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All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin Hardcover – October 18, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740797573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740797576
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.3 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the author of several books and three collections of essays: Yarn HarlotFree-Range Knitter, and All Wound Up. (Two of those are New York Times best sellers, which both Stephanie and her mum are really proud of.) She maintains a popular virtual home at www.yarnharlot.ca, and a less organized (and popular) actual home in Toronto, Canada. She’s a mother of three, a wife of one, can drive a standard, and has owned two cats in a row that don’t care much for her.

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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the author of Yarn Harlot, At Knit's End, Knitting Rules!, and Casts Off. She maintains a popular blog at www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/. She lives with her family in an untidy, wool-filled house in Toronto, where she avoids doing the laundry and knits whenever she gets a minute.

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Phase Five, all gone, now I must wait again for "Phase one!"
M. T. Brown
(And if you haven't, and you like yarn or knitting even the teensiest little bit, then for the love of all things woolly, go and read something by her right now.
knitlit
I'm a regular reader of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's blog, so I love her writing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Terre Johnson on October 30, 2011
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It's been a while since I've read Stephanie Pearl-McPhee or her blog, so I had forgotten how jealous I am of her knitting skills. Having tucked my bitterness away, I proceeded on with her latest.

Having said that, I have to say I enjoyed this collection much more than her last effort because it was, gasp, a bit "darker" - and it's not as if she has gone serial yarn killer or anything - than her other works. In this volume her musings are more about the darker side of her personality: she is "All Wound Up," so to speak, and it is refreshing to know that sweet smiling woman is just as bitter as I am about several things. Beloved and faithful appliances choking out their last when the household budget can ill-afford it, idiots making inane remarks regarding her knitting in public, and heart-crushing sadness. She also touches on the less finer points of dealing with daughters, adolescent dating, and determining whether one's penchant for fiber qualifies as an addiction. The Yarn Harlot is nothing if not humorous, and this is humor to which I can relate.

I can forecast that some fans may complain that there are more topics than just the love of knitting. Yet this is just what I feel makes this collection stronger than earlier efforts. No matter what the topic, she knits it all together with love, laughter and yarn.

Well done.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By AutumnHarvest on October 27, 2011
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I love the Yarn Harlot, and I have all of her books, including this one, which I couldn't wait to receive. Many of the chapters in here are funny, well written, and pure Stephanie. However, I was dissapointed in some of the chapters. I thought they were mundane, not up to her usual standards, not much about yarn or knitting, and just not funny. I am sure it isn't easy to crank out book after book, but, perhaps some better editing would have brought this one up to her usual hilarious best. However, that won 't stop me from waiting for her next book--although I might scan it a bit more before I plunk down my cash!
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lori on October 23, 2011
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i have loved all of the previous books by the yarn harlot. i read her blog daily. however, i have just started this book, and already i have read two stories that i previously read on the blog. if you already read about the questions people ask knitters, or the sad story of the demise of sir washie, don't bother with these chapters in the book. i am disappointed by this, and wondering how much more of the book is material that i have already seen. if i am purchasing a new book, i want to see all new material. i will consider this before i purchase her next book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Megan Ellinger VINE VOICE on November 19, 2011
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I really love Yarn Harlot's blog and I've been a loyal reader from the beginning. I was hoping this book would be some fresh material but there is a lot of rehashing of stories you've already heard if you read the blog. While I appreciate her sense of humor...I am just not as entertained by the 20th story about the death of a washing machine.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By knitlit on October 19, 2011
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Who is the Yarn Harlot? She is the inner voice of knitters everywhere. She writes what all of us are thinking, and she writes what only she could think of (and it's up to you do decide which is which).

In this, her third collection of knitting and non-knitting-related essays (although she does try to use the word "knit" at least once in each, even if it's in the last line), you'll find some old favourites as well as some new ones. Returning are her elaborate love/hate letters to inanimate objects, mostly knitted ones. Missing are her hilarious "Dear Designer" letters; although, there is one that could have disintegrated into one if not, I think, for her personal relationship with Nancy Bush and a healthy realization that this particular train wreck was not, this time, the fault of the designer.

Appearing for the first time is a treatise on... *gasp!* -- crochet. (Yes, I have a new appreciation for it now because of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Who would have thought it possible?)

Also returning are her insights into life, knitting obsession, and the insanity of teenagers. It's clear that the Yarn Harlot spends most of her time thinking deeply and philosophically about all things yarny and yarn related, and we all get to benefit from her musings. As usual, she had me laughing out loud, and, unexpectedly, she about had me in tears a couple times, too.

Because of our dear Yarn Harlot, I could tell my husband that that it's okay that I am a crytoscopophiliac because there's a word for it and because apparently everyone else is one, too -- except, of course, for him. He still thinks I'm crazy, but I think he's about used to it by now.

I also discovered that it's the non-knitters who are insane time-wasters, not me. Yay!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy R on January 5, 2014
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This book was very enjoyable, but was a departure from her normal laugh until you hurt type. Don't get me wrong, there are still some very funny, laugh out loud moments The stories/essays in this book give you a glimpse into a life well lived. There were many I could relate to on a personal level. One of my favorites talks about what people must think when they walk by windows in people homes and peek in as they go by, often seeing the same people doing the same thing every time they pass. As a fan who has read most of what Stephanie has written, I can absolutely recommend this book.
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