Things I Learned from Knitting: Whether I Wanted to Or Not (Google eBook)

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Storey Publishing, 2008 - Crafts & Hobbies - 159 pages
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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.
  

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Review: Things I Learned From Knitting (whether I wanted to or not)

User Review  - Jodi Ralston - Goodreads

Good book. I'm a wannabe knitter (I even have some yard sale yarn and needles). Not only does this book inspire me to want to (someday) open that forgotten drawer and move from wannabe to actual ... Read full review

Review: Things I Learned From Knitting (whether I wanted to or not)

User Review  - Jadee - Goodreads

Sometimes funny, sometimes all-too-true, but always thought provoking essays on the knitting life. Stephanie remains one of my favorite knitting authors. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
4
The 1st thing Beginning is easy continuing is hard
10
5 Things ID RATHER DO THAN SWATCH FOR MY NEW PROJECT
13
The 2nd thing Patience is a virtue
14
The 3rd thing Be careful what you wish for
18
The 4th thing Everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else
21
4 Things THAT ARE REALLY FUNNY WHEN THEY HAPPEN TO OTHER KNITTERS
24
The 5th thing Dont worry be happy
25
The 21st thing Pain for beauty
81
The 22nd thing If you are patient in one moment of anger you will escape a hundred days of sorrow
84
The 23rd thing Theres no accounting for taste
87
The 26th thing Theres more where that came from
94
The 27th thing Speak softly and carry a big stick
98
The 28th thing Make hay while the sun shines
103
The 29th thing Look before you leap
106
The 30th thing Its funny because its true
110

5 Things WORRYING NONKNITTERS HAVE WARNED ME ABOUT
29
The 6th thing Wishful thinking is only that
31
The 7th thing Winners never quit
34
The 8th thing You cant make a silk purse out of a sows ear
37
The 9th thing You gotta roll with the punches
40
5 Things THEY DONT TAKE AWAY FROM YOU IN AIRPORT SECURITY THAT CAN REPLACE KNITTING NEEDLES IN AN EMERGENCY
43
10 Things A KNITTER CAN DO ON AN AIRPLANE INSTEAD OF KNITTING
44
The 10th thing Babies grow
45
The 11th thing Good things come in small packages
49
The 12th thing Three men can keep a secret if two of them are dead
52
The 13th thing Practice makes perfect
53
The 14th thing You can fix almost anything
57
The 15th thing It takes a great deal of pressure to make a diamond
61
The 16th thing You cant win them all
65
The 17th thing Size doesnt matter
69
The 18th thing Nothing is perfect
74
The 19th thing Two heads are better than one
77
The 20th thing Honesty is the best policy
80
The 31st thing He who laughs last laughs longest
114
5 Ways TO GAIN HEALTH BENEFITS FROM KNITTING
117
The 32nd thing Idle hands are the devils workshop
118
5 Ways THAT KNITTING IS BETTER THAN VIDEO GAMES
122
The 33rd thing Haste makes waste
123
The 34th thing Denial it aint just a river in Egypt
126
The 35th thing Everything is relative
128
The 36th thing Knitting is like marriage
131
The 37th thing Knitting teaches genorsity
132
The 38th thing Hope springs eternal
135
The 39th thing Goodness is its own reward
139
The 40th thing A friend in need is a friend indeed
140
The 41st thing Birds of a feather flock together
144
The 42nd thing Alls well that ends well
147
The 43rd thing He who hesitates is lost
150
The 44th thing My accomplishments are worth something
155
The 45th thing I am very lucky
157
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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, a.k.a. the Yarn Harlot, entertains knitters with her unique humor via her popular blog (www.yarnharlot.com) and her best-selling books, Knitting Rules!, At Knit's End, and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off.

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