Thursday, January 14, 2010

THURSDAY: Yarn Harlot

For 2010, I am entertaining the thought of making a quilt and learning to knit and crochet. 

In the spirit of those goals, I have started roaming through the crafting section of the library's non-fiction stacks, which is where I came across these two hilarious books. Since I am not a knitter (yet!) and I could understand and enjoy the books, I don't think you have to know all about casting on and purling to enjoy this book (although a passing interest probably helps).

Yarn Harlot is the hilarious confessions of a capital-K Knitter. My favorite stories were about her OCD-like relationship with yarn, knitting needles and her projects. I could completely identify with her musings about acquiring more supplies. My feelings about fabric, scrapbook paper, rubber stamps and books are not dissimilar.

Reading Free-Range Knitter convinced me that the author must be an NF in Myers-Briggs terms. She waxes poetically about her love of potential and possibility in each ball of yarn and each new pattern. She feels like a kindred soul.

Knitters will love these essays. The author's style makes it easy to curl up on the couch under your homemade afghan and chuckle your way through her musings.

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  1. I quilt but I've never master knitting. Thanks for posting this.... hummm continuing education class at local college has knitting for beginners. Were is that newletter?

  2. I hope you have better luck than I did if you give knitting a try! I spent about an hour the other night trying to figure it out with a couple of books from the library. Let's just say I have nothing to show for that hour and I have spent every night since doing cross stitch because that is a craft that makes sense to me! =-) I will try again, but for now, I am sticking with the crafts that I know.

  3. Ooh, thanks for highlighting these books - will have to check them out! I'm a knitter, and I have to tell you that I did not (could not!) learn from a book. If you can join a class or get someone to teach you, that's really the best way. If not, check out - there are tons of videos to get you started. Good luck!

  4. Natalie - thanks for the link! I have a friend who volunteered to teach me, and I also wanted to look for video online. Now I don't have to search around for a site!

  5. I taught myself to knit using the Stitch n' Bitch book several years ago, and it's one of the best things I've ever done. I was able to pick up the basics pretty easily from that book, but luckily I also found a local yarn shop with staff that were excellent at teaching me some of the trickier stitches and helping me out of my mistakes. I'd say that if you have a friend that knits or can join a local knitting group, that would be a great help as you get started. Now knitting is my favorite comfort activity, and a lot of my friends and relatives get handknit things for Christmas and birthdays.

    Oh, and I love Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's books. She has a blog at that's also hilarious.

  6. Thanks for the tips, Kristi. I'll have to check out her blog!