Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting is a fun and funny travel guide to the knitting world. In it she explores the strange (to outsiders) customs of this wonderful land and lets all of us who live there know that we are not alone and we are not crazy.
Readers will find themselves laughing, nodding their heads in agreement and from time to time thinking "well, at least I'm not as obsessed as she is."
Knitting Humor and Heart
If you've read any of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's books, you know that she combines inspiration, instruction and humor in a way that makes you feel like you're talking to you big knitting sister.
This book is written in the style of a travel guide, but it's all about the land of Knitting, which you enter whenever you pick up your needles, go to a yarn store or talk about knitting to a stranger on the bus.
- Getting there
- Packing tips (how much yarn is enough for a week's vacation?)
- Consulates and embassies (yarn stores and public knitters)
- Gathering places (guilds and knitterly gatherings)
- Environmental issues (stash control)
- Interesting sights (dealing with a knitting black hole)
- Natural disasters
- Politics (issues knitters get touchy about)
- Justice system (dealing with a project gone wrong)
- Health warnings (second sock syndrome, startitis, whiplash and more)
- Pests (stash scoopers, hockey sweaters)
- Endangered species (people with no stash, people who knit soakers)
- Social customs (etiquette)
- Sports, culture, religion, beliefs and customs
- Extending your stay and being home in the land of knitting
Knitting Stories, Tips and Quizzes
This book is peppered with stories about great knitters, as well as letters and e-mails revolving around the story of a woman as she becomes a citizen of Knitting.
Pages of tips help knitters with such things as how to go to a yarn store without spending money, five ways to tell you need a new yarn shop, and information to give your loved ones about the proper gift for you (yarn).
Quizzes will help you determine what kind of knitter you are (process versus product) and how you are journeying through knitting.
You'll learn how to throw a party for knitters (good lighting, no candles, clear beverages), things to bring with you to Knitting (a sense of humor, curiosity), information on why men should knit, how to find knitting friends and what to say to knitters on the Internet, and much, much more.
If you are a true citizen of Knitting, you will find yourself in these pages over and over again. For knitters who don't have a lot of in-person knitting friends, this book can make you feel less alone, and maybe less crazy, too.
Pearl-McPhee writes about knitting with warmth and passion, the way all serious knitters feel about the craft. In the end, Knitting isn't a place you visit every now and then, but it becomes your home.
"Knitting, done right with passion and with the right people, can transform lives, open doors, and teach you new things," she writes. "Knitting becomes a place you carry with you. Knitting becomes a place that is everywhere you go. Knitting becomes home and is every bit as transformative as any other journey of learning. Knitting offers prizes to those who choose to live in it."
Give this book to a new knitter and she or he will understand a little better why knitters are so enthusiastic about their craft. This book will lift you up and make you feel completely comfortable with all the time you spend knitting, the huge stash in your house, even the projects you completely mess up.
Publication Date: March 2007.