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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting | [Stephanie Pearl-McPhee]

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting

Using a travel guide format, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Would you listen to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off again? Why?

    I had a hard time listening to Stephanie read her own books. Her timing is off and it comes across as stunted.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Did not finish


    Did Stephanie Pearl-McPhee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Eh ... it's not really character driven. But it is a funny look at us crafty folks and our obsession with two sticks and some pretty string.


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    What made the experience of listening to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off the most enjoyable?

    Understanding I'm not alone in my knitting fanaticism is such a comfort.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


    What about Stephanie Pearl-McPhee???s performance did you like?

    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?


    What insight do you think you???ll apply from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off?

    Being misunderstood and/or underappreciated need not prevent us from pursuing our passions.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Tina Silver Spring, MD, United States 12-20-11
    Tina Silver Spring, MD, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2011

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a knitter you will love this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love her wittyness.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee – was your favorite?

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee herself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Knitters


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    "Stephanie Knits :)"

    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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    Amazon Customer SoCal, USA 10-20-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Super listen for *any* crafter!"

    This book is wonderful, funny, irreverent and totally accurate for the mind of just about any type of crafter! It's about knitters, but any crafter can relate to exactly what she describes in knitters actions and collections. Only 4.5 hrs, but one of the best little books I've listened to. Read by the author & at first a little plain listening, but the cadence of her Canadian accent kicks in and full enjoyment begins. (No Eh?'s either!)

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