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Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2005

4.7 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

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About the Author

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the author of several knitting books and two collections of knitting-related essays: Yarn Harlot and Free-Range Knitter. She maintains a popular blog at www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/. She lives with her family in an untidy, wool-filled house in Toronto, where she avoids doing the laundry and knits whenever she gets a minute.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740750372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740750373
  • ASIN: B003F76HN4
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,084,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Martha on September 28, 2005
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It's true--longtime readers of Stephanie's blog will recognize some of the material here, but it's like greeting old friends. You know, like a "Best Of" CD by your favorite artist. And the new comic pieces are very funny, and in her inimicable style that both understands/pokes gentle fun at all of us obsessive knitters.

The poignant pieces are very moving; one made me sniffle late into the night. If you've had the experience written about in this essay, you will be tearing up over your merino, too.

The knitting essay is a lovely art; like knitting, it can be picked up for just a few moments and you feel satisfied. Stephanie does it the best!
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If you have more than one knitting project started and have something small in your purse to knit while waiting at traffic lights or in doctor's offices, this book is for you. If you don't knit, I can't imagine why this book would attract you unless you have somehow wildly misinterpreted the "harlot" part of the title.

Ms. Pearl-McPhee is a dedicated (obsessed?) knitter who is not afraid to admit to her reading public that she might have "stash" issues and that "Marital relations" do cut into her knitting time. Anyone who has been knitting for a while will recognize her lace shawl experience, coveting yarn that will probably never leave the "core stash," and the wild exuberance that makes one think that one can complete knitted gifts for their entire family if one starts in November. Nothing deep here, but provides lots of chuckles for the knitting addict.
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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has been a source of entertainment for years on her blog, and I'm happy to have her wisdom and obsession at my fingertips in not one, but two volumes, with the publication of this book. I actually laughed out loud over the story of the green afghan, and the DPN incident. I don't know if I could explain the stories to someone who isn't a Knitter, but for those who are, well, this book is for you.
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This is the book for every knitter! Great stories told by a funny and witty writer. The themes she explores are spot on and every knitter I know can relate to them. If you are looking for the perfect gift for the knitters in your life, buy them a copy of this book and some yarn.
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When a friend of mine at the yarn store told me to read this book, I thought "There is no way I'll like a knitting book without any patterns." I was wrong. This book is refreshing. It was so nice to see someone write about knitting in such a funny, addictive, manner. I've since bought all of her other books, and read her blog on a daily basis. If you are looking for something light to read (and about knitting!!) you'll love this book. Although, you may want to read it alone (away from strangers) because you are sure to laugh out loud at some of her stories.
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I have only laughed harder when reading books written by Christopher Moore. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has a gift of making you want to knit with her and share in her humor and her perspective. She makes me want to learn more than how to knit squares in all knit or all purl and she makes me want to actually learn how to knit a sock *sob* must I? Yes, I must. Because she's inspired me, dammit. She's got a humor that makes it fun and helps you realize that you're human when you swear at your yarn and throw the skein and needles into a bag and leave it there for four years. Read this book, you will love it and want to call her at 2am for help with a slipped stitch.
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I was looking forward to this book after reading "At Knit's End" by the same author and finding it quite hilarious. Though this book had some moments of chuckles, that was about it. The stories were okay and I would have only given it 3 stars but it's about knitting, which automatically makes everything better.
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By zenren on March 24, 2006
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I loved reading this book. Steph's humor is right up my alley, and her knitting knowledge is amazing. I never tire of her antics. If you enjoy her blog you will enjoy this book.
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