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

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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 . . .”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603420983
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
487,812
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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Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot Unravels the Mysteries of Swatching, Stashing, Ribbing, and Rolling to Free Your Inner Knitter 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's style of writing - it's like you're sitting down with your best friend and chatting about knitting. She does a great job of mixing technique with humor and personal experience. This is the 2nd of her books that I've read, and she's very inspiring - I feel like "I can do this!" She is obviously very knowledgeable about knitting, and it's very reassuring to read that she's frogged projects over and over and over until she's gotten something right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've not laughed this hard in a long time. Not even the likes of Jeff Foxworthy or Bill Cosby could be as funny as this lady. The bad part is I can relate to every word.... I bought the book to help me develop my knitting skills, and wound up being fully entertained. I recomend this title to any knitter, new or seasoned, that would enjoy learning a little and having a hardy laugh. WARNING: This will make you laugh so hard you need to use the restroom, so I dont advise taking it on a long car trip!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has an enormous passion for knitting that shows on every page. The tips and tricks are some of the best advice a knitter can ever receive. This book definitely needs to be a part of any knitter's library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book. It was hilarious and you can relate so much to what Mcphee was saying about how she buys tons of yarns and alot more. She gives great tips, and sheds some light on knittin' stuff. She also includes a few patterns, so it's really a great book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Pearl-McPhee's book is super! When I read her books I know that I'm not alone and love to die laughing at my knitting errors, shopping, showing off, etc. If I'm not knitting I am reading Stephanie Pearl-McPhee books -- especially if I've been frogging (to undo) a knitting pattern three times!! I'll read any of her books to people at work, home, on the phone -- any where. I found her books at the library. I read one and from then on I have bought all of Ms. Pearl-McPhee books. These books will be read over and over! Thank You Ms. Yarn Harlot and keep on going!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you, another excellent book by McPhee. More of a tutorial and information based as compared to 'yarn harlot.' A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the clearest set of instructions on knitting socks I have ever found. It stays in a knitting bag at all times. The authors knowledge and fun sense of humor has made it one of my "go to books".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She has a way with words,and can put things into perspective.she can be very funny and also very serious a must if you like reading about knitting
jubetsu More than 1 year ago
I decided to make this book a part of my knitting reference library for two reasons: 1)Pearl-McPhee's humorous style of writing and imparting knitting life lessons and 2)the chapter on sock knitting, blocking and making sweaters. I was initially a little put off by her style, until I realized that there really is a lot of knitting wisdom mixed in with her humor in this small book. When it comes to knitting, I am a bit anal, so her writing helps me relax. Pearl-McPhee's book isnt the only knitting reference I own, but it's technical enough to get me out of a jam, and humorous enough to talk me down off my ledges. As she put's it, it's just knitting.
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