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ISBN13: 9780740750373
ISBN10: 0740750372
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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."

Synopsis:

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."

Synopsis:

These essays cover the obsession, frustration, reflection, and fun of knitting. The author says, "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."

About the Author

A knitter for 30 years, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is also a writer of some celebrity known for her unique take on knitting voiced daily on her humorous blog www.yarnharlot.ca. She is the author of At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much. Her home is in Toronto where her best yarn is hidden in the basement deep freeze.

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NLJ, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by NLJ)
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has combined humor and knitting to create yarns that will keep you in stitches. Even non-knitters will find her writing entertaining and hilarious. She laughs at herself and her "faults," which is a life lesson we should all learn at an early stage in life. Who would have thought that a book about yarn/knitting could be so enthralling?!
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Krista Smith-Moroziuk, May 12, 2008 (view all comments by Krista Smith-Moroziuk)
This book had me laughing out loud. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has the obsessiveness of the addicted knitter down to a tee. Anyone who stays up late to finish a project should read this book.
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Leigh97023, March 22, 2008 (view all comments by Leigh97023)
I loved this book! I read many passages aloud to friends and family and we were alternatly laughing aloud and (practically) weeping at the poiniancy. Even my kids liked the book (girls 11 & 13)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780740750373
Author:
Pearl-McPhee, Stephanie
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Subject:
Miscellanea
Subject:
Knitting
Subject:
Needlework - Knitting
Subject:
Knitting - Miscellanea
Subject:
Knitting - Humor
Subject:
Crafts-Needlework
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 7 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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."

"Synopsis" by , These essays cover the obsession, frustration, reflection, and fun of knitting. The author says, "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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