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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,094 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Narrator: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Anyone who thinks knitting is for little old ladies hasn’t met the Harlot. In her latest book—successor to her previous bestsellers At Knit’s End, Knitting Rules!, and Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter—Stephanie Pearl-McPhee journeys deep into the land of those who are obsessed with yarn, needles, and what’s on their needles now.

Using a travel guide format, she acts as tour guide extraordinaire, describing and critiquing every aspect of this territory she knows so well: its people (young and old, male and female), familiar phrases (“purl this, darn that”), strange beliefs, currency (skein trading), etiquette, holidays (any sale day at the local yarn shop), and customs. She notes important dates in knitting history and celebrates unsung knitting heroes, from the samurai warriors of Japan to the “Terrible Knitters of Dent.” And, while the land of knitting is a mostly peaceful place, it does have its controversies, such as the acrylic vs. natural fibers and circular vs. straight needles debates, which Pearl-McPhee visits with relish and glee.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the irreverent spokesperson for today’s knitting revival. As she has toured (and knit) her way across North America during the past two years, her witty banter and trademark “sock-in-progress” have captured the hearts, minds, and funny bones of thousands of knitters. She shares a home with her admirable yarn stash and her family in Toronto.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/17/2014

    " Not nearly as good as her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JK | 2/13/2014

    " I love the conceit of knitting as a destination with its own unique denizens. The quizzes about individual knitting styles are fun, as are the discussions of various aspects of knitting culture, such as the cultural institution of the yarn shop. The discussion of travel was particularly fun. Perhaps not as full of handy hints as "Knitting Rules", this was still a laugh-out-loud read in which I recognised a lot of myself and other knitters I know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/12/2014

    " It's not bad, for what it is, but if you read all of her books, they betray a certain sameness, even accounting for their all being about knitting. To that, I have no objection whatsoever; to running out of new things to say about a subject and yet continuing to write and sell books about it, I do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/3/2014

    " Though amusing enough to make me giggle out loud, this latest offering from the Yarn Harlot retreads a great deal of ground already covered in her previous books and on her blog. I suggest reading this one in the bookstore - or, better yet, making sure the Harlot's blog feed is on your daily reading list. "

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About the Author
Author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee, aka the Yarn Harlot, entertains knitters with her unique blend of humor and knitting high-wire acts via her popular online blog (www.yarnharlot.com), articles, and essays.