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A Stash of One's Own

Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

Named one of the top 10 lifestyle books for fall 2017 by Publishers Weekly.

In tales from 21 knitters, Clara Parkes examines a subject that is irresistible to us all: the yarn stash.

Anyone with a passion has a stash, whether it is a collection of books or enough yarn to exceed several life expectancies. With her trademark wry, witty approach, Parkes brings together fascinating stories from all facets of stash-keeping and knitting life - from KonMari minimalist to joyous collector, designer to dyer, spinner to social worker, scholar to sheep farmer.

Whether the yarn stash is muse, memento, creative companion, career guide, or lifeline in tough times, these deeply engaging stories take a surprising and fascinating look at why we collect, what we cherish, and how we let go.

Contributors include New York Times best-selling authors Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Debbie Stoller, Meg Swansen and Franklin Habit, Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner, Adrienne Martini, and a host of others.

©2017 Clara Parkes (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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As with most books of short stories,I loved some and didn't love some. Overall,I was a little disappointed but I should perhaps,not have listened to the whole thing in two goes and I really wish the individual stories had been narrated by the authors. Of,course,I was surprised to find myself loving the stories I thought I wasn't interested in and moved by some. Highlights were, Franklin Habit,Rachel Atkinson and Clara Parkes herself,their contributions will spur me on to buy the actual book so I can read their essays again and again.

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  • Pat Margulies
  • 03-04-18

Loved this book!

Where does A Stash of One's Own rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Stash of One's Own?

How much I could relate!

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Feels like talking with a friend.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How I Built on Extra Rooms to Hold My Stash

Any additional comments?

Loved it.

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  • Aly
  • 10-03-18

Another Delightful Read From Clara Parkes

Clara Parkes has outdone herself with this collection of essays. The varying viewpoints were interesting to hear. Even if I didn't agree overall with a stated philosophy, there were still points within that I identified with. Behold the power of yarn to unite. Franklin Habit's essay was particularly poignant and personal. That one in particular will stick with me for a while.

I strongly believe that the publisher has done everyone (readers, listeners, essayists, and editor) an enormous disservice by not having Clara Parkes narrate this anthology. Two of the three narrators are wooden and stilted, clearly having a complete lack of fiber in their souls. The writing is strong enough to overcome these deficits but the voice of the writers could have been so much more. I still encourage knitters to give a listen anyway. It's like knitting an excellent yarn base with a dye job not quite equal to it. And let's face it, that still beats a beautiful dye on a crappy base any day.

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  • GiladD
  • 13-08-18

nice audiobooj

I really enjoyed the book, listened to it while knitting on a plane flight & keept me entertained the whole flight. some of the stories were poignant and the majority very entertaining.