Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter

by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Paperback, 2005


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Crafts. Nonfiction. HTML: 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´┐Ż??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´┐Ż??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… (more)


Andrews McMeel Publishing (2005), Edition: First Printing, 219 pages

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LibraryThing member mamacate
This second offering by the Yarn Harlot has a few serious moments, but is mostly a light and entertaining peek into the warped world of obsessed knitters. If you are one, you will find yourself nodding frequently and quoting passages to your spouse.
LibraryThing member rainwood
That rustling noise you hear is a million knitters nodding their heads and saying "Uh huh. Me too!"

Brilliant, funny, sometimes sad, worth buying and adding to your library.
LibraryThing member Linda_22003
I'm definitely one of the knitters nodding in recognition. I have "stashes" around the house, but I don't go to the lengths to hide them that she does (I'm sure I also don't have as much as she does).

When she's funny, she's VERY funny, as when she warns against quick crochet projects. You can have
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"three glasses of wine and a legacy", quickly crocheting a Santa Claus toilet seat cover, whereas knitting it would take so long that you'd sober up in plenty of time to realize what a bad idea a Santa Claus toilet seat cover really is.
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LibraryThing member jennyo
This was an entertaining book written by a Knitter with a capital K. Pearl-McPhee explains what it's like when the yarn takes over your home and your family endures your knitting compulsion with a wary but loving tolerance, if not actual excitement. The stories are generally light and funny, but
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there are a couple of real tearjerkers in there too.

If you knit and, like me, are well on your way to becoming a yarn ho yourself, you should read this book. Besides, the chapters are short and self-contained, so it's easy to pick up and put down between knitting projects.

(By the way, it's now almost impossible for me to type the author's name correctly. I keep wanting to type "Purl-McPhee". I believe she should have it legally changed.)
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LibraryThing member wyvernfriend
A fun series of articles about knitting and Stephanie's life as a knitter, scary in some places with her stash accumulation, a warning to those who are heading that direction!
LibraryThing member brsquilt
Funny book, especially to those of us crafters/knitters/quilters (etc) who are obsessive about stashes.
LibraryThing member margaretsinclair
Stephanie is wonderful at keeping the world at bay. I love that she refers to 'the blog" as a part of her family. "Let's ask the blog." And all sorts of answers begin to roll in. Maintaining sanity
LibraryThing member knittingpanda87
A great book. Stephanie aka Yarn Harlot is just an amazing and funny writer. I love her books and could read them a million times each and I would still laugh out loud each time.
LibraryThing member rainbowdarling
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is funny and interesting. She equates knitting to real life in a way that I never would have considered, and keeps the pages moving as fast as a fiction novel - even without a decisive plot to tie the whole book together. It is a series of short stories, where the only thread
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(pun intended) is knitting. I loved it from start to finish and can't wait to read more of her work.
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LibraryThing member Meggo
I have to say that Pear-McPhee thinks rather a lot of herself, and, truth to tell, overestimates her own capacity to interest others with her stories of knitting. One book is interesting; two books are tedious.
LibraryThing member njmom3
A very fun book to read. A collection of essays or blog posts. Most made me laugh. A couple made me cry.

I am a new knitter and learning to appreciate some of the things she talks about. Can't wait to read more.
LibraryThing member reluctantacademic
Want to read more Harlot!
LibraryThing member sumik
So far, I'm loving it. This isn't new - I really enjoy Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's humorous writing. Surely, this is not just because I knit?
LibraryThing member Pferdina
Humorous essays about being a knitter.
LibraryThing member SoccerMomKnits
This is a wonderful book. Stephanie is hilarious at times.

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