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Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter
Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter
Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter
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Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter

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One woman shares hilarious personal stories of her obsession, frustration, reflection, and fun with knitting.

An obsessed knitter who can’t seem to put the needles down, author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee reveals the tangled and sometimes maniacal path of her knitting triumphs and disasters in Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter.

Sharing both humorous and poignant tales of knitting escapades, such as fleeing from a yarn-thieving squirrel, dismantling a car to find a vital needle, and what it feels like to wrap a newborn baby in the work of your own hands. Yarn Harlot exposes the extreme sport of knitting, and adventure that can be fulfilling, exasperating, and wickedly funny.

From the moment Stephanie’s family discovers that she has taken to storing yarn in the piano to her attempts to foist knitted socks on a friend with a wool “allergy,” Yarn Harlot looks at knitting with humor, insight, and sympathy for the obsessed.

“Stephanie Pearl-McPhee turns both typical and unique knitting experiences into very funny and articulate prose.” —Meg Swansen, Schoolhouse Press

“An intimate view of the passionate knitter’s psyche: a transport of hilarity for knitters and the knitted-for; I laughed until my stitches fell helplessly from my needles!”—Lucy Neatby, author of Cool Socks Warm Feet

“A sort of David Sedaris-like take on knitting—laugh-out-loud funny most of the time and poignantly reflective when it’s not cracking you up.” —Library Journal
LanguageEnglish
Release dateSep 1, 2005
ISBN9780740789014
Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This is a wonderful book. Stephanie is hilarious at times.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Humorous essays about being a knitter.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    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?
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Want to read more Harlot!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    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.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    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.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    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 (pun intended) is knitting. I loved it from start to finish and can't wait to read more of her work.