All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin
Inside All Wound Up, New York Times best-selling author and self-proclaimed Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl-McPhee spins her third yarn on knitting for the 60 million knitters in North America who collectively spend $45 billion a year on knitting-related merchandise.
In her trademark style, McPhee talks about knitting, parenting, friendship, and--gasp!--even crocheting in essay...more
Having said that, I have to say I enjoyed this collection much more than her last effort because it was, gasp, a bit "darker" - and it's not as if she has gone serial yarn killer or anything - than her other works. In this volume her musings are more about the darker side of her personality: she is "All ...more
Comments after second read: This one stood up to a second reading just as well as most of Stephanie's books do. Laughs, giggles, reading bits out-loud (the bit where Denny gave Steph her knitting while they were waiting to walk down the aisle at Steph's wedding and told her to do a few rows to 'take the edge off' made me both howl with laughter and th ...more
Even though the author is a very accomplished knitter ( or maybe because of ...more
Tales range from how you really want to answer people when they ask you dumb questions about knitting, to what your husband does when the new washer won't fit down in the basement.
I felt her pain as she made and remade the same rows of a project time and time again. Almost completing a project, only to discover that ...more
*Fast Forward* Watching the sock unravel in a reverse tide back into a ball of yarn nothingness/everythingness, I experienced an all time low ebb, that felt a lot like not breathing. I quit holding my breath and accepted the disaster fo ...more
I really like memoirs, and I really like short stories, and I like reading the Yarn Harlot's blog, so I liked reading this book. I was a little disappointed that some of the stories were recognizable blog posts - I remembered reading them previously.
Many of the stories were more about life as a knitter/person with a giant stash of yarn than about knitting itself. ...more
I was intrigued by the title and the cover of this book having recently took up knitting after a very,very long break. I read a couple of sample pages and it had me grinning away to myself.
Firstly it's not a book about knitting, Stephanie is a knitter but this book is full of short essays more or less about everyday life and happenings told with humour, with knitting thrown in.
Those with craft hobbies will be able to identify with the stories, i could particularly relat ...more
This was the perfect tonic to a bit of reading fatigue. I read the essays one at a time - couple of pages - before bed and they were funny, and personal and intimate, and hit home more often than not. Sometimes you jus ...more
That said, this is another enjoyable collection of humorous essays about knitting and life. My favorite was the story about how she is a legendary mother in her neighborhood because of what happened one hot summer day. I had to r ...more
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If it's something gripping, like a conversation with a charming and entertaining friend, I may not need to add much knitting at all. If my friend scores a nine, I might only toss in a plain sock, with no patterning or anything, just round and round on autopilot while we visit. (I can only think of one thing I do with another person that really has no room to add any sort of knitting to, but let's not discuss it here.)”