Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World

Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World

Clara Parkes

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 1617691909

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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

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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tight while reading the number on their ear tags, finding someone who knew where that sheep went, and then escorting the reluctant sheep over to that pen. Réttir is for neighbors, family, and friends. Our tour bus was an anomaly, a gently accepted intrusion into a local ritual. People perched on the rails and talked in clusters. Toddlers were lifted into the pen and walked around by their parents. Children caught the smaller ones. More experienced farmers did the task with panache, often

County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, just a halfhour west of Baltimore. Entry has always been free, with funding provided by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, and with additional support from the state agricultural fair board. That will be your first and biggest clue that this event, despite its overarching retail side, is deeply rooted in the agricultural tradition. Whether in the show ring or the adjacent barns, the sheep are the real beauty of Maryland Sheep and Wool. More than 600

but people still whisper. Education is another key part of the show. Workshops begin a couple of days before the marketplace opens and end as the last crate is hammered shut and loaded back on the truck. Classes run the gamut from business development to social media, and always include several craft-specific topics too, like working stranded intarsia or stitching your very own needlepoint canvas depicting a Hollywood Gold Digger “all dressed up in her tight gold lamé capris ready to spend her

way into town for the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. So legendary is this show, it has attained Madonna or Cher status in the knitting world. It is known by just one word: Rhinebeck. Say that word to almost any knitter and you’ll get a nod. It’s huge. Tens of thousands of people converge on the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for two days of vending, demonstrations, workshops, competitions, and get-togethers. The town of Rhinebeck and surrounding villages along the Hudson come to a

evening wore on and the alcohol took hold, the laughter grew louder and freer. The pub quiz was more challenging than any quiz I’d taken. Working in teams by table, we were given snippets of yarn and asked to match them with possible choices of brand and yarn names—and even the vendors of those yarns were hard-pressed to get it right. We had pages of questions, and then there was a brief break while each group was tasked with making a sheep from the bag of fiber, pipecleaners, and plastic toy

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