I admire Stephanie Pearl McPhee a lot, and I ve been influenced a lot by her as a knitter Sometimes her humor is too much of the same thing over and over Teenagers, AMIRITE but I like her essays best when they re a littlequiet and contemplative, or when they pull from something abstract and make it experiential There were a few of those kinds of essays in this book, mostly toward the end. What a charming little book. It s been a while since I ve read Stephanie Pearl McPhee or her blog, so I had forgotten how jealous I am of her knitting skills Having tucked my bitterness away, I proceeded on with her latest Having said that, I have to say I enjoyed this collection muchthan her last effort because it was, gasp, a bit darker and it s not as if she has gone serial yarn killer or anything than her other works In this volume her musings areabout the darker side of her personality she is All It s been a while since I ve read Stephanie Pearl McPhee or her blog, so I had forgotten how jealous I am of her knitting skills Having tucked my bitterness away, I proceeded on with her latest Having said that, I have to say I enjoyed this collection muchthan her last effort because it was, gasp, a bit darker and it s not as if she has gone serial yarn killer or anything than her other works In this volume her musings areabout the darker side of her personality she is All Wound Up, so to speak, and it is refreshing to know that sweet smiling woman is just as bitter as I am about several things Beloved and faithful appliances choking out their last when the household budget can ill afford it, idiots making inane remarks regarding her knitting in public, and heart crushing sadness She also touches on the less finer points of dealing with daughters, adolescent dating, and determining whether one s penchant for fiber qualifies as an addiction The Yarn Harlot is nothing if not humorous, and this is humor to which I can relate I can forecast that some fans may complain that there aretopics than just the love of knitting Yet this is just what I feel makes this collection stronger than earlier efforts No matter what the topic, she knits it all together with love, laughter and yarn Well done First of all, this is not a book about knitting It does have a lot of knitting references in it, so it is probably best appreciated by fellow knitters But in reality the essays in this collection cover a lot of ground with humor and insight parenting, social issues, mental health, chaos theory, problem solving, fair trade, craftsmanship, self esteem The yarn harlot herself presents the term adoxography, meaning skilled writing about an unimportant subject, to describe her work, and that First of all, this is not a book about knitting It does have a lot of knitting references in it, so it is probably best appreciated by fellow knitters But in reality the essays in this collection cover a lot of ground with humor and insight parenting, social issues, mental health, chaos theory, problem solving, fair trade, craftsmanship, self esteem The yarn harlot herself presents the term adoxography, meaning skilled writing about an unimportant subject, to describe her work, and that is a perfect description except for one thing she makes knitting important She relates her knitting to everything, and through it you see the world a littleclearly She proves that the mind that can figure out what went wrong with a complicated cable pattern twenty rows back and somehow fix it is also pretty good at decoding human behavior.If you are a knitter, you will enjoy this book so much you will find yourself at times laughing out loud and uncontrollably for pages on end If you are not a knitter, but perhaps an innocent spouse forced to listen to passages read out loud by your resident knitter, you will still think the writing pretty darn funny, clever, and true.This is the book which has reminded me how much I like reading personal essays when they are well done Got to get me some All Wound Up is a collection of essays about a variety of things Of course, having being written by Stephanie Pearl McPhee a.k.a The Yarn Harlot there is lots of witty, funny things about yarn, knitting and knitters Personal favorites include Knit Junkie in which the Harlot turns to the DSM IV s definition of addiction to see if she does have a knitting problem, Personal Filters in which she reveals all the wonderfully snarky things she would like to say in response to the questions non All Wound Up is a collection of essays about a variety of things Of course, having being written by Stephanie Pearl McPhee a.k.a The Yarn Harlot there is lots of witty, funny things about yarn, knitting and knitters Personal favorites include Knit Junkie in which the Harlot turns to the DSM IV s definition of addiction to see if she does have a knitting problem, Personal Filters in which she reveals all the wonderfully snarky things she would like to say in response to the questions non knitters always ask knitters, Crytosopophilia which muses on the things we see and what we infer from them when we get quick little glimpses into someone s life, and The Cool Table which discusses our efforts to fit in and feel comfortable in our own skins and where that might lead us But in addition to all the great knitting anecdotes, there are some essays that breaks out of knitting culture to reflect on moments of day to day life From the death of a beloved washing machine to a love affair with the quiet peace of nighttime, Stephanie s writing is funny and insightful whether she writes about yarn or life I really enjoyed the last part of this book, especially October, Crytoscopophilia, Fair Trade about crocheting , The Deep Dark, and The Time of the Big Not Knitting. All Wound Up Stephanie Pearl McPhee is also known as the Yarn Harlot from her blog I found her blog first and laughed out loud at some of the things that happened to her I was a new knitter and a long time crocheter so I didn t like that she hated crochet, but after reading this book the first time back in 2011 I understood how she would not enjoy the process She covers so many topics in the book, just as on her blog, and many I could nod my head and say, Yes That is so me You do not ha All Wound Up Stephanie Pearl McPhee is also known as the Yarn Harlot from her blog I found her blog first and laughed out loud at some of the things that happened to her I was a new knitter and a long time crocheter so I didn t like that she hated crochet, but after reading this book the first time back in 2011 I understood how she would not enjoy the process She covers so many topics in the book, just as on her blog, and many I could nod my head and say, Yes That is so me You do not have to be a crafter to understand what she is writing about or to laugh about some of the things that happen But it is a fun read Each chapter is different and some flow into the others and some hop from topic to topic The reason that it took so long to read this was that it was just something I would read a chapter here or there first read was straight through and I would pick it up and read for a little while and then walk away for a little bit For some reason knitting isn t considered a cool activity by a lot of people It is an activity that can define who you are, however No one spells out the life of a knitter as well as Stephanie Pearl McPhee All Wound Up is her newest book, and it is an absolute hoot The essays had me giggling out loud and made family members wonder what exactly could be so funny about a knitting memoir If you are a knitter even a closet one who only knits on weekends , this is just about the most hilarious For some reason knitting isn t considered a cool activity by a lot of people It is an activity that can define who you are, however No one spells out the life of a knitter as well as Stephanie Pearl McPhee All Wound Up is her newest book, and it is an absolute hoot The essays had me giggling out loud and made family members wonder what exactly could be so funny about a knitting memoir If you are a knitter even a closet one who only knits on weekends , this is just about the most hilarious book you could hope to read The author has captured public perception about knitting and the idiosyncrasies of knitters into a humorous collection of stories that will have you saying oh my gosh, that has SOOOO happened to me I give five of five stars to All Wound Up by Stephanie Pearl McPhee a sort of David Sedaris like take on knitting Laugh out loud funny most of the time and poignantly reflective when it s not cracking you up Library Journal on Yarn HarloInside All Wound Up, New York Times best selling author and self proclaimed Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl McPhee spins her third yarn on knitting for themillion knitters in North America who collectively spendbillion a year on knitting related merchandiseIn her trademark style, McPhee talks about knitting, parenting, friendship, and gasp even crocheting in essays that are at times touching, often hilarious, and always entertaining Fans of her popular blog at yarnharlot blog will adore this all new collection of tales of the woolen and silky skein, which follow the Yarn Harlot s previous exploits chronicled inside Yarn Harlot and Free Range Knitter I don t even knit and this book is hilarious It probably helps that she came and did a reading where I work and I can hear the whole book in her voice makes it even better because she is funny as hell in person Great little lessons and everything between the pages