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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1St Edition edition (March 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580175899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580175890
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Obsessive knitter Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, whose popular knitting blog (www.yarnharlot.com) gets 20,000 hits per day, offers her fellow knitters humorous knitting anecdotes, bits of homespun (no pun intended!) wisdom, helpful tips and little mantras to help keep their sanity when realizing an entire sleeve of a sweater has come out wrong and has to be redone. Even nonknitters can appreciate much of her humor-for example, her technique for darning socks that have holes in them, which consists of loudly exclaiming 'DARN!' and a few other choice expletives before dropping them in the garbage. Pearl-McPhee has a warm, engaging voice brimming with humor and often punctuated by a self-deprecating chuckle. This audiobook of her folksy ruminations would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves to knit. The print version of this title won the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Award in humor. A Storey Publishing paperback. (July)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From Booklist

This small book holds a treasure of thoughts with which every knitter can identify: the frustrations of ignoring gage, the thrill of a new project, the compulsion of yarn addiction aka SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectation). Pearl-McPhee is a lifelong knitter whose bona fides are secured with this story: when she asked her midwife how she'd know when to summon her, the midwife answered, "When you don't feel like knitting anymore." This small paperback, which fits easily in a knitting bag, contains about 300 short anecdotes, vignettes, and pieces of advice for knitters. For some of her musings, she adds lessons learned: "I will remember that no one has ever been killed or maimed by being adventurous with knitting." Many knitters will find it a relief to read a knitting book with no patterns they feel they must try. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

If you're an avid knitter, you must have this book!
Julie H. Rose
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee encourages knitters with this book using humor that even a non-knitter would enjoy.
Book Freak
I have purchased several of these as gifts for my knitting friends, as well as buying one for myself!
Barbara

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By D. Boyken on March 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
This small gem of a book is just a delight for anyone who knits (or who knows a knitter). It's filled with little essay-like "meditations" about knitting, obsession, family, stashes of yarn . . . all things that any person who knits can appreciate. Each entry is short and sweet--some only a paragraph long, some a page or two--but they're unreservedly fun. Each is headed by a delicious quote, too, by knitters and non-knitters alike, and then summed up in Ms. Pearl-McPhee's own, sparkling way. It's a small little book, but easy to flip through, and I must for any knitter's library.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chanel No. 5 on November 29, 2005
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This little book is so much fun and every knitter who's a little bit serious (I would not call myself obsessed with knitting but I always squeeze some knitting in my schedule - even if my work week goes really crazy and beyond the 80 hours per week :))about her/his knitting will recognise themselves and their thoughts while reading this book.

I like the format in particular - you can pick it up, have a good time reading it, put it away for a while and then just pick up where you left off w/o an issue.

Without a doubt, I would buy it again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on October 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Knitters rejoice! Here's a book just for you, small enough to carry in your purse. At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is an inspirational and humorous look at life through the eyes of a knitter. The brief vignettes offer insight into the "hobby" that often becomes an "obsession" with the people who practice the craft.

The Craft Yarn Council of America states that 1 in 3 women know how to knit or crochet. Many of these knitters have crossed over from being well-balanced to an uncontrollable compulsion (what a wonderful compulsion!). Pearl-McPhee's book is a refreshing and entertaining approach to recognizing and accepting this compulsion.

Many of the stories will elicit ah-ha moments. Others will provide relief as you discover someone else thinks about knitting as you do. And still other musings will give you permission to continue the obsession that gives so much pleasure to you and those who receive your loving gift. My favorite musing is on page 297. You'll have to read the book to discover my ah-ha moment.

The author begins the book with a bang as she discusses the miracle that knitting consists of only two stitches--knit and purl. Knitters know this but to read it is something else: "Know these two stitches; rule the world."

Armchair Interviews says: This is the perfect gift for that knitter in your life. The problem is they will be reading rather than knitting. Well, we all need balance in our lives. We highly recommend!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dena/Daniel Bugel-Shunra on April 4, 2005
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If you're just after surgery, stay away from this book.

If you don't like laughing so hard that you can't breathe, just keep your mouse away from that "buy now" button.

If you actually want to DO something between the moment you lay your hands on the book and the moment you finish reading the whole thing, spare yourself the anguish.

If you've got appendicitis... ...NOT the book for you.

But if you don't mind having a prolonged series of giggles at life's sublime ironies, buy a copy. Buy it because it's the funniest book to be published in 2005. Buy it to encourage Ms. Pearl-McPhee to keep writing. And knitting. Buy it - and drop by her blog to let her know you've done it.

But only if you don't mind some hearty laughter.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By knitting librarian on May 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I wasn't at all interested in purchasing this book at first because why would I want to spend money on a knitting book without pictures or patterns? Finally I did buy it, because almost every page is a gem with advice and humour for the frustrated knitter.

This is the book to pick up when you've had it up to here with a difficult pattern, or realize that you need to rip back a day's worth of work. The author soothes the reader with such wisdom as, "the first thing you should think when you notice that you used the wrong color 12 rows back on your complex Fair Isle sweater is that there is no shame in knitting an 'interpretation' of a pattern." She then self-deprecatingly notes that she's so creative that innovative design just happens by accident. On the same page is a quote that states it's easy to stop making mistakes... just stop having ideas. Suddenly, that misplaced yarn-over several rows back seems barely visible, and even better, possible to live with.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cherry Ophelia on October 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have to respectfully disagree with the other reviews of this book. The following is my personal opinion; you don't have to share it.

I enjoy the Yarn Harlot's stories very much. . . in context. This book has a new tidbit on nearly every page, so I found there to be little flow or cohesiveness that made her other books so pleasurable to read. Additionally, much of the content seemed to be recycled from previous books. I am not a big fan of "quotes," so I didn't feel that those added much to the recycled anecdotes and thoughts.

I also question the use of the subtitle "Meditations for WOMEN who knit too much" (emphasis mine). We're all pretty aware that the knitting world is densely populated with women, but nothing about the content of this book struck me as particularly specific to women. I don't see a reason for the exclusion. Some of the stories do involve her husband and her motherhood experiences, but in my opinion, those seemed translatable to a female partner, or to fatherhood. (Obviously not all readers will be interested in opposite-sex relationships, or in parenthood--I'm merely venturing a guess as to why that subtitle was chosen.)

The book isn't all bad. Its physical size makes it easy to carry in a purse, knitting bag, or even a large pocket, and its format makes it easy to read a few pages and easily put it down again. It might be a fun little stocking stuffer for someone who doesn't own the Yarn Harlot's previous works, or who can't bear to put down the needles for long reads. Personally, though, I would recommend her other books over this one.
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