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Knitting Rules!; The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks

Knitting Rules!; The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks

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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, best-selling author of At Knit’s End and celebrated blogger and humorist of the knitting world, is back! Funnier than ever, Pearl-McPhee continues her running dialogue with her knitting compatriots — cheering them on to ever-greater heights in the climb to make knitting universally recognized as THE peak life experience.Both a celebration of knitting and a sourcebook for practical information, this book is a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the knitter. Pearl-McPhee examines essential truisms of knitting, side by side with tongue in-cheek warnings, realities, and fantasies about the act of knitting and the people who do it.In chapters on everything from yarn needles, gauge, and knitting bag essentials to hats, socks, shawls, and sweaters, Pearl-McPhee unravels the mysteries of what it is that makes knitting click, from the inside out. She dares to question longstanding rules and uncover the true essence of what makes a hat a hat, a sock a sock, and so on. Insights into why certain techniques work encourage knitters to take control and knit in the way that works best for them. As she says, “There are no knitting police.”The result is an illuminating, liberating (and hilarious!) look at knitting that will comfort the experienced knitter, surprise the mainstream one, and entice the beginner.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, best-selling author of At Knit’s End and celebrated blogger and humorist of the knitting world, is back! Funnier than ever, Pearl-McPhee continues her running dialogue with her knitting compatriots — cheering them on to ever-greater heights in the climb to make knitting universally recognized as THE peak life experience.Both a celebration of knitting and a sourcebook for practical information, this book is a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the knitter. Pearl-McPhee examines essential truisms of knitting, side by side with tongue in-cheek warnings, realities, and fantasies about the act of knitting and the people who do it.In chapters on everything from yarn needles, gauge, and knitting bag essentials to hats, socks, shawls, and sweaters, Pearl-McPhee unravels the mysteries of what it is that makes knitting click, from the inside out. She dares to question longstanding rules and uncover the true essence of what makes a hat a hat, a sock a sock, and so on. Insights into why certain techniques work encourage knitters to take control and knit in the way that works best for them. As she says, “There are no knitting police.”The result is an illuminating, liberating (and hilarious!) look at knitting that will comfort the experienced knitter, surprise the mainstream one, and entice the beginner.

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Publish date: Mar 2006
Added to Scribd: Feb 03, 2011
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781603420983
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sriemann_2 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I am upgrading my rating of this book for the general sock recipe alone, which I have used more times than I think I want to say.
notjustlaura reviewed this
Rated 5/5
If you’re a knitter and a reader then you will understand my dilemma. I love them both but, not having two pairs of hands, find it difficult to balance both interests. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has come to the rescue with a series of books about knitting. Now, there are lots of other books about knitting on the market. There are pattern books, books of techniques and how-to books galore but they tend to be books you use rather than books you read. Knitting Rules, on the other hand, is the kind of book you read with joy from beginning to end. In it, Stephanie shares her love of knitting in a friendly, down-to-earth tone that often had me giggling. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced knitter – I am in the middle – you’ll find something in this book to interest and inspire you. I found the perfect solution to Christmas 2012 and I’m looking forward to visiting with Stephanie again soon for more ideas.
philotera_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
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.
njmom3 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
An enjoyable book that teaches and provides tips/techniques in a fun way. It has a lot of workable concepts to help build knitting skills. I would not, however, suggest it as a first or introductory book.
thedivineoomba reviewed this
Rated 4/5
A nice little book about knitting. A number of good suggestions, I especially like her thought on hats. She has any number of good ideas, and reassures a beginning knitter about common mistakes. I think this is a good book to knitters just branching out into projects other than scarves.
rsps_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Knitting Rules!is a very useful book. After checking it out from the library I had to get a copy for myself. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee covers most of the basics of knitting -- choosing yarn and needles, the importance of gauge and how to knit basic items including hats, socks, shawls, scarves and sweaters. And she does all this with wit and humor that makes the book funny as well as useful. I have found her charts for hats and socks extremely useful as well as her basic pattern formulas. This book does not include stitch directions, but once you know how to knit and purl this book will be very useful.
carolwong_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I love to read Stephanie Pearl McPhee's books and this one is no exception. She approachs knitting and learning how to knit with a sense of humor. She admits to a evergrowing stash and made me feel less guilty about mine (so much smaller). I agree with her that television is the prime time to sneak in some knitting. So often, I have felt my hands idle and all they needs is something to knit or to embrioder. Her book reads like an old friend chatting to you. I have to restrain myself from not buying everything that she had written. For anyone who wants to learn, learn more or who enjoys knitting.
klpsnow reviewed this
Rated 5/5
What's not to like? Funny Stephanie, a knitting humorist.
bordercollie_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Marvelously witty and entertaining, this book on knitting made me want to take up the needles again. Much practical advice and motivation.
vriesemafamily reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Snort! I toted this book through the house with me putting down my knitting after trying to prop the book open with my jar of needles, various other books and even crochet stitch markers so that I could read and knit.To my husband's horror I muted his t.v. show to read him particularly amusing passages and to my chagrin he didn't quite get it. I realized I'd have to make atonement when I insisted on bring the book to bed with me so that I could just "finish the chapter (aka, sneak in a third when he wasn't looking)." But he was much amused at my amusement, and that counts for something!This book is a must have for Knitters. A perfect cure for the days when its been a frog too many. When that beautiful skein turned out to have one unforgivable knot too many, and when you notice that some how, perhaps through immaculate conception, there is a loose stitch hanging out way down there on the cast on row... approximately 3 feet away from your working needle.

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