“All Wound Up” by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

March 9, 2012 Book Reviews 0 ★★★★½

“All Wound Up” by Stephanie Pearl-McPheeAll Wound Up by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on October 18, 2011
Genres: Crafts, Humor
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Source: the library
Purchase: Amazon
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four-half-stars
Also by this author: The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes

". . . 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 Harlot

Inside All Wound Up, New York Times best-selling author and self-proclaimed Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl-McPhee spins her third yarn on knitting for the 60 million knitters in North America who collectively spend $45 billion a year on knitting-related merchandise.

In 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 <a href="www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/"yarnharlot.ca 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.

Review

If you’re a knitter, or just live with one, you’ve probably heard of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, AKA The Yarn Harlot.  She writes one of the most popular knitting blogs and is the author of several books on knitting, including Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot’s Bag of Knitting Tricks; Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter; and Things I Learned from Knitting (Whether I Wanted To or Not).  Her newest book, All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin, is, like most of her other books, a collection of essays ranging from the humorous to the poignant.  This time, however, Pearl-McPhee wanders farther afield; although most of the essays do deal with or at least contain knitting, several focus on other aspects of her life.  She writes about the Canadian winter, the trauma of replacing her 28-year-old washing machine, and the pleasures of looking into other people’s windows as you pass by.  The incident where her husband gets the truck stuck between a garage and a light pole, complete with dialogue, is laugh-out-loud funny (though I was both amazed and impressed that he allowed her to include it in the book.)  Readers of her blog may recognize some of the episodes from her blog posts over the last year or two, but will not be disappointed by this collection.

 

 

four-half-stars
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