Free-Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Writes Again
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee returns to pen another hilarious and poignant collection of essays surrounding her favorite topics: knitting, knitters, and what happens when you get those two things anywh...more
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Pearl-McPhee's writing is fine -- words are put together nicely, and it's funny in spots, touching in others, but there's no SNAP, no connection; I am uninterested in this essay collection and reading it was like homework.
The essays with "surprise endings" are predictable, the description of knitting sty ...more
I have sorta of known about this writer/knitter for awhile now. Her first book came out ...more
But while Pearl-McPhee fits the exact description ...more
Some of the chapters in Free-Range Knitter are full of her great blend of humor and insight. Sadly, it feels like she missed the mark in others, and there were a few that felt like pure filler.
I didn't really care for the chapters where she talked about her friends and their knitting, because they mostly seemed like personal stories and re ...more
Picked up in a last-minute splurge before beginning my 2010 resolution of not buying new books (aside from book club requirements) for a year. Which makes it all the sweeter ...
An assortment of alternately interesting, insightful essays with goofy ones. I wound being largely unamused by the pieces clearly intended to amuse such as letters to a sweater and I was generally uninterested in the pieces about McPhee's children which analyzed them as knitters and took that into musings on the ...more
This book is about the things we have in common, we knitters, no matter where we live, whom we love, or what we are knitting...This book, though it appears to be about knitting, is actually about knitters.
That pretty much describes the book, although I would add that the book is about mothers too, and mothers who do not knit will probably find something here that resonates. I laughed a lot, I cried a little bit, and was de ...more
Some of them really were nice, though. The tributes to various knitting friends/relatives were really sweet, and I quite enjoyed the one about the fascinating and beautiful dance one's fingers do when knittin ...more
Much like her other books, a great read for the knitters out there, and likely completely incomprehensible for the non-knitters.
It's just really not my style.
It's the same sort of style as a lot of the popular humor blogs/memoirs these days, so if you're into that, this may be a nice fluffy read for you.
If you're like me & prefer your books to not read like one-sided conversations with someone who is trying way too hard to be liked, maybe don't bother.
I was fascinated by a running series of essays that reflected on the way several people in Stephanie’s life knit, their motions and the way they approached it, and how it reflected something about their lives or personalit ...more
So, the first half of this book, I was thinking, okay, this is entertaining, ...more
* Are there really people who walk and knit? If so, my weirdness with knitting has not quite hit that point (yet).
* I didn't know there were special bags for carrying around your yarn so it doesn't roll around on the bus. I promptly went out and bought this: Sock Knitting Project Bag Hexipuff Small Crochet Wip Bag - Crazy Calaveras so that I can carry around my socks in progress (SiP?).
* The story of the ball of the yarn in the elevator seriously cracked me up.
* T ...more
This is the second book I've read by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and I actually found this one a bit disappointing. I particularly found most of the essays about parenting and watching other people knit rather d ...more
It was fun and nice. I'm a baby knitter and get excited over doing simple projects like drawstring bags and giftcard pouches, and knitting isn't my first love so I have no real stash except for a few single balls I bought at Walmart and slowly-acquired piles of four different colors my ...more
Besides her style of writing which is personal, reflective, and humorous I also love the cute cartoon character on the front of a sheep knitting from it's own wool!
I'm not experienced with knitting much at all but could relate to the comical frustration when "things don't go right"! I also ...more
Stephanie is a master at fostering reflection through story-telling. The first story, about ...more
here's one pearl of wisdom I liked: except for good deals and good luck, you get what you pay for, and quality follows cash.
or, on kids: as she was cleaning the refrigerator, she realized that maybe, in some sort of primal challen ...more
As is probably obvious, I quite liked my ...more