Knitting philosophy has never been done better. It also really makes me think about things I probably wouldn't have thought to think about before. Yeah, deep, I know.
There is a particular chapter where she talks about being a young, yarn-poor knitter that I can really relate to (gee, I wonder why?). I must say though, yarn really has come a looong way since the plastic crap she describes and some acrylic these days is pretty darn good. It's not wool, or alpaca, but it's being the best it can be.
[Side Note: Thank the yarn-gods for the advent of internet yarn stores that email sale info and coupons! That's how I got the Noro cashmere blend for my striped scarf for <$15!]
I get to have occasional tastes of the "good life" but I can manage within my means too. As a matter of fact, the Practice Sweater (of Summer 08 fame) has turned into my go-to sweater for around the house. It cost me about $8.00 in yarn to make and it is holding up remarkably well (with a little fuzzing that I don't mind at all).
One day, money will be less scarce and I'll have more knitting freedom, but I think the knitting joy will stay the same :-) Thanks Stephanie Pearl-McPhee for a thoughtful, philosophical knitting book that is most deserving of great big glossy pages and a position of prominence on the coffee table!
P.S. Thanks for the book mom!