Things I Learned from Knitting...Whether I Wanted to or Not

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"Beginning is easy, continuing is hard" takes on special meaning for a knitter faced with five projects already on needles, yet struck by the irresistible urge to start something brand new. Share Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's amazement at the resounding, and even astonishing, truths found in everyday clichés and adages. Babies grow is a hard-learned lesson if you are a knitter who's stayed up nights making a tiny sweater for a special newborn, only to discover that a baby's ability to grow far exceeds your ability to knit. Knowing that you gotta roll

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Overview

"Beginning is easy, continuing is hard" takes on special meaning for a knitter faced with five projects already on needles, yet struck by the irresistible urge to start something brand new. Share Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's amazement at the resounding, and even astonishing, truths found in everyday clichés and adages. Babies grow is a hard-learned lesson if you are a knitter who's stayed up nights making a tiny sweater for a special newborn, only to discover that a baby's ability to grow far exceeds your ability to knit. Knowing that you gotta roll with the punches can push an airborne knitter to the extreme of casting on with a couple of coffee stir sticks. After all, as every knitter knows for sure, idle hands are the devil's workshop.

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Editorial Reviews

Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Pearl-McPhee had the crowd in – ahem – stitches.”

A front-page feature in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering Stephanie’s event stated, “ “It’s like our version of Woodstock,” Atlanta business owner Karen Jacobson observed wryly of the event.” Another quote reads, “ “It’s like when I saw the Beatles in 1964. Better, actually. This time I didn’t have to hitchhike to get there.”

Knitters Review
“Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a master storyteller.”
From the Publisher
“Pearl-McPhee had the crowd in – ahem – stitches.”

A front-page feature in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering Stephanie’s event stated, “ “It’s like our version of Woodstock,” Atlanta business owner Karen Jacobson observed wryly of the event.” Another quote reads, “ “It’s like when I saw the Beatles in 1964. Better, actually. This time I didn’t have to hitchhike to get there.”

“Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a master storyteller.”

Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Pearl-McPhee had the crowd in – ahem – stitches.”

A front-page feature in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering Stephanie’s event stated, “ “It’s like our version of Woodstock,” Atlanta business owner Karen Jacobson observed wryly of the event.” Another quote reads, “ “It’s like when I saw the Beatles in 1964. Better, actually. This time I didn’t have to hitchhike to get there.”

Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Pearl-McPhee had the crowd in – ahem – stitches.”

A front-page feature in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering Stephanie’s event stated, “ “It’s like our version of Woodstock,” Atlanta business owner Karen Jacobson observed wryly of the event.” Another quote reads, “ “It’s like when I saw the Beatles in 1964. Better, actually. This time I didn’t have to hitchhike to get there.”

The Barnes & Noble Review
Are you among the growing legions of knitters? Has your best friend been known to cancel plans when there is a yarn sale, or your mother and mother-in-law to stash away yarn for blankets for grandchildren yet to come? Perhaps even your husband has caught the bug and is working on some lovely cables as we speak. If so, buy this book now; because Stephanie Pearl-McPhee gets us. She gets the perseverance of knitters who find themselves unable to knit a swatch even though that is the "right" thing to do. But fair warning: if you don't know what a swatch is, this book isn't for you. Structured in a self-help format, Pearl-McPhee's brief musings will touch a chord (and a cord) with the yarn-obsessed. Her people are the ones comfortably knitting socks at the airport to the endless drone of canceled flight announcements. Pearl-McPhee observes that knitting doesn't teach patience; it helps the impatient not go insane while waiting. The author also writes the popular Canadian blog, the Yarn Harlot, where knitters who are (gasp) not at the moment knitting enjoy her dry, self-deprecating humor. Reading her blog is like checking in with a close friend. How are those unbelievably complicated socks with the tiny grape leaves coming along? We feel her pain and obsession as she rips back hours of work. Happily this book stands alone and doesn't have the "I cut and pasted this from my blog" feeling. And it contains both copious laughs and vital truths. Perhaps the biggest: babies grow. "I feel terrible pointing out this simple truth that knitting has taught me, but I've seen so many knitters burned by this that I can hardly not." --Lisa Von Drasek
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603420624
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/19/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 559,787
  • Product dimensions: 4.45 (w) x 6.56 (h) x 0.64 (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 March 17, 2008

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    I am looking forward to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's new book. I have all of her other books and always read one of them if I'm having a hard time with a wonderful pattern or just not in the mood. I look at one of her books and I'm back on my knitting way again!! With my job I do data entry and haven't found out a way to knit and type at the same time BUT I have two of Ms. Pearl-McPhee's audio books that I can listen as I type. With her I can laugh my working time away. Thank you so much with your knitting wisdom and humor. I don't know how BUT with your books - my knitting is getting better!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    A good quick read

    I read this on and off on my phone. The sections were short and interesting and at times humorous. If you are a knitter, you should read it. It will not take you long to finish. It's a good book to pick up to read as you are waiting for something or just want to sit for a couple of minutes to read a section. I don't think it's Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's best book, but still worth a read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    She Did It Again!

    When I picked up this book, I just could not put it down! The perfect book to add to your knitting bag & to take out when you are in a situation when you cannot knit 'airplane, etc'. If you loved Yarn Harlot's other books- you will definately enjoy this one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    If you knit, or even if you don't, you'll love this

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a rock star of the knitting and fiber arts world, and if you read this book you'll find out why. She's got a heart as big as Canada, wit as sharp as grannie's knitting needles, and eloquence as beautiful as a Fair Isle sweater. This really is about things she's learned about life from knitting. Funny things, sad things, wise things. All about being human.

    I'll make you a bet: If you read this one, you'll be looking for her other ones. Didn't know there were more? Oh, you lucky reader...

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