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The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin. The Secret Life of a Knitter. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? See all free Kindle reading apps. Don't have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is known worldwide for her books on knitting. She captures the reader in the first pages and it is always a joy and maybe even a giggle to turn the pages of her books.

Things I Learned from Knitting is another excellent read. One person found this helpful. She always makes me laugh. All knitters will easily identify with this little book of humorous stories built around familiar adages like "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" and "The Truth Will Out". Stephanie Perl-McPhee shares her knitting wisdom, experiences, adventures and misadventures. Anyone who has every knit will identify with her unique stories told from a knitter's perspective. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Stephanie Pearl Mcphee has thousands of fans and it's easy to see why when you read this book.

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I laughed, I snickered, I guffawed, and on occasion, even felt a tear come to my eye. This book has made the rounds of my knitting and nonknitting friends: Keep on writing and knitting, Yarn Harlot, we love you! Jan 30, Regina rated it it was ok. I tend to shy away from books that put a philosophical spin on knitting. I do not enter into some transcendent state of enlightenment as a result of knitting.

Yes, it is a passion, therapy and outlet, but knitting has not taught me things, rather, life has and I am able to apply what I have learned to my craft. If anything, knitting is a microcosm of life with its increases, decreases and WIPs! How I approach knitting is as a result of how I learn to handle life. None the less, there were plenty I tend to shy away from books that put a philosophical spin on knitting. None the less, there were plenty of 'laugh out loud' moments in this book that more than made up for its pretense.

Honestly, I think my time would have been better spent and more enjoyable if I had used it to knit rather than to read about it.


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Aug 03, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was honestly just adorable and made me giggle so many times. I found myself on several occasions reading out many bits to my family none of them are knitters, but they live vicariously through me, sigh. Seriously though, she actually lives in the same city as me, it's kind of a big deal, I'm really excited, I could run into her in a knitting shop somewhere and I could tell her I read the book and sincerely loved it, and she could li This was honestly just adorable and made me giggle so many times.

Seriously though, she actually lives in the same city as me, it's kind of a big deal, I'm really excited, I could run into her in a knitting shop somewhere and I could tell her I read the book and sincerely loved it, and she could like sign my knitting needle or something, like a big one, like my US12 or something I think I'm rambling.

I'll see myself out. Jul 29, Rita rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Knitters of any level. This little book is a humorous take on knitting written by a long time knitter, and she recounts the life lessons that she has learned from knitting. It draws parallels to real life situations and it's pretty funny.

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I guess you have to be a knitter to get the full enjoyment out of it! I found out that I sat there chuckling to myself during my daily commute yesterday while reading it. Aug 31, Kathy Rudd rated it really liked it.

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Hilarious collection of life's and knitting's little lessons. Fast read that I finished in one evening. I am not a very good knitter, I am much better at and prefer crochet. My relationship to yarn has taught me these lessons as well. If you have your own relationship with yarn, you will love this quick little read. Dec 08, Liz Gray rated it really liked it.

If you are a knitter and have not read any of Pearl-McPhee's musings on knitting and life, you would do well to start with this little book. Pearl-McPhee aka the Yarn Harlot will make you laugh out loud as she writes about the behavior and characteristics of knitters, our irrational need to keep adding to an already excessive stash, and the enduring appeal of a good yarn store. May 05, Ketti rated it it was amazing Shelves: Then I bought three more of her books for me and my sisters. We are reading them, making little notes and then passing it on the next sister.

Stephanie draws a parallel between parenting and knitting. With both parenting and knitting, you have to hang in there while you do the same things, over and over and over, always hope for the best. With knitting, it is stitches; with parenting I believe it is either making lunches or says No.

With both things you have to have some faith that what you are working on will become beautiful and good, no matter what it looks like right now.

Jul 24, Reading Cat rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm working on an all-over stranded steeked cardigan on size 2 US needles, and needless to say, it is S L O W going at times, so I took a break by reading this book. As usual, it's more like a snack than a book--easily readable in one sitting, and full of funny silly truths about knitters.

I'm patient as heck waiting Put me in a waiting room without knitting and I'm a caged chimp. Thanks for another fun fluffy read! Aug 14, T. Finley rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is primarily a work of humor, but there are some underlying truths beneath the lighthearted writing.

Amusing, thoughtful, and above all, concise. Did I like it? Would I reread it? Would I recommend it? Dec 29, H3dakota rated it really liked it. Furthermore, multiple bobbles down the front of [the] sweater make it look as though you're equipped to nurse a litter. Fun little read appreciated best by we knitters.

Jun 10, Pam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Part of what made this book so much fun is two of my sisters read it first. In the margins they left funny notes. They underlined their favorite parts. Reading it was like having them both with me. They live half way across the nation so that was a treat. Dec 26, Michele rated it really liked it Shelves: Oh what fun to be a knitter! This small book is full of funny anecdotes and yarny truths. Very enjoyable to read. Jun 16, Jessica rated it really liked it. Cute book, very fast read. More like blog posts then a complete narrative, but that's the point!

May 24, Amanda Anson rated it it was amazing.

Things I Learned from Knitting: …whether I wanted to or not by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

I always get a chuckle out of this book when I read it. Jun 01, Sonja rated it liked it. Oct 27, Debbie rated it it was amazing. Love it and found myself agreeing with a lot of things, that I've learnt too. Jul 03, Debbie Brown rated it it was amazing. Once again I am reassured I'm not the only knitter who thinks the way I do.

Another fun book by this author that I could relate to even though I crochet, not knit. I see myself in many of her vignettes, though not all. Mar 27, penny shima glanz rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I was planning on waiting to purchase this book until I showed up at whatever venue Stephanie was speaking at to say thank you to the book store or yarn shop. What to say and how to say it? As a bonus she knits and spins too! We have a roof over our heads and health insurance at the moment. So yes Stephanie, I do like it. Jul 25, Nada rated it liked it Shelves: Review first published on my blog: As a knitter, I found myself laughing and nodding my head in agreement over a lot of the material.

Anyone passionate about a craft will recognize that we all start to see our philosophy of life reflected in elements of our craft. Our crafts teach us, keep us busy, and enable us to show ourselves to the world. And they teach u Review first published on my blog: And they teach us along the way. This book is a pocket size volume - perhaps to easily fit into a knitting bag?

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The lessons in this book are about patience, love, generosity, perfection, and about getting to know our own selves better. The tone is a humorous one as life lessons are put into a knitting context. Lessons like "Don't worry. Be happy" and "Practice makes perfect" and "Everything is relative. While each one is individually interesting, by the second or third, they start to sound the same.

The material and the tone seem the same from book to book. So, I think if this was the first one I had read, I would have really enjoyed it. I still thought it was okay, but nothing new.