Let s say you just knit your first hat and it did t quite turn out the way you planned Maybe it s not quite the right size Or shape Have you considered your extended family and friends Maybe one of them has a head that would be perfect for your new creation Or maybe you need to change your mindset your hat might be much happier as a tea cozy Or you could put handles on it and make it a purse Or maybe, just maybe, what you really knit was a ball of yarn, just waiting to be ripped out and Let s say you just knit your first hat and it did t quite turn out the way you planned Maybe it s not quite the right size Or shape Have you considered your extended family and friends Maybe one of them has a head that would be perfect for your new creation Or maybe you need to change your mindset your hat might be much happier as a tea cozy Or you could put handles on it and make it a purse Or maybe, just maybe, what you really knit was a ball of yarn, just waiting to be ripped out and re purposed.That s the sort of book this is funny and upbeat and encouraging, which is just what you need as a n00b knitter trying to figure out what on earth you re doing, or what to do with your most recent knitting disaster The author has a very strong narrative voice and tends to spend as much time telling stories as giving out specific advice, so if you re looking for a no nonsense guide, move on If you re looking for a sympathetic word, a fair bit of humor, and a fabulous description of basic sock architecture, this could be the book you re looking for I ve read Stephanie Pearl McPhee s blog on and off for almost a decade and always felt like her writing voice was the kind of friend you could hang out with This book definitely fulfills that personally friendly and funny voice, but also with no nonsense advice for getting started with knitting This book is for this generation of knitters those who probably learned from online videos rather than from their elders She breaks down the fundamentals of creating hats, socks, scarves shawls, and s I ve read Stephanie Pearl McPhee s blog on and off for almost a decade and always felt like her writing voice was the kind of friend you could hang out with This book definitely fulfills that personally friendly and funny voice, but also with no nonsense advice for getting started with knitting This book is for this generation of knitters those who probably learned from online videos rather than from their elders She breaks down the fundamentals of creating hats, socks, scarves shawls, and sweaters without getting bogged down in specific patterns This might be frustrating to some who wanthand holding, but Stephanie s purpose is to release confident knitters into the wild As her closing says, it s just knitting after all Use your noggin, don t be afraid to make mistakes, and knit confidently If you are looking for a quick read to push your knitting forward once you ve got the basic knit purl stitch down, grab this book Since about a third of the book extols the stash, I figured a third of this review should, too The other parts of the book do have some excellent knitting advice, though, and McPhee does write some entertaining prose.This book has lead me to the conclusion that I am not a real knitter I have a yarn stash, yes It s contained in one, one bin in the bottom of my closet and is mostly made of leftover yarn from former projects If I go to a yarn store, I know exactly what I need for my current pro Since about a third of the book extols the stash, I figured a third of this review should, too The other parts of the book do have some excellent knitting advice, though, and McPhee does write some entertaining prose.This book has lead me to the conclusion that I am not a real knitter I have a yarn stash, yes It s contained in one, one bin in the bottom of my closet and is mostly made of leftover yarn from former projects If I go to a yarn store, I know exactly what I need for my current project, and I buy exactly that I do not fondle yarn I m not in love with yarn While I do prefer 100% wool for my knitting, friends, Wool of the Andes is my go to yarn.1 I don t fondle the skeins and think about what the yarn wants to be I think about what I want to make, then select the appropriate yarn It s not that I don t love good construction materials I live in Northern New England and there is a reason I love wool But apparently the real knitter has a stash that s big enough to be embarrassing, but not so embarrassing that there isn t a bit of brag going on The real knitter hides how much one spends on yarn from partners The real knitter could happily use the stash as a mattress The real knitter is obsessed in yarn stores, fondles the different yarns and consults with it so that it is possible to discover what that yarn wants to be.I admit it I m not a real knitter I just make sweaters and socks and hats with sticks and string My mother taught me to knit while she was visiting me at Thanksgiving, and so I am working on my very first item a scarf, done in simple garter stitch with purple merino wool Since her visit I ve picked up a few books to help me, starting with two beginner knitter books and then followed by this one which I found by browsing at the store I ve read the author s blog for the last month or so and find her writing quite entertaining, so I figured I d give this a whirl This book is a great compa My mother taught me to knit while she was visiting me at Thanksgiving, and so I am working on my very first item a scarf, done in simple garter stitch with purple merino wool Since her visit I ve picked up a few books to help me, starting with two beginner knitter books and then followed by this one which I found by browsing at the store I ve read the author s blog for the last month or so and find her writing quite entertaining, so I figured I d give this a whirl This book is a great companion to the beginner how to or instruction manual books that I ve already got, as it s almost all word and explains a lotof the whys and why nots than the details of the how There are a lot of entertaining comments, especially with regards to the concept of yarn stashing which I m familiar with due to my quilting fabric stash , and a lot of descriptions of what can happen or not depending on what choices you make as you knit There is also great information on knitting basic items like hats, scarves, and socks, which I m finding really helpful as I look around this new hobby and am just starting to get the vocabulary and knowledge required to understand it all While this might not be so helpful for an experienced knitter, I d say it s a great addition to a beginner knitter s library and I m looking forward to reading additional books by the author Added to my TBR April 10, 2013There is literally nothing in this world that inspires me to knitthan reading a Stephanie Pearl McPhee book She s so funny, so enthusiastic, it s impossible for me to read even a page without my fingers itching to grab some needles Of course, then I got to the chapters about knitting socks and sweaters, and all the mathing involved, and my knitrection drooped mightily Because math Still Such a fantastic book, and hopefully my desire to knit will continue Added to my TBR April 10, 2013There is literally nothing in this world that inspires me to knitthan reading a Stephanie Pearl McPhee book She s so funny, so enthusiastic, it s impossible for me to read even a page without my fingers itching to grab some needles Of course, then I got to the chapters about knitting socks and sweaters, and all the mathing involved, and my knitrection drooped mightily Because math Still Such a fantastic book, and hopefully my desire to knit will continue for at least a few months I ve been on a serious knitting slump for awhile now Now I understand why knitters become such ardent fans of Stephanie McPhee Not only is this book full of sage advice for knitters, it s very funny I think admitting to being prejudiced that even a non knitter would enjoy this book for its humor While it s directed at knitters, hoping to help us make our lives a bit easier with suggestion on stash book magazine organizing, simple instructions for generic hats, scarves, sweaters, and socks, it s also full of a wealth of practical advice on how Now I understand why knitters become such ardent fans of Stephanie McPhee Not only is this book full of sage advice for knitters, it s very funny I think admitting to being prejudiced that even a non knitter would enjoy this book for its humor While it s directed at knitters, hoping to help us make our lives a bit easier with suggestion on stash book magazine organizing, simple instructions for generic hats, scarves, sweaters, and socks, it s also full of a wealth of practical advice on how to cop with living with a knitter Figuring out what kind of knitter you are scientific , and what to do when Things Go Wrong This was a joy to read and I plan to keep it right by my side, along with the other 457 books about knitting in my collection Both a celebration of the craft and a sourcebook for practical information, Knitting Rulesis a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the avid knitter Stephanie Pearl McPhee unravels the mysteries of tangled yarn, confusing patterns, and stubbornly unfinished projects Daring to question long standing rules and encouraging crafters to knit in the way that works best for them, this illuminating, liberating, and hilarious look at the world of knitting is full of surprises and delightfully inspiring ideas Part funny anecdotes, part how to, part pattern book This wasn t quite as much fun to read through as Yarn Harlot but is one I need a copy of on my shelf to refer back to There are a lot of practical tips and advice that I kept wanting to snap pics of to remember. I enjoyed this book, especially the tables of average garment sizes I already know enough to come up with all of her recipes on my own, but for a less experienced knitter I think those would also be very valuable However, about 1 4 of the way in I stopped seeing the author s comments as jokingly self deprecating, and started seeing it as her almost bragging about how non smart and self focused she is in many, many ways weird, and not very attractive Despite that, I found the content usefu I enjoyed this book, especially the tables of average garment sizes I already know enough to come up with all of her recipes on my own, but for a less experienced knitter I think those would also be very valuable However, about 1 4 of the way in I stopped seeing the author s comments as jokingly self deprecating, and started seeing it as her almost bragging about how non smart and self focused she is in many, many ways weird, and not very attractive Despite that, I found the content useful and would definitely recommend it to friends who were interested in the whys of knitting.My one main disappointment was that there was no discussion of finishing other than blocking I have yet to find a book that talks about the right ways to weave in ends I really, really liked this book I m pausing before giving it a 5 star because I m still in the grip of the glow of my first knitted sock following her instructions The instructions about the sock are clear and very good I m wondering if that might false inflate the score I m thinking about giving.I think this is an excellent book for beginners and has a lot to offer in the way of tips for yarn storage, knitting bags, and project management Yes, there is such a thing as knitting project I really, really liked this book I m pausing before giving it a 5 star because I m still in the grip of the glow of my first knitted sock following her instructions The instructions about the sock are clear and very good I m wondering if that might false inflate the score I m thinking about giving.I think this is an excellent book for beginners and has a lot to offer in the way of tips for yarn storage, knitting bags, and project management Yes, there is such a thing as knitting project management, especially when to back out gracefully Probably not for intermediate advanced knitters unless you like Pearl McPhee s persona and don t mind reading something that you know already