Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks

Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks

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by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
     
 

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Both a celebration of the craft and a sourcebook for practical information, Knitting Rules! is a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the avid knitter. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee unravels the mysteries of tangled yarn, confusing patterns, and stubbornly unfinished projects. Daring to question long-standing rules and encouraging crafters to knit in…  See more details below

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Both a celebration of the craft and a sourcebook for practical information, Knitting Rules! is a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the avid knitter. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee unravels the mysteries of tangled yarn, confusing patterns, and stubbornly unfinished projects. Daring to question long-standing rules and encouraging crafters to knit in the way that works best for them, this illuminating, liberating, and hilarious look at the world of knitting is full of surprises and delightfully inspiring ideas. 

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
No matter where you fall in the range of knitters (beginner, die-hard, Sensei, scientific, organic, or "pretender") you will not be able to read this book on knitting without learning something and laughing along the way. The author is a truly gifted knitter but she is also a teacher, a philosopher, and a homegrown psychotherapist who can analyze knitters' quirks, phobias, compulsions, and obsessions (all of which she has experienced first hand). Serious information on the basics (needle types and sizes, yarn in all is variations, tips for trouble-shooting and correcting problems, etc.) is to be found along with advice on how to disguise one's stash of yarn (some people collect rocks or stamps— knitters collect yarn—lots of it!) or at least use it for insulation in the face of global warming. Chapter titles include: "Yarn and How Not to Feel Guilty About It," "Know Your Stuff," "Gauge, Swatches and Learning to Accept Them," "Hats," "Socks," "Scarves and Shawls," and "Sweaters." There is also a helpful glossary and an index to aid in finding "a quick fix" for a particularly knotty problem. There are many insets and lists to amuse the reader while pondering the next knitting project. I was particularly entertained by the "Eight Things to Know About Swatches" (swatches are those little samples of pattern and gauge done before even starting to knit the actual project). "Number One: Swatches lie"—A real truth in my book! She explains why swatches are not a foolproof way of preventing errors and adds that they are "little jokes designed to keep things interesting." Oh, yes, number eight: "Swatches lie. It bears repeating." Gentle advice and blunt instructions ("if you arecounting on blocking to fix it, you're heading for a crushing disappointment") make this a useful book, as well as an enjoyable one. Her best knitting advice turns out to be a real life lesson as well: "Never be afraid to trust your instincts. Therein lies the path to greatness, and in the end...it's only knitting....one of the few times in your life when there are no bad consequences to a mistake."
Interweave Knits
“She has become something of an unwitting rock star in the world of knitting.”

Vogue Knitting
“[Stephanie Pearl-McPhee] has created another laugh-out-loud masterpiece . . .”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603420983
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
256,755
File size:
3 MB

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Meet the Author

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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