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July 06, 2007

Review: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off

2007 Finishes: Books

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off
Genre: Knitting humor
Pages: 218
Rating: 4.5

Another book of knitting culture humor from our dear Yarn Harlot. I loved it, but I have to admit that I didn't think it was quite as hilarious as her previous books. This might have been because the "travel guide" format, while very fun, was a bit of a stretch at times. Still, it was great. I'm impressed by the way that Steph has used different formats for all of her books so far, and I'm curious to see what she does next. (But I'd rather another book of hilarious essays, say, than something less funny that's in another format just for the sake of something different. Not that I'm saying that's why this one is in this format, but I'd be afraid of publisher pressure to make her do something different every time.) Knitters should definitely read all of Steph's books, and this one would be particularly good for non-knitters who live with or are otherwise closely associated with knitters and want to try to understand just what the big deal is about this knitting thing.

Posted by Kat at July 6, 2007 08:52 AM

I agree. I've liked all of them, but I have a number of how-to kinds of knitting books, but I love her humorous essays best. Book #2 is still my favorite, I think . . . it's like reading a really good blog entry, and she does that very, very well!

Posted by: --Deb at July 6, 2007 09:42 PM
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