Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: All Wound Up

All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
(knitting humor)

Fans of The Yarn Harlot will already know that they will enjoy this book. It’s essentially her blog in book-form without the knitting pictures. And man, for a knitter, it is funny. I really don’t know how a non-knitter would react to this book, but that’s not who it’s written for. (On the other hand, any non-knitter friends of mine who want to understand knitters, try picking up one of her books. They should give you a good look into our heads.)

This specific book has a few sections that I can sympathize with the most. Stories of WIPs stuffed into the back of a closet in disgrace. Tales of ripping a cast-on out so many times that you despair of ever getting it right (and it’s all your fault because you failed to do a simple thing like read the pattern). Musings on how the stash got so big with random skeins of yarn that will likely never be knit because they’re just not our “type”. I suspect most knitters would find one or more of the stories in this book particularly resonate with them.

All told, this is a very specific niche book. For those IN that niche, it’s a good purchase. For those who know someone in the niche, it might be a good purchase. (It might help you understand your knitter better, or you might get a laugh out of the personality traits you recognize.) For those with no connection to knitting whatever, I’m sorry. You’re missing out on a lot. Also, you probably won’t enjoy this book much, though if you are a fan of humor you will likely still get some enjoyment out of it. But you should really pick up some yarn and a couple of needles. You’ll be a better person for it.


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