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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
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Book Description

1 Aug 2007
Using a travel guide format as her launching pad, Pearl-McPhee acts as tour guide extraordinaire, displaying her trademark razor-sharp wit as she describes and critiques every aspect of this land she knows so well - its people, native language, familiar phrases, strange beliefs, etiquette, and cultural customs. Readers will love her timeline of notable dates in knitting history and rarely celebrated knitting heroes, from the samurai warriors of Japan to the "Terrible Knitters of Dent." And, while the land of knitting is a peaceful place, it does have its political arguments, such as the acrylic versus natural fibres and circular versus straight needles debates. As she's toured (and knit) her way across North America during the past two years, Pearl-McPhee's smart, perfectly timed banter has captured the hearts, minds, and funny bones of thousands of knitters far and wide. No fan is going to want to be left behind as "Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off" on her latest yarn-bound expedition.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Books; First Printing edition (1 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580176585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176583
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 14.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Her insights into the workings of a yarn-a-holic's mind are charming."--Detroit Free Press --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as her other books 5 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have loved all the other books by this author but I found this one to be the same just written in a different way and not so funny. Also on kindle some of the pages are in a letter form and impossible to read even when enlarging the type, so I feel I have been cheated out of some of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as usual. 15 Jun 2014
By Jennifer May VINE VOICE
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This wasn't as good as her other books, but still enjoyable nonetheless. I had no problems reading the letters like the previous reviewers, but you do have to strain your eyes a bit.
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2.0 out of 5 stars enough already 18 Oct 2009
Not as good as one of her early books. Funny in parts but getting a bit old now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I am a normal knitter after all 2 April 2007
By nanapama - Published on
I feared for my sanity. I'd just spent an entire evening looking at the child's sweater I'm knitting which causes me extreme pain with every stitch. The double yarn twisty stitch called for by the pattern is so painful I can't do more that one row at a time. The sweater is clearly going to still be under construction when the child is in college. Problem is I've already spent more than eighty dollars on the yarn.(Yes - I know I'm a little touched in the head and no - the child is not a heiress.)

Then I got my copy of "The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting" and found my dilemma was perfectly normal. I'd taken an unfortunate wrong turn in my knitting journey and if I want to scrap the project, I'm not insane. I just headed up the wrong path. All this vindication from one book - obviously the book is worth its weight in gold.

Fortunately, the book is a lot cheaper than that and is one that every knitter should keep in their knitting bag; if for no other reason than to occasionally do a sanity check. I have to admit I love the Yarn Harlot. I read her blog regularly, (one of the few blogs I do read) and I've read all her other books. She gives me hope when I hit forks in the road, like the one mentioned above, whether in knitting or in life. This book is a little different than the others - no short stories, no great knitting tips, this is not a how-to book. This is a wonderful affirmation of the joys of the knitting journey; the joy is not in the finished object, it's the fun in getting there. No matter what kind of knitter you are, the kinds of knitting hurdles you've faced or the amount of yarn you've accumulated, you'll find yourself in the book.

Buy it, give it a read and see if you agree with me. You may find, all indications to the contrary, you are a totally, normal knitter. You've just taken your own path in the Land of Knitting.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny but not my favourite of her books 13 April 2007
By Guide Mum - Published on
I love Yarn Harlot's writing. I read her blog and appreciate her very balanced and hilarious view of life as a knitter (Can you have a balanced view of life when you are a knitter? *g*).

I was hanging out for "Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off" as I have read and then dipped back into her other books constantly, my favourite being At Knit's End. I have a sneaky suspicion that this latest book will grow on me, and as someone said in an earlier review it does validate knitters as being sane (or at the very least insane in good company). There were parts of it that I related to so closely that they could have been written specifically about me. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a very astute observer of knitters and knitting culture.

This book is definitely worth buying, but if you only want to get one book and haven't read her earlier books I'd suggest buying either of them first.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit or Miss 12 Mar 2008
By C. Wallis Davenport - Published on
I am truly disappointed in Pearl-McPhee's "Cast Offs". I'm giving it three stars, instead of two or one, only because if you've never read her material before, I think you'd like it more than I did. However, I've read her three other laugh-out-loud books, and this one dims by comparison. I feel her problem is that she starts off welcoming the knitter/reader to "The Land of Knitting", and writes "Cast Offs" from a travelogue point of view. Her attempt to be a witty commentary on knitting while remaining in this style seems forced for much of the book. Sometimes, it hits, as when she talks about traveling to foreign "embassies" (local knit shops in foreign cities), while other times it misses its mark (talking about different "diseases" a knitter may encounter while in the land of knitting (like "SSS" for second sock syndrome). While these themes work for a sentence or two in previous books, stretching them out for a page or a chapter really didn't work for me. In fact, I had to force myself to finish "Cast Offs" just so I could tell my parents that they didn't waste their money by giving me this book. Really, this book isn't up to her earlier standards. If you've never read her before, you may like it, but I'd more heartily recommend "The Yarn Harlot", over "Cast Offs" any day.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same Stephanie, different concept 18 May 2007
By Darlyne M. Demeduk - Published on
I have always enjoyed Stephanie's knitting humor but wasn't sure I would like this one because the format was so different than her previous books. I was wrong. This book is just as true to her knitting humor as the others. I could identify my style from her hilarious antidotes. I would recommend this book to anyone who knits, travels or has family or friends that knit and want to better understand them.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't like it 11 Aug 2007
By C. B. - Published on
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I have ALL of her books but this is my least favorite one. I've had it for months and cannot even get thru reading it. With all of her other books I had a lot of good hearty laughes while reading them. This one I don't think has even made me smile. Not sure what is "different" about this book but it's my least favorite. I don't care for the dark green color pages and the drawings on these pages either. Just not easy on the eye.
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