The Yarn Whisperer

The Yarn Whisperer

By Clara Parkes.

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.”

“Much as I love knitting, the thing that has brought me the most joy has been the people I’ve met because of knitting. You might know Clara from her wonderfully informative books about yarn and wool, or her newsletter The Knitter’s Review, but in this collection of personal essays you’ll get to know the Clara I know — hilarious, self deprecating and as insightful about life as a knitter as she is about wool.” -Ysolda

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.”

“Much as I love knitting, the thing that has brought me the most joy has been the people I’ve met because of knitting. You might know Clara from her wonderfully informative books about yarn and wool, or her newsletter The Knitter’s Review, but in this collection of personal essays you’ll get to know the Clara I know — hilarious, self deprecating and as insightful about life as a knitter as she is about wool.” -Ysolda