Monday, May 23, 2011

A double dose of the Yarn Harlot

I've been trying to catch up on podcasts and audiobooks on my iTunes/iPod lately.  I'm up to date on some podcasts, like Cast On, Electric Sheep, Caithness Craft Collective, Complex Texture, and Backbencher, but way behind on Never Not Knitting, CraftLit, CogKNITive, Tapestry, and KnitAJourney.  

For audiobooks, I've worked through several Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights, six of the Outlander novels, and am now listening to the seventh (A Breath of Snow and Ashes), plus North and South, and a second Brother Cadfael mystery.   There are three or four more books waiting, primed and perky, for me to deem them worth of an audience.  I'm also looking at trying the first Game of Thrones novel too, as the series does look intricate and intriguing.

In the last few days, however, I've treated myself to a double dose of the Yarn Harlot, aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Canada's much-loved knitter & blogger.  She has several books, two of which are in audiobook format.   I loaded up on Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting, and At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.  It was a treat to listen to her slightly smokey, slightly rumbling, slightly squeaky voice talk about all sorts of knitterly tidbits that I so get.  I found myself nodding and chuckling to myself in the car today.  What a sight I must have been to other drivers.

I do have another of her works, in that rather arcane and ancient format of pressed tree flesh called the paperback book.  It's called Knitting Rules and I've put it on my "soon-to-read" pile.

The Yarn Harlot has a blog too (linked above) that is a great way to see what she's been up to.  She is a wonderful writer and blogs regularly.  And if that is not enough, she is one of the dynamic duo that created Sock Summit, an all-out sock class and market event in Portland, Oregon.   I attended in 2009 and it was great fun (not to mention the drain on the wallet, but in a good way).

3 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, my hubby and I are re-reading the Game of Thrones series before we watch the series on tv! We LOVE the books!

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  2. I LOVE!!!! the Yarn Harlot. I like to call myself a harlot head. I regularly treat myself to a re-read of any of her books.

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  3. Hi Ursa. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I think I should look into getting some audiobooks, I really don't read enough at the moment. Your new cat in the prev post is very cute! Looks like one of mine, she has the loudest voice I have ever heard on a cat.

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