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The Back of the Book (from Amazon):  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the best-selling author of At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much and celebrated blogger and humorist of the knitting world, is back! Funnier than ever, Pearl-McPhee continues her running dialogue with her knitting compatriots — cheering them on to ever-greater heights in the climb to make knitting universally recognized as THE peak life experience.

Both a celebration of knitting and a sourcebook for practical information, this book is a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the knitter. Pearl-McPhee examines essential truisms of knitting, side by side with tongue in-cheek warnings, realities, and fantasies about the act of knitting and the people who do it.

In chapters on everything from yarn needles, gauge, and knitting bag essentials to hats, socks, shawls, and sweaters, Pearl-McPhee unravels the mysteries of what it is that makes knitting click, from the inside out. She dares to question longstanding rules and uncover the true essence of what makes a hat a hat, a sock a sock, and so on. Insights into why certain techniques work encourage knitters to take control and knit in the way that works best for them. As she says, “There are no knitting police.”

The result is an illuminating, liberating (and hilarious!) look at knitting that will comfort the experienced knitter, surprise the mainstream one, and entice the beginner.

NotJustLaura’s Review:  If you’re a knitter and a reader then you will understand my dilemma.  I love them both but, not having two pairs of hands, find it difficult to balance both interests.  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has come to the rescue with a series of books about knitting.  Now, there are lots of other books about knitting on the market.  There are pattern books, books of techniques and how-to books galore but they tend to be books you use rather than books you read.  Knitting Rules, on  the other hand, is the kind of book you read with joy from beginning to end.  In it, Stephanie shares her love of knitting in a friendly, down-to-earth tone that often had me giggling.  Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced knitter – I am in the middle – you’ll find something in this book to interest and inspire you.  I found the perfect solution to Christmas 2012 and I’m looking forward to visiting with Stephanie again soon for more ideas.

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