Like golfing, fishing, and gardening, knitting is an obsession. It's an activity fraught with guilt, frustration, over-optimism, sly deception, and compulsion, along with passionate moments of creative enlightenment - not to mention heaps of yarn you really think you'll knit someday. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee totally understands. In this hilarious collection of tangled reflections, she offers ample reassurance for anyone who has ever wondered, "Am I alone in my mania?"
Casting off with some of her favorite quotations, she muses on why it's impossible to knit too much, how many calories knitting burns (about 90 an hour, not counting the extra for retrieving your ball of yarn from under the couch), and when it's alright to stalk a man in the grocery store (not because he's good-looking, but because he's wearing an Aran sweater you want to know how to knit).
The first step toward recovery is getting help - and having a good laugh at your compulsion. At Knit's End is a wicked and wickedly funny fix for any knitter.
©2003 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
"Holds a treasure of thoughts with which every knitter can identify....Many knitters will find it a relief to read a knitting book with no patterns they feel they must try." (Booklist)
As an avid knitter, I found that I related to many of the stories in this book. I think that most of the women in my knitting circle would as well.
Stephanie Pearl McPhee has written several books. I think that the meditations in here are taken from many of her other tales.
I found the reading to be a little chippy, but otherwise the book was quite entertaining.
I found myself chuckling to myself at several parts of the book.
I have this in print form as well, and I enjoyed it more in print. But it is a cute book to listen to nevertheless.
The Yarn Harlot goes a long way toward explaining why there is no limit to the lengths knitters will go to over yarn. Blog-to-book is not always easy to pull off, but in this case, Blog-to-book-to-audio = success! I'd go into more detail, but I'm on my way to my local yarn store, I heard there's a sale on DK cashmerino...
I am addicted to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee!!!! Between knitting and her humor I could not stop laughing. She says what we think but do not say as a knitter. If you are not a knitter, this book will make no sense. I highly recommend you learn to knit and enjoy this gal's humor. I have never listened to a book 3 times in a row and can go for a fourth time. The Yarn Harlot you are the BEST!
This was a great listen with humorous stories. I listened to this on a plane flight and found myself laughing out loud quite often.
Funny book, but a little extreme.
..It's probably only funny for knitters.
Easy, short listen.
If you want to listen to a book about a corny women who knit to much, or you are addicted to knitting, this is it :)
Stephanie did an amazing job reading, especially for someone who isn't a professional. it's an amazing book, and I always have a print copy in my knitting bag.
A former accountant and staff trainer. Now retired, I enjoy knitting and weaving. I enjoy intelligent, insightful books with lead characters I respect. I deplore novels fille with gratuitous violence and depraved sexual behavior written to shock the reader.
First of all, I'm a voracious knitter. Second, I'm a fan of the author. I have two of her books in audible form, and they are my "keepers" -- ones I never delete, and go back to from time to time to sample excerpts when I need a relaxing chuckle.
If you're not a knitter, you probably won't appreciate the humor. But if you ARE a knitster, don't miss this book!
I love everything about the Yarn Harlot. I have this book but wanted to listen to it while I have been sick. Stephanie is so funny and insightful. A true knitter will love her spark and voice.
I have this book in paper format but get so frustrated with the chattiness and thought that the Audiobook would work better for me. Unfortunately it does not, I just can not like it. I did so want to like it but have failed miserably.
"what a waste"
I am sorry, but after reading so many "great book" reviews I had to add mine...
This is real bad book. I mean super bad. I only listened till the end as I was too far from my PC to switch it off and was making French butter cream and had to keep on stirring. What a suffering inflicted! I didn't find it funny, I didn't find it entertaining and I am a knitter. It was waste of time, money and attention. Believe me, get yourself a good crime novel instead, much better for knitting, spinning and cooking.
"Not quite right for audio"
The book is obviously written in short 'chunks' which doesn't work as an audiobook - it is too bitsy and has no flow and doesn't work well as a listening experience.
I have previously liked listening to Pearl-McPhee's books in audio format, so it is a disappointment this one is not good to listen to
"A light laugh for knitters everywhere"
I'm rather a knitter, and Ioved this little book. It's quite funny, and if you're anything like me, you'll be recognising yourself in it! I haven't quite got to the stage where I take my knitting with me to weddings, but to be honest I'm really not that far off. For knitters everywhere, this is a lovely little listen - you can even knit and listen at the same time! Enjoy.
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