Best Read [Clara Parkes] ✓ The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting || [Christian Book] PDF ✓
Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM By Clara Parkes

Stockinette, ribbing, cables, even the humble yarn over can instantly evoke places, times, people, conversations, all those poignant moments that we ve tucked away in our memory banks Over time, those stitches form a map of our lives From the preface in The Yarn Whisperer Reflections on a Life in Knitting, renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes ponders the roles knitStockinette, ribbing, cables, even the humble yarn over can instantly evoke places, times, people, conversations, all those poignant moments that we ve tucked away in our memory banks Over time, those stitches form a map of our lives From the preface in The Yarn Whisperer Reflections on a Life in Knitting, renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes ponders the roles knitting plays in her life via 22 captivating, poignant, and laugh out loud funny essays Recounting tales of childhood and adulthood, family, friends, adventure, privacy, disappointment, love, and celebration, she hits upon the universal truths that drive knitters to create and explores the ways in which knitting can be looked at as a metaphor for so many other things Put simply, No matter how perfect any one sweater may be, it s only human to crave another And another, and another.
  • Title: The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting
  • Author: Clara Parkes
  • ISBN: 9781617690020
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover

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Jessica Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
"Being called a 'knitting rock star' is like being voted the best Pakistani restaurant by the Bangor Daily News.To knitters, Clara Parkes is a rock star, the queen of fiber and swatches who explores the twists and plies of yarns and how those features affect the final fabric. Her website and books offer insights to knitters of every skill level.I wanted to love this book, but I had to settle for liking it. Parkes writes a series of essays that compare her reflections on her career with a variety [...]
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Bonnie Brody Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
I have been a fan of Clara Parkes' Knitters Review forever and have loved her other three books. This one is no exception. It is written with the yarn lover and knitter in mind. The book contains no patterns, but rather is a collection of reminiscences or essays by Ms. Parkes. She talks about her life as it relates to knitting and yarn. "This book is a collection of my own musings on stitches - why we work them, what they do to fabric, and how they have contributed to the fabric of my own life. [...]
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Whitney Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
This book makes me want to pack up my stash of yarn and drive across the country to meet Clara Parkes in Maine foe a latte and some knitting
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Dillwynia Peter Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
So - what did I learn from this book??Mills Women's College in Berkeley CA is a liberal arts college that has a strong tradition in the feminist movement & has produced some notable women in US history;It takes some days to drive from the East to the West coast;Parkes comes from a strong musical & scientific family;Renovation costs in North America are the same the First World over: they run over budget & time & are very inconvenient;Clara Parkes is a lesbian, but doesn't throw i [...]
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penny shima glanz Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
From the author of three detailed reference books for knitters, we are treated to 22 lovely essays about the way knitting and yarn have influenced and enhanced Parkes' life. Each word is as well thought out as a carefully placed stitch, knitting words together seamlessly without any disruptive duplicate stitch jarring the reader. While it's easy to curl up and devour this slim book in a single evening (with a side-order of tea and snuggly kittens), I believe this volume is best enjoyed slowly, s [...]
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Andy Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
I really like Parkes' website, The Knitter's Review, so I was looking forward to this collection of personal essays. Unfortunately, not only does the book feel rushed and shallow, Parkes just isn't a very good writer. She's fond of elaborate, strained analogies: knitting is like dancing! baking! driving! like sitting in a coffee shop waiting for someone! None of these analogies work very well, and her tendencies to give knit stitches anthropomorphized emotions doesn't help. Most of the essays la [...]
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Miz Lizzie Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
Though she does sprinkle some personal and family history into her pieces, this is really more of a collection of essays than a memoir. Clara Parkes has followed her bliss by turning her life over to yarn. Yarn and knitting become rich metaphors for contemplating her life experiences, making me think of a dream I had in which the composition of all the man-made creations in the environment around me transformed into knitted fabric. A lovely book, especially for knitters, that provides a deeper r [...]
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Barbara Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
Clara Parkes writes wonderful essays that manage to connect facets of knitting to all sorts of things including baked goods. She is careful with her analogies so that they never seem outlandish. Her descriptions of her life and family have just enough detail to engage us, but never slide into self indulgence. A lover of Maine, and the ocean, I relished in the tastes of Maine life sprinkled throughout the book, and where she lives. I was surprised to learn she is somewhat a late bloomer in the kn [...]
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Kate Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
I won an advance copy of this through GR. In general I'm not a fan of short stories or essays because I feel like they always leave me wanting more. This is different. It feels conversational, like chatting with an old friend over coffee. It's comforting. And I keep finding snippets of myself in it! My only criticism is that I feel like it's more about life than yarn and knitting, and it's a shame that some might dismiss it as stories about needlework. I know a couple of non-knitters on my list [...]
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Mary Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
Too 'clever' for its own good. It takes a reflective tone and tries very hard to relate life philosophically to knitting, which is something I'm sure all knitters have pondered while journeying through an endless project or learning something new the hard way. Perhaps my lack of loving it is due to my Aussie preference for self-deprecating light-heartedness as opposed to reflective distillations of someone else's 'wisdom'.I had intentions of trying to finish it (I got about half way through) but [...]
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Lori Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
This was an enjoyable little read. I got it as a Christmas gift from my son and his family which made it even more special. My daughter in law googled top Christmas gifts for knitters. Clara compares knitting experiences to her real life experiences in a very clever way. The book was warm and fuzzy. Pun intended. She likes puns!
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Ingrid Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
The writing style throughout this book is one that would work well with technical volumes, but not here. Using metaphor to create examples of how yarn and everyday life relate, fine, but it's not necessary to use that mechanism with every idea. I found the story ideas compelling, but Parkes kept hitting the the reader over the head with correlations to knitting. I read and enjoy memoir, biography, travel writing, etc and am very familiar with those genres as well as variations on knitting books. [...]
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Leanne Hunt Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
For a lover of yarn and someone who has knitted for many years like me, this short book is a cosy reminder of the myriad life lessons one can take from one’s craft. Knitting is the art of making strong, functional fabric from a single thread, which reminds us that, as complicated as the future may seem right now, it can only be approached in a linear fashion, one stitch at a time. As long as we continue adding stitches, the future will manifest itself. And if we have to frog a whole section be [...]
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Glynn Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
I guess I don't think knitting is much like baking or gardening. It seems a little forced to see it as a simile or metaphor for so many thingsMaybe Clara Parkes' mind just wanders in a different way from mine.I'm interested in what keeps people knitting. Sometimes it helps a person to live as they choose.
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Cameron Toney Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
I love Clara Parkes blog, which has tons of wonderful information about yarn, knitting tools, and a passion for knitting and all its accessories.But this book just never quite jells, in my humble opinion. I like the idea of a memoir told through knitting, but the knitting metaphors never really work.Ah well.
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Nathan Grisham Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
A fantastic read. I love how methodically Clara associates observations and events from of her life into the fabric of knitting. She succinctly created prose from all of the philosophical bits and pieces that a knitter can pick up as they develop their craft if only they chose to read between the rows to see them.
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Myra Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
Exquisitly crafted, Clara P offers an extremely generous view of her wonderfully warm life. Stitching metaphors of sticks and string together representing our common threads with grace and beauty, I only regretted that this book was so short. I wanted more!
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Suzy Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
Unfortunately, this book isn't really about yarn or knitting. It's basically an autobiography written in essay form (each chapter is a stand alone essay) with a bit of yarn/knitting allegory spliced (pun intended) in. I was disappointed.
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Purlewe Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
Everything about this book is perfection. It makes me so happy I want to read it again.
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Anoush Emrazian Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
Contemplative and humorous essays about knitting and life.I was impressed at how well Parkes combined relate knitting to her life experiences and visa versa, using such mundane activities as baking bread and driving through traffic to better understand aspects of knitting.There were so many sections that were just so well said that I need to recount them here:Concerning a yarn stash:A healthy yarn garden contains a broad spectrum of plants--annuals and perennials, deciduous and coniferous, roots [...]
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Fay Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
I had no preconceived notions about the book. I was intrigued by the cover and title, so picked it up and found a pleasant read for a knitter. If one didn't knit or have a relationship with fibres somehow, it might not be a good choice. The author gave the yarn and stitches done with it a near personality. She gave them a strength as the first loop became the building block for the 'fabric,' or garment that one was creating. I enjoyed the way she addressed the loops and stitches, likening them t [...]
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Hillary Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It's charming. At points, I laughed out loud (quite a few points). I makes me want to get back to knitting, something I've done for most of my life, but haven't in nearly a year, due to tendon issues in my left wrist. Well, I recently had an operation for that, so maybe.This book is a collection of essays, musings really, about Parkes' life. She draws comparisons to knitting (every aspect of knitting) with each essay. What comes across is not only [...]
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Karen Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
I loved this author. We have so much in common, except that she is an accomplished knitter and author while I joust dabble in each. And she makes her own pie including pie crust and loves to,decompress with a good mystery, my favorite genre. AND she has favorite authors of Agatha Christie and George Simenon which are also 2 of my all time favorites. I would love to have Ms Parker as a friend or even just an acquaintance. We would not run out of conversation since we have a lot in common. Of cour [...]
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M Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
While there are many things to like about this book -the author has a likeable voice, is frequently funny, often relatable details, short essay that are quickly read - there aren't many things to /love/ about this book. Sometimes the endings or the yarn-related metaphors seem forced, which, yes, it is the conceit of the book, but it makes for a slightly wedged-in, uncomfortable feeling, like eyeing a bale of fiber straining too tightly against its holding wires and wondering when it's about to s [...]
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Jocelyn Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
I really admire Clara Parkes and her writing. Knitters Book of Wool, Knitters Book of Yarn and Knitters Book of Socks are my favourite knitting books and I will always read anything she publishes on principle. That said, this book was painful to read and I gave up on it 3/4 through. The parallels she created between knitting and life were shallow, inconclusive and (imo) heartless.
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Suzanne Carter Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
I found the stories of life fascinating, but not when twisted to fit a knitting motif. the connections between craft and life were tortured into being. I found myself yelling aloud at the book, and rolling my eyes on occasion. I did finish it, but a good editor could have helped this book be so much more.
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Abigail Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
As a spellbound knitter with a fiber-filled heart, I ADORED this book by Clara Parkes. Her vision and voice is unparalleled, and I will be reading more of her works. I cannot say enough wonderful comments about this book.
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Nancy Istenes Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
A nice book of introspective stories that weave knitting and life together. If your a knitter, you will love this book. If your not a knitter, you may want to become one. If so, let me know. Lessons are free.
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Jgoldberg123 Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
Great book if you are a knitter. . Unsure if it will make sense otherwise. With that said, loved it!!! Highly recommend it. Can't wait to read her next one.
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Taine Hatch-Rymer Sep 28, 2020 - 08:53 AM
Pretty good, enjoyed the combination of life stories with knitting themes and metaphors.
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The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting By Clara Parkes Stockinette, ribbing, cables, even the humble yarn over can instantly evoke places, times, people, conversations, all those poignant moments that we ve tucked away in our memory banks Over time, those stitches form a map of our lives From the preface in The Yarn Whisperer Reflections on a Life in Knitting, renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes ponders the roles knitStockinette, ribbing, cables, even the humble yarn over can instantly evoke places, times, people, conversations, all those poignant moments that we ve tucked away in our memory banks Over time, those stitches form a map of our lives From the preface in The Yarn Whisperer Reflections on a Life in Knitting, renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes ponders the roles knitting plays in her life via 22 captivating, poignant, and laugh out loud funny essays Recounting tales of childhood and adulthood, family, friends, adventure, privacy, disappointment, love, and celebration, she hits upon the universal truths that drive knitters to create and explores the ways in which knitting can be looked at as a metaphor for so many other things Put simply, No matter how perfect any one sweater may be, it s only human to crave another And another, and another.

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