Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World

By Clara Parkes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  *  Knitting aficionado and amazing artisan Clara Parkes delves into her storied travels with this inspiring and witty memoir on an inventive existence enriched via her adventures round the world. 
construction at the good fortune of The Yarn Whisperer, Parkes's wealthy own essays invite readers and committed crafters on tours to be savored, from a consultant who fast involves believe like a relied on confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes readers alongside on 17 of her so much memorable trips around the globe during the last 15 years, with tales spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a comfortable yarn store in Paris's thirteenth arrondissement.
additionally recognized for her PBS tv appearances and highly well known line of small-batch hand made yarns, Parkes weaves her own mixture of knowledge and humor into this eloquently down-to-earth consultant that's half own shuttle narrative and half cultural heritage, touching the center of what it potential to reside creatively. subscribe to Parkes as she ventures to locales either overseas and primary in chapters like:
  • Chasing a Legend in Taos
  • Glass, Grass, and the ability of position: Tacoma, Washington
  • A factor for Socks and a truly mammoth Plan: Portland, Oregon
  • Autumn at the Hudson: the recent York Sheep & Wool Festival
  • Cashmere goals and British Breeds: A Last-Minute stopover at to Edinburgh, Scotland

fanatics of trip writing, in addition to knitters, crocheters, designers, and fiber artists alike, will benefit from the masterful narrative in those intimate stories from a lifestyles good crafted. even if you could have dedicated to exploring your personal wanderlust or are an armchair vacationer curled up on your coziest slippers, Knitlandia is bound to motivate laughter, tears, and perhaps a few shuttle plans of your own.

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