Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Museum of Kitschy Stitches: A Gallery of Notorious Knits Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 1, 2006


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, Bargain Price, June 1, 2006
$6.48 $2.03

This is a bargain book and quantities are limited. Bargain books are new but could include a small mark from the publisher and an Amazon.com price sticker identifying them as such. Details


Special Offers and Product Promotions

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594741115
  • ASIN: B000W91TKE
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,937,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Stitchy McYarnpants is the nom de plume of mild-mannered computer programmer Debbie Brisso, who is making a huge splash on the Web with her “confessions of a husband-neglecting, cat-shooing, yarn-hoarding knitaholic” blog and Web site (www.museumofkitschystitches.com). She lives in Boston and often needs to knit for warmth. 

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Hoodwinked: Never Trust a Homemade Hat
You Knot for Your Mama with Those Needles? Bad Girls, Worse Outfits
Your Worst Knitmare: A Horror Show of Faux Fur Monstrosities
Welcome to Polyesteryear: An Age of Unforgivable Synthetics
Dress for Suck-cess: Frocks that Shock
Glamma! Acrylic Couture for Klassy Knitters
Emasculation Nation: Menswear That Makes Men Swear
Granny Squares Everywhere: Grandma’s Sweet Revenge
It’s A Clown’s World: A Creepy Peak at the Clownterculture of Crafts
Kid-Knits: You’re Wearing It Because I Said So!
Handmade Toys: How to Put the F-U in Fun!
House of Yarn: Home is Where the Homely Is
Special Bonus Patterns
About the Author

More About the Author

Debbie Brisson, a.k.a. Stitchy McYarnpants was born to be a knitter. Her parents met at Pandora, a sweater mill set on the Merrimack River in Manchester, NH. She is powerless against knitting.

Add to that her love for all things vintage, the kitschier the better, and you've got a good look at what makes her tick. If it's goofy, mostly useless, and steeped in the irony of popular culture's most embarrassing moments, she'll take two. Stitchy is the creator and curator of the Museum of Kitschy Stitches, an online (www.yarnpants.com) and in print gallery of notorious knits.

When she isn't knitting, sewing or trying to resist the siren's call of eBay, she can be found slaving away in the software mines of Massachusetts.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
17
4 star
1
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 19 customer reviews
Would be a hilarious gift for a crafter or fashionista with a sense of humor.
Reckless Consumer
This book was so funny that even my husband -- who has never knit or crocheted in his life -- was laughing, too.
Judith A. Brodnicki
Leave this book out for friends to thumb through and get a giggle - knitters or non.
M. Homan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cyndilou on July 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Stitchy takes our favorite patterns of yesteryear and turns them into an amazing voyage of discovery...to see just what the heck we were thinking. Truth be told, most of these patterns are older than I am, so it is no wonder that they seem so dated and funny. Stitchy's commentary adds a whole new level of humor, however, as she points out designs that really are rather obviously ridiculous when you think about it. I have never laughed so hard at a book about knitting or crocheting (except perhaps when looking at some vintage patterns from the 60s...).

Disclaimer: No actual patterns are included in this book. If you really wanted the pattern for something, shame on you and re-read the commentary.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jackson on July 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of the most hilarious books I've ever read. Stitchy has always had an uncanny way with words, but I haven't laughed this hard since reading Karen Finley's "Enough Is Enough". It's one of those books that's better when read aloud and passed around the room (people are going to be staring at you anyway as the tears roll down your cheeks while you try to suppress a gigglefit, so you might as well share).

She has a real talent for choosing the perfect clever words in response to deliciously tacky images while most of us are still standing there with our jaws dropped in disbelief. My favorite moments are the leopard potholder and the PTA outfit.

Well done, Stitchy! It's only July and I already know what everyone's getting for the holidays.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rupert Pupkin on September 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wouldn't it be the cat's pajamas to be able to mend your threadbare spirits inside those mini-moments between those long darn stretches of your stressful day? This book will do it. Without a word wasted, Stitchy McYarnpants will knit you a new one in no time. Each page presents photographic evidence of some disastrous pairing of good ol' 70s acrylic yarn and criminally depraved creativity. The photos alone will throw you into fits of laughter. The commentary will cause you to lose any control of bodily function. Wear a diaper!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Subtitled: A Gallery of Notorious Knits

"...The Museum of Kitschy Stitches, a collection of the most groan-inspiring crimes against hand-crafted fashion ever to assault the senses."

Based on Stitchy McYarnpants' description of her book, it is understandable if a reader hesitates before picking up <em>The Museum of Kitschy Stitches: a Gallery of Notorious Knits</em>. McYarnpants has been delighting readers by investigating crafting's most embarrassing moments and exposing them to the world's scrutiny on her blog [...]. Hideous hats, granny squares gone mad, and more are featured in all their awful glory.

In <em>The Museum of Kitschy Stitches</em> (the book), McYarnpants has selected the best of the worst and added her own juicy descriptions to the devastating fashion choices. In her preface to the first chapter "Hoodwinked: Never Trust a Homemade Hat," McYarnpants advises: "Choose carefully, for in the turbulent waters of fashion, the fish stinks from the head down."

Many of the designs in the book are sure to induce nightmares but none as completely as the hat featured on page 17, a particularly abhorrent ski mask.

McYarnpants counters the horror with her trademark wit, inducing gales of laughter in readers, ending with this outrageous statement: "Oh, how rude of me! Let me introduce you. This is Leatherface's more sadistic cousin, Yarnface."

This is perfect coffee table reading material, a great conversation starter and the perfect cautionary tale for when good knitters go bad. As Stitchy McYarnpants says: "Remember, only use your knitting powers for good." An important lesson for us all!

Armchair Interviews says: Stitches and "schtick" all in one book!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SRVgirl on September 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I remember some of these patterns! This one will make you thankful for the "tasteful" designs of today. I use this in my knitting and crochet classes - just to illustrate what we WON'T be making! Stitchy's great sense of humor just rolls off the page - I made the mistake of reading it while getting my toenails painted - I was asked to stop reading because I was laughing so hard! Yes, there are no patterns (except for two "tastefully tacky" designs in the back) - the point is - we want to put a stop to this insanity!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Homan on August 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Laughed out loud so often my husband asked what was so funny. Showed him the book and he even laughed out loud. Clever, witty, funny, campy and fun. Leave this book out for friends to thumb through and get a giggle - knitters or non. This book is FUN!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Oliveira on August 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I know nothing about knitting and belly laughed while reading this book. This is a book you should own and have laying around because anyone who picks it up will have a good laugh. The nice part is that "Stitchy" really seems to love knitting even though she is poking fun at these vintage photos. You get the sense that she has sympathy for all the work that went into making these ummmm... creations and celebrates that effort by rescuing these photos from obscurity. At the same time she seems to understand that fashion is a fickle friend and these photos remind us that we all probably have a couple of fashion-nightmare photos of ourselves that are worthy Museum of Kitchy Stitches.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?