More tongue-in-cheek, laugh-out-loud observations on the world of knitting from the best-selling author and self-proclaimed "Yarn Harlot". Anyone who thinks knitting is for little old ladies hasn't met the Harlot. Pearl-McPhee journeys deep into the land of those who are obsessed with yarn, needles, and what's on their needles now.
Using a travel guide format, she acts as tour guide extraordinaire, describing and critiquing every aspect of this territory she knows so well: its people (young and old, male and female); familiar phrases ("purl this, darn that"); strange beliefs; currency (skein trading); etiquette; holidays (any sale day at the local yarn shop); and customs. She notes important dates in knitting history and celebrates unsung knitting heroes, from the samurai warriors of Japan to the "Terrible Knitters of Dent". And, while the land of knitting is a mostly peaceful place, it does have its controversies, such as the acrylic vs. natural fibers and circular vs. straight needles debates, which Pearl-McPhee visits with relish and glee.
©2007 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
"[Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee] has created another laugh-out-loud masterpiece." (Vogue Knitting)
"Her insights into the workings of a yarn-a-holic's mind are charming." (Detroit Free Press)
Stephanie is a master of the knitting genre... her rich knowledge of art history carries forward into a humourous look at this artform and the people who love it.
Stephanie's writing is best served in her own words... her sense of comedic timing, wordplay and subtle humour is a great "listen"!
Understanding I'm not alone in my knitting fanaticism is such a comfort.
Believe or not, there is a story woven throughout this knitting travelog about Alice, as she evolves from a spectator into a knitter with a
Pearl-McPhee's animated performance of her own work is both hilarious and genuine. I hope she wouldn't be insulted if her voice was lilkened to actress Debra Winger's?
Being misunderstood and/or underappreciated need not prevent us from pursuing our passions.
Non-knitters closely associated with knitters may find this book helpful in demystifying how a knitter's brain works, and grappling with the realization that the knitter's enthusiasm is unlikely to wane - ever!
If you are a knitter you will love this book.
I love her wittyness.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee herself.
I really enjoyed this book and the more I knit the more I think of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's experiences and relate to them.
I have enjoyed Stephanie's books and blog since the beginning, and have met her in person. She is incredibly funny, down to earth not to mention talented. The fact that she narrates her own books makes this a no brainer! Love it!
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