Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting

by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee


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Cast off with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on the ultimate journey through the knitter’s world. Pack your crafting bag, chart a course to the nearest yarn shop, and pick your traveling companion by looking for the telltale needle holes in her purse. With wry humor and a contagiously obsessive love for everything knitted, Pearl-McPhee takes you on a hilarious tour of the Land of Knitting and introduces you to the wacky, wonderful people that choose to inhabit it. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580176583
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 03/15/2007
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 794,332
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

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

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Knitters have their own rules, their own society, and their own limits. How else can you explain millions and millions of people who all understand that it is reasonable to buy an outrageous amount of yarn because you heard it's discontinued, but completely unreasonable to think that you're going to finish knitting all of it before you die? How else do we all know the password, pantheons of us, in every corner of the globe, all quietly muttering 'just one more row.'

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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Stephanie's first books but this one seems like the previous material with a new cover.
Antheras on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the Jon Stewart of the knitting world. She skewers us with our own needles, unravels our obsession for the uninitiated and helps us learn to laugh at ourselves. Her fresh, tongue-in-cheek observations about the crazy world of knitting have become wildly popular on her blog, her speaking tours (accompanied by her trademark socks-in-progress) and in her three previous books.In her newest book Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: the Yarn Harlot¿s Guide to the Land of Knitting, Pearl-McPhee looks at knitting as a journey and sets off on a whirlwind tour of the land of knitting. Whether a newly arrived visitor, a long-time resident or a tourist seeking understanding of a loved one; Casts Off is an essential guide to the people, customs, tourist attractions and common ailments of this fascinating land.Divided into the areas of reference commonly expected in a travel guide, Pearl-McPhee investigates packing tips (just how much yarn does one need to take on a trip), consulates & embassies (local yarn stores), politics (the great ¿acrylic versus natural fibers¿ debate) and common ailments (the dreaded ¿Yarnesia¿ or the debilitating Viral Second Sock Syndrome), treatment and prognosis.Knitters who have caught the ¿Harlot¿ bug will find themselves laughing uncontrollably through Casts Off and most will remain convinced that Pearl-McPhee knows them better than their closest friend. Whether she is commenting on the ¿four ways knitting is like playing the violin¿ (both are worked from a chart) or how to cope when bad knits happen to good knitters, knitters respond to Pearl-McPhee because she understands us. She knows our foibles because she shares them and like all good enablers, she helps us explain ourselves the skeptics around us. After all, as Pearl-McPhee reminds us, ¿We know it looks like yarn, but it¿s love¿and for this it¿s worth giving up all your closet space.¿This knitter recommends regular doses of the Harlot, along with infusions of social knitting and stash diving, to ensure a pleasant and healthy stay in the land of knitting.
njmom3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me start by what this book is not. It is not an instructional knitting book. It was not meant to be, and if that is what you are looking for, this is not the book for you.This book is a "travel" guide to the world of knitting. It is humor interspersed with some facts about knitting organizations and history. It is definitely an explanation of a passion for knitting. Some of the material is the same as in her other books. But it still makes for fun reading.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is suppose to be a funny look at how knitters arrive at the land of knitting. There a few cute parts, lots of repetition (how many gauge stories does a book need?) but no actual knitting advice or help. I also found that the new knitter in this book to be a bit overkill. I especially didn't like the story at the end, where a mother was concerned about her daughter going back to a more traditional role. I found it to be too over the top, especially as far as I can tell, the new knitter didn't work. I think this book was suppose to a companion book to "Knitting Rules" (which is a fine book, and covers much of the same topics, but with helpful hints and such). As such, I found that the author was failing on topics. It might have worked if it was one of those small gift books, but as a full sized paperback, there was not enough information to justify it.
bjtilt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful excursion to a knitting land of enchantment with a language all its own. The Yarn Harlot is the perfect tour guide into this land and all its nuances. I found it perfectly entertaining.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! I really did enjoy it. Despite the humor I thought there was a lot of truth in that book ;-)I definitely need to read some more of her other books ...
knittingpanda87 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! I love her blog and have read a number of her books I just have a few to read still and am looking forward to reading all of them. They are all so hilarious I just can't stop laughing as I read them.
Jaie22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun! Perhaps not particularly informative except in a "You too? At least I'm normal" kind of way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very insightful
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