Yarn Harlot

United States
March 9, 2007 12:27pm CST
I could not decide if this should go in "reading" or "knitting", but I finally decided on knitting because this book is deffinately written for Fellow knitters. I just finished Yarn Harlot by Stephanie Pearl McPhee. This is a book of short stories/essays about knitting and yarn. Stephaine is a knitter herself...and what a knitter she is! It sounds like she has more knitting patterns, yarn and needles, and in process projects than well Daddy Warbucks has...well bucks. If you are a knitter I think this is a book you might enjoy. The stories and funny, and at times, very moving. It hink my favroite one was about her becoming a surrogate knitter for a friend sho can't knit anymore due to arthritis. Have you read this book? What parts did you enjoy?
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@peavey (15806)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I'm not sure if it's the same book that I read. Does it have a couple of follow-ups? I read the last two of a series like that and cannot remember the names of them! Maybe I should look for this at the library.
• United States
9 Mar 07
The Book i read is called: yarn Harlot: The secret Life of a Knitter. It's a novel, so there are not knitting patterns or instructions. But I just looked on Amazon and it looks like she has some other books I might want to check out too. Thanks!
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@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I have read this book. In fact, I found it so charming that I gave it to my sister (a really hardcore knitter) to read. I figured that she would relate to it a little more than I did. I liked when the author wrote about all the places she had to find to stash her yarn. I almost laughed out loud when she admited to storing yarn in both the piano bench and the sleeves of her husband's sweaters. Now, if that's not dedication, I don't know what is!
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• United States
9 Mar 07
That was hilarious...how she stored her unfinished projects in pillows and such. I love knitting and beautiful yarn (I keep tyring to figure out out how to decorate my apartment with skiens of yarn. Not sure if I'm a full on yarn harlot yet. I think I'm more of a knitting floozy at this point.
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@Patcon (80)
• Ireland
10 Mar 07
Thanks for letting us know about the book. I've only read one about knitting so far, by Debbie someone, called 'A good yarn.' Also liked the how one my lotter called themselves a 'yarn floozie'. Made me smile. Theres quite a few of us. Maybe we should set up a yarn swopshop!
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• United States
10 Mar 07
Wow, I want to find that book! Thanks for mentioning it. I will check Amazon...
• United States
11 Mar 07
I hope you enjoy it. I found it pretty funny, and it made me feel a little less bad about my own knitting idosycracies.
• United States
22 Mar 07
I am selling her book called "Knitting Rules!" the Yarn Harlot unravels the mysteries of Swatching, Stashing, Ribbing and Rolling to free your Inner Knitter. email me and i will give you a link.. I hae oter books for sale too
• United States
21 Mar 07
Thanks for telling us about this book, Yarn Harlot! I will be looking into getting a copy to read. I love to read good stories and this book sounds like something I would enjoy very much.
• United States
21 Mar 07
If you like knitting or fiber arts, I think you will really relate to this book. But even if you don't, the stories are pretty entertaining. Hope you enjoy it!
@cutepenguin (6458)
• Canada
11 Mar 07
I haven't read this book, but I read her blog everyday - she's so funny! I'm going to get her new book and go see her when she is on her next book tour.
• United States
12 Mar 07
I'll have to start reading her blog. There were parts of the book that definately had me laughing out loud. It's nice to hear about like minded people when it comes to knitting ;-)
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@nancygibson (3738)
• France
11 Mar 07
I think I will have to get hold of this book, sounds just what I need as a break from knitting! I also stash yarn in strange places, the trouble with havig a serious yarn stash is that it does tend to 'breed' and get everywhere, but i love my wools so much I couldnt give them up.
• United States
12 Mar 07
I have to put myself one "use what you have" months. Or else I think my yarn will be living in more of my apartment than I am!
• United States
11 Oct 11
i have never heard of this book nor have i heard of the author my sister would probably enjoy reading it because she loves to read all kinds of books i on the other hand do not enjoy reading so much even if it is about yarn and knitting i do not even read knitting patterns i just make up my own patter off the top of my head as i go along with my project (partially because i was never taught to read a knittng pattern) haha but the book does sound very interesting with all the stories and i think you would be able to learn alot from it
@ragmama (536)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I loved this book, and loaned it to a friend who also knits as soon as I was finished. It's been a while since I read it, so I really don't remember favorite parts - which obviously means that I need to sit down and read it again. Thanks for the reminder!! :) She also has a website, if you're interested - it's http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/