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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; 1st edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740769472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740769474
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cat Bordhi on October 5, 2008
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Stephanie's newest book leaves me unable to find words to match those inside the book. I doubt I can do this book justice.

This fine book is about knitting, yes, but really not so much about knitting as about what happens when knitting is part of life. The stories and essays glide and ripple and twist, carrying the reader pellmell into intimate contact with men, women, children, animals, ideas, and humor - and always the light of knitting is leaking through, shining its innocence, tough love, and grace onto stumbling humanity.

Stephanie is a master at fostering reflection through story-telling. The first story, about a very young knitter named Annabelle, holds many layers of meaning about incredibly important things. And the last story, about a very old knitter, who needed no yarn to knit, let me close the book with a sense of fulfilment. We knitters, as well as non-knitters (who would love this book) are so very lucky to have someone like Stephanie spinning tales for us, with her sharp and shiny wit rising so naturally from an honest heart. I am grateful.
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Just when I had Stephanie pegged as a writer of humor,(Just visit her website!) she pens this thoughtful, insight little book. I enjoyed reading it, and do not regret adding it to my knitting library...and yet....
I wanted to LAUGH!! The kind of "wake the hubby up because I am shaking the bed laughing" read. With a cover so like her first book, I was hoping for a repeat of that winner! There is some funny stuff, but I left reading Free Range Knitter feeling sad. I can see where she's going with the essays in the book and building her theme, and it is beautifully crafted. It just wasn't what I thought it would be or what I had hoped for.
While my copy of The Yarn Harlot is tattered from frequent reading, I rather doubt that I will reread this one.
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I enjoyed pretty much all the stories in this book. The only one I did not enjoy at all was the one about her definition of "crappy yarn" and how absolutely nothing made out of it will be pretty or any good. And anyone knitting with such yarn is wasting their time. And how the stuff they make is ugly and should be thrown away. And how the only "pretty" knitted things are the things made out of the expensive yarns. I am a knitter on a very limited budget and have to use the cheaper yarns. It's either that or I don't get to knit at all. And for me, that's not a choice. I feel that it shouldn't be about how expensive the yarn is you're using, it should be about the fact that you are knitting . I think that maybe instead of criticizing those of us that aren't rich and can't afford the high priced yarns, she should maybe be encouraging us and say it's more important that you're knitting. Just my opinion.
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I am at the half way mark and I can say this is a very entertaining book.
For a knitter, all of these situations, anecdotes are totally relatable to. Most of this has happened to a Knitter at some time !
For those who loved the previous books by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, you will not regret your purchase.
For those who love this one, you will probably end up buying the previous ones.
I'm a fan of the writting, the subject matter, the lay-out of the book (really beautiful and almost delicate)
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This isn't the book of a "Lady of Leisure," the Yarn Harlot is one of us! This is an incredibly funny book, but beware- buried in all that humor are "Pearls" of wisdom, truth about knitting, raising children and everyday life. If you though Lucille Ball was funny, you haven't met Stephanie Pearl- McPhee! Grab a glass of wine, some good yarn, sit back and enjoy.
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I love to read books that I can relate too, and Stephanie's books (this is the second one that I've read) are definitely full of stories I can relate too. I often found myself laughing out loud at something in the books that I've done or said. There is no way, really, to do justice to the way these books are written, or to the absolute joy they are to read. You'll just have to read them for yourselves, and I highly recommend that you do so. You'll be glad you did!
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As a sister knitter, I sit and giggle as I read Stephanie's different chapters. Some make you think, some describe an incident that you have experienced yourself and others are just plain funny. I enjoy the way she works with words so that you can picture the event in your mind as you read.
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This book is a collection of stories. While it's written by knitters for knitters, you don't actually have to be a knitter to appreciate the stories. (The lingo might make a bit more sense though.) Since one of my ex-girlfriends liked to knit (and consequently, I've been on trips to buy yarn), I'm not entirely unfamiliar with knitting, but I've certainly never done anything with knitting needles that didn't involve pretend sword-fighting.

However, like I said, you don't have to be a knitter to appreciate the stories. The book's author/compiler, Susan Pearl McPhee, winds her own stories (and humourous letters) throughout the book, giving it a nice overall cohesiveness, and the stories that she's brought in from other writers are quite good. Broken up into sections which have knitting names ("Cast On" for the first, "Cast Off" for the last, etc.), the book is easy enough to read by story or by section.

There were times during the stories when I found myself laughing out loud, so I'm confident that others will really enjoy this book. Even though it's skewed toward a female audience (there's only one story about a male knitter, written by a woman, who then talks about how women view male knitters) the underlying themes of family, trials, tribulations, love, loss, happiness, and yes, knitting, speak to a human audience.
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