Book Review and Giveaway: The Yarn Whisperer
The Yarn Whisperer isn’t the usual kind of knitting book we write about here on Craftsy. This book isn’t big on patterns or techniques. Rather, it’s a group of nonfiction essays that relate knitting and fiber to real life in a hilarious, thoughtful way.
One lucky reader will win a FREE copy of Clara Parkes’ The Yarn Whisperer, courtesy of our friends at STC Craft. To enter, just head here by Sunday, October 27, 2013. Then, comment on this blog post telling us whether you’ve ever read fiction or nonfiction books about knitting. We’ll select a winner at random on October 28, 2013.
About the book:
Have you ever considered how knitting is similar to gardening? Or how many things knitting and city planning have in common? Author Clara Parkes covers topics like these as she moves through 22 essays that connect knitting and life in ways you probably never thought possible.
No doubt any knitter — or even non-knitter — will be able to relate to Parkes. One essay, titled “The Thing About Bobbles,” discusses the use of bobbles in knitting intertwined with a story about Parkes’ grandmother and bobbles as both adornment and protection. “And nothing beats the awkwardness of two ill-placed bobbles on a grown-up woman’s sweater,” she writes.
It’s especially easy to relate to Parkes when she writes about changes we all struggle to make. Speaking of a job she didn’t love, Parkes writes, “I’d made a snazzy fabric, but it wasn’t very well tailored to me. Either I would stay in that tube forever, my movement slowly shrinking and changing to fit the confines of the fabric, or I would do the scary thing and cut open those stitches to see what could grow.”
You might even learn something new about knitting, like when Parkes discusses steeking or when she gives a very detailed description about what a three needle bind-off is and then compares it to dance choreography. I even learned why we call ripping out stitches “frogging.” It’s because we’re mumbling, “Rip it, rip it, rip it” as we go along, basically imitating the sound of a frog.
After reading several essays, I started to feel like I was hanging out in my stitch group with Parkes leading the conversation. Knitting and life really do relate in more ways than I thought, and I was happy to have Parkes point some of them out to me in such an entertaining way.
About the author:
Clara Parkes is the founder and publisher behind Knitter’s Review, a helpful resource for knitters to read reviews about yarns, patterns, books and tools. Formerly employed in online publishing, Parkes has written several books about yarn and knitting, including The Knitter’s Book of Socks, The Knitter’s Book of Wool and The Knitter’s Book of Yarn. She formerly worked in the technology field, and stories about her former career and residence pop up throughout the book.
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