I read this book on one of THOSE days and promptly sent the author some well deserved karmic kudos Boy, did I ever need the laughs Granted, knitters will be the most appreciative of this humor but trust me, any crafty kind of person, male or female, will enjoy this book Just swap in whatever you use, thread, beads, glue gun, hammer, blowtorch, etc., and you ll be off I won t say anything else but instead, will share a few of the wonderfully humorous observations From the side bar, 1 of 4 th I read this book on one of THOSE days and promptly sent the author some well deserved karmic kudos Boy, did I ever need the laughs Granted, knitters will be the most appreciative of this humor but trust me, any crafty kind of person, male or female, will enjoy this book Just swap in whatever you use, thread, beads, glue gun, hammer, blowtorch, etc., and you ll be off I won t say anything else but instead, will share a few of the wonderfully humorous observations From the side bar, 1 of 4 things that are really funny when they happen to other knitters When, after 6 hours of cursing and attempting to sew together his new cardigan, a knitter discovers that the reason it won t go together right is not because he can t figure out where the seams go.but because he s knit a back, two sleeves, and two right fronts Knitting is still teaching me to count I thought I had mastered it in the first grade, but since I have just placed the neck opening for a sweater directly over my right shoulder blade, I apparently need to work on it Knitting is still trying to teach me that things get knit faster when you actually work on them That s why the scarf I ve allegedly been knitting for two years just isn t getting any bigger, no matter how long I leave it in the basket Beginning is easy continuing is hard 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. 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 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 of laugh out loud moments in this book thatthan made up for its pretense Honestly, I think my time would have been better spent andenjoyable if I had used it to knit rather than to read about it 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.Also, CANADIAN AUTHOUR 10 POINTS AWARDED TO GRYFFINDOR 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 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.Also, CANADIAN AUTHOUR 10 POINTS AWARDED TO GRYFFINDOR 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 Am I rambling I think I m rambling I ll see myself out Love her, loved the book technically it s 4.5 stars but I m rounding up because in person she s even funnier, but alsotouching, and a wonderful teacher it s hard to separate the author from the text once you ve met them.When I began knitting I searched in vain for a book like this I don t want to learn how to knit, I want to learn what it feels like to be a knitter There are wonderful books in this vein for gardeners, for instance, some masterpieces of memoir But instead I basicall Love her, loved the book technically it s 4.5 stars but I m rounding up because in person she s even funnier, but alsotouching, and a wonderful teacher it s hard to separate the author from the text once you ve met them.When I began knitting I searched in vain for a book like this I don t want to learn how to knit, I want to learn what it feels like to be a knitter There are wonderful books in this vein for gardeners, for instance, some masterpieces of memoir But instead I basically found these 1 Knitting for brand new stupid people like you2 1,000 patterns for sweaters for women note I m a man 3 How to knit cutesy teensy weensy whimsical forest thingummies4 Norwegian tufted bobble weaving stitch, made easySo what a thrill when I stumbled across Ms Pearl McPhee and her compassionate, hilarious accounts of how it feels to knit I am not alone Note 5 stars amazing, wonderful, 4 very good book, 3 decent read, 2 disappointing, 1 awful, just awful I m fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s 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. I read one of Stephanie s books and loved every word of it Then I bought threeof her books for me and my sisters We are reading them, making little notes and then passing it on the next sister.Delightful book My favorite chapter was the 42nd thing, All s well that ends well Stephanie draws a parallel between parenting and knitting In both knitting and parenting, the very hardest thing is that you have to do a lot of work for a long time before you have any idea at all if the project I read one of Stephanie s books and loved every word of it Then I bought threeof her books for me and my sisters We are reading them, making little notes and then passing it on the next sister.Delightful book My favorite chapter was the 42nd thing, All s well that ends well Stephanie draws a parallel between parenting and knitting In both knitting and parenting, the very hardest thing is that you have to do a lot of work for a long time before you have any idea at all if the project you are working on is going to be any good 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 With a knitter s perspective, Stephanie Pearl McPhee describes the astonishing wisdom and hard to swallow truths that are embedded in everyday clich s You ll laugh with Pearl McPhee as she realizes that babies grow after spending nights knitting a now too small sweater Beginning is easy, continuing is hard takes on a new meaning to the knitter who has five projects going, but wants to start another The next time you drop a stitch, take a cue from this insightful collection and remember, if at first you don t succeed, try, try again This book is a collection of moral principals and maxims, illustrated with knitting stories The principals and maxims are all important and well worth living by Things started going wrong for me with this book when I realized I knew almost nothing about knitting such that many of the illustrations were words I knew drowned out by words I did not know As mentioned above, the principles are important and one ought to live by them But to get the most out of this book, it helps to be a serious k This book is a collection of moral principals and maxims, illustrated with knitting stories The principals and maxims are all important and well worth living by Things started going wrong for me with this book when I realized I knew almost nothing about knitting such that many of the illustrations were words I knew drowned out by words I did not know As mentioned above, the principles are important and one ought to live by them But to get the most out of this book, it helps to be a serious knitter For the record, my daughter the knitter is the one who got this book out of the library I only read it because it was laying there All of the ways that knitting helps us, with design, with managing or not what is important, with living our lives fully When knitters like McPhee write from the heart, somethingthan the needles click Always a delight to read, this volume adds to the literature by helping knitters to know what might happen when trying to clear airport security with needles and gear in hand Dangerous Knitting opens the mind in revolutionary ways, and thus is dangerous But not in the way that the non All of the ways that knitting helps us, with design, with managing or not what is important, with living our lives fully When knitters like McPhee write from the heart, somethingthan the needles click Always a delight to read, this volume adds to the literature by helping knitters to know what might happen when trying to clear airport security with needles and gear in hand Dangerous Knitting opens the mind in revolutionary ways, and thus is dangerous But not in the way that the non knitter might think Let s just let that be the knitters secret for now