Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees 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 ...more
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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’t want ...more
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. ...more
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 name
dropping. I learned things I did not k ...more
Knitlandia doesn’t have any patterns, but that’s not the point. Parkes is a knitting writer; she’s also ...more
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 invisibil
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 ...more
But when knitters gather, we become incongruously conspicuous. We are a species that other people aren't used to seeing in flocks, like a cluster of Corgis, a dozen Elvis impersonators waiting for the elevator.”