Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World

Knitlandia A Knitter Sees the World 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 arou

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  • Title: Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World
  • Author: Clara Parkes
  • ISBN: 9781617691904
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 whoA 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 TaosGlass, Grass, and the Power of Place Tacoma, WashingtonA Thing for Socks and a Very Big Plan Portland, OregonAutumn on the Hudson The New York Sheep Wool FestivalCashmere Dreams and British Breeds A Last Minute Visit to Edinburgh, Scotland Fans of travel writing, as well as knitters, crocheters, designers, and fiber artists alike, will enjoy the masterful narrative in these intimate tales from a life well crafted Whether you ve committed to exploring your own wanderlust or are an armchair traveler curled up in your coziest slippers, Knitlandia is sure to inspire laughter, tears, and maybe some travel plans of your own.

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    1. I really expected to like this. I'm a Knitter (with a captial K), and I've devoured and referenced Parkes' previous books over and over. But this one just wasn't engaging. It read more like a "who's who" of knitting rather than a travelogue/memoir of her knitting travels, and the voice just wasn't engaging. I'd stick to Parkes for her reference works, but turn to Stephanie Pearl McPhee for creative nonfictionC copy

    2. I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:A fairly self-indulgent lark around various knitting hotspots aimed at those who are deeply embedded in the US and International “Knitting Scene”. The book is replete with vignettes of Parkes’ time in various places around the world, for reasons related to knitting conferences, teaching and general knitting-based travel. If you’re not a hardcore knitter, if you cringe at name-dropping, if you don [...]

    3. Honestly, more of a list of very cool events Clara Parkes has attended because she is so superior to the rest of the world, with plenty of snark. I suspect her other books might contain useful information abut wool/yarn, but the same information is available elsewhere if one doesn't feel like giving her any money.

    4. 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" (a [...]

    5. I am a knitter and familiar with the names of designers and authors mentioned in this book. Some of the places Clara Parkes travels to are places I have been and seen or heard of. It's so much fun to read this travel log of a knitter, designer going to conventions and retreats I remember hearing about and wishing I could go to. This book is definitely written for knitters. If you are a knitter you will love it. If you are not a knitter, you probably just won't understand.

    6. I really enjoyed reading this. At first when the book was published I thought it wouldn't be my thing since all the happenings are so far from me. But I was so wrong and I do suggest this book to all knitters.

    7. Good light read for a yarn and fiber type. Brought back memories of early Black Sheep days when Sarah, Katie, Zack and Jessie walked everywhere with angora bunnies in their arms.

    8. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC of this book. Five Stars! I totally enjoyed this witty, interesting memoir from Clara Parkes.It tells of her travels to knitting events around the country plus Iceland and Edinburgh. This is definitely a books for a niche market - knitters. There are lots and lots of those so the book should get lots of support. Unlike some reviewers, I did not find this book to be all about Clara or thought that she was namedropping. I learned things I did not k [...]

    9. This book reads like a compilation of blog posts, aimed at an audience of hardcore knitters who might follow such a blog. Although the name dropping (people from knitting shows and publications) might be impressive to these individuals, it is meaningless to the general reader. The writing isn't evocative or compelling enough to interest readers outside of this niche market. As a long time knitter, I recognized the names but found the book a disappointingly tedious read.

    10. I'm a big fan of Clara Parkes. I've taken classes from her and have read all of her books. This is one of her best.

    11. Fun for knitters following current trends. Bit too much name dropping: would have liked more on her own thoughts and feelings rather than who else was there.

    12. I love Clara Parkes' website Knitter's Review, but this travelogue is disappointing. Parkes has some comical insights, like this one:A funny thing happens when more than one knitter gathers in a public place. A solo knitter, presuming she is a woman, quickly fades into the backdrop like a potted palm or a quietly nursing mother. We are a cultural metaphor for invisibility - something Agatha Christie knew quite well when she gave Miss Marple her needles and yarn. What better cloak of invisibility [...]

    13. This book wasn't quite everything I expected it to be. I guess I expected to be taken on a journey with a fellow knitter and see how yarn implements itself in various travels. While this was somewhat what happened in the book, it felt a little like the author was above the reader. I didn't know who Clara Parkes was before this, but turns out she is a successful writer about knitting. Often because of this she had a different experience at events then say someone like me would have. This could be [...]

    14. I reviewed this book for NetGalley.I have read Clara Parkes' books and have been a member of the Knitter's Review/forums (in lurker mode) for twelve to thirteen years, so I am very familiar with her work, particularly in the area of yarn. This book is something of a change for her, so I was intrigued by the travelogue nature of the book.It is a great armchair book for the serious knitter who cannot make it to all the different knitting destinations in the world of knitting. Ms. Parkes has been t [...]

    15. This book found me at the right time, but I wish I'd read it a week earlier so I would have known to keep an eye out for Clara at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Don't be fooled by this slim tome; it is densely packed with charming essays that will inspire intense wanderlust and make you eager to find obscure breed-specific wool. Some reviews have pointed out that this feels like a who's who of the knitting world, but that was my favorite part -- I have a wealth of new Instagram feeds, k [...]

    16. This is the kind of book that knitters need to read to understand the knit festivals out there. It makes me want to pack my bags and meet these people and compare notes. Such a wonderful read about such a wonderful family of people. . . knitters, I love them!

    17. This made me want to travel to beat the band. I also now want to go to Iceland, Squam and Edinborough.I found reading this quite calming.

    18. A love letter to the places and people in the knitting world. Evocative at times, tedious at others, but overall quite enjoyable.

    19. This was an amusing set of essays about the author's travels around the U.S. and the world to various fiber events and festivals.

    20. I had to stop reading this book. It's all about the knitting parties I'll never get to and that's depressing.

    21. This book is definitely niche. And there is plenty of knitting-royalty name dropping. I found it entertaining since I am the type of knitter who exists in this world she explored, but if you don't knit and have an interest in the land of serious knitters, then this might be boring for you. However, Clara's voice is effortless and she can be funny, so maybe a curious non-knitter person could get into it for the sheer novelty of the fact that yes, there is a thriving community of people who will d [...]

    22. When I originally got this book from the library I was under the impression that I had got a fictional book, so was a bit surprised to find myself in the middle of some actual knit-travel. After the "shock" I happily read about Parkes´ travels and the fancy and fun knitting related events. The book is filled with love for yarn and the knitter's community and was thus a very cosy read.

    23. I must be a weirdo! As I read the different chapters I am thoroughly enjoying every little bit of each part of the narrative! I've been a crazy knitting addict since the age of 7 in 1959 when I begged and begged my mother to show me how to knit! I had a broken arm with a big fat cast on it at the time! Mom promised to show me how to knit as soon as I got my cast removed! She had learned from the "German lady that lived upstairs" during the early 1940's when she lived with three other friends in [...]

    24. What a joy to read. And now I need to start saving up to attend all these knitting festivals--first up, Edinburgh?

    25. Clara's writing is both thoughtful and methodical but also has a grounding dose of realism about life in the knitting world. She's a great story teller - sharing her well-crafted tales while occasionally butting in with some truly honest and unglamorous moments of internal commentary. Clara's humor, love of knitting, and numerous stories have been lovely to read about - especially as someone who loves knitting and aspires to be part of the knitting design community one day!

    26. Enjoyed reading this book by a real yarn person, telling of her visits to various yarn "events." These events are fun for all those who attend, but it must be especially fun to hand around with others in the teaching and writing echelon of knitters.

    27. Ok, I admit it! Reading essays are not my favorite thing to do. I don’t enjoy them & I only read them when I am sitting at a bookstore without my tablet trust me the fact I didn’t have the tablet to read is shocking. I found myself in a surprise trip to town last week & once I completed the required errands I wasn’t feeling completely right 1 & so I thought it would be best to stop & “rest & relax” for a bit before driving home. So I went to my normal “r & r p [...]

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