I listen to a lot of audio books. I still love being read to. I listen when I knit and spin — Â it helps to focus me on my work. I listen when I do laundry or clean the house â€“ itâ€™s my version of Calgon, Take Me Away. I listen when I canâ€™t sleep or wake up restless; Â itâ€™s a great way to have company at 3 am.
I know a lot of other knitters and spinners listen to audio books too, so Amy and I decided to share what weâ€™re listening to and like. Every few weeks one of us will post our thoughts on an audio book or two.
Clara Driscoll heads up the womenâ€™s department at Tiffany and Co., she is a talented artist and a champion of her staff. She’s also the person who came up with the idea for the iconic Tiffany leaded lampshades. She spends most of her working life striving and growing in her artistic expression while fighting for the right to be recognized as a designer. She has a close circle of Bohemian friends at the boarding house where she lives who support her in her creative and political endeavors, and she in theirs. For me, Claraâ€™s story was interesting particularly the passages aboutÂ her design process, but especially fascinating was the story of the unfolding history of New York and women in the workplace and the turn of the century.
Actress Kimberly Farr portraying Clara and her circle of acquaintances and co-workers with a deft hand. She reads Clara in a flatish Midwestern accent, slow and steady, while her cadre of immigrant co-workers get accents soft and believable.Â This book doesnâ€™t feel performed. Every time I started up the story again it felt like picking up the phone to a good friend, familiar and comforting.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com