It will be great and I'll be waiting for it eagerly. Congrats on getting it done. (And just between us? While I've loved all your books I'm pretty happy to hear this one is going to be more essays.)
You have written it, you have proof read it, you've mailed it. We, in turn, will order it, wait for it to be mailed to us, read it, and love it....
It seems kinda like sending off your child into the world, Stephanie. :O) I'm sure this book will be as exciting and funny and thought provoking as the others have been. Can't wait to see your newest! Thanks for being you and telling us all about it.
I can't wait :) I'm positive it will be just fabulous! Just like all of your others. I'll be waiting eagerly for it!
It will be great...and loved. You're certainly doing something right. I remember when I first started reading your blog a few years back, you would go to bookstores and there would be twenty-five people (still far more than the muggles expected, of course). Today you fill theatres and auditoriums. Your voice resonates with many of us. I'm sure the book will be a joy, as they all have been.
We read your blog, every day. We read your books. You have become a part of our lives.
Samm said it well: Thanks for being you and telling us about it.
With pictures, even!
Congratulations; can't wait to read it.
I can understand completely. I have been too terrified to write the book that is in my head because of that intense feeling of vulnerability. Once it's in print it's forever....aarrrggghhh!
...I love the title, and will be on pins and needles waiting 'till I spot your latest work in the wild.
Congratulations. Take a deep breath and go think about something other than the book. Enjoy your weekend.
On a non-knitterly note: Congratulations lady. You done good kid.
On a knitterly note: what yarn will be your "yayz finally dones!! srsly!" reward?
Steph i'm so thankful that you say you struggle with self esteem at times( and parenting, and housemess). I have some problems with it myself, combined with depression. If you didn't say it, we'd all be sitting out here thinking 'oh man i will never be as perfect as the Yarnharlot, i may as well give up" you know?
Can't wait for the book
( who screamed omg i touched the Yarnharlot at last years fibrefest lol)
I'm looking forward to reading this one from your above description. It sounds like this book is the real meat of the Harlot's perspective. It will be nice to read longer essays as well as your perspectives on other areas of life.
Congrats on finishing, lady! You sound calmer about this book although I'm sure you've worried over it as much as the others. That's a good sign of a good book to come. :D
I can't wait to read it. Secret Life is my fave! (Not that I don't like your others! You know what I mean! It's like you said: they're longer, so there's even more of you. That's all I meant!)
I agree w/your analysis of your work. I find the essays a more satisfying read, maybe because of their more personal nature and greater depth. I loved the first book; made me cry and laugh, and I eagerly await this one. Good on you!
My family is coming to Toronto for vacation in just 4 days. My 12 year old daughter is so excited she is about to jump out of her skin. I think I will be more excited when the plane actually takes off from Houston and there is no more preparation to do. Now we just need to figure out how to pronounce Bloor and Yonge Streets.
Congratulations on your big finish!
I always love reading your blog-- like being with a good friend that shares my knitting passion. Can't wait to get my hands on the new book.
I love your blog, love reading it, have laughed and cried at it, and I have sometimes disagreed vehemently with your opinion on something. Which is fine. In "real life" I have friends and family whose opinions on various topics seem to me to be anywhere from right to wrong to strange, and I still hang out with them.
People who only read what they already agree with are never going to find out if they are wrong about something, and are never going to have any chance of changing someone else's mind.
I also don't like beer at all ever, but I'm not offended that you do. Have a cold one to celebrate the book.
I personally think your first book of essays is your best work. Not that I didn't love all your other books, but I'm thrilled that another meatier tome is coming out. You are such an amazingly sensitive, insightful and witty writer.
(gush gush gush) Congrats. I can't wait to read it.
So excited to see this new one. Thanks for putting yourself out there for us, we truly do appreciate and relate.
Congratulations!!!! I'm the Queen of procrastination. I can't imagine finishing an entire book and on a deadline. I'd be having nightmares. I still have that recuring dream that I'm back in college, it's the end of the semister, time for finals and I haven't been to class all semister and recently I've added there's an English class that I haven't written ANY papers for. In the words of my Grandchild, "shewwww weeee"!!! I have to thank you once again as well. I'm using your Daisy pattern to make a baby gift. My daughter did one and it was so cute. I've never used Butterfly cotton but you listed that in the materials. I tried something else and didn't like it so I ordered the Butterfly Super 10. OMG!!!! It's wonderful. It feels like cotton heaven in your hands and NEVER splits. Perhaps you should make a stash necessity list for all of us!!!
Congrats on finishing the book. That must be a giant relief. Your essay books are my favs. I hope you had a good Canada Day. I love your posts about all things good in Canada.
Wonderful news for us (a new book to get and read) and wonderful news for you (it's done!). I think it's intersting that you describe some of your books as cookies (fun little morsels), while you think of the essay books as meals. I had not thought of them in food terms (though gord knows why not, food is one of my favourite things), but after a bit of reflection I think that the "Knitting Rules" book is like an always replenished buffet. To be truthful, it's my favourite because I can keep going back to it for info, for laughter, for pattern "recipes", for entertainment. That, I think, qualifies as a never-ending meal: appetizer, main course, salad, cheese tray, dessert, all of it
Thank you for feeding us all so well!
Oh, how wonderful! Break out the champagne - the really GOOD stuff! Congratulations, Stephanie, it's a best-seller!
Congratulations, Stephanie. I'm looking forward to it because... I loved that second book of yours. I love it when you write about how you feel about things, all manner of things. Awhile back I read a comment you'd made, puzzled at the 'love'... filthy basement... which made me snort with affection, it's the whole picture, which is constantly in motion, you are never less than beautiful to me, inside and out.
well... now that I've really gone and gushed... again, congrats!
Yah!!!!!!!!!!!!! Another book. I look forward to reading it.
So we know it's sent off, but when do we get to place our eager little hands on it? As an aside I love your writing b/c you remind me of home. I'm a Bloor and Spadina girl living up in Northwestern Ontario and it's just not the same.
Your landscape is the landscape I grew up with and the way your write of family and friends make me think of my neighbourhood which now I only visit. And yes I know Bloor and Spadina is a bit east of Bloor West, but it's all part of a lovely whole. Thank you.
I love that you've done another book of essays! Secret Life is my favourite so far, although I love the others for (as you put it) cookie reading.
Can't wait for it to hit the shelves - will it be done for you to bring to London in September or do we have a longer wait?
My husband just released his first CD. A very lefty folk record in a small town. He told me he feels like he is walking around naked. I think the feeling must be similar. I thank you internally all the time for letting us into your life the way you do, both with the blog and the books. I can't wait to read the new books as I too love the hearty essays best.
Thanks out loud,
Can't wait. I have my order in through Amazon.
Also, while I have your attention... Can you tell me of any Canadian sitcoms like 'Corner Gas'? We love watching Corner Gas here in the states (Portland, Oregon). Just wish there was more shows like it.
Thank you - Lacy
I'm sure it will be wonderful. How could it not be? I'm looking forward to reading it.
I'm spending my holiday cleaning house. Not so festive, but I couldn't stand it anymore. My reward when I'm finished will be spinning and a Kids in the Hall DVD. See, I know how to party.
I'm so excited for this new book. I've found that I have to read you books and blog when I'm alone because I literally laugh out loud and people look at me funny. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Your editor's in KC? I think it needs to be on the list of your next book tour, then, eh? Thanks for doing what you do - you really are an inspiration.
Yay! Congrats missus. If I was there I would totally liquor you up to celebrate.
As someone who is currently writing a dissertation, let me say (a) CONGRATULATIONS! and (b) I'm very jealous. ;)
What an interesting post! Congratulations on the finished book!
Your thoughts about writing touched on something I can identify with. My blog is kind of like a diary; however, I wonder how fully it truly represents me. There are things I think about but don't write about simply out of fear of rejection. I'm fortunate in that those who read and comment are always positive...I guess that's because I am not you, with your wide readership. But I get what you're saying.
All you can do is keep saying what you feel and the heck with what others think and say. Your thoughts and feelings are what make you the individual, one-of-a-kind gal that you are.
I've never bought one of your books having only been knitting for a couple of years. BUT, I think that this is one book I will have to pick up.
Come to warm Florida during the winter, and do a signing. I'll be the first in line.
I'm so looking forward to the book - I preordered it last March at Amazon! The self-esteem issues are totally understood - we all have them. Unfortunately some people show theirs by having to put other people down. We are very happy that choose to write and hang it all out there so we can see that we are more the same than different!
Just like everyone else. Can't wait. Thanks for writing :)
Can't wait to buy it - I like all of your books but I too prefer the longer essays. What going on with the calendar? I don''t remember seeing much more than a passing mention of it here. What will it be like? Like At Knit's End but in page a day calendar format? "I'm never buying your book again because of how you vote" or "You're a complete obsessive-compulsive who cares nothing for others" are not really criticism - they're more like drive by shootings.
You done good. I hope you are crazy proud of yourself. Congratulations.
Will it be available by the time you come to London? (crossing my fingers)
I am sure it will be as good as the free range eggs I purchase from a local farmer!
Just got the calendar and am trying so hard not to look at it--2009 seems a long time away.
Your writing always makes me smile--my favorite;looking for the favorite(I think blue) needle in the car and the one most like my life; laying a finished sweater on the bed only to find that, my clueless as to which is the washing machine, husband has decided to "help".
One of the coolest moments of consciousness in life is when you realize that something someone said to you has shifted your position. Of course it is scary to put your ideas out there, but how generous of you to give those who might disagree the opportunity to have their horizons expanded or their lenses shifted. Thanks.
Congratulations! On writing it, on finishing it, and on living your life well, a life that I and many others hope to share a corner of by reading what you have to say. You shine a light in this world by your efforts to be understanding of and kind to others and by your willingness to share even those times when you feel you've come up short (which only endears you to us, because hey, we all do.)
Go Stephanie. I can't wait to read it.
Wow - congratulations! The world needs more Harlot.
I am glad that you have hung in there and refused to take those nasty comments to heart! I am often astounded at how people make such unkind comments on blogs, comments that they might never say to someone's face. I hope that we all learn to become more tolerant of folks with different opinions, lifestyles and values than our own...and if some people can't do this, they should keep their negative comments to themselves!
Congrats on finishing the book!
Congratulations!! Can't wait to read it.
congratulations. I have read all your books but while I may be in the minority, my favorite is still At Knit's End:)
....now we have a brew. Cheers girlfriend.
I'm sure the book will be lovely. ^_^ Do you think that they're going to one day not Americanize the English in your books?
I suspect your new book will be terrific. Is this the one you wrote at the cabin in the snow?
Awesome accomplishment! Total hats off to you for all your extra hard work in the midst of your very busy life.
And hey, about the "criticism" stuff--I'm sure I disagree with some things you believe. It would be an odd world if we all agreed, wouldn't it? And uh, that would mean that you disagree with some things I believe, doesn't it? So...what makes a person think one is better than the other? Hmm..
Okay, now I do feel slighted. You have repeatedly criss-crossed North America, somehow missing the very middle, Kansas City, everytime. Now I find out your publisher is in Kansas City, the "Heart of America"?!?!? How is that possible? We have at least a dozen independent yarn stores in the metro area and a very active knitting guild. I order the knitting books (including yours) for one of the major public libraries and they circulate very well. We need to get you to Kansas City on your next tour. Cograts on finishing another one!
What?!?!?!?! Cookies aren't a well balanced diet? Well paint me pink and call me Sally!!!!!!!
hehehe I'm looking forward to the new book!!!!!
Another book? My God, Steph, you're a machine!
Looking forward to reading it.
Very much looking forward to another essay book!
Well, I, for one, am glad that you risk putting yourself out there. It has been immensely fun getting to know you (or that part of you you wish to share) through your writing. Thanks for making the effort, and congratulations on the book!
I'm thrilled. I can't wait for its release. I love all of your books, but my favorites are Yarn Harlot: the Secret Life of a Knitter and Knitting Rules. The first because it was the first book I'd read by someone who felt the same way about knitting as I do -- and who got to write an entire book about it. I re-read it all the time. The second is a favorite because it's so freakin' USEFUL as well as entertaining. It's honestly one of the only "how-to/techniques" books that I habitually carry with me. I give it to new knitting friends, too, as a good recipe book. Love it.
I have no doubt this book will be brilliant as well. Congratulations. You should be very proud. And we, your audience, readers and self-appointed "Friends of Harlot™," are proud of you as well.
Oh darlin--you know that I feel your pain. And your pleasure!!!
You're right. It's the weirdest feeling...it makes you want to dance and shout and then cower in a closet for at least a month until everything is said and done. (Does it hurt less if you read the scathing personal review two or three months after it was written? Somebody who has the patience to wait that long needs to tell me!)
Congratulations--I know I've said this before, but I used one of your essays as an example of how to write their Senior Project essays. And then one of my students--one who doesn't knit--stole (well, borrowed without returning) the book, because she loved what it said. I can't WAIT for your next project:-)
I truly can't wait to read it, Steph. :) Congratulations!!
Stephanie, how do you do it?
I'm selfishly glad that you are able to write at such an amazing pace. I loved the second book, the essays. I'm really looking forward to the new book. Now, I hope you can relax a bit. If you were in Seattle, I'd give you some fresh-picked strawberries. The whole downstairs smells of them.
With regards to your Canada Day post, it was wonderful. Everytime I've visited Canada, I've wished I live there. I love it and the open society that you all have so skillfully crafted.
Back to the overgrown mess that I lovingly call the garden.
Too bad there is no filter button to get rid of all the negative comments...It is always easier to remember the bad than the good.
You inspire so many with your wit, your honesty and your writing. I can't wait to read another one of your books.
It's going to be essays? Yay! Can't wait to read it. You are one hard-working, truly inspirational woman. Congrats!
Congratulations on the finished book, Stephanie! I hope you thoroughly enjoy your weekend and have a bunch of time to celebrate and relax.
It seems some people need to dish out uncalled for insults and make unnecessary comments about one's character. I hope you try not to let those people get to you (much). If they can't be constructive and polite, I don't think they're worth worrying about. We don't all have the same opinions or lifestyles, but that's what makes us unique. I think some people need to remember that before typing something snide on the internet.
Besides all that - I'm eager to see what you've got in store for your readers with this newest book! Congratulations again on what I'm sure will be a wonderful finished product.
Oh good! I've been waiting for this book -- I love your Yarn Harlot essays and I am ready for more. Congratulations!!
Can't wait for this book to come out!!!! YES! Congratulations on getting it finished!!
Woo-hoo! I am so glad you've written another book of essays, they are my favourite. Which is not to say I don't like cookies, I do but I much prefer a solid meal. I am still returning occasionally to "Secret life of..." because I love it and all your more thoughtful pieces. I am so glad there's more.
(Ignore those who throw insults; they're most probably talking about themselves. Everybody of taste knows you're fab.)
Congratulations, Steph. I look forward to reading it and offering it for sale in my shop! I don't know how you do it...resisting "burn out"...but we're glad you do!
WOW! How do you do it? You just wrote a book and now you've written another one. AND you knit a bazillion things a week. You must knit w/ one hand and type w/ the other. Congratulations. I'm in awe! Really.
SO excited to hear it! I just got "Things I Learned," and it's great to know there's already another in the pipeline.
And as for how your essays differ from books like "Things I Learned?" ... when I think about "One Little Sock" I can feel my throat constrict.
Ah. Just thinking about it. Man ... that's powerful stuff.
So put me down as someone who enjoys BOTH kinds of writing, and eagerly looks forward to the next one ... and the one after that!
Wow! I am going to have buy this book. I had always assumed that your books were all pattern books and that they would be beyond my ken as a mere knitting wanna-be. I have been reading your blog for about a year now and I always find it illuminating and just plain fun. Someday very soon, I am going to enroll in a class for beginning knitters ... I managed to teach myself how to cast on from one of those basic books and knitted a scarf which I proudly showed to a real knitter who gently informed me that my alternating knit-purl rows were actually non-alternating knit-knit rows. So I resigned myself to merely reading about knitting while I pursued my cross-stitch, crochet and quilting at which I am actually competent.
Congratulations, Stephanie. I am so GLAD I will be able to read a book of yours with longer essays in it. I do love those the best.
Well, Congradulations and Thank You.
I have repeatedly taken your books out of the library. (The Burnaby Public Library has an amazing collection of knitting books.) I loved them all. As an undergraduate of a 12th step programme, I loved At Knits End. I just laughed and laughed.
I would like to tell you I just love "The Things I Learned from Knitting...". I have read it through, cover to cover, at least 5 times. I can't get over the detail and the rhythm of it. I love the expressive balls of wool and knitting needles regarding the things I still am learning. It always makes me smile. I use the stories to put positive thoughts in my head on a very regular basis. My favourite is the 14th thing.
I have just celebrated 15 years of being a good girl (in one sense anyways) so I believe it is time for another volume of the Harlot.
Can't wait for the new book.
thank you your july 4th greeting
do you know how long it takes me
to write a comment then read
it the next day and wish i could
rewrite all of it =let alone
a book -many goods for you
i am not going to give up being
perfect and niether nether should you
Congratulations, Stephanie!!! Waiting with bated breath... (or is it baited? I think the former, but you're the one with more editing experience...)
I was excited to see this on my "Amazon recommended" list the other day. How exciting! Does this mean another book tour will be in the works?
Not everybody is gonna like your book. Just like not everybody likes cake, or mornings, or knitting dishcloths. It doesn't make those things any less cool (to someone at least) Sometimes it is hard to remember that. It seems like you already know it!
Congrats on the new book, I look forward to reading it!
And phooey on those few (I hope...) who can't overlook personal differences and just enjoy what life brings us- if we were all the same, why would we care to read what others have to say? You are our knitterly rock star!
My only problem with your books - all of them - is that you don't write them as fast as I read them. Of course, if you were to do that, there'd be no time to come up with suitable punishments for a certain husband who offered a certain daughter something of which we shall not speak!
I can hardly wait for it to show up at one of the 4 LYS I frequent. I'd get it sooner but refuse to buy books other than at independent sellers (of books or yarn - whatever!)
Enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done - almost as exciting as a new baby, but the book doesn't ask for socks for the rest of its life. Probably a good thing, eh?
Can't wait to buy and read the new book! So, not to make you ill or anything, but when will the new book tour begin?
I'm sure this book will be as well-received as the last ones have been. I can't imagine it sucking.
It will be wonderful to read your new book. Thank you for writing it and for being brave enough to put it out there for all of us to read it.
congrats gal! grab a beer and have a great weekend :D
Oh goodie....I had seen the "pre-buy" on Amazon but was not sure when it might be all done. Thanks for putting together another book of essays - I enjoy all of your work, but I am partial to the essay style. And congratulations to you for getting the "job" all finished! Have yourself a good rest and give yourself a big pat on the back (I'm convinced we ALL have to do that for ourselves since so few others do it for us!)
Can't wait, Stephanie. My personal fave is still Knitting Rules, but I have them all and read them over and over. Thank you for sharing your talent on such a regular basis!
It is interesting and often disheartening how the anonymity of the internet has affected manners, not just on the web, but seeping out into the real world, too. However, the benefits of this community are so great, the relationships seem so real, the kindnesses and generosity I've seen especially in the knit world are so inspiring, that I guess the occasional flamer can be ignored as bad gas in the ether. Consider them a line f*rt, unpleasant to be near, but not to be taken personally.
Congratulations on the book finish. Now the summer may commence.
Congratulations. I already have it pre-ordered and am looking forward to reading it.
Hang on a second, you just finished editing a book, but I haven't seen anything about how stressful the writing process is in your blog the last couple weeks. Is it totally my imagination, or are you becoming a calmer, more organized person?
Either way, congratulations on the new book! I am a frustrated writer and I live with one who is on the verge on success, and I can imagine better better than most how satisfying that must be. =-)
Wait a minute - here comes a beat-up Honda Civic, going way too fast. The driver has a bamboo knitting needle behind one ear and is waving like the Queen. What is she shouting?
"Stephanie, you rock! Have a beer on me!"
There you go - a drive-by compliment.
:-) A new book to look forward to. I so enjoy your books as does my non-knitter Mom (working on that one!)
I can't WAIT! I've enjoyed all your books but I have to say Yarn Harlot: Secret Life of a Knitter is my favorite. Looking forward to more of the same!
Awesome. I'm just getting started with the last book, and now there's even more to look forward to.
I can't tell you how much I am looking forward your new book. I turn to your books when I'm stressed or upset or just need something to listen to (I have two as audio books) while I work some fiddly lace. Enjoy your newfound freedom.
Good for you!
Can't wait to read it! I've already reserved a copy through Amazon!
Well done on another book. Try to think of editing as tinking, ripping back...
I look forward to this.
so, when will we be able to buy it? I can't wait!
Can't wait! I just got the 2009 calendar, too. Knitpicks.com - 40% off. Woo!
Secret Life of a Knitter is my favourite of your books so far- although I've thoroughly enjoyed all the others too- and I'm thrilled that you have written the next one in the same vein.
I'm strongly resisting the urge to pre-order this on Amazon because I'm crossing my fingers that your next book tour will co-incide with my trip to NY (yay! Rhinebeck!) and I can get a signed copy and see you speak. Any preliminary dates for the book tour yet?
(If you tell us you're going to be in New Zealand in October I'm going to spontaneously combust)
I am so looking forward to your book and screw what anyone thinks. This is for you and for those of us that enjoy a glimpse into your gifted, funny, wacky life, well, it's for us too. Today was the best in Marietta, GA. We went to the parade, waved the pageant queen wave (wrist and elbow), ate a corn dog, and oohed and aahed the fireworks. A good time was had by all. Enjoy your finished book! Happy Fourth of July, neighbor!
So I have time to finish your other books before this one comes out!
Congratulations! You must be so happy.
They will publish it. I will buy it. I will read it and then I will put it on the shelf with all my other Yarn Harlot books. I can't wait.
Congratulations! I've already preordered. (And thanks for the "Happy 4th" thoughts. Just got home from fireworks.)
Nice job. Time for a cold one, aye?
Enjoy all of your work, but definitely loved 'Secret Life of a Knitter' the most. It embraces such a range of life, and sometimes we all need to be reminded there is more of life out there than the 2 feet surrounding us at that particular moment. I also agree that we all share that vulnerability thing, it's just that not all of us have a) the ability, or b) the inner fortitude to share life in the world in spite of it. Now, you must really be ready for a rest after all you've done in the last few months.
So glad you are writing another book of essays. Give me the agonizing detail! I'm ready!
Congrats on the new book. I'm sorry to hear that you get nasty comments, but I suppose that is just a part of human nature. I know I might disagree with someone but I try to keep such things off of a personal attack kind of level. Though I'm not sure that I've every really disagreed with you. Except that is in one small thing I really wish you were doing the Knitting Olympics (I didn't know about it '06) but I do understand your reasons. I can hardly wait for the new book. We are all so proud of all you do for knitting. Let us know if there it a crocheting olympics. I could learn to do more than chain stitch as my go. ;)
The analogy you gave about "cookies" and "meals" really resonated with me. I love your books for different reasons and read and reread them at different times to fill different needs.
Some unsolicited advice - when someone makes a comment that starts "you are ... (negative, attacking comment)" remember that they are talking/thinking about themselves and blaming it on you. You have my permission (if that helps) to imagine holding up a mirror and bouncing that comment right back to the commenter so that it does not stick to you.
I really appreciate your willingness to tell us about your life, warts and all. I am currently caught between kids (my oldest will be fifteen in a few months) and aging parents. Reading your blog is like a lifeline for me. When I laugh and cry and celebrate with you, I remember that I am not alone in this, especially at weird hours when I can't sleep and don't want to wake up a friend with a phone call.
Well done, Stephanie. I loved your second book . . . I read several of the essays (funny, sad, and thought-provoking ones) to my husband, and he loved them, too. That book is one I'll re-read again and again, as it really spoke to me, and a lot of things I hold dear. I can't wait to see what the Free Range Knitter holds in store.
I can't wait to see your new book! In the less than five years that I've been knitting your writing and classes have enhanced the experience more than you will ever know. Hope this one makes it off the presses and into the stores quickly...so we all can read it...
I, too, love the essays, but anything you write I'll devour!
I loved your second book and for some time have been thinking about suggesting that you write another book of essays. So, I am really looking forward to reading this book.
Your second book was your finest work.
How wonderful! I love the essays--you really have a gift for telling a story. How's the guitar solo coming along? :-)
Congratulations! I hope you knit something awesomely fantastic and self-indulgent in celebration.
I totally hear you on the 'intimate hurt' side of writing things down about yourself, big projects and little projects both can be that way, if only they are a reflection of who you are. It takes a lot of strength and as far as I can tell you have that in spades. (Or needles.)
Congratulations! I can't wait, I love your essays.
I read the title and the first line and was expecting the photo to be the baby sweater so I was really surprised. All the ends sewn in and blocked but not the item I expected. Well done you.
Congratulations! I am very happy for you, that you've done something that you clearly feel is a new and bigger step for you. Can't wait to read it. You are fabulous!
While I really enjoy all your books, and start stalking each one in the wild as soon as it comes out (they have a distressing habit of coming out close enough to my birthday that I can't just buy them for myself right away because someone will want to get them for me), my favorite is Yarn Harlot. I'm definitely looking forward to another book of essays! Congratulations on finishing. :)
I read your bog every day. It is the first thing I go to on the internet. I can't wait to get your new book. I don't drink beer; some of my opinions are different than yours, but - I simply love and appreciate you just exactly the way you are. You have enriched my life to a huge degree. Just stay happy and healthy because I would miss you horribly if you weren't part of my life.
I absolutely cannot wait to read the newest one... I started reading your blog when you were hiding away writing it, then went back to the beginning and read every blog entry, then bought (sadly, not in order) all the books, met you at Maker's Faire and bought "things I learned". I've loved every book and pretty much every other thing that you've written, and I've been inspired to bring two more knitters into the fold - thank you immensely for your contribution to my world and that of the other internet-hooked knitters around the globe. Even the snarky people have benefitted, whether they'll admit it or not!
Congratulations - you amaze me as to how much stuff you get accomplished - writing, living, knitting - your life is so full & productive! I love to read your blog & feel part of your community - it is part of my daily routine!
Will the new book be an audio too? I love to listen and knit!
Thanks for all you do & share with us!:)
i love your books. they're one of my guilty pleasures in life. i can't wait for this one, and i second the nomination for a book on cd rom. just think -- yarn harlot while commuting. i'll probably wreck my car laughing.
Oh my goodness--waiting for your new book to hit the shelf is very frustrating. I devour your books and enjoy each one and treasure them. You have influenced so many young people to become knitters and older ones to pick up the sticks again and join in the fun. You 've also had a positive effect on people reading books . Thank you for being you and doing what you love to do. You blog is the first place I click onto when I get on the net. Oh YES , you have also had a big influence on seniors actually learning and buying computers so as to read this blog and have a good laugh for the day , join knitting clubs and make new knitterly friends. ALL GOOD Harlot ALL GOOD, thank you and congratulations.
I'm sure it's great - you do wonderful work lady!! Congrats!! Have a glass of wine!
Great! A new book to read from for the Read-a-Loud for National Library Week in 2009 at the local community college library! Thanks! Now I don't have to worry about what book I'm going to read outloud! Can't wait to see which essay is right for me and the group! Last time, I read from the Yarn Harlot: Secret Life of a Knitter -- the thing about socks -- and afterwards a librarian came up and showed me the handknit socks from her mother that she was wearing! How neat is that?!
How boring the world would be if we were all the same. In the words of Marty Stuart-Different is Good.We may disagree with others but we can still be polite. As you say coming to your blog is like being invited into your living room and we should behave accordingly.
Congratulations on the book, me and my best friend knitting buddy will hopefully be going to a Toronto release? to acquire our copies.
Enjoy the weekend it looks to be a fine one in TO
Yeah, Stephanie -- Wow! Congratulations on finishing another monumental milestone. Your humor and candor are part of what make me keep coming back to read and follow you. This post has made me especially eager to pick up this new book when it's out! See you at Book Expo next year, hopefully :-)
Congrats! Another creative child making it's way to big bookdom. Good to see. :)
YAY! Another Harlot book! When do you think we can look forward to it hitting the bookstores?
Congratulations! I very much look forward to reading it.
> If you hang something out there that is really a part of you, something intimate, then if someone doesn't like it, that feels like a very intimate hurt. <
So true! I feel like this with songwriting. You put a bit of your soul out there and if people scoff, or just plain don't pay attention, damn does it hurt.
I can understand your feelings. It's like you've given birth to this book; it's your baby! And, trust me; I am sure that we will all love it! Your track record is an A+ with all of us who love/understand/relate to you! In many ways, you are OUR voice........
Wow! I don't know how you do it! Is there a novel in there just waiting to fly out?
CONGRATULATIONS !!!!! OMG !!!! I can't wait til my order comes in. I do love it when you tell us all about your life. I am an optimist and never really cared how people look at me. I get very upset when I read that someone had to slam you for something that you said. I feel everyone is entitled to their opinion and sometimes I think it is well left unsaid. I love the diplomacy you have to counter act. I on the other hand just come out and say it. Trouble. I read your blog every morning b/c you make my day. I talk about you in my daily living when something comes up that reminds me of your blog. We discuss you at our knitting club. We turned a crocheter (nothing wrong with crocheting) into a knitter w/dpn's knitting socks. She is soaring. She is fabulous. Steph, I just want you to know that you are great and you are doing a wonderful job. Your blog is probably like coffee, to the most of us, in the morning. Keep up the good work. I needed you this week. I was house bound for a while after my accident and you helped me laugh and so on. Luv ya.
It feels very off to see the manuscript in progress while Amazon has been "suggesting" I pre-order it for at least 2 months now. It's a bit strange to have someone selling a book that hasn't actually been written yet.
I will, of course, be ordering it as soon as it is available. Your "Yarn Harlot: The secret Life of a Knitter" was the first book of yours that I read and it is still my favorite, followed closely by Knitting Meditations as it was the second book I bought. Both of them are quite battered because I carry them in the car or in my purse to reread when I have a few minutes here and there. I think you'd be very pleased to see them--they have all the dog-eared smudgedness that all well-loved books end up with.
What? No list of things that make the US fabulous on the 4th?
Wonderful! I just received your calendar yesterday and was wondering when your new book would come out.
Also, I just want to say that I thank you for sharing parts of your life that are personal. That's what makes you who you are. If every person had the same opinions, this world would be a big BORING place.
Thanks again Stephanie aka Yarn Harlot!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for blogging and putting yourself and your thoughts out there. You inspire me to knit more, relax about it more and be a kinder human being. Don't believe any of the nasty stuff people write. Thousands of us don't believe it either.
Just remember when you're reading one of those 'driveby critiques' that you have brought something very rare to people reading your blog and your books...laughter. Your books are prominant on my shelf and I tell everyone I know to read them, kitter or not, because they are so joyful and positive. Frankly, we need more Stephanies in this world and less drivebys.
Wow! A completed manuscript and no "I've got a deadline I'll never meet" angst. Our little Harlot is growing up! Since "Free Range Knitter" is already being offered for pre-order on Amazon, I thought you had finished this one ages ago (about the same time the calendar was done). I wish I had one-tenth of your productivity - in knitting and writing. Heck, in ANYTHING!
Thank you for your blog, your insight, your incredible sense of humor. I look forward to your posts and, no, I don't always agree with you but you do make me think about a different perspective. People who can't appreciate a different perspective are not secure enough in their own. Thanks again for sharing your talent!
BTW, who came up with that wonderful typeface for the cover page and title page.....I love it!
Give yourself a pat on the back - I am not sure that I could let it all hang out you do.
I am very excited about your new book! I love your blog and all of your books that I've read, and I look forward to reading the rest of them.
I shiver a little to think what my life would have been without the special place on my shelf that holds your words, your work. I do not have knitting friends next door, or even in the next town. All of my knitter friends are either in cyberspace or on the written page. (My fleshy friends are geeks of another kind.) When I found your books and blog I breathed a sigh of relief, "See I'm not crazy. I'm not the only one."
Well done, Steph. :) I agree with Leah- You should sit down with a big cup of coffee and indulge yourself in some yarny goodness for getting an accomplishment like that finished. You do realize you inspire us all?
Oh, and thanks for the pre-order link. Ordered and done. :)
If your "Yarn Harlot" book could keep me entertained during a sinus infection from hell, when my nose ran longer than Hilary Clinton, than your next book is going to be heavenly. I am eagerly awaiting it.
I'm glad to hear this new book is another collection of essays and stories. Secret life was very touching ot me because of the shared community story. Sure everyone won't have experienced every story, but someone can identify with a few and it brings that sense of community and common cause out where people might not know there's community. After reading Secret Life is when I found my first knitting group. And I've never looked back!
Your amazing! Thanks for putting it out there, it's a risk but for everyone who doesn't like it there are 100 of us who love you and say Knit on girl..Knit on!
Yippee! I can't wait to enjoy more of your wit and wisdom. Oh and I'm not a knitter...
Congratulations, Stephanie! I look forward to getting my hands on the new book.
And Steph - just because you're not the only one doesn't mean you're not crazy. :-)
Thank you for doing what you do. You speak for so many of us. Naysayers? Eh! Those of us who relate are grateful!
"Secret Life of a Knitter" is my favorite book by you, and I'm really looking forward to this one.
I already have it pre-ordered from Amazon.
Congratulations! I am so glad that you have the ability to share your humor with us, you're a real treasure. :)
Thank you and your family for sharing you are the best.
You are amazingly prolific. It must have something to do with loving what you are doing.
I've already pre-ordered the book. Can't wait to add it to my collected of Harlot books. Congrats!
Just pre-ordered a few copies at Amazon. Talk about an enabler.......yarn is bad enough - I have stash for several lifetimes. But books too now? Egad. I have a few thousand of those, too - and now a whole shelf dedicated to the Harlot.......keep it up - there's still room left! Huzzah, as it were.
Love Toronto - reminds me of my hometown where my Cubbies play, and you can get to Lake Michigan on a bus. A wonderful Toronto public bus driver gave me a fun tour once because I sat right up front next to him and asked about everything. He said that I should take a tourist bus ride - and I said oh, no - those are full of tourists! At that, he gave me so much great info as we rode back and forth from the lakeside to the north somewhere - and then when his tour ended, handed me off to a streetcar driver on Yonge st and I went back and forth with him a few times, too (I was on a business trip some years ago....). Loved Vancouver on my honeymoon 22 years ago, and the beautiful gardens on the island. Love Winnipeg because it's close - well, 300 miles from me - and has some great French restaurants...... Loved Churchill and the gorgeous northern lights while we were out after the polar bears. Haven't been east yet, and that's to come. Spend too much $$ going to visit DD in Paris! I want to do the Trans-Canada train trip - at least once. Lottery? Are you listening??
What Laurie in Victoria said. Too many people are willing to be portrayed as flawless (I'm guessing precisely because they feel all naked otherwise), but the way you present yourself makes it okay for us all to be human too.
On a personal note, I'm working on self acceptance issues right now, and reading so many of the kind comments on today's post really helped. This is a kind group.
Congratulations, Steph. I can hardly wait to read it. Your second is my favorite so far & I am glad there will be another. A question, though. . . how do you get so much done? What kind of vitamins do you take, and where can I get some?
You can add me to the list of people who are thrilled for you--and for me, since I get to read it.
Blakely (sorry to post a reply here, but I wasn't able to send a private message because -- imagine my surprise -- clicking your name leads to a dead end.) I was just going to point out that, with amazing prescience, Maureen answered you at 8:24 last night.
Sometimes the internet works like that. Amazing.
Yay! Another Yarn Harlot book! I gasped so loud in surprise that my bf came running to make sure i was ok.
Wow, indeed. Congratulations on a job very well done! Can't wait to enjoy it.
I didn't realize you were published by Andrews McMeel! I got to take a tour of the building once. When Andrew McMeel died, he set up a trust fund that is used to publish my high school's (and other schools in the area, as well) literary magazine. That is awesome.
It will be great, just like all your other books. I give them to my friends and knitting family. Thank you for not giving up on US!
I'm delighted to hear that the new book is essays. I've enjoyed the others as well, but I've been hoping for another collection of longer stories. The short ones just go so quickly!
I can't wait to read it!!
Yarn Harlot, the secret life of knitter was the book that started me knitting. (Yes, I read a book about knitting before I knew how to knit. )
I loved it, and I'm sure your new book will be awesome.
OMG - congratulations! I don't know how you do it - making magic on so many fronts and still appearing to be a remarkably funny, decent human being. Maybe it's a Canadian thing...Can't wait to check out the new book - and yahooey! I guess it means another book tour! Hopefully, I'll be able to catch you this time around. Congrats, congrats!!!
Congratulations on finishing another book. Selfishly, I'm thrilled to pieces to be able to read more of your words.
For what it's worth, I love all your current books but the first essay book really moves me. There's a story of a new mother's trip to the hospital* that makes me feel for her... makes me cry... each time I read it.*
You have a powerful gift of humor and words, and I'm happy you share them with us. I look forward to reading this new essay book.
Trying not to give anything away, in case someone hasn't read the story to which I'm referring.
Stephanie, I'm glad that your experiences traveling to promote your books have given you a thicker skin. I love all of your books, have pre-ordered this one and the calendar and read your blog every day and I enjoy it tremendously. You give far more than you probably realize as you share your life and for those who can not or choose not to appreciate that..well, they would do well to review their own lives and attitudes and decide if they have the guts to share them on a blog everyday..I would guess the answer would be NO.
Congrats you!!! Such an accomplishment!
Can't wait! Your first book, Secret Life of a Knitter, is one of my favorite books to read to get me fired up about my own knitting. My favorite stories in it are definitely the ones about your different knitting projects. It's still my favorite of all of your books.
Which is why I'm excited about this one! I'm looking forward to it.
Not only do I enjoy all your books, the daily dose of morning blog, the face time at Madrona, but also the erudite group of commenters that you attract here. There have been some lovely thoughts expressed today.
I too, am amazed at your productivity. Congratulations!
I can't wait! Secret Life of a Knitter remains my favorite of your books. Very satisfying to read.
Writing a whole book and having it published is an incredible accomplishment!
As one who has commented before when the differences between our takes on life seemed to require a mention of the "other side", I hope that it has never been taken personally. Instead, I would hope that all commenters would heed your own perspective that the blog and its respective comments be not unlike a friendly conversation in your living room...there's bound to be differences of opinion, even passionate differences, but let them be stated with respect. I whole-heartedly congratulate you. I'm really looking forward to adding this book to the family library where it can be enjoyed time & again.
Oh Stephanie - congratulations on another completion. It sounds fabulous - and I, personally cannot wait to read it.
For me, the vulnerable, exposed writing is the most touching. And yes, I think that you are courageous to do it.
Others of us who blog also (cough*like me*cough) tend to take a less personal road for 90% of the time.
so hat's off to you.
Has the cherry tree tried to kill you yet? :)
I can't wait to read it! I got a chance to hear you speak and meet you a few weeks ago when you were in Chicago...hopefully this book will give me another chance! Keep writing...we all love reading it!!!
I'm sure the book will be fabulous, because you are fabulous.
As for the shallow spiteful critics, pay them no heed. I have quite a few opinions about things that differ from yours as well, but so what? I think it's a sad and sorry person who can't like and respect people with opinions that differ from his or her own.
This one sounds wonderful. I'm looking forward to it!
Well done, Harlotta! I look forward to it as I always do. ;-)
Ooooo, yay! I have enjoyed all your books immensely, but "secret life of a knitter" is the one I go back to again and again. I'm so glad you wrote another one. Oh, and Stephanie? You are "banging out" books like crazy, and that's tough! You're amazing!
wow, that is SO excellent . . good for you! can't wait to see it . . . and, no matter how conflicted you're feeling, it's a good sign that the awesome parts of doing something so grand come FIRST in your sentences about it.
Congratulations, Stephanie! What an awesome accomplishment! You know, I love reading the books even more because I read your blog. It feels like reading the words of a friend. I am sure that your fears and other feelings are natural for people who "put their work out there" for the world to read. I am also looking forward to hearing more about it when you come to Madison again.
Yours is the only blog I check everyday. I often don't have time to comment, but I never miss it and I always look forward to a post. As I do your book. Blessings.
Congratulations! And, I am SO excited - another Harlot book!! Yippee for the knitting world!
Congratulations! I look forward to reading it.
I'm so excited!
While I love all of your books, my favorite is the Yarn Harlot book of essays - I keep it handy so that I can read one at the end of a trying day when necessary.
So, go ahead and expose yourself - it's how some of us like you best ;-)
There will always be those people who feel it's their bounden duty to tell others how they should think, feel, love, and are always quite offended if they are ignored. Then they tend to get ugly. I'm sorry that you've had to listen/read some of that, but unfortunately that's life. I do hope that the love and happiness you do spread comes back to you threefold and that you know that can make a shield that bounces their comments back in their faces. At least, that's what I keep telling myself :-)
I have all your books and only cautiously loan them out to others who have not yet sipped the knitting kool-aid. I would hate to not get them back, and would most definitely replace any wayward copies. Blogs tend to give an inner view of the author's preferences-and as so many have said before-it is nice that folks have different opinions and options, to buy and read what pleases them, so called "voting with your money". For my money you get my books-worth-buying "vote".
Kudos, ma'am. I look forward to another of your books that will have me giggling, smiling, crying, and looking about for someone to share it with (husband cringes only a little at this point...)
Sounds like you were able to share some of our Independence Day with the release of this book to the mail.
Thank you for sharing your gifts and perspective with us. I lament that the intolerant and ignorant are hurtful to you and others. Please know that for each id-jit that spouts off ignorant and cruel things, there are many more that relate to your views and will tell you so. There are also a HUGE number that read and agree but say nothing (what can we say that others haven't already said?). And I would suspect there's probably a few that might not agree, but out of previously established humor and respect, might pause and reconsider. You never know.
Keep up the good work. Thank you for sharing.
I believe ignorance can be cured. KiniaCat
Hey Steph, you see all these comments here? All these people love you! When you get down on yourself, just think of the hundreds (thousands?) of people worldwide who think you're amazing. And who would send yarn if you needed cheering up. I certainly would!
You have an amazing pace. How do you churn out so many (quality, funny) books so quickly? You must work 12 hour days.
How come you don't come to Kansas City with your book, you did not come here last year or this year. I am sure we can host a knit in at my house. I live on a cul-de-sac and we can drink beer and knit there.
The only thing you should be thinking when someone gives an unwarranted criticism or insult is - "I bet they don't have 5 or 6 books on the shelf that THEY have authored." (when they do, then you can listen to them if you want)
Looking forward to it! There hasn't been a thing you've written that I didn't enjoy.
You have described exactly the feeling I experience when submitting a knitting design for publication -- only none of my designs has been accepted (yet. I insist on the yet).
Um, I don't recall your ever saying how you vote, so how could anyone base her book-buying decisions on that? As far as I can judge from your blog, your politics seem to be based on a belief in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, healing the sick, stewardship of the earth, and respect for all living things as unique and wonderful creatures.
I think I read a book once, sort of a compilation of various authors, that mentioned all these values, but I can't quite call the name to mind.
>>There's nothing like a drive-by comment about your parenting, politics or choices and how it relates to your worth as a human being to make you realize that you've got to pull back a bit if you're going to retain any sense of true self.<<
I've been struggling with that one a lot lately. You really do a remarkable job.
I am absolutely looking forward to this book too! This was by far my favorite of your books to date as well. I remember laughing, crying, feeling uplifted as I read it.
Congratulations on your latest creation!
One of the most valuable lessons I have ever learned (and it helped me to thicken up my skin a LOT!) is that I am not responsible for other people and their actions/thoughts/emotions. That does not mean I don't care about them, I just don't have to feel that I'm responsible for what they do or think. Taking that to the next level - when someone makes a hurtful or biting comment to you, they are really just telling you what their fears and insecurities are. To quote a Psyche friend of mine (that's psychiatrist, not "psycho"), "don't let another person force you to carry their baggage". I always loved that quote and remember it when I'm feeling fragile.
Yay-hoo! Yippee! Hooray! I can't wait for the new book.
Bless you for doing what you do and putting it out there for us all to gobble up - and expecially for being so inspiring to those of us who would love to do what you do but for the fact that the low self-esteem monster comes calling just a little too often.
And thank you for the Canada Day post - I'm American but my maternal grandmother's family was Canadian and I find that my knowledge of my own heritage is sorely lacking.
Congratulations on the new book. I look forward to reading it.
I have been reading your blog for several years, on and off now. I have had the pleasure of attending several of your presentations and being in a class or two with you. I am overwhelmed at how kind you are. It comes across on your blog but even more in person. I am amazed that you are even funnier in person, too. I cannot imagine how hard it is to deal with the spotlight giving your popularity. I have seen you deal with stressful/tense situations with such level headedness and grace. Even though you have had to toughen up to deal with other's comments, you seem to be so aware of your comments and so careful not to be hurtful. Thank you for being such a good example of how humor and kindness can make such a positive difference. I want to be just like you when I grow up!
A new book? YAY! Love all your books that I've read (Yarn Harlot, Knitting Rules!, At Knit's End). They make me laugh, and think, they've offered valuable advice, and they're all the funnier because they're true. Write lots more!
Congrats on finishing it. :)
I have to honestly say that "Yarn Harlot" is my favorite of your books (and I've read them all.) It just feels more substantial and real, uncontrived. I enjoy your other books, but the essays are absolutely my favorites.
Looking forward to the new book.
Is it my imagination, or is there less angst on each successive book? Do you suppose practise really *does* make perfect? Congratulations!
Lessee, Tour de Fleece goal: Spin up the rest of my bamboo that's been sitting around entirely too long. It's only a couple ounces, but with research, moving, and the fact that it's all spindle-spun, that's plenty. I may not make it, but I'll poke at it and go me if I do!
It's summer in the South and I smell like an unwashed hippie goat from walking to and from work. I am totally having some water and a shower.
Great to hear a new book is in the offing.
I heard you speak at 3rd Place Books awhile back and loved the part about people's comments. I was riding the bus to see the 4th of July Fireworks and quietly knitting away. The man across from me asked if I had knit "all that"? Okay, he had been celebrating. But did he think I went around mugging knitters for projects? Just thought I would add that to your list.
Hope your weather is summery and your Tour de Fleece is expanding daily.
These are the kind of posts that keep me coming back for more. By adding the "personal" to the things we do/create, a certain depth is added too.
I'm so happy for you. Congratulations.
Congratulations! I'll always think of this book and your snowy cabin and adventures there. Your insightful comments on the creative process resonate with me, too. It's also very encouraging and to see your response to becoming more well-known and appreciated (adored as well as criticized) -- your book tours and personal blog are a festival of knitters, of others, with natural and graceful humility. Am looking forward to more essays, though the little cookies are good fun, too! We all benefit from your generosity, Stephanie. Everyone's mutual gratitude makes the world go 'round.
Congrats! I know my FIL's latest just went to galleys last Wednesday and he was glowing with happiness.
I probably trash, oh, 90% of what I write, both in email and blog form, because it's too personal. However, I believe that *writing* it and getting the feelings down in words are more important than the potential feedback from friends and foes and those in between, so I write, and write, and use the recycle bin.
Your loyal readers (and my DH who listens when I read aloud to him -- he loves your stories and even recognized a photo of you in Spin-Off the other day) are grateful that you have the courage to commit your inner self to paper (and ether). Thank you.
Wa-HOOOO! Congrats and happy independence day!
I just pre-ordered it from Amazon. Thanks for the link!