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Things I Learned From Knitting: ...whether I wanted to or not Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 19, 2008
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“Pearl-McPhee had the crowd in – ahem – stitches.”
A front-page feature in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering Stephanie’s event stated, “ “It’s like our version of Woodstock,” Atlanta business owner Karen Jacobson observed wryly of the event.” Another quote reads, “ “It’s like when I saw the Beatles in 1964. Better, actually. This time I didn’t have to hitchhike to get there.”(Atlanta Journal Constitution )
“Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a master storyteller.”
(Knitters Review )
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These irresistible reflections on life will have you laughing, crying and marveling out loud at how amazingly fortunate you are to be living your life as a knitter.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a bit like going to a support group meeting where you know most of the people except for a few newcomers, and all the oldtimers smile and nod when someone comes in sobbing about the latest disaster and say, "Yeah, that happened to me too, here's what I did to get around it." I had not thought before to compare my knitting expenditures to what people spend on golf, or lawn care.
If you live in a place that's too warm to support full-time sweater and sock knitting, you'll have to do your own translation. I wish the publisher had sprung for a table of contents. I'd like to read a book that explored the ideas in the introduction more deeply; maybe someone else will write that one.
Four not five stars because I use five for books that change my life, and this one simply makes me feel a bit more grounded in the life I have. Four not three because I'm happy to own this and don't think I would have been as satisfied if I'd only read the copy at the library.
If you've read the Yarn Harlot's blog you have a good idea of her writing style. It's simple and down to earth, witty, humorous, and often slyly thought provoking. I say slyly thought provoking because she often says she writes knitting humor and she does. But, what she doesn't stress is that her writing is humorous because it based in the knitting culture and in society in general. The introduction talks about attention and filter theories in science (neuro) and psychology and how they apply to knitters. Often knitters take a lot of flack for knitting items that could be purchased cheaper elsewhere or for wasting time (usually said by someone just sitting and doing nothing). Stephanie Pearl-McPhee uses science and common sense to refute some of those charges and to prove to knitters that not only are they taking part in an activity that brings them joy but that also keeps their brains active and engaged, produces usable products (mittens, sweaters, socks, scarfs, and so on), and teaches them new things about life and the world everyday.
She has short essays on lesson learned such as: "Patience is a Virtue". Knitters, she writes, aren't knitters because they are patient but patient because they knit.Read more ›
My sense is that her publishers said, "Steph, it's time; you've got to get another book out there and do another tour." My stronger sense is that between the books and the tours and the blog and whatnot, this lovely knitter is becoming too much of a brand, the voice is becoming too familiar, and the same thing is being sold over and over, with diminishing returns for the reader. Excuse me; I need to attend to my own knitting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun read. Anyone who takes knitting seriously -- or who doesn't -- should read this to get firmly grounded in the best hobby/avocation/passion around,Published 2 months ago by Carol Hassell
This is a very enjoyable book. The author uses her wonderful humor to explain knitting and what it is like to be a knitter.Published 2 months ago by Carol King
Gift for my daughter-in-law. This book is written by one of her favorite authors and she is quite pleased to add it to her collection.Published 2 months ago by Sylvia Elliott
Read the Yarn Harlot and loved it. Read At Knits End, and liked it. Started this and noticed many of the micro-chapters were all too familiar or very common sense to her previous... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Spencer
An excellent, humorous exposition of knitters' thoughts! I have always been thinking as the author, but never dare confess loudly or in public!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
i am really enjoying these books and cant wait to read them all. they literally make me giggle out loud through most of the book, im pretty sure my coworkers think im nuts. Read morePublished 10 months ago by starlitone
Wonderful. Like a good knit. Easy to pick up & put down. Made me smile. Thanks again as always, Stephanie.Published 12 months ago by Emily Olsen