At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

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The Yarn Harlot takes time away from her knitting to offer observations, meditations, reflections, and rants to soothe and delight the knitter’s unraveled soul.

Like golfing, fishing, and gardening, knitting is an obsession. It’s an activity fraught with guilt, frustration, over-optimism, sly deception, and compulsion, along with passionate moments of creative enlightenment. Not to mention heaps of yarn you really think you’ll knit someday.

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Overview


The Yarn Harlot takes time away from her knitting to offer observations, meditations, reflections, and rants to soothe and delight the knitter’s unraveled soul.

Like golfing, fishing, and gardening, knitting is an obsession. It’s an activity fraught with guilt, frustration, over-optimism, sly deception, and compulsion, along with passionate moments of creative enlightenment. Not to mention heaps of yarn you really think you’ll knit someday.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee totally understands. In this hilarious collection of tangled reflections, she offers ample reassurance for anyone who has ever wondered, “Am I alone in my mania?” Casting off with some of her favorite quotations, she muses on why it’s impossible to knit too much, how many calories knitting burns (about 90 an hour, not counting the extra for retrieving your ball of yarn from under the couch), and when it’s okay to stalk a man in the grocery store (not because he’s good-looking, but because he’s wearing an Aran sweater you want to know how to knit).

The first step toward recovery is getting help—and having a good laugh at your compulsion. At Knit’s End is a wicked and wickedly funny fix for any knitter.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"A treasure of thoughts with which every knitter can identify."—Booklist
Baltimore Sun
"It's candy for knitters."—Baltimore Sun
From the Publisher

Her reflections on a knitter&#8217s odd habits and tangled life are spicy and funny and translate exceptionally well to audio format. . .
The Midwest Book Review

Publishers Weekly

Obsessive knitter Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, whose popular knitting blog gets 20,000 hits per day, offers her fellow knitters humorous knitting anecdotes, bits of homespun (no pun intended!) wisdom, helpful tips and little "mantras" to help keep their sanity when realizing an entire sleeve of a sweater has come out wrong and has to be redone. Even nonknitters can appreciate much of her humor-for example, her technique for "darning" socks that have holes in them, "which consists of loudly exclaiming 'DARN!' and a few other choice expletives before dropping them in the garbage." Pearl-McPhee has a warm, engaging voice brimming with humor and often punctuated by a self-deprecating chuckle. This audiobook of her folksy ruminations would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves to knit. The print version of this title won the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Award in humor. A Storey Publishing paperback. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598875201
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 6/4/2007
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CDs, 3 hrs. 30 min.
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 5.92 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, a.k.a. the Yarn Harlot, entertains knitters with her unique humor via her popular blog (www.yarnharlot.com) and her best-selling books, Knitting Rules!, At Knit's End, and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    As addictive as knitting itself

    This is a must-read for any knitter who wonders if he/she is the only one with a yarn stash that never decreases in size or needs to know that others love the craft as much as they do. The book is just like my most recent knitting project - I found every possible free moment to read it until I was done. It gave me a renewed sense of love for knitting. Now, I think I'll go knit a sock (or two).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    I love this book

    I read this book every chance I get. She makes you laugh, even if you aren't a knitter.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Amusing

    Simply a collection of observations on knitting correlated with various famous quotes. Amusing, but completely unnecessary. If you're looking for a gift for a knitting reader, it might serve, but honestly, we'd rather have the yarn...

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

    Highly entertaining & informative!

    This should be on every knitters Christmas list! It's comprised of Stephanie's life experiences and really interesting facts that even beginning knitters can relate with. I bought a second copy for the friend that taught me how to knit. She was thrilled!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    A Great Break Between Rows

    This book is wonderful to pick and read for a bit between your rows. It reinforces that knitting is a passion for almost anyone who picks up the needles, and helps you feel less crazy when you read about how obsessed Stephanie is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    Hilarious, but very true....

    This book is wonderful for not only the knitter, but also for anyone who lives with a knitting addict. The perfect book for the yarn-obsessed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    A Great Read

    At Knit's End is funny and quick-witted, like the 'Yarn Harlot' herself. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    Yarn Harlot Rocks!

    Stephanie and her book are so very cool! If you are a knitting maniac you must read At Knits End!

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