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At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much Paperback – March 15, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
This book has been worth far more to me than what I paid for it.
It cost me $13.95 Canadian, but what I am getting from it is worth far more than that.
What a terrific sense of humor. I would buy more of her stuff in a heartbeat.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great little book not just for knitters..........but great for the family of a knitter!Published 4 months ago by Lot
Like anything written by the Yarn Harlot, this is a great book!Published 5 months ago by pat stankiewicz
This is the best book! If you're a knitter, you have to get this. I have enjoyed reading every page!Published 7 months ago by theresa
I LOVE THIS BOOK. This is a small paperback, full of thoughts and meditations for women who knit. Funny! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robin
I knit all the time and found this book to be really good. I bought two other copies through Amazon for my knitting friends. Great Book!Published 9 months ago by Ruth A. Johnson