This book by Sally Melville provides techniques to help knitters make the most of their yarn collections.
Sally says, "As a young girl, I couldn’t get gauge so had to write my own patterns. As a young woman, I made a truly weird sweater that, when fixed, was oddly appealing . . . enough that I could begin selling my work.
The subsequent purchase of a knitting machine taught me how much I truly did not know. I enrolled in a one-day, knitting design class . . . where everyone wanted to know about the sweater I was wearing (referred to in point 2) and where I was thrown out for passing notes (the pattern for the sweater referred to in point 2). Back to my knitting machine where my math and writing (both studied in university) got to work and taught me what that class should have.
Soon enough I started my own knitting design class . . . from which no student would ever be thrown out! This became an ongoing group and then the K-W Knitters’ Guild. I developed more classes—to stay one step ahead of the guild members. One of our guest teachers pushed me into the light of the public of knitting world.
In 1993 my husband died, and all knitting came to a halt. I took a job as Study Skills Advisor at my local university. But my daughter asked me to knit a sweater for her boyfriend. So I did—out of leftovers. And it became the centre piece of my first book: see Styles in books."
Sally Melville teaches knitting and is the author of Sally Melville Styles: A Unique and Elegant Approach to Your Yarn Collection and The Knitting Experience: Book 1: The Knit Stitch. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario.