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Knitlandia by Clara Parkes

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  • A 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 savoured, 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 humour 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 fibre 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.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Clara Parkes, a celebrated raconteur and highly sought-after teacher, is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Stash of One's Own and The Yarn Whisperer, as well as The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, The Knitter’s Book of Wool, and The Knitter’s Book of Socks. She is the founder and publisher of Knitter’s Review, an online epublication that explores the pleasures and subtleties of yarn, and a contributor to Mason Dixon Knitting. She lives in Maine with her partner and far too much yarn.

  • Hardback:
    160 pages

    Dimensions:
    14 x 20 x 1.2 cm

    Publisher:
    Abrams Press

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