The Back of the Book (from Amazon): The Yarn Harlot strikes again! Best-selling knitting author and humorist Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is back with an irresistible collection of witty observations on how knitting and life wisdom are spun together.
In Things I Learned From Knitting…Whether I Wanted To or Not, Pearl Mc-Phee examines age-old aphorisms in light of knitting. From “Hope Springs Eternal” to “A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed” and “Birds Of A Feather Flock Together,” Pearl-McPhee casts a fresh, off-beat light on these sayings. Presented in quick, punchy takes, each entry in this book calls out to be read aloud and shared with anyone who enjoys playing with yarn and needles.
Pearl-McPhee’s observations are hilarious; the situations she describes strike a familiar, “not you, too?” feeling in the heart of anyone who knits. Interspersed throughout the book are her notes on the things that “Knitting is still trying to teach me. . .” That no matter how well you knit, looking at your work too closely isn’t helpful. It’s like kissing with your eyes open. Nobody looks good that close up.
NotJustLaura’s Review: Although I didn’t enjoy this book as much as Knitting Rules, it was still a light, enjoyable read. In this volume, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee draws parallels between the knitting and ‘real’ worlds and takes lessons learned in the former and applies them to the latter. Strangely enough, it does work but I didn’t find anything that really stuck in my mind.