Clara Parkes Giveaway!

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

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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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

466 thoughts on “Clara Parkes Giveaway!

  1. April knit4love Burkhart

    That’s the kind of book I’ve been longing to acquire! Quick read and relevant to my daily life!

  2. Ann

    I’ve been looking for something other than scholarly tomes or pattern based or mind candy to read. This sounds like it fills the bill. I’d love to win it.

  3. Meg

    I love Clara Parks books and blog writings, and would love the chance to win her new book! I can’t wait to read it!

  4. lisa

    Wonderful! This way three lucky people won’t have to choose between reading Clara’s new book and buying that coveted hank of yarn! Thanks you for the opportunity!

  5. Maureen

    I love going to Knitter’s Review and seeing what is going on. I have one of Clara’s other books and have enjoyed it.

  6. Reb

    This might make great reading for knitting classes, groups. Or for the days when hands are too tired/sore to stitch.

  7. KWAK

    LOVED the excerpt! Winning this autographed book would be an honor. Thanks for offering it (well, “them,” but I’m just focused on my copy!).

  8. Carol

    This looks like a wonderful book, and I can’t wait to hear Clara reading from it in person next month. And winning a copy would be wonderful, too.

  9. Jennifer

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Clara is speaking tomorrow night near me and I am hoping to get there. I love all of her books. Brilliant woman!

  10. aprilshowers

    I am ashamed to say I’ve never read any of Clara’s books, though I have been a follower of Knitter’s Review for years. I would love to finally break the drought!

  11. Bonney

    With colder weather sneaking in; it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a lovely book such as this. Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. Ingrid

    What a wonderful excerpt from this book! I just added it to my Goodreads list. If only there was an audiobook version with Clara reading it.

  13. Marion

    Just what we all need- a thought provoking, tear jerker book about the importance of knitting in our lives. Love it!

  14. Marion

    We all need a thought provoking, tickle the heart and funny bone book about the importance of knitting in our lives! Go Clara!

  15. Sarah

    I loved the audio of Clara Parkes reading; it would be lovely to read the book itself. I wonder if she is considering a complete audio version with her as reader?

  16. Lee Wells

    This sounds like a very useful book; the more I know about yarn, the better I can decide what to use for a particular project. I’d love to win it! Lee

  17. Michelle Roy

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Clara’s previous books, and I’m sure this one will not disappoint!!

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win a copy!!

  18. Amy D.

    Really want to read this book. Also, I may have missed it, but did you announce the winner to the TB swifts? Thanks!

  19. Glyn

    I love Clara’s other books, and I’ve heard wonderful things about this one. I would love to win a copy! Thank you for the opportunity!

  20. Karen Watkins

    I’d love to read this book. If I win, I won’t need to take the trek to the library in a few weeks to get the it!

  21. Ellen

    I’ve had classes with Clara and think she’s a gem – put my name in the hat. But a skills test? Knitting backward? Binding off? Cables?

  22. Cindy Kohan

    Love Clara’s other books. Looking forward to reading this one. Not sure about the skills test but willing to give it a try!

  23. Melissa Vink

    I’ve heard so many great things…it’d be awesome to win an autographed copy!! Thank you for the chance!

  24. Anonymous, too

    OMG. My skills are, at best, “advanced beginner”, but I’d love to read Clara’s newest book. I’ve enjoyed her previous ones so very much!

  25. margieinmaryland

    ooooh Clara Parkes – anyone who can come up with the concept of “Duckmere” has to be a writer who is fun to read.

  26. Debbie

    The title of the book is captivating as it is. I am intrigued to read her family history and her background of knitting. She sounds so interesting

  27. Lisa

    Yes, please! This is on my must-read list. I enjoyed her talk at Sock Summit more than expected, and her Knitters Books of are excellent. I suspect I won’t be disappointed with this one.

  28. Robbie

    I listened to the 1st little bit, narrated by Sarah Parks. I’ve almost ordered it but haven’t decided whether I want the e-book or physical one. If I win this, problem solved.

  29. Kate Mc

    Looking forward to finding a copy and sitting down with it. I have read only one. Will check out my library for a copy.Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  30. eileen-s

    i’ve learned so much from her books! I hope this one comes out on audio, love to knit & listen, especially when read by the author

  31. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton

    I love reading essays but haven’t read any on knitting. Time to check this out!
    wahoomerryf on Rav

  32. Sandy

    What’s not to love about reading a book with knitting in it. Add Clara as the author and it has to be a winning pair.

  33. Heather

    I’ve heard great things about this book. I’m home with my newborn right now and his would make great middle of the night reading

  34. Valerie

    I love to read & this, from both the audio clip & the comment, sounds like a really good read! Would love to have it for our upcoming vacation!

  35. Dawn

    This sounds like a wonderfully timeless book that I can read and reread over the years. I would love to add it to my library!

  36. Jan

    Ooh, goody! This book, which I’ve read about and heard about, sounds really great! It’d be nice to win! Thanks for the chance!

  37. Norma

    I am a reader from way back, can’t ever remember not being able to read! And now, for several years, I am a knitter. It becomes such a part of your life. Knitting has helped me through a bad car accident, a benign brain tumor, and most of my free time. I’d love to read of another’s experiences in knitting!

  38. Barn B

    Thank you so much for having this giveaway! Nothing is better than a good book on a subject I am excited about – knitting.

  39. Marilyn

    Sounds like a very interesting book. It’s definitely going on my Wish List, and if no one gifts it to me I’ll break down and buy it myself! Thanks for having the contest.

  40. amber

    I read about this in Interweave and put it on hold at the library immediately. Because I never win anything. I need library backup.

  41. Mary Lynn

    Ah, another good knitting reading book. There are so many people that don’t understand that you read knitting books not only for the “knitting” but for the humor, love of yarn, appreciation of great techniques and advice. I too have ordered it from my library as a “back-up.”

  42. elizabeth

    this would be a wonderful book for me 🙂

    i love reading. i love knitting. i might just have to have someone read it to me while i knit. that would be heaven.

  43. Pamela

    Wow, I just read a sample of these essays on amazon. It looks to be an amazing book of the power of fiber, people and the creativity that brings them together.

    (pick me, pick me, pick me!)

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  45. Susan Murphy

    Not since reading Elizabeth Zimmerman’s books have I read a
    good book by a person who really understands knitters. I look forward to reading this one.

  46. Francie Owens

    I’d love to have a copy of the book. Loved listening to the sample. Thanks for the chance to win.

  47. Nuna

    I have one of Clara’s books, but this one sounds really special. Thanks to the donors and thank you for sharing.

  48. Mark W.

    Another great giveaway! I’ve been a reader of “Knitter’s Review” for a couple of years now, and I love Clara Parkes’ writing. I’d really enjoy having this book.

  49. Karen Berger

    I have Clara’s “Book of Yarn” and “Book of Wool”, and find they are invaluable reference books, as well as a source of some fantastic patterns. A signed copy of her newest book would sit well in my bookcase!

  50. Ann K.

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book already and would love to have a copy to read! Thanks for the giveaway. Love the blog.

  51. Elaine

    It looks amazing and sounds fabulous too – thanks for introducing me to it … it’s just my cup of tea 🙂

  52. Teri C

    Clara’s segments on Knitting Daily have been so informative I would love to read her book. I’m going to look for her newsletter now. Thanks for the tip and the contest.

  53. Beth

    I have enjoyed Clara’s writing for years and would love to have a signed copy of her new book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  54. Tamara

    Clara has inspired and informed me since I began knitting over 10 years ago. I’m so excited about her new book. And I’ll continue admiring her other talent: baking!

  55. Anne Clark

    I swear I could listen to Clara talk about yarn and knitting all day. My favorite segments of Knitting Daily are her segments. She’s got a great sense of humor, it makes listening to her talk about yarn a lot of fun!

  56. Kate

    Amazon recommended this and it looks pretty good. It’s haven’t gotten around to completing the checkout 🙂

  57. Anne D

    I have every book she has written so far and will get this one one way or another — though I am somewhat intimidated by the thought of a test! 🙂

  58. Knitshark

    I already have a copy and so loved reading it that I’d like to win this in order to gift it to someone I know would enjoy it.

  59. Ann

    I have little time to knit, and less to read. But for Clara’s book I would make time.

    (Why do I have so little time? A beautiful 4 month old baby boy.)

  60. Karma

    Clara has taught us all so much through Knitters Review, her books, her articles. I would love to receive a copy of her book!

  61. RookieRetiree

    I’ve been watching her on Knitting Daily and have been looking at the book on Amazon..I’ll wait to order after I see if I win.

  62. Deb

    I have been reading about the book and I think it would be an amazing thing for me to read at this point in my life. Would love to win!

  63. laura storie

    Clara is one of the best! and I am so thankkful for all she does especially the beginnings of her KR forum…. There I met wonderful people and learned so much.

  64. s.e.

    I would love to win this book:) I read the kindle sample from amazon and was sad when it ended. I have asked my public library to buy it and put it on my amazon wish list.

  65. Marg in Mirror, AB

    I too would love to win a copy of this latest book of Clara’s. I have followed her for years, on KR forums, and re: her blog, and on FB and Ravelry…and have her other 3 “Knitter’s Book of…” books. Love ’em all!

  66. Connie K.

    I would love a copy of this book! There’s nothing better than a book about knitting for times you can’t knit.

  67. ThatRachelH

    Clara says if I win she’ll come to my house and make Claramels. And paint my living room.

    Can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than reading her book while enjoying Claramels and watching her paint my living room.

  68. Jan

    That would be the perfect Autumn read for me..
    and I might start knitting again after reading it..
    Clara knows the reason, because she follows me on FaceBook, and I think she reads my blog every now and than..

  69. Marie

    I have cleared a space on the bookshelf with my most treasured knitting books, beside her other three books and my perennial favorites like EZ, Barbara Walker, and Meg Swansen.

  70. Nancy

    Thank you Knitty for the chance to read/listen about Clara’s book. It was wonderful to listen to the excerpt and I hope there may be an audiobook version in the works.

    Can’t wait to get one and sit and a have a read…

  71. Colleen

    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 🙂

  72. Caitlin

    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!

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