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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
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Editorial Reviews


"Her insights into the workings of a yarn-a-holic's mind are charming."—Detroit Free Press
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From the Back Cover

1) Pack your bags (How much yarn?)

2) Map out your course (Where's the closest yarn store?)

3) Learn the language ("Just one more row...")

4) Find your traveling buddies. (Look for the telltale needle holes in the purse)

5) And cast off with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on a trip from which you may never return—if you're lucky.

Knitting's Yarn Harlot, with her wry humor and unapologetic, obsessive love for everything about this remarkable place, invites you to join her on a hilarious tour of the land, its people, customs, and culture. She tells all—from unusual geographical features such as the giant stash to common ailments you may be susceptible to, like Yarnesia, Finish-It-Upitis, and the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome. Along the way, you may get lost in Stitches or engrossed by the beauties of Lace, but, whatever happens, it's sure to be the journey of a lifetime.

About the Author

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, a.k.a. the Yarn Harlot, entertains knitters with her unique humor via her popular blog ( and her best-selling books, Knitting Rules!, At Knit's End, and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off.

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Knitters have their own rules, their own society, and their own limits. How else can you explain millions and millions of people who all understand that it is reasonable to buy an outrageous amount of yarn because you heard it's discontinued, but completely unreasonable to think that you're going to finish knitting all of it before you die? How else do we all know the password, pantheons of us, in every corner of the globe, all quietly muttering 'just one more row.'

From AudioFile

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee reads her own "'travelogue"' to the Land of Knitting. She introduces us to the population, what to pack (how many projects should you pack for vacation?), environmental issues (keeping your stash of yarn under control), politics (natural fibers vs. acrylic), common ailments (second-sock syndrome; finish-it-itis), etiquette (when is it okay to knit in public?), and multiple other faux travel topics. "Casts Off" is a conversational book poking gentle, affectionate fun (as opposed to needling!) at those who are permanent residents of the Land of Knitting. The production is enhanced by Pearl-McPhee's down-to-earth style and clear Canadian accent. She reads with a wink and a smile, and her yarns will make you smile too. A.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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