Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off - Book

“Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off – The Yarnharlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting” is the latest book by the popular knitter and blogger. Using the scheme of a traveler’s guide, she explores the Land of Knitting. While not uproariously funny, the book is clever and witty as we expect from the Yarnharlot. But, moreover, she brings a sense of warmth and love for the craft which I enjoyed more than the laughs. There are no patterns or knitting how-to’s in this book. Maybe I’d describe this book as the “psycho-social” aspect of knitting.

In this book, she answers the age-old question: Why do knitters knit? You can take the Knitting Personality Types test and see what kind of knitter you are. There’s advice on finding knitting support and community, knitting etiquette, advice for traveling with your knitting, what to do when bad knitting happens to good knitters, “health” warnings and symptoms of common knitting ailments, shopping for fibers, stashing, an history of knitting, shopping for gifts for knitters, and etc. She also makes a case for knitting to be called a “sport” rather than an “art” or a “craft”.

My only objection was that we men knitters are pretty much excluded from the contents of the book. Shame!

I think this is a great book and if you like Stephanie’s other books, you’re sure to enjoy this one as well. It’s a quick and easy read for someone (like me) who is impatiently waiting for that blinking package to arrive from Jamieson & Smith. I recommend it as a gift for the knitter in your life (translation: you).


Joe E's picture

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much. I was a bit disappointed, because I was expecting it to be more like "Knitting Rules" which I *love* with a capital F.

Maybe I should re-read it without expecting it to be more like her other books.

Thanks for a more thoughtful review!

Crafty Andy's picture

My life is a Craft, not a blog. 

Thanks for sharing with us Jesse