Knitting aficionado and notable artisan Clara Parkes delves into her storied travels with this inspiring and witty New York Times best-selling memoir of a creative life enriched by her adventures around the world.
Building on the success of The Yarn Whisperer, Parkes' rich personal essays invite listeners and devoted crafters on excursions to be savored, from a guide who quickly comes to feel like a trusted confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes listeners 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' 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.
©2016 Clara Parkes (P)2016 Random House Audio
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"Not what I expected but even better"
Excellent storytelling and delightful travels. I feel like I know more about my knitting and while I seldom travel as a single introvert this book created the impulse. If only my dog could go with
I really loved this audiobook! Clara Parkes' voice is soothing and gentle, her writing superb in it's imagery. I felt as if I was listening to a good friend tell me about her fiber adventures. Love the bits of humor here and there! Would recommend to any yarn/knitting/crochet/weaving/fiber fans beginner or expert and anyone who has one of the locations Clara visits in this book on their bucket list. I'm sad that I'm done listening to the book.
"Enjoyed every minute of it."
I really enjoyed every minute of. I laughed out loud several times and I even cried once, and cried harder when I realized it was over. Thanks for a wonderful trip.
Loved how while I was knitting along listening I was transported to her world. I enjoyed her travels where yarn took her I knitted vicariously through this book
"I LOVED Knitlandia!"
If I wasn't excited about someday going to a yarn festival or event, Clara's writing and narration have prompted me to add at least 4 destinations to my retirement bucket list!
As an avid knitter who has attended many of the events in the book I found the stories very entertaining! It was fun to hear of different experiences and makes me long to attend more events!
My husband and I just listened to the entire book on a road trip. His first words when it ended? "That is the best book I have ever heard." I totally agree. From interesting insights into this wonderful world of knitting, to laugh out loud stories, to truthful and touching moments - Clara has efficiently captured our hearts and we can't wait for more!
"Kudos for Clara"
I've known of Clara Parkes and her work for years, and gotten a sense of her personality through an online class. I was quite sure I would enjoy Knitlandia, which is an autobiographical exposition of her life in the knitting world. Well written and well spoken I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, Clara's perceptions and opinions, and her obvious satisfaction with the world of creative knitwear designers and entrepreneurs that form her milieu....a compelling and articulate read that I highly recommend.
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