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About the Author

 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the author of several books and three collections of essays: Yarn Harlot, Free-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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740797573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740797576
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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As a part-time knitter, I found the book interesting regarding our craft. That was to be expected. The non-knitting parts of the book were about life, humor, personalities, love, making do, and all the other thing that go into making a life full. It was a quiet, but entertaining, view of her life in Canada complete with her knitting "obsession" as a background.
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I have been knitting since I was a child and really enjoy reading Stephanie's blog. I was not disappointed with this book. It is filled with humor as well as knitting. If you are a knitter, wife and mother you can relate to all of the stories in this book. Stephanie has a gift for storytelling.
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Having never read Stephanie Pearl-McPhee'e books, I have been truly delighted with her books. I felt as if she were writing about my own life! Her descriptions of the interactions between "Knitters" and "Non-Knitters" and even the evil "Crocheters" were hysterical. (I must admit to being a life-long knitter who has recently been sucked-in by the evil Crocheters). I heartily recommend "All-Wound Up" for knitters (and crocheters). Beware of the Stash!!
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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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