Fantastic read I couldn t put it down As a new knitter and a lover of pithy sayings this book was a treat to my inner knitter and nerdy soul. The tangled life of the knitter is the subject of inspired nuttiness intongue in cheek meditations from the Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl McPhee 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 Covering everything from the deadly second sock syndrome to a pile of yarn so big it can hide a washing machine, this hilarious collection will have knitters in stitches It may be important to note that I checked the audio out on OverDrive at a time when life was quite stressful, every evening found me too exhausted to knit or do anything else, and I d just discovered my new glasses were wrong and that s why my eyes were watering heavily in the evenings So sorry, Mrs K., we ll be happy to replace them It will just take 10 14 days So I collapsed into bed every night longing to knit or read or something, but I just couldn t One night I decided to try for an It may be important to note that I checked the audio out on OverDrive at a time when life was quite stressful, every evening found me too exhausted to knit or do anything else, and I d just discovered my new glasses were wrong and that s why my eyes were watering heavily in the evenings So sorry, Mrs K., we ll be happy to replace them It will just take 10 14 days So I collapsed into bed every night longing to knit or read or something, but I just couldn t One night I decided to try for an audio knitting book I expected to have to settle for a romance with knitting in it, but this book was available I downloaded it and began listening The format confused me a bit I should have expected it, since the subtitle says Meditations , but I hadn t clued in First there s a short quote that appears to have nothing to do with knitting, then a quick related anecdote that does Sometimes these are little stories about her knitting experiences, or perhaps rants about needle sizing or laments of the lack of storage opportunities for yarn hoarders Each ends with a declaration that begins I will So what did I think of it It s hard to say If I d read the book expecting laugh out loud humor or deep insights into knitting I think I would have been disappointed But what I wanted was some yarn talk to soothe me while I drifted off to sleep, and it worked well there Night after night I backed the recording up to a spot I remembered, listened and slowly fell asleep again It really helped It was rather like tuning into a knitting podcast every night If you re new to the author I definitely don t recommend starting with this book She has others that are better As for the audio, the author has a pleasant rather deadpan voice that worked for falling asleep to FWIW 2.5 stars Bullet Review The things you find durings Christmas salesThis was one of those 1.99 books thatwas practically giving during the most recent holiday season Being a big knitter crocheter I don t judge , I thought, why not This is a fun, little booklet with a quote, followed by a brief anecdote, closing with a lessons learned tiddly bit They are pretty light hearted, goofy, showing the love of knitting and the foibles of having a crazy hobby.That said, I m glad I paid only Bullet Review The things you find durings Christmas salesThis was one of those 1.99 books thatwas practically giving during the most recent holiday season Being a big knitter crocheter I don t judge , I thought, why not This is a fun, little booklet with a quote, followed by a brief anecdote, closing with a lessons learned tiddly bit They are pretty light hearted, goofy, showing the love of knitting and the foibles of having a crazy hobby.That said, I m glad I paid only 1.99 Most of the scenes are a mere 1 page long and even then, they filled maybe have the page on a Kindle Also, some of the scenes were quite repetitive the hoarding of yarn, the scouring for sales, knitting everywhere, how kids don t appreciate knit gifts, etc If I had paid , I would have been very upset.Avid knitters will appreciate the most, followed closely by those who know avid knitters Just don t expect much meat I m going to give this five stars but also some caveats.1 This is not Stephanie Pearl McPhee s best format to work in She s at her best when she can take a long time and dig deep, but the meditation format is brief and undercuts any major buildup 2 The format of listening to it rather than reading it was a lousy choice on my part It would be better with this to have read it and been able to go back and re read parts.Having said that, this is still a book that most writers would have been pr I m going to give this five stars but also some caveats.1 This is not Stephanie Pearl McPhee s best format to work in She s at her best when she can take a long time and dig deep, but the meditation format is brief and undercuts any major buildup 2 The format of listening to it rather than reading it was a lousy choice on my part It would be better with this to have read it and been able to go back and re read parts.Having said that, this is still a book that most writers would have been proud to display as the pinnacle of their life s work The irony being that it s not hers Go figure Having said that, the book is full of insights, humor, humility, and experience If you enjoy knitting and or enjoy the Yarn Harlot, give this book a read She narrated the audiobook herself, and I will say that despite problems with the format, I could listen to her all day Especially when she can t help herself and she giggles in the middle of reading her work D This was recommended to me by Lalla Ward as she thought that as another knitter I d be very amused by it She was right It was fantastic There were perhaps a little too many references to ones children, and the writer had clearly been an obsessive knitter many years longer than me, but it had SO much truth in it And it was so very funny I marked down all my favourite passages so I could share them with my friends who knit I will be buying them copies and passing them out so they can find th This was recommended to me by Lalla Ward as she thought that as another knitter I d be very amused by it She was right It was fantastic There were perhaps a little too many references to ones children, and the writer had clearly been an obsessive knitter many years longer than me, but it had SO much truth in it And it was so very funny I marked down all my favourite passages so I could share them with my friends who knit I will be buying them copies and passing them out so they can find their favourite bits too Quick and easy to read and occasionally moved me to tears Simply wonderful Highly recommended to everyone who knits I listened to this as an audiobook and it was great for the car Trying to get my knitting mojo back really funny and can relate. 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 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 appreciate that sock if it ever gets finished I totally related to her frustration when she completed a gorgeous sophisticated gold and copper wrap, only to realize that she has nowhere to wear a gorgeous, sophisticated gold and copper wrap I laughed out loud when she talked about her children who also knit accusing her of giving them the crap yarn and hording the good stuff And I nodded in agreement when she wrote about the frustration she feels when non knitters just don t understand Each little topic is short about a paragraph or so which means that At Knit s End is a great book to pick up, open to a random section and be amused It is also a great listen to this kind of book to share with others, both your fellow knitters and those in your life who put up with your knitting obsession 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 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 interstasia stuff is, but it can t be all that hard And I was off With this book as inspiration, I began my first scarf which is still sitting, abandoned in my closet with a pair of chopsticks as stich holders I then went on to knit toques and even socks my current obsession It s all thanks to this book that rekindled my interest in the wondeful art of knitting Don t knit Read it anyway