Yarn Harlot

Yarn Harlot

The Secret Life of A Knitter

Book - 2005
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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, 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."
Publisher: Kansas City, Mo. : Andrews McMeel Pub., c2005.
ISBN: 9780740750373
Branch Call Number: 746.432/PEARL
Characteristics: xiii, 219 p. ; 18 cm.

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Feb 08, 2012

The first of our favorite Yarn Harlot's books, this takes us through the ups and downs of Stephanie Pearl McPhee's journey to be a Knitter, not just a knitter. Through the trials of the Bird Jacket to the single baby bootie, each story is richly woven and full of nuances that anyone who had even just picked up a ball of yarn would enjoy. Stephanie makes us all want to be knitters, or if we already are, makes us want to be Knitters with a capital K.

Jun 08, 2007

This portrayal of an obsessed knitter who describes herself as a harlot because of the many unfinished projects she owns is hilarious. Her stash of yarn and the rules surrounding it (the core stash may never be used, it is there only to be brought out, stroked, and cherished) are only too familiar to any crafter, knitters especially. Then there are the problems with storage, moths, and not having enough to finish the project. Days of angst are soon forgotten, though, when the one project that has been giving such grief to the knitter suddenly comes together and works out! Such glorious feelings of accomplishment were only to be had by other artisans like Da Vinci or Michelangelo! Until the next project comes along to charm our hearts and make us crazy all over again...


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