A Stash of One's Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting go of Yarn

A Stash of One s Own Knitters on Loving Living with and Letting go of Yarn From New York Times bestselling knitting writer Clara Parkes comes a new collection of essays and stories drawn from the yarn loving stash collecting close knit community of knitters This addictive

  • Title: A Stash of One's Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting go of Yarn
  • Author: Clara Parkes
  • ISBN: 9781419727047
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From New York Times bestselling knitting writer Clara Parkes, comes a new collection of essays and stories drawn from the yarn loving, stash collecting, close knit community of knitters This addictive to read anthology celebrates yarn specifically, the knitter s reputation for acquiring it in large quantities and storing it away in what s lovingly referred to as a stasFrom New York Times bestselling knitting writer Clara Parkes, comes a new collection of essays and stories drawn from the yarn loving, stash collecting, close knit community of knitters This addictive to read anthology celebrates yarn specifically, the knitter s reputation for acquiring it in large quantities and storing it away in what s lovingly referred to as a stash Consider contributions from knitting and teaching luminaries, including BUST co founder Debbie Stoller Meg Swansen, daughter of master knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann Knitting blogger and author Susan B Anderson alongside offerings from knitting greats Amy Herzog, Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and Franklin Habit plus, stories from a romance novelist, an illustrator, a PhD wielding feminist publisher, a globetrotting textile artist, a licensed clinical social worker, and the people behind the world s largest collective online stash, Ravelry The pieces range from comical to earnest, lighthearted to deeply philosophical as each seeks to answer the question of how the stash a knitter has accumulated over the years reflects his or her place in universe The stories in A Stash of One s Own represent and provide validation for knitters wildly varying perspectives on yarn, from holding zero stash, to stash busting, to stockpiling masses of it and even including it in estate plans These tales are for all fiber artists, spinners, dyers, crafters, crocheters, sheep farmers, shop owners, beginning knitters to yarn experts, and everyone who has ever loved a skein too hard to let it go.

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    1. Clara Parkes is my favorite writer about knitting. In this book, she edits a collection of essays from people she invited to write about the topic of the yarn they have in their stash. Stash in this context means yarn (mostly). However, in many of the essays the writers talked about mothers who knit or did other kinds of work (we don't call it crafts but that's an essay in itself) with fiber and fabric.The essays about mothers who knit were my favorite because my mother knit. She did little of i [...]

    2. Asking a knitter what he or she plans on doing with the yarn he or she just bought is like asking a squirrel what it plans on doing with that nut it just buried under a pile of leaves. Obviously we plan on using it. Now? Later? For what? How can we know? Our main priority is simply to get that yarn safely back home and stored away in our stash. We’ll know when we need it.I read this book to have a good time and I’m honestly feeling so attacked right now…As it is the case with anthologies y [...]

    3. I read this in small installments when I had a few moments to just sit and relax. I do not knit, I crochet. The facts are the same. I have a stash. My husband built full depth, floor to ceiling, shelves for me in half of a double closet to contain my stash. I also have an entire wall of bookshelves of craft books for just about every craft out there ,with an entire bank of crochet and knitting books (others in my family knit). My stash is mostly hands off without asking for others, although ther [...]

    4. Within this collection, Parkes and 22 essayists help us to examine our own personal meaning for that often loaded word, Stash. In addition, beyond our own definitions, we can think about how we and our stash (or lack thereof) fit as part of the global fiber community. What are the stories we hear in our stash? Do we whisper its secrets? Where is its place in our homes and in our lives? I believe strongly in the power of books to come along when we most need them. This essay anthology appeared in [...]

    5. I'm so skeptical of "writing about knitting" books because the few times I've tried knitting essay anthologies, the writing has been unbearably bad. This is the opposite! Each essayist writes in a unique voice that is funny, honest, and/or raw, and the large majority of the essays have great pacing. Who knew so many people in the knitting world also had writing chops? Oh, yea, they're creative types. I especially loved Debbie Stoller's eponymous entry and all the various jabs at KonMari. Props t [...]

    6. An anthology about stashes of yarn and so much more. I freely admit that I do have stashes - books, yarn, fabric, cds, movies, cans of tomatoes, spices (especially paprika). We have a decent sized home, I have room. My daughter has moved to her own home but we do have custody of her books and t-shirts, dolls and unicorns for the day her daughter is ready for them, our son collects books and drums. My husband also collects books (do you sense a theme!?!), tools, chairs (we once counted that we co [...]

    7. I really enjoyed this collection. 4.5 stars. Eminently readable for a lover of yarn, the essays run the gamut from humorous to serious, the collections described from minimalist to SABLE-level, and the stashes from yarn to fiber to fabric.Some of my favorites essays: I loved the beautiful and generous spirit behind Jillian' Moreno's fiber stash, and how easily it flows into her own creativity and to others. I appreciated Eugene Wyatt's tale of giving yarn away - it was a good reminder of how muc [...]

    8. I pre-ordered this, so the Kindle edition hit early on release day. I'm reading one essay at a time. I always enjoy Clara's books. Full review later.

    9. I loved this book. Every contributor has the love of yarn and knitting in common with me. I found myself in agreement with so many of the statements in the book and enjoyed reading everyone's thoughts on what a "stash" is and if/how it should be controlled.

    10. Ordered without even thinking twice. It is a collection of essays, so only one written by CP. Most I enjoyed, some were a surprize, but it's not as good as Knitlandia.

    11. A collection of chapters from designers, knitters, writers and a shepherd, among others who describe their stashs of yarn. The characterization of a stash as a collection of yarn resonated with me and reminded me that I need to pull it out and visit, even if a project doesn't suggest itself.

    12. This is an ARC that a friend brought back from Book Expo, in paperback. It's a collection of short essays by knitters, designers, and others who work with fiber, centered around "the stash." It's fun to read the thoughts from folks known in the "fiber world." Not earth-shattering, it is a comfortable book -- which is perfect for a book about yarn.

    13. If one thing is pretty much universal about knitting nerds it's 'The Stash'. We joke about it, sometimes feel guilty about it, sometimes revel in it in short, most of us can't pass up a sale, charity resale shop, going out of business sale (*sigh*), or any other place which has the potential for stash enrichment without at least having a look. There are, apparently, knitters who have one project going at a time and who buy supplies for that project and only that project, knit on it until it's fi [...]

    14. I have read all of Clara Parkes' books and they have all been great, but I probably enjoyed this one the most since I am a knitter and do have a stash that is way too deep! These essays are well written mostly by people well known in the knitting world-some humorous; others more serious, but all were very interesting to me.

    15. I really wanted to like this more, essay collections are always a mixed bag for me. Some resonated, some didn't, but I think ultimately I'm no longer in a place where I'm interested in people's lofty thoughts about yarn stashes. I'm sure I would have enjoyed this more if I had read it about a year and a half ago.

    16. This is a really lovely collection of essays, probably the best knitting writing I've come across. What I loved is thinking about my own yarn stash, and how my feelings about it flow into various viewpoints expressed in the essays. It's amazing how something can be inspirational and stressful and invigorating and overwhelming and comforting all at the same time. I also loved the concept of stashing as a jumping off point for other kinds of explorations, like Franklin Habit's heartbreaking essay [...]

    17. Don't know why I bothered reading this. It was full of uninspired pieces about stashing (or not) yarn. I have a yarn stash so thought I could find, at least, some of these stories relevant, humorous, or even enlightening. They were not. In fact, one piece about feminism and stashing yarn seemed very condescending and slightly offensive. My stash is my business and I don't care what anyone thinks, but I certainly don't see it as a weapon for equality.

    18. Lots of good meaty essays here. A non-knitting friend picked it up, read a couple of the essays, and then told me he now understands better how the “stashing” mentality works. So yay!

    19. A book about different yarn stashes and not a single picture? Odd. I've been on ravelry for a few years, and only recognized a few names; it would have been nice for a small introduction of each essayist, because otherwise, it's just a bunch of faceless names blebbling about something yarn-adjacent. The essays also varied in subject, like the authors got too vague of a memo. The essay about Dheberia Rabari women took a heartbreaking turn, yet gave no info on maybe helping out those women? So tha [...]

    20. As is often the case with an anthology, the essays in this book were a bit of a mixed bag -- many were quite predictable (though still enjoyable), and a couple really missed the mark for me, but I found more than a few quite touching indeed. For that reason, of course, particular essays are likely to appeal, or not, to particular readers; my personal favorites were those written by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Franklin Habit.Many knitters feel some amount of guilt about their stash (whether in who [...]

    21. If you're a knitter, you already know what a stash is. It's that bag or bin of yarn (or multiples thereof) you have cached away for future knitting endeavors. And if you're a knitter, you are likely already familiar with, and a fan of, Clara Parkes, editor of this collection. I have purchased and read all her books (except for the elusive and out-of-print Knitter's Book of Wool – please reprint!) and am an avid follower of all things Clara.This being an anthology, it's not all Clara. She intro [...]

    22. Once I started reading this book, I was really hooked. I read every chance I could. I am rotational hobbist! I start on one hobby like working large jigsaw puzzles and when I tire of that I switch to another hobby and another! Knitting will be coming up for me. I used to have a stash before I moved and parted with it with regret. Then I started winning books in contests and began a book stash which I am now working my way through. Each story in this anthology is written by a different person is [...]

    23. I read these essays one or two a day, partly to give myself time to absorb and enjoy them, and partly because books like this can start to feel a bit repetitious if read through start to finish with no pauses to think. A Stash of Ones Own largely avoids the pitfalls of repetition, as the contributors take a diverse approach to the topic. From a psychologist, an anthropologist, some of my favourite bloggers, the contributors are (largely) intelligent, honest and interesting. There were one or two [...]

    24. I was very intrigued by this book after hearing the essay by Debbie Stoller (A Stash of One's Own: Yarn as a Feminist Issue) read on the Pom Pom Quarterly podcast. Regarding yarn and stashes from a feminist point of view was really interesting, which is perhaps why Stoller's and Franklin Habit's essays stood out to me the most. Much of the rest, unfortunately, felt quite repetitive. A majority of the pieces sound like the retelling of the same story - learning to knit from a mother or a grandmot [...]

    25. A book of essays on stashes, written by knitters mostly from a knitting/fiber arts perspective. They range the gamut from one about stats on stashes from Ravelry to personal stories of love and loss that affect what yarns people have kept or not kept. There is some social commentary in here, including a beautiful piece about how one woman realized her stash reflected her feelings on her non-typical body, and another from a male knit designer about wanting to use his mother's craft supplies as a [...]

    26. An enjoyable exploration into what other fiber crafters think of that accumulation of yarn that tends to occur when you knit or crochet or spinSome of these essays are funny and some are serious. Each perspective was different and interesting.A few tidbits:"Asking a knitter what he or she plans on doing with the yarn he or she just bought is like asking a squirrel what it plans on doing with that nut it just buried under a pile of leaves. Obviously we plan on using it. Now? Later? For what? How [...]

    27. [My stash is] memento, remembrance, and souvenir. An expression of not just what I want to make but also who I am, who I love, where I've been, and who loves me. And I'll keep as much of it as I want to, even if it's rainbow sparkle.This is an intensely gratifying read for any and all knitters, or yarn artists. Not because it justifies our ever-expanding yarn stash, but because it justifies our ever-expanding yarn stash and welcomes us into the yarn loving family. Whether you stash yarn, or buy [...]

    28. Full disclosure -- I am a knitter and spinner and I have a healthy stash of both yarn and fiber. My stash is not as small as some and not as big as others. It provides me both pleasure and a thrill of potential, but I can also feel guilt at times when I look at it or add to it. All that means is that I am the perfect audience for this book. I found every single essay, whether the author and I had similar views on stash enhancement or not, to be thoughtful and enlightening. It made me think about [...]

    29. "A Stash of One's Own" by Clara Parkes was a Christmas gift from my youngest daughter. It is an anthology about the stash of yarn so common to avid knitters. Several knitters, knitting designers, spinners, yarn store owners and a sheep farmer have contributed essays based on their relationship with yarn and life.While this book will be usually be read by knitters, many others who are lucky to come across it will embrace the ideas and feelings shared by people with a passion for yarn. I chose to [...]

    30. There are some excellent essays here. And there are some that aren't worth the space they take up in the volume. And there are some which, if they really wanted to do their specific topics justice, would need to take up more space, use more words, and analyze more thoroughly. That last category may be the most frustrating. The essays that discuss feminist aspects of fiber crafting merely skim the surface of their topics, often adopt an awkard tone, and smack of white feminism rather than interse [...]

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