Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Book Review: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off- The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting

From the back of the book:

1) Pack your Bags (How much yarn?) 2) Map out your course (Where's the closest yarn store?) 3) Learn the language (" Just one more row..." ) 4) Find your traveling buddies. (Look for the telltale needle holes in the purse) 5) And cast off with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on a trip from which you may never return-- if you're lucky. Knitting's Yarn Harlot, with her wry humor and unapologetic, obsessive love for everything about this remarkable place, invites you to join her on a hilarious tour of the land, its people, customs, and culture. She tells all-- from unusual geographical features such as the giant stash to common ailments you may be susceptible to, like Yarnesia, Finish-It-Upitis, and the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome. Along the way, you may get lost in Stitches or engrossed by the beauties of Lace, but, whatever happens, it's sure to be the journey of a lifetime.

So this is not quite a novel but a good, and quick read none the less. I enjoyed reading this funny book that reads like a travel book, and covers culture, customs, and my favourite section, history. Although this a is funny book, I picked up a serious bit of history. I learnt that in 1917 (WWI) every woman, boy, girl, and man not in active duty in Canada, US, and Britain was "implored to knit for soldiers......if anyone had any wool she hadn't turned into a pair of socks within twenty-one days, she was asked to turn it in for use by another, faster knitter." Yikes! I'd be in trouble my socks have taken me over a month so far. (Yes, I know I'm probally the slowest knitter around!)

To get a taste of Stephanie's writting you can check out her blog.

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