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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,583 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Cast off with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on the ultimate journey through the knitter’s world. Pack your crafting bag, chart a course to the nearest yarn shop, and pick your traveling companion by looking for the telltale needle holes in her purse. With wry humor and a contagiously obsessive love for everything knitted, Pearl-McPhee takes you on a hilarious tour of the Land of ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Leslie Jem
Sep 09, 2013 Leslie Jem rated it really liked it
Shelves: needlecrafts, library
I'm sharing this quote because it perfectly sums up knitting for me:

"It turns out that knitting isn't about the yarn or the softness or needing a hat (although we really can't argue with these secondary motivators). It's really about this: Knitting is a magic trick. In this day and age, in a world where science and technology take more and more wonder and work out of our lives , and our planet is quickly becoming a place running out of magic, a knitter takes silly, useless string, mundane sticks
May 06, 2008 Faye rated it it was ok
I loved Knitting Rules. It was funny, plus it has lots of great knitting tips and tricks that are easy to reference. I agree with the previous reviews that the concept for Casts Off was really a stretch for an entire book. I'd go a bit farther and say that the metaphor for knitting as a traveler's journey was a stupid concept for a book.

At first glance, I thought this book was about an actual knitting road trip in which the Yarn Harlot had visited lots of fabulous yarn shops and festivals all o
Apr 15, 2008 dreamer rated it it was ok
I was all ready to give this book one star, I never really was able to get into it and essentially had to force myself to finish it.

But my total excitement at her "Traveler's Life Afghan" has me adding a star. I only wish that the whole book had been so exciting for me.

One of my friends said she felt as though that the Yarn Harlot had been pressured to hammer out another book for her publishers and I think that sums it up perfectly.

I love knitting books but really felt this one had very little s
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Sep 15, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All knitters
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, AKA The Yarn Harlot, has deviated from her earlier formula. The other books looked like, and probably were, collections of blogs and/or essays. They were funny. We all wished for more. Here it is.

This book is written as a travelogue through the land of knitting. One point of view shown is that of a newbie who becomes a Knitter (with a capital K), and is exposed through letters written by that person along the journey, as if she were in that land writing home.

The rest is
Mar 02, 2011 Kiri rated it liked it
I love all of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's work -- whether yarncraft or wordcraft! She has a rare wit, acres of knitting expertise, and a charming candidness that's captivating. I adore her blog.

That said, this book only gets 3 stars because it is, well, kind of mediocre. Very likable, and with some brilliant bits, but overall feels like an attempt to stretch a metaphor a bit farther than it can really reach. Organized like a travel guide, this book introduces you to the land of Knitting, which is e
Jan 02, 2010 Hilarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Humor, Knitting
Format: Audiobook, Read by the Author
Reading Challenges: 1 for 100+ in 2010

If you are a knitter, then you probably have already heard of Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee. If you are a non-knitter, you are probably wondering if it is truly possible for a book to be both humorous and about knitting. Let me assure you that most knitters have a very healthy sense of humor. We almost have too! Surely you have seen some of the hideous hand knitted objects out there.

McPhee is a pop
Feb 10, 2013 Kendra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a writer who makes me giggle. I have read several of her books, and they have all just made me lighter and happier for having read them. I highly recommend becoming a fan if you are a knitter. I was checking out ebooks available to be checked out from my library the other day and saw Casts Off as an option. This is an early work by Stephanie, which I had never read.

The premise is similar to her other books. She is able to take certain aspects of the knitt
Kate Irwin-smiler
Jun 05, 2014 Kate Irwin-smiler rated it really liked it
This is a delightful piece of reading - funny, light, and handily packaged in bite-size chunks. It doesn't need to be read start to finish - just pick up the book anywhere. There is a nice set of letters from/about "Alice" - following her development from a knitting stalker to a Knitter-with-a-capital-K, which is best read in sequence, but it's still nice and funny if you don't get them that way. The book is based on the idea that Knitting is a land unto itself, and Knitters travel there. Just a ...more
fun, lite read, it appears to be about knitting but really it is a commentary on life and travelling through it.
Alanna Jane
Feb 06, 2016 Alanna Jane rated it it was amazing
Absolutely hilarious (in the "OMGosh, I've done that" sense). Every knitter should read this book cover-to-cover.
Jan 05, 2016 Trudy rated it it was amazing
Very entertaining if you are a knitter...or perhaps if you know a knitter well. Otherwise, you probably won't connect.
Kendra Fletcher
Jul 04, 2012 Kendra Fletcher rated it it was ok
My least favorite of Stephanie's usually great books.
Jan 18, 2016 Desiree' rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
This is a must read for all knitters, if all you take away from your reading is a smile. I felt the most interesting part of the book I found to be interesting and hilarious, is about knitting black holes. If ever you have knitted a garment, no matter how many rows you knit, it remains the same measurement, then you have yourself a knitting black hole. I especially enjoyed reading her perspective on escape velocity in regards to knitting.

The author's humor is again enjoyable and relaxing and I c
Jul 07, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for its wit, honesty, and unapologetic truth about what it means to be a knitter. Written like a travel guide, the book takes the reader, or in my case the listener, on a journey of self-discovery through one of the oldest and most popular fiber arts. It explains to the "unenlightened" (read person who has yet to be bitten by the knitting bug) the reasoning behind a knitter's "peculiar" behavior. I look forward to reading more of the author's work and lengthen my stay in the la ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read one of the Yarn Harlot's books, so I picked up this one with some of my Christmas gift certificates for my kindle. This one is written almost as a travel guide book to the land of Knitting, with various sections covering visiting, finding embassies (yarn shops), and so on. The author's typical entertaining writing style and humor are present as always, and I quite liked the approach she took for this book. There are also plenty of cute illustrations, as well as a s ...more
Oct 16, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Knitters
I kinda got this as a fluff book. You know a whole book about knitting...what a waste of time...right?

It was funny, clever, and fun to listen to (I had to listen to it while knitting...)

In the last year, I've completely rediscovered my love of knitting. I used to think i was this massive casual knitter...and I felt kinda alone. Ravelry and my friend BL changed that and I've been completely enjoying the social aspect of knitting as well as my new found love of really expensive yarns (ask
Jennifer Johnson
May 25, 2009 Jennifer Johnson rated it liked it
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off or "the Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting" is the most recently released book by the author. (In fact I purchased it fresh from the printer in NYC at the "Represent!" event and it's SIGNED.) [Yarn geeks everywhere are totally jealous, I swear!.:] Pearl-McPhee has taken her unique wit and written a book to guide your through your journey through "knitting land". She hits it right on the head when she says, that most people only plan to visit 'knitting la ...more
Jun 06, 2007 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Another book of knitting culture humor from our dear Yarn Harlot. I loved it, but I have to admit that I didn't think it was quite as hilarious as her previous books. This might have been because the "travel guide" format, while very fun, was a bit of a stretch at times. Still, it was great. I'm impressed by the way that Steph has used different formats for all of her books so far, and I'm curious to see what she does next. (But I'd rather another book of hilarious essays, say, than something le ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it
I picked up one of her other books after it was recommended on one of my favorite knitting blogs, but then realized that it just feels wrong to read a book about knitting when I could be listening to an audiobook about knitting WHILE knitting. So I looked at my library for ones that were available on audiobook. It was a fun book. Some interesting metaphors. Lots of useful information. I enjoyed it, though wasn't particularly enthralled.
Feb 13, 2015 Atlantis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
If you have ever picked up some knitting needles, you are obsessed with yarn or have any craft that requires yarn and/or needles this is a book for you. I listened to it on audiobook and it was laugh out loud hysterical. I loved the knitting while dating story as well as the knitting black hole theory. Well worth a read or listen, especially if you are part of a knitting group, guild or club.
Alexzandra L. Broyles
Another wonderful read.

As always, a great read. I laughed, I cried, and I came away with a great feeling.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a great writer that brings a new view to knitting and how knitters view the world as well as how the world views knitters.

Thank you Steph. I look forward to reading more from you.
Jess Lehr
Apr 18, 2015 Jess Lehr rated it liked it
Fun quick little read in knitting. I love how she write like she's talking to old friends but I did feel like some of her chapters were recycling things I've read in previous books. Loooove the idea of a travelers afghan though and plan on making it
Naomi Wheatley
Jul 19, 2014 Naomi Wheatley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is one of my regular picks for times when I don't want to listen to music and I don't want to concentrate on a story but I want to listen to something. The quips are amusing and easy for me to relate to.
Sep 09, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it
Recommends it for: knitters
I'm a fairly new knitter (almost a year!) and have read some of the Yarn Harlot's blog. I decided to get some of her books from the library to see what's what.

Pearl-McPhee is a pretty funny lady! In this book, she welcomes us to the land of Knitting. We learn how to pack for vacations, the pests associated with knitting, diseases (the dreaded second sock syndrome!), etc. We read about politics (natural yarn vs. acrylics) and etiquette (is it ok to knit in public?)

Right now, I'm knitting my very
Light fare for knitters and those who love them. Maybe I was cranky when I listened to this, but I didn't enjoy it as much as her other books. Nota bad book, just not as amusing as others.
Feb 14, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it
Hilarious. Seriously that one word is all it takes to sum up this book. I warn you, however, if you are not a knitter (either of the upper case or lower case variety) or you do not have a knitter in your life, you may fail to see the humor. If you personally know a knitter (yes, looking at one in the mirror constitutes as knowing one), then you will enjoy this guided tour through the land of Knitting. You will marvel and giggle over the apt descriptions of the inhabitants, their cultural practic ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Mckinley rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, knit
More about knitting, humor along with advice and tips.
Mar 15, 2016 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Another cute book about the joys of knitting.
Bev Sturgis
Aug 31, 2015 Bev Sturgis rated it it was ok
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Jan 25, 2009 Chrissy rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
My Yarn Harlot spree continues. I really enjoyed the letters scattered through this book, and I also continue to like her anecdotes about knitting, but this one missed the mark slightly. The whole "travel" concept was a little contrived. It's still wonderfully readable, but I like her other books and blog so much, I'd have loved more of the same. This one tried to be different. I've got high hopes for the last one, which is now in my possession. Once it's read and reviewed I promise to stop read ...more
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