Knitting Author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Discusses Her Personal Obsession With Knitting and Her New Book 'Knitting Rules!'

This event was held on July 30, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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If you're a knitter, then you know the Yarn Harlot (, whose blogs about knitting, yarns, babies and all (interesting) matters under the sun for some of the most interesting knitting material in cyberspace. In this special event, cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Book Festival, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee comes to the Library to dish and bitch about the joys and perils of playing with sticks and strings. She will also talk about her latest book, 'Knitting Rules!' The event includes a booksigning, with books for sale courtesy of Nicola's Books. In real life, she is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the author of 'The Secret Life of a Knitter' and 'At Knit's End: Meditations For Women Who Knit Too Much.' Her tongue-in-cheek meditations on a personal obsession fraught with guilt, frustration, over-optimism, sly deception, and compulsion, along with passionate moments of creative enlightenment, are truly down-to-earth witticisms--and not just for women who knit too much. Pearl-McPhee, who lives in Toronto, has also contributed articles and patterns to knitting magazines such as Cast On, Interweave Knits, Knitty, Stranded, and Spin Off. Her writing and work is best known through her blog. In 2004, she founded Tricoteuses sans Frontieres (Knitters without Borders), a group dedicated to raising money for the non-profit Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders). As of 2006, they have raised over $100,000. In 2006 she started the Knitting Olympics, a competition for knitters to start and finish one project during the timeframe of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Over 4,000 knitters worldwide participated.

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