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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's deepest wish is that everyone understand that knitting is at least as fun as baseball and way cooler than the evil looped path of crochet. Every project, from a misshapen hat to the most magnificent sweater, holds a story. Yarn Harlot tells all those stories with humor, insight, and sympathy for the obsessed.

Over 50 million people in America knit. The average knitter spends between $500 and $1,700 a year on yarn, ...

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Overview

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's deepest wish is that everyone understand that knitting is at least as fun as baseball and way cooler than the evil looped path of crochet. Every project, from a misshapen hat to the most magnificent sweater, holds a story. Yarn Harlot tells all those stories with humor, insight, and sympathy for the obsessed.

Over 50 million people in America knit. The average knitter spends between $500 and $1,700 a year on yarn, patterns, needles, and books. No longer just a fad or a hobby, knitting has advanced to a lifestyle.

Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter moves beyond instructions and patterns into the purest elements of knitting: obsession, frustration, reflection, and fun. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's humorous and poignant essays find humor in knitting an enormous afghan that requires a whopping 30 balls of wool, having a husband with size 13 feet who loves to wear hand-knit socks, and earns her "yarn harlot" title with her love of any new yarn—she'll quickly drop an old project for the fresh saucy look of a new interesting yarn.

Since the upsurge in knitting began in the early '90s, the number of women under 45 who knit has doubled. Knitting is no longer a hobby for just grandmothers—women and men of all ages are embracing this art. Describing its allure is best left to Stephanie who explains: "It is a well-known fact that knitting is a sparkling form of entertainment, as spiritual as yoga, as relaxing as a massage, and as funny as Erma Bombeck trapped in a PTA meeting."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740750373
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 163,875
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the author of several books and three collections of essays: Yarn HarlotFree-Range Knitter, and All Wound Up. (Two of those are New York Times best sellers, which both Stephanie and her mum are really proud of.) She maintains a popular virtual home at www.yarnharlot.ca, and a less organized (and popular) actual home in Toronto, Canada. She’s a mother of three, a wife of one, can drive a standard, and has owned two cats in a row that don’t care much for her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

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    Buy This Book

    If you buy this book, Stephanie will earn more money, buy more yarn (or put an addition on her house to keep her stash in) and write more priceless prose about the art, hobby, love, frustration and thrill of knitting.

    I was expecting this book to be as riotously funny as At Knit's End, but also found great depth in essays like What Her Hands Won't Do, One Little Sock and What She Gave Me.

    This book is a must for knitters, especially those of us who spend our non-knitting time in the summer reading about knitting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    I love her writing

    I laugh so hard. I have come to realize that I should be proud of my first projects. Because, the mistakes that I made were so bad. The first pair of socks that I knitted, the one sock is about 4 inches longer than the other. I didn't measure. The first scarf that I knitted is affectionately nicknamed the "hour-glass" scarf. But, the stitches are nice and even.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    Great Book!!! Very funny!

    I loved this book! I've just started knitting and laughed so hard at this book. My husband has started pointing out some of the ridiculous stuff I'm doing and I can now point and say, "Look Stephanie has 10 projects on her needles so my four really isn't that bad." I haven't made him read the entire book but after reading large sections of it to him I think he's beginning to understand that the insanity of knitting is a contagious disease.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Great read for beginning knitters or novices!

    This book was intended as a present for my grandmother, but once I opened to chapter one and the green monster afghan I could not put it down! It was a pure delight and I laughed out loud too many times to count. I am a beginning knitter and I found the book funny and yet also inspirational for knowing that there is hope for beginners!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    First Rate Funny!

    I have never laughed so hard! Out loud, even! An avid process knitter myself for many years with a burning desire to stay home and knit all day every day, Stephanie is dead on when she talks about 'souvenir stash' and her adventures in steeking. I am SO there! Knitters new and old can appreciate the tips in the book 'putting yarn in a garment bag', but Stephanie touched on all the reasons why we knitters knit. Stephanie, I tip my knitted cap to you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    Set down your needles and read this book!

    If you are a knitter, you should read this book. You will laugh out loud and sigh in relief that you are not the only one with secret stashes of yarn that you will never knit. If you love someone who is a knitter, you should read this book to better understand the obsession that has taken hold over them. This book may save your relationship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2006

    Awesome

    I love this book. It's filled with stories of the Harlot's knitting. It's the best book in the knitting-humor books category. And Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is even funnier in person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    Must have

    Hilarious tales of an obsessive knitter. I am now inspired and learning how to knit.

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