :S