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|Born||Stephanie Anne Pearl-McPhee|
June 14, 1968
|Pen name||The Yarn Harlot|
|Occupation||Writer, blogger, doula|
Stephanie Anne Pearl-McPhee (a.k.a. The Yarn Harlot; born June 14, 1968) is a writer, knitter, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and doula living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Pearl-McPhee has contributed articles and patterns to knitting magazines such as Cast On, Interweave Knits, Knitty, Stranded, and Spin-Off. She also contributed a chapter to the book Knitlit Too. In addition, she has written eight books on knitting.
She has been described as a knitting humourist.
One of Pearl-McPhee's best known works is her blog, which also carries the moniker "The Yarn Harlot". In 2004, she founded Tricoteuses sans Frontières (Knitters without Borders), a group dedicated to raising money for the non-profit Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). As of the 6th anniversary of Pearl-McPhee's blog (January 2010), they have contributed over $1,000,000 CAD to MSF/DWB.
Pearl-McPhee has protested against cuts to library services.
In 2006, she started the 2006 Knitting Olympics, a competition for knitters to start and finish one challenging project during the timeframe of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Over 4,000 knitters worldwide participated.
Pearl-McPhee often makes personal appearances at conventions, book stores and other craft-related events where she shares her view of life and knitting with fellow crafters.
Pearl-McPhee originated the word kinnear on August 2, 2007, on her blog. Now cited in the Urban Dictionary and in The New York Times' 2007 Word in Review, it is defined as "kinnear v. To take a candid photograph surreptitiously, especially by holding the camera low and out of the line of sight." Kinnearing was originated when she attempted to take a picture of Greg Kinnear at an airport while on her way to Boston, MA. When Kinnear learned of this, he started to try kinnearing others, including his Flash of Genius costar, Alan Alda. He showed his attempts on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, where, in the same interview, he declared that Pearl-McPhee is "the Michael Jordan of knitting."
- Knitlit Too (contributor), 2004 (ISBN 1400051495)
- At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much, 2005 (ISBN 1580175899)
- Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter – Hard Cover version
- Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks, 2006 (ISBN 1580178340)
- Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting, 2007 (ISBN 9781580176583)
- Things I Learned from Knitting (Whether I Wanted To or Not), 2008 (ISBN 9781603420624)
- Free-Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Writes Again, 2008 (ISBN 0740769472)
- Pearl-McPhee, Stephanie (2005). Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Pub. p. 180. ISBN 0-7407-5037-2. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
- Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter – Paperback version
- All Wound Up, 2011 (ISBN 0740797573)
- Cunningham, Greta (May 13, 2008). "The 'yarn harlot' leads a knitting revolution". Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- Kelly, Cathal (March 10, 2009). "Let's hear it for Kinnearing". The Star. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
- Mercier, Stephanie (October 2, 2016). "What's so funny about wool?". CBC. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
- "Yarn Harlot". www.yarnharlot.ca. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
- Yarn Harlot: six
- Alcoba, Natalie (March 28, 2012). "Celebrity knitter and best-selling author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee cheers on striking library workers". National Post. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
- Yarn Harlot: I was Kinnearing
- Barrett, Grant (December 23, 2007). "All We Are Saying". The New York Times.