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At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  1,672 ratings  ·  146 reviews
At Knit's End captures the wickedly funny musings of someone who doesn't believe it's possible to knit too much and who willingly sacrifices sleep, family, work, and sanity in order to keep doing it. Stephanie Pearl-McPheehas seen it all, from the deadly “second sock syndrome” to a house so full of yarn she can't find her washing machine to desperate all-nighters spent fev...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Apr 20, 2012 Laura rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: knitting fanatics with severe ADD
Shelves: knitting

Look, I like the Yarn Harlot's cohesive books, though they are kind of a guilty pleasure for me because I don't really relate to them, and thus my consumption of her lifestyle feels more like a voyeuristic semi-mocking. I do knit and produce items, but I'm simply not this type of knitter. However, I still appreciate that she's a little bit crazy about yarn--there are things in my lif...more
A collection of short, little snippets about knitting and knitters, At Knit’s End was my first introduction to the Harlot and was enough to get me completely and totally hooked on her writing! I love Stephanie’s humor, wit and insight into the joys and perils of being a knitter. I totally melted when she reported that her husband is knitting her a sock (notice that it is a singular sock, not a pair) which he has been working on veeeeeery slowly for five years and how much she will love and appre...more
Aug 26, 2007 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: knitters, those who wish to knit, people without enough obsessions in their lives
This is the book that got me re-obsessed with knitting. I picked it up in a bookstore in Jasper on a whim (I am amused by puns, so the title attracted my attention) while on a ski trip. I read the majority of it during the day-long drive home. Mrs. McPhee has such a way with writing (a clear, but humourous style, in a truely Canadian fashion) that made me really excited about the topic. I'd learned to knit way back when, from my grandmother, and I thought, "hey, I don't know what this "interstas...more
Nov 10, 2007 Leeann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: knitting fanatics
Shelves: read-in-2007
This was such a cute little book. My dear friend Lindsay gave it to me last year, when my knitting obsession was just in its infancy and the title didn't quite apply to me yet. I picked it up a week or so ago when I ran out of yarn for my current project & got a little twitchy, and it did not disappoint. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is hilarious & the quick little sections are perfect for reading when, say, your hands need a brief rest or your current project is driving you up the wall. Defini...more
I just love Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She is witty, intelligent and she knits! What's not to love? Her insights into the mind of a knitter are spot-on. She even comments on her own knitting eccentricities and obsessions in the most funny ways. I will probably read this little gem over and over to remind myself that as one who is a bit knitting-obsessed, I am not alone and I am somewhat normal (as knitters go.) I highly recommend this book to all knitters, but especially those who are a little craz...more
It's somewhat superficial. I think it was her first book, and I've read later ones that I thought were better, but the problem is that the more of her books I read, the more sameness they have about them. When you get that kind of review from someone who has a long-standing habit of reading every book she can find on a given subject, who is currently into her dozenth or so book about the Tudors, you know you've become pretty tedious.
I laughed myself silly while reading this book. Especially everytime I read something that described me. I would read some parts aloud to my daughter just so we could laugh together.

Some things were informative, they made me think 'Wow! Why didn't I think of that?' or 'Just what I need to try.' but mostly the stories were just enjoyable. I frequenetly was amazed because of how much I agreed or was just like her comments.
I have to admit, I'm a bit obsessed by the Harlot. I'm currently reading her blog from the beginning - all 10 years of it - and should probably do less reading and more knitting. Just like the blog, some bits of this book made me laugh out loud. I even bought this book in paperback, just so I can start a knitting book collection (which as a Kindle devotee, is unheard of these days). If you love the Harlot, you'll love this book. If you're looking for a traditional knitting book, look elsewhere f...more
Cute book. There are things that knitter's just get and this book is one of them. Probably her best book so far.
I got this book as a gift years ago, read about a third of it, and stuck it back on the shelf, unamused. I'm a knitter, though not one as accomplished or dare I say obsessive as Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Recently, I thought to pass this book on to a friend who might appreciate it more than me, but before I gave it away I gave it another spin. And just like the first time I read it, I found the first half tough slogging. I was annoyed by what is now, in the age of Ravelry, a cliche -- the ravenous,...more
"Knitting finally takes its rightful place on the spectrum of personal obsessions, alongside golfing, fishing, and gardening. The tangled life of the knitter is the subject of inspired nuttiness in these 300 tongue-in-cheek meditations from the self-proclaimed yarn harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

At Knit's End captures the wicked — and wickedly funny — musings of someone who doesn't really believe it's possible to knit too much, and who willingly sacrifices sleep, family, work, and her sanity on...more
A wonderful little book, full of thoughts, ideas, musings, collective wisdom, and suggestions. (Thanks to my Secret Snowflake!) I've been dipping in and out of it for a while - this isn't a "read straight through" book.

It includes such gems of wisdom as:

"Myriad ways have been devised to help knitters keep track of how many rows they have knit or where they are in a pattern. Some knitters use a row counter; others use a clicker. Many make marks on a piece of paper, and some cross out instructions...more
Erica Leigh
I laughed my way through much of this delightful little book. There are great quotes, and sweet and funny stories about the quirks of knitters and fiber collectors. I know that I will periodically pick this book up to thumb through it, and think of certain "meditations" when I am knitting or perusing a yarn store or just appreciating the beautiful skeins of yarn that I lovingly buy but never seem to knit. I am so glad I picked up this gem of a book.
Jennifer Johnson
This is Pearl-McPhee's first book, filled with quotes and thoughts on her knitting. As per all of this author's books I was not only nodding my head in agreement, I was laughing out loud. (Which, apparently, makes you look a little crazy while you're on a plane.) The author has managed to point out just how obsessive we are about yarn and is dead on with her classifications of what it's like to be obsessed with knitting. The thing is, even someone who DOESN'T KNIT, but loves a knitter, would app...more
Remember years ago when in a Family Circle or Woman's Day magazine you would read that Isabel Homemaker would be receiving $10 for sending in her household hint and that when you read the hint, you recognized it as something you did all the time? Well, this book reminded me of that. At Knit's End has lots of thoughts and tidbits about knitting and yarn--all of which knitters have probably thought at one time or another. Difference is, Pearl-McPhee wrote them down and published a book.

And just i...more
I listened to this on audio, so that may be skewing my opinion. This may be a much better book if you don't read it cover-to-cover, but rather flip through it for an anecdote/"meditation" as desired. It had Pearl-McPhee's typical humor, but it was very repetitive. I could see it more as a daily calendar than as a book.
Having recently read a collection of Erma Bombeck columns, I realize that the Yarn Harlot is popular with knitters for the same reason Bombeck was popular with moms and housewives. All those things that lead us to think "it can't possibly just be me, right?" these ladies confirm in a gently amusing way. No, you are not alone, no matter what the subject is. This book made me especially frustrated as I finished reading it in the emergency room, and so could not immediately go back to my sock in pr...more
I think I would have liked this more if I had read it when it was originally published, instead after years of reading her blog and several later books, as I felt like it was stuff I had already read and in more detail.
This really is just a bunch of meditations - random quotes, thoughts, streams of knitting consciousness. It's interesting and enjoyable, but I don't think it's meant to be read all in one go.
I kept this book in a jacket pocket for weeks, carrying it around with me. It was the perfect "pick up, put down" book to read at odd moments, while waiting for the subway or a cross-town bus. I've also found myself quoting it on Ravelry on various occasions (the author's description of pattern difficulty ratings is both spot-on and hilarious).

This is the book I got when someone I knew at my bookshop came running up to me and said, breathlessly, "Hey, Claudia, a new book just came in from that b...more
Kimberly Harper

my husband thought I was going nuts as I laughed uncontrollably throughout this book. knitters-- you will love this book

Nancy Istenes
Funny and so true to life. I wouldn't be such a good read if your not a knitter but if your not, take a class you should learn.
This book of essays on knitting is a top book of the summer (thus far) for me. Before anyone rolls their eyes, know that Ms. Pearl-McPhee is a terrific writer: Funny, but SMART funny, the kind that skewers and is grown up and honest. She also writes a really good blog that's won all kinds of awards in her native Canada. I've heard her speak two times and her wit and intelligence is for real in person, too. Any knitter will enjoy this book (and her others); even, dare I say, crocheters and other...more
Mar 12, 2014 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who crafts or knows someone who knits
Recommended to Mary by: I read Stephanie's blog frequently
Stephanie aka The Yarn Harlot is such a fun person to read. Her blog is hilarious and frequently I roll on the floor with tears rolling out my eyes from laughing so hard. It is so hard to explain to a non-knitter, crafter, crocheter anything that we experience and only a crafter, knitter, crocheter would truly understand some of the frustrations we find ourselves with. I borrowed this from the library, read it in one day and would love to have a copy to keep since I have enjoyed this so much.
If you an obsessed knitter you will love this book, even if you are just a little bit of a knitter you will love it. The author is funny and captures the truth of knitting over and over. I wouldn't call myself and obsessed knitter but so many times I found myself saying, "that's me, that's me."

This is a great gift to give to someone who loves to knit. I highly recommend it. I'd like to say it's also a good gift to give a non-knitter who has to live with a knitter, just so they can understand wha...more
Linda B
My daughter bought this book for me. It was ok.
Maria M. Elmvang
Not a book I'd normally go for, but I've become really fond of the "Yarn Harlot"'s writing, so I thought I'd give it a chance. It was funny, and had me laughing out loud on several occasions, but it really is just a bunch of meditations. No plot, no story, no nothing... just some statements and situations to ponder over.

However, it did prove that while I do knit a lot - according to Stephanie's definition, I don't knit too much ;)

This version was read by Stephanie herself, which meant extra char...more
I assume this book is more enjoyable if you haven't read Stephanie's other books. However, if you're like me, and have read all her other works, you're going to find this one very unoriginal. It repeats material found in all her other books and, even less appealingly, frequently repeats itself. There were quite a few entires that very closely mirrored each other. It was rather disappointing.
I suggest reading her very first Yarn Harlot book, which is funny and touching. After that, the limited r...more
Lily S
Cute, and it made me laugh.
brilliant read, very funny
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“ I will continue to freak out my children by knitting in public. It's good for them.” 52 likes
“ It is a peculiarity of knitters that they chronically underestimate the amount of time it takes to knit something. Birthday on Saturday? No problem. Socks are small. Never mind that the average sock knit out of sock-weight yarn contains about 17,000 stitches. Never mind that you need two of them. (That's 34,000 stitches, for anybody keeping track.)
Socks are only physically small. By stitch count, they are immense.”
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