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Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter Paperback – September 1, 2005
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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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Short essays comprise each chapter, stories about the author's knitting experiences past and present. Pearl-McPhee has a knack for storytelling as well as creating with yarn and knitting needles. I smiled and laughed out loud through the whole book.
Not wanting it to end, I resisted the temptation to read it straight through in one sitting and instead parsed it out as bedtime reading when I was too tired to keep knitting but too alert to go to sleep. The alternative to reading this and to stay on-topic with knitting was to knitting books or magazines which often inspire me to want to start more projects and to go out buy more yarn or made me realize I was not yet skillful enough to make something that looked fantastic (that brings me down). Instead reading these hilarious stories allowed me to think about knitting with comic relief, a perfect before-bed mindset to put oneself into. I can imagine re-reading these stories in the future as they are so funny and are worth re-reading.
I can't wait to read the author's other titles with stories by Pearl-McPhee, AT KNIT'S END, FREE-RANGE KNITTER and THINGS I LEARNED FROM KNITTING (WHETHER I WANTED TO OR NOT).
Also by this author, KNITTING RULES is a great book about knitting basics, not funny stories, but it was very helpful to me as a new knitter for giving me the `real low down' on what I needed to know.
Readers can also read the authors blog for more snippets of her thoughts and experiences.