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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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    Emily Chicago, IL, USA 09-15-08
    Emily Chicago, IL, USA 09-15-08
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    "a fun read"

    This is an enjoyable and humorous book, but not an earth-shattering one. Stephanie's writing and narration are very approachable and comforting, making this an ideal book to knit along to. However, if you are a knitter, you won't likely be surprised by any of her jokes or conclusions. While I thought she relied a little too heavily and frequently on the humor behind the inevitable frenzy of a knitter at a half-price yarn sale, I was still genuinely able to enjoy the audiobook as a great companion to some great knitting on a rainy day.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Havre de Grace, MD, USA 09-24-07
    Gregory Havre de Grace, MD, USA 09-24-07
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    "Perfect listening for the knitter"

    I never thought I would listen to a knitting book, but an afternoon with the Yarn Harlot and my yarn and sticks was filled with laughter, and I am on my way back to Audible to look for another. I only wish it were longer.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy Fair Oaks, CA, USA 10-25-08
    Betsy Fair Oaks, CA, USA 10-25-08
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    "My Favorite Book"

    Most of my book listening is done while knitting. This book slows my knitting only because I am doubled over with laughter. I found the Yarn Harlot's insights into the knitter's psyche to be original and fresh. Her suggestions for knit group etiquette should be typed up for all members of knit groups to memorize. I can' wait for her to record her new book!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Chicago, IL, USA 07-24-09
    Kelly Chicago, IL, USA 07-24-09
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    "Good company while knitting"

    Nothing in this book is surprising, but Stephanie is very good at putting in to words all the things you already know and feel about knitting. She puts knitting in the context of a community and culture. Smart, warm and funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linsul 05-07-09
    Linsul 05-07-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Excellent and witty"

    I love hearing Stephanie read her own books. She is a witty, intelligent writer and it is a real treat to hear her read the words with the pauses and inflections she intended when she was writing them.

    The book itself is very enjoyable and full of the expected knitterly humour. I have listened to this book several times.

    I can't wait for more of Stephanie's books to become available by audiobook.

    1 of 1 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 2004

    Nurdy

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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen NASHUA, NH, United States 02-27-14
    Karen NASHUA, NH, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a dedicated reader/listener. My tastes are very eclectic, and there's not much I don't like except horror and dull history.

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    "Knitting tales for knitters"
    What made the experience of listening to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off the most enjoyable?

    Having Stephanie read it herself. It felt like I was listening to a fellow,knitter and friend.


    Has Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nothing


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to or read any other books by her. Only her blog.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a bit and smirked a lot, thinking, "yep, I get that," or " oh yeah, I've done that!"


    Any additional comments?

    It was a short, fun listen, especially since I was knitting a particularly simple sock and could stop to laugh and chuckle to myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erin saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 01-21-13
    Erin saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 01-21-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Knitters will enjoy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is great... for knitters. Non knitters won't get it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's funny because it is true


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no.... but I could have


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine LONGMONT, CO, United States 08-06-12
    Elaine LONGMONT, CO, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012

    Crochetist

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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"!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Wendy
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    "Cast off"

    This audiobook makes me laugh out loud and I enjoy hearing the author read it. Her take on knitters and knitting is great and I can see myself and other knitting friends in some of her examples. A great book to listen to while knitting and I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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