Knitlandia author Clara Parkes took us with her on a journey to the Magical Land of Yarn Love on today’s episode of the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.
Clara is a THIRD Time visitor as of today, she was previously a guest in 2011 when she shared Knitter’s Book of Socks and in 2013 with The Yarn Whisperer. Knitlandia was released officially last month and has already climbed to the top of the charts, currently #1 for Knitting titles in Amazon, #5 in Travel. Clara said her first job out of college, after customer service for Macy’s Department Store, was a beginning tech version of travel writing. Later after she’d written books that informed us about how wonderful different fibers were and encouraged our love of sock knitting, she posted on her blog about her adventures to Iceland, which changed the direction of her writing to focusing on and taking us with her on adventures in fiber!
Knitlandia is a collection of stories that take the reader along to some of the highly desired events, legendary and some that no longer exist, such as TNNA, Rhinebeck, Sock Summit, Maryland Sheep and Wool, Edinburgh Yarn Fest. Clara hopes it translates what we experience when attending or traveling to these gatherings for those who can’t attend, or those that can’t imagine traveling for yarn.
You really must listen to this episode as, at this point, Clara read to us the entire chapter of going to Denver and filming a Craftsy Class. The thing that impresses about this chapter is how non-partisan Clara is, she shows the advantages of taking an online class (alway wear pajamas!) and an in-person class where the teacher can mold the class around those in attendance.
As an Best Selling author Clara related to us how it felt to ‘get that call’ that her book made the top of the lists. She describes how it felt to hear the week they expected to hear that it was not selling as expected. It happened the next week that she got the call alerting her of how well it was received and did the dance of joy. Clara has pride that she was able to leap across the chasm of what’s expected to bring yarn and knitting to the world at large.
- Here are some links to Clara’s Books, KNITLANDIA, The Yarn Whisperer, The Knitters Book of Yarn, The Knitters Book of Socks and The Knitters book of Wool. These last few are books that Marly recommends in her classes (so she made sure I had her links to them from Amazon) and personally refers to them as she works.
- Clara also has two classes with Craftsy, Stashbusting: Make the Most of the Yarns You Have (which is the class she was filming in the chapter she shared with us) and Know Your Yarn: Choose the Perfect Yarn Everytime which sounds like the perfect class for her to share with us after being on Knitting Daily as the Yarn Expert for two seasons.
- We can follow Clara Parkes by bookmarking her website, KnitterReview.com which includes her yarn line (!), plus reviews of other yarns, tools, books, and a wonderful calendar of fiber events, such as this week’s Edinburgh Yarn Fest plus a blog about her adventures. She also has a Designer page in Ravelry, and a Facebook page. There really isn’t a place that she is not, check her out in Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.
In the meantime, it may be just as fun to imagine her having a sip of her cup of tea, in a cozy house on the coast of Maine, dreaming up where she is headed to next. It won’t be hard to imagine when she shares it with us sometime in the future…
If you missed getting to hear this LIVE, you may still listen to the archived episode where it aired originally: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2016/03/17/knitlandia-author-clara-parkes or in your favorite podcast catcher such as iTunes or Stitcher Radio.