Clara’s new book!

Clara Parkes has a new book of essays out and it is wonderful!

Here’s Clara reading a bit from the book.

Clara talk about the essays here.

Here’s Jillian’s review from First Fall Knitty:
The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a life in Knitting
by Clara Parkes
STC/A Melanie Falick Book
$19.95

It’s not very often that a knitting book is a good read. Inspiring, beautiful, thought provoking, yes — all of those things. But a good read, almost never.
I know that Clara is an excellent writer because I’ve been reading her Knitter’s Review Newsletter every week for years, and have read all three of her books. But I wasn’t really expecting what happened with the Yarn Whisperer.
I sat in my chair and started reading and didn’t stop. Dinner time came and went, kids were ferried to sports and friends, and I put the book down when I absolutely had to, but started reading again the instant I could.

I read the entire book in an evening.I was utterly captivated by the book. It’s not about how knitting is funny or how it can change the world, but how it has been essential and ever present in one woman’s life. It’s a book filled with personal journeys, family reminiscences and, yes, knitting.
My favorite essays were the ones about family: her grandfather, her Aunt Judy, her grandmother’s farmhouse, I loved the stories and the truth where life and knitting meet. I enjoyed the essays that are about knitting too; those are the ones where I nodded along agreeing about bobbles and brioche stitch.

Over the years, Clara has grown into one of the most distinctive voices in our knitting culture, using knitting as metaphor and companion, and I am happy to be along for the ride. – JM

 

Thanks to Stewart, Tabori and Chang and Clara, we have three autographed copies to giveaway!

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Sunday September 15th. Three comments will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the signed book. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.
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466 Responses to Clara Parkes Giveaway!

  1. Janet says:

    I would love a chance to read your book!

  2. Colleen says:

    I saw Clara’s tweet about this and had to run home to enter. I’m so excited about another Clara book and would love to be entered to win! Thanks :)

  3. Caitlin says:

    I’ve wanted to read Clara’s newest book since I first saw she was releasing it, and the chapter she read out for the latest Knitter’s Review has only made that desire stronger. Would love to win!

  4. Alenna Smith says:

    Ooh, sounds like a great book. Going on my Christmas list….

  5. Rusty Boyd says:

    I have enjoyed reading several knitting books this year. This would be a good one to finish up the year with.

  6. Cindy says:

    I would love to read this!

  7. Julie V. says:

    This book is on my Amazon wishlist. I don’t know if I cm wit until Christmas after reading this post!

  8. Katy Gold says:

    Count me in! I’m a big fan of Ms Parkes!

  9. Jen. says:

    Oh, would love some knitterly reading! Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. Fran Rickenbach says:

    Please please please pick me! I adore Clara!

  11. Jan says:

    I would love to read this. Reviews make me think this would be a great read.

  12. Vicki says:

    Looking forward to reading this book — a copy that I’ve won would be nice. :)
    Thanks!

  13. Charlene says:

    Love me some Clara Parkes!

  14. Allison says:

    I would love a chance to win!

  15. gina says:

    Nice give away!

  16. June says:

    Looking forward to reading this book!

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