More tongue-in-cheek, laugh-out-loud observations on the world of knitting from the best-selling author and self-proclaimed "Yarn Harlot." Anyone who thinks knitting is for little old ladies hasn't met the Harlot. In her latest book-successor to her previous bestsellers At Knit's End, Knitting Rules!, and Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter-Stephanie Pearl-McPhee journeys deep into the land of those who are obsessed with yarn, needles, and what's on their needles now.
Using a travel guide format, she describes and critiques every aspect of this territory she knows so well: its people (young and old, male and female), familiar phrases ("purl this, darn that"), strange beliefs, currency (skein trading), etiquette, holidays (any sale day at the local yarn shop), and customs. And, while the land of knitting is a mostly peaceful place, it does have its controversies, such as the acrylic vs. natural fibers and circular vs. straight needles debates, which Pearl-McPhee visits with relish and glee.
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by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
by John McPhee
by Stephanie Madoff Mack
by Margaret McPhee
"Stephanie Pearl-McPhee reads her own "'travelogue"' to the Land of Knitting. She introduces us to the population, what to pack (how many projects should you pack for vacation?), environmental issues (keeping your stash of yarn under control), politics (natural fibers vs. acrylic), common ailments (second-sock syndrome; finish-it-itis), etiquette (when is it okay to knit in public?), and multiple other faux travel topics. "Casts Off" is a conversational book poking gentle, affectionate fun (as opposed to needling!) at those who are permanent residents of the Land of Knitting. The production is enhanced by Pearl-McPhee's down-to-earth style and clear Canadian accent. She reads with a wink and a smile, and her yarns will make you smile too. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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