Things I Learned From Knitting: ...whether I wanted to or not
A book by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
“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 … see full wiki
It's small, it's Stephanie all the way, and it's a good read. Probably a bit better spread out over a few days instead of all at once. It circles back on itself, but then so does knitting. There are no patterns--yippee! No space wasted on something I wouldn't knit anyway.
It's a bit like going to a support group meeting where you know most of the people except for a few newcomers, and all the oldtimers smile and nod when someone comes in sobbing about the latest disaster and say, "Yeah, that happened to me too, here's what I did to get around it." I had not thought before to compare my knitting expenditures to what people spend on golf, or lawn care.
If you live in a place that's too warm to support full-time sweater and sock knitting, you'll have to do your own translation. I wish the publisher had sprung for a table of contents. I'd like to read a book that explored the ideas in the introduction more deeply; maybe someone else will write that one.
Four not five stars because I use five for books that change my life, and this one simply makes me feel a bit more grounded in the life I have. Four not three because I'm happy to own this and don't think I would have been as satisfied if I'd only read the copy at the library.
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