Yarn Harlot: the Secret Life of a Knitter review

Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl McPhee

I don’t like this new trend – of a few years now- of using negative words for women, as titles. Provocative, or just plain sexist? (A fellow cartoonist suggested a title for my Love Me or Go to Hell book that had the word Bitch in it – I didn’t feel comfortable with that. I have no problem at all with Hell, however. :))

So, why Yarn Harlot? The author sounds like a perfectly nice housewife in Canada who collects yarns and makes many projects with them. I love yarn, too – and also knitting!

The essays were okay. The points I remember from the book, were that she kept part of her yarn “stash” in the piano, and that you have to watch for moths, one of which I already knew from experience. She also said everyone eventually gets holes in their socks, even hand-knitted ones. I felt better, because I feel guilty when I get holes in my socks.

I read about half of this book. (Script writers often read only the first 10 pages of a script, you know. ) Knitters might like it. She has 58 reviews on Amazon. Lucky girl!