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Publisher's Summary

The "Yarn Harlot" takes time away from her knitting to offer observations, meditations, reflections, and rants to soothe and delight the knitter's unraveled soul.

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • S
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 08-22-10

Raise your needles and say "Yay!"

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...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • oslo, Norway
  • 01-02-12

Funny knitting book.

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 :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ady Reader
  • Charlotte, MI, United States
  • 12-10-11

Cute book

What made the experience of listening to At Knit's End the most enjoyable?

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.

What other book might you compare At Knit's End to and why?

Stephanie Pearl McPhee has written several books. I think that the meditations in here are taken from many of her other tales.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I found the reading to be a little chippy, but otherwise the book was quite entertaining.

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

I found myself chuckling to myself at several parts of the book.

Any additional comments?

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • San Marcos, CA, United States
  • 04-20-10

At Knit's End

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • R
  • Oregon City, OR, United States
  • 01-09-12

Very entertaining

This was a great listen with humorous stories. I listened to this on a plane flight and found myself laughing out loud quite often.

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One of my favorite books to read while knitting

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Loyola
  • CAMDENTON, MO, United States
  • 08-11-10

Reflective amusement for knitting lovers

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Confession: I knit too much, too

Affirmations about knitting are a reach, ok, I get it. These are accomplished tongue-in-cheek and are quite funny. They have given me the comfort that I am not alone in my knitting obsession.
If you are a knitter, this is cute, funny and a light listen. Thank you Stephanie for extending an olive branch for all of us yarn stashers, multiple project starters, and appreciators of knitted gifts.

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Too Much Fun

For every knitter who loves, hordes, justifies and practices the art of knitting you will find a humorous soul as well as a kindred spirit.

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Knitters are not alone!

I have historically been a solo knitter. My world has opened up to me as I have been finding my fellowship of knitters. This author has shared about things that I thought I was the only one in the entire world that felt this way. We knitters are coming out of the (yarn) closet!

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  • Eva
  • 03-15-12

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.

Eva

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  • Katie
  • 12-27-12

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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  • Joanne
  • 04-17-17

A bit irritating

Identified with many of the anecdotes but why did the narrator laugh - that's my job.

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  • Natalia
  • 01-01-14

Not quite right for audio

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

What was most disappointing about Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s story?

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

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  • FIONA
  • 10-06-17

Absolutely Hilarious!

Granted, you probably need to be a knitter to appreciate the humour, but this this is one of the funniest books I've ever read (listened to)

Stephanie's narration just makes it; I don't know that another reader would have pulled it off as well.

The absolute pearler was the only reason she would ever consider leaving her husband for another man - all knitters would surely feel the same way.

Sit, knit and listen to this brilliant collection of knitters' musings and advice.