- Title: Knitlandia
- Author: Clara Parkes
- Published: February 16th 2016
- Pages: 160
- Category: Crafts / Knitting / Nonfiction / Travel / Writing / Essays / Autobiography / Memoir
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.
**QUICK INFO: I do my best not to have spoilers, but I will warn you I may accidentally have them in my review.**
Ok, I admit it! Reading essays are not my favorite thing to do. I don’t enjoy them & I only read them when I am sitting at a bookstore without my tablet trust me the fact I didn’t have the tablet to read is shocking. I found myself in a surprise trip to town last week & once I completed the required errands I wasn’t feeling completely right 1 & so I thought it would be best to stop & “rest & relax” for a bit before driving home. So I went to my normal “r & r place the local Barnes & Noble. It is a bookstore! So I did my patrol of new knitting books, romance, suspense, horror, magazines, & Elfquest *Yes, I know & No, I don’t care* reading material. Surprisingly I didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without but knowing that I was going to have about 45 minutes to three hours to sit & wait till I calmed down required me to find something to read. If I can keep my mind occupied for the most part it doesn’t have the time to make up scenarios that are anxiety & panic filled. Plus, the reading material is good enough I can “slip into” the book world & leave my body & part of my mind in the “real world”. Which means easier & quicker calm down time for me. Luckily enough these essays did the trick. I enjoy each & every story. They all eased my brain from having to come up with scenario & helped prevent my mind from making up ones that would not be good for me.
Clara Parkes is a wonderful writer but unless you enjoy knitting or crocheting I highly doubt you have heard of her. If you don’t kit or crochet then if/when you read her books, you may discover a new found need/want/desire to start knitting or crocheting. They way she talks about knitting makes you want to whip out the needles & knit something. This book talks about her travels & friends within the knitting community. Trust me, it is a very large community. She tells you about the knit retreats *Geesh, I wanna go!* to the travels she goes on for the conventions. Yes, the knitting community has conventions! *Also want to go to one of these. Stupid anxiety & panic disorder.* Even if you are not a fan of knitting you will still enjoy these essays. They are light reading yet provoke thoughts. I do recommend this book if you are just wanting something light to read.
1 This means that my anxiety & panic were running high & if I didn’t get them to calm down I was going to running a very high chance that I would have a seizure & then would require Dad & Brenda to come get me to bring me home. The worst case scenario? Car wreck & trip to the hospital for me. So yep, calm down time.