This is a wonderful book full of humorous short stories with some touching stories mixed in. I'm only a knitter, not a Knitter as the Yarn Harlot defines it, but still I found this pretty funny. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Totally justified my yarn. “Even when it isn't going well, knitting can be deeply spiritual. Things I Learned From Knitting: ...whether I wanted to or not, Knitting Rules! Hilarious... it tell stories all knitter have experience one time or another in a very refreshing and funny way. If you have a knitter in your life you should read this to better understand the way their brain works, or it would make an excellent gift for said. If you are not a knitter and you read this book, be warned you will be sorely tempted to take up the needles yourself, just because it sounds like so much fun. Hats (knitted ones, of course) off to Stephanie McPhee! New year! Well done, now back to knitting... Definitely a good read! a great mix of comedy (when a squirrel steals her wool), drama (when she runs out of room for her stash), horror (moths!) Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter: Pearl-McPhee, Stephanie: Books - Amazon.ca. The way this book ends is the way I want to leave this world. There were also some very poignant and touching moments where I teared up a bit, which of course just inspired more kniiting. Something went wrong. Every project, from a misshapen hat to the most magnificent sweater, holds a story. Wählen Sie Ihre Cookie-Einstellungen. I am addicted to knitting. It's a rare pleasure to read a book in a day, but I did with this little gem, a lovely way to kick of 2017. Knitters and crafters alike will enjoy her insight, her humor and most of all, her passion for her craft. Wonderful stories about knitting, some hilarious and some quite touching. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. I had to stop reading this book after the chapter in which she describes trying to convince her wool-allergic friend that her allergy is all in her head by knitting several items for her out of various types of wool. and practical tips (to avoid all of the above, keep yarn in the freezer). However, I will look for her other books to read. Let me start out by saying that I would have pushed this to three and a half stars if that were possible here, but I just couldn't push it to a four. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's humorous and poignant essays find humor in knitting an enormous afghan that requires a whopping 30 balls of wool, having a husband with size 13 feet who loves to wear hand-knit socks, and earns her "yarn harlot" title … I crochet. Thoroughly comforting and totally entertaining. Paperback, 9780740750373, 0740750372 It has been over a week since I finished this book, but I find myself remembering little bits and pieces of it, thinking to myself, Wow, that was good. I think that a story about tricking your wool-allergic friend into trying out wool socks you knitted for them. Get Quotations Now. You do not have to be into knitting to appreciate the lengths she went to in order to protect her fleece from a thieving squirrel or her husband demanding that she get a handle on how many skeins of yarn are around the house. Great wit, insight, a joy, you wont want to put it down. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published It's my favorite "Pearl-McPhee" so to speak. This turned out to be the perfect book for a long layover at a certain Midwestern airport. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the author of several books and three collections of essays: To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I thought my hiding places for various not-quite-finished projects were unique, but clearly, she can out-hide me. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (better known as the Yarn Harlot) is a prolific knitter, writer and blogger known for her humorous but always insightful anecdotes and stories about knitting triumphs and tragedies. Plus this book is very funny and relatable to knitters and non-knitters alike. It did help nudge me along and was an enjoyable read into the bargain. Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter moves beyond instructions and patterns into the purest elements of knitting: obsession, frustration, reflection, and fun. I didn't even finish it, to be perfectly honest. You won't regret it. Someone lent this to me as inspiration since I was feeling stuck with my current project, to show that even experienced, expert knitters go through the same angst. You should get the quotation(s) in 5 hours . I know I'm probably in the minority here, but this book just didn't do it for me, like it has [apparently:] for a lot of other knitters. Sometimes when I work on something complicated or difficult - ripping out my work and starting over, porong over tomes of knitting expertise, screeching "I don't get it!" Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's humorous and poignant essays find humor in knitting an enormous afghan that requires a whopping 30 balls of wool, having a husband with size 13 feet who loves to wear hand-knit socks, and earns her yarn harlot title … Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter moves beyond instructions and patterns into the purest elements of knitting: obsession, frustration, reflection, and fun. Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter Readers who knit might enjoy this. For someone who has is slowly being pulled into the lure of the craft, the book is slightly amusing and mildly entertaining, reading like a series of blog entries. 2 ½ stars. If you aren't yet convinced that knitting is a metaphor for life, this book may convince you. No longer just a fad or a hobby, knitting has advanced to a lifestyle. It’s not for me. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. It consists of short stories and essays, ranging from falling in love with lace knitting, the excruciating pains of knitting gifts for Christmas, and the infamous yarn stash. After six months of knitting, making knitting mistakes and feeling frustrated I was in need of something less serious so bought a copy of YARN HARLOT THE SECRET LIFE OF A KNITTER. Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter moves beyond instructions and patterns into the purest elements of knitting: obsession, frustration, reflection, and fun. Be the first to ask a question about Yarn Harlot. Absolutely hilarious...no knitting experience necessary, Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2013. Yarn Harlot | Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's deepest wish is that everyone understand that knitting is at least as fun as baseball and way cooler than the evil looped path of crochet. Though parts are dry there are some "Ah-ha!" Don't understand why this has roused the devotion that it has. One story was very sad and not great story to read while expecting my first grandchild. The average knitter spends between $500 and $1,700 a year on yarn, patterns, needles, and books. A really good read for the crazy knitters out there. I have also seen her speak, and she is quite eloquent. There's a problem loading this menu right now. This is a book about addictions--the healthy ones--that all of us find ourselves tangled up with at some point in our lives, and we find that we are suddenly obsessive/compulsive about something and just don't know how to "put it down". Thanks Stephanie. : The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks, Free-Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Writes Again, All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much, The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes: Stories of Tidiness, Self-Esteem and Other Things I gave Up On, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting. Regrettably, even though I tried to read really really really slow I just finished the Yarn Harlot. She has a special style of turning mundane, frustrating and common situations into humor gold. Description. You will not learn how to knit if you read this book. If you aren't yet convinced that knitting is a metaphor for life, this book may convince you. Between you, Elizabeth, and Sally, I feel vindicated and justified. I also did not find the stories about stashing yarn all over the house in places like coat sleeves and inside the piano to be funny either, although I'm sure I was supposed to and again I'm sure some creative liberties and exaggerations were made in order to get a laugh. I, too, am obsessed with knitting, so I just had to read Stephanie's books on knitting. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Good to know that I'm not th, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2015. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. So reassuring to find my obsession with knitting and especially the stash is understood by someone. No longer just a fad or a hobby, knitting has advanced to a lifestyle. I've taught my best friend to crochet, and one of my housemates is in the process of learning. I love these books! I laughed out loud many times as I recognized my habits of my friends ............and my own off and on again relationship with this most wonderful craft. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. I love reading about knitting. Seriously, I am. I don't know if you have to be a knitter to enjoy this book, but being a knitter I laughed, I cried, and I recognized myself in the pages. If you are a knitter, then you would appreciate this book a lot. I don't know what could have possible led him to think that I'm not enjoying myself. Snorted, chuckled and laughed out loud. But it is her sense of humor that I absolutely love. I loved this book! Please try your request again later. I love reading her books because they cause side-splitting laughter and that my friends, is a good thing. The average knitter spends between $500 and $1,700 a year on yarn, patterns, needles, and books. Please try again. McPhee is a knitting humorist, and this book is a collection of various knitting anecdotes, varying from squirrels stealing dyed wool to compulsive habits in yarn stashing. Everyone knew how to knit back in the day (and cook for that matter), but somehow these historical necessities have become superfluous hobbies, that we need to have “talent” in order to practice them. Since there seems to be no cure, we do our best to make the activity meaningful not only for ourselves, but also for our families and others around us. I had to stop reading this book after the chapter in which she describes trying to convince her wool-allergic friend that her allergy is all in her head by knitting several items for her out of various types of wool. Yarn Harlot tells all those stories with humor, insight, and sympathy for the obsessed. Buy Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter by Pearl-McPhee, Stephanie online on Amazon.ae at best prices. (We're incredibly proud of a very, very long row of chain stitches, which are going to become -- eventually -- a scarf for my teddy bear.). Yarn Harlot tells all those stories with humor, insight, and sympathy for the obsessed. 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