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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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    Elaine 08-06-12
    Elaine 08-06-12

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    "Knitters are fortunate to have her as their voice."
    Where does Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


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

    I can hear her delight with the magic that is knitting, and that makes me smile.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    She puts into words what many knitters feel but cannot express in a way others might understand.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope she continues to record her books. I have all her printed books but only two audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Burlington, Ontario, Canada 07-17-12
    Gail Burlington, Ontario, Canada 07-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Personal narration supports subtle humour..."
    What did you love best about Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off?

    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.


    What does Stephanie Pearl-McPhee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stephanie's writing is best served in her own words... her sense of comedic timing, wordplay and subtle humour is a great "listen"!


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    Barbara G. Devino 02-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "For knitters or those who love them"
    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina 12-20-11
    Tina 12-20-11 Member Since 2015

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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. McCurdy Knoxville, TN USA 11-06-10
    N. McCurdy Knoxville, TN USA 11-06-10 Member Since 2009

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    "If you Knit, you will like this book"

    I really enjoyed this book and the more I knit the more I think of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's experiences and relate to them.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy M 01-08-10
    Cathy M 01-08-10
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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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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