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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.
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By Nanciann Nowlen on 09-21-16
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
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 07-27-16
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Lisa on 03-27-18
Don't do the accents
Knitlandia is slightly sentimental but was an enjoyable listen for me as a listener who might never get to the events Parkes describes. Her destinations were a mix of festivals/events, personal travel, and professional visits to teach or meet with publishers.
However, I have no idea why she decided to do the accents for people she meets along her travels. Parkes is definitely better at impressions than many, but it's extremely embarrassing and distracting to hear a bad imitation of people she's describing with respect and curiosity
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By nicola nicholson on 06-13-18
I thought I wasn't going to like this after the first chapter but it grew on me. Even,if you weren't a knitter I think this gentle series of stories read wonderfully by the author would engage you. Reminded me of old fashioned Saturday night radio stories. I loved the places and people it evoked. Will listen again and again.