A New York Times Bestseller Knitting aficionado and notable artisan Clara Parkes delves into her storied travels with this inspiring and witty memoir on a creative life enriched by her adventures around the world. Building on the success of The Yarn Whisperer, Parkes’s rich personal essays invite readers and devoted crafters on excursions to be savored, from a guide who quickly comes to feel like a trusted confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes readers along on 17 of her most memorable journeys across the globe over the last 15 years, with stories spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a cozy yarn shop in Paris’s 13th arrondissement. Also known for her PBS television appearances and hugely popular line of small-batch handcrafted yarns, Parkes weaves her personal blend of wisdom and humor into this eloquently down-to-earth guide that is part personal travel narrative and part cultural history, touching the heart of what it means to live creatively. Join Parkes as she ventures to locales both foreign and familiar in chapters like:
- Chasing a Legend in Taos
- Glass, Grass, and the Power of Place: Tacoma, Washington
- A Thing for Socks and a Very Big Plan: Portland, Oregon
- Autumn on the Hudson: The New York Sheep & Wool Festival
- Cashmere Dreams and British Breeds: A Last-Minute Visit to Edinburgh, Scotland
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About the Author
Clara Parkes, a celebrated raconteur and highly sought-after teacher, is the author of The Yarn Whisperer, as well as The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, The Knitter’s Book of Wool, and The Knitter’s Book of Socks. She is also the founder and publisher of knittersreview.com, a biweekly e-newsletter that explores the pleasures and subtleties of yarn. She lives in Maine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
From a knitter's perspective, the episodes detailed in Knitlandia hold both promise and memories. Each chapter covers a trip Clara took, or organized, to teach, lecture, present or show various aspects of their craft to select groups, tours, or conventions of knitters. For those who participated (thousands), the reading brings up their memories, now augmented by Clara's wry perspective. For those who wish they could have been there (millions), it encourages them to travel to the next event. And, for those who have no idea what knitting means to knitters, Knitlandia will either explain or convince them that knitting is an outward manifestation of some form of pyschopathy. Either way, they won't find a more unique view of the life of a knitting guru.
Clara Parkes, whose first subject as a professional writer was travel, takes us on a tour of knitting and fiber festivals. Some of her adventures as a yarn evangelist are set in venues that thousands of knitters have shared -- Rhinebeck, Taos, Scotland, Portland, Maryland. Some tell background stories of festivals and events we dream of attending - Squam, TNNA, Vogue Knitting Live, Madrona. We are there at Sock Summit for the first knitting flash mob, we are in Denver to film "Knitting Daily" (as she is encased in makeup that makes her feel "like Ronald MacDonald in drag"), and we go along on a tour of sheep-intensive Iceland. Always, there is pho, her comfort food, and yarn, in all of its incarnations and manifestations. My favorite moments are in Paris, where she breaks a promise (no yarn! just family!) and visits a petting zoo of a shop" that offers yarn and tea. Years before, she tells us, she fell in love with fountain pens in Paris. How can anyone not be delighted with this book? Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy in exchange for a fair review.
Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World by [Parkes, Clara]All those who know me know this book was made for me. I love the adventures that the author Clara Parkes goes on to explore the world of knitting. Filled with her essays I was able to take part in each of her 17 journeys she went on in this book with her. As an avid knitter I felt like I could see the rich colors, feel each fiber as she shared them with us. She let me go to Taos, Tacoma, Washington; the Hudson: The New York Sheep and Wool Festival and to Edinburgh. Some of these I will never see with my own eyes but I was able to see them with her. If you like adventures, knitting or yarn I most highly recommend this book for you.
I am reading an enjoyable little book, Knitlandia by Clara Parkes. It isn't a genre I usually read but I am savoring it. It is a travelogue by a professional knitter, spinner, fiber writer and details various places she has been to do fiber things. So far I have read of her visit to Iceland, Taos to meet a famous dyer, Seattle for the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, and the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. The last was vivid enough to bring the noise and sights and textures back as if I were there yesterday instead of a month ago. It stirs up my love of the wool, my memories of the different fibers twisting on my spindle and wheel, and makes me want to knit better. It is a pick-up and put-down book or it all blurs together. It is better to savor it slowly.