Things I Learned from Knitting... Whether I Wanted to or Not

Things I Learned from Knitting... Whether I Wanted to or Not


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In "Things I Learned from Knitting" (whether I wanted to or not), Pearl Mc-Phee examines age-old aphorisms in light of knitting. From "Hope Springs Eternal" to "A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed" and "Birds Of A Feather Flock Together," Pearl-McPhee casts a fresh, off-beat light on these sayings. Presented in quick, punchy takes, each entry in this book calls out to be read aloud and shared with anyone who enjoys playing with yarn and needles.Pearl-McPhee's observations are hilarious; the situations she describes strike a familiar, "not you, too?" feeling in the heart of anyone who knits. Interspersed throughout the book are her notes on the things that "Knitting is still trying to teach me..." That no matter how well you knit, looking at your work too closely isn't helpful. It's like kissing with your eyes open. Nobody looks good that close up.

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  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 110 x 162 x 20mm | 181.44g
  • Storey Publishing LLC
  • North AdamsUnited States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • 1603420622
  • 9781603420624
  • 48,872

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Pearl-McPhee had the crowd in ahem stitches. A front-page feature in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" covering Stephanie s event stated, It s like our version of Woodstock, Atlanta business owner Karen Jacobson observed wryly of the event. Another quote reads, It s like when I saw the Beatles in 1964. Better, actually. This time I didn t have to hitchhike to get there. "

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"Beginning is easy, continuing is hard" takes on special meaning for a knitter faced with five projects already on needles, yet struck by the irresistible urge to start something brand new. Share Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's amazement at the resounding, and even astonishing, truths found in everyday cliches and adages. Babies grow is a hard-learned lesson if you are a knitter who's stayed up nights making a tiny sweater for a special newborn, only to discover that a baby's ability to grow far exceeds your ability to knit. Knowing that you gotta roll with the punches can push an airborne knitter to the extreme of casting on with a couple of coffee stir sticks. After all, as every knitter knows for sure, idle hands are the devil's workshop."

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Pick up the needles, grab a skein of yarn, cast on...and let the life lessons to begin! From "Patience is a Virtue" and "Hope Springs Eternal" to "Look Before You Leap," Stephanie Pearl-McPhee applies her trademark humor and wry insights to reveal the wise (and sometimes unexpected) truths contained within 45 familiar adages, understood as only a knitter could. These irresistible reflections on life will have you laughing, crying and marveling out loud at how amazingly fortunate you are to be living "your" life as a knitter.

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