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Summary

Knitting aficionado and notable artisan Clara Parkes delves into her storied travels with this inspiring and witty New York Times best-selling memoir of a creative life enriched by her adventures around the world.

Building on the success of The Yarn Whisperer, Parkes' rich personal essays invite listeners and devoted crafters on excursions to be savored, from a guide who quickly comes to feel like a trusted confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes listeners along on 17 of her most memorable journeys across the globe over the last 15 years, with stories spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a cozy yarn shop in Paris' 13th arrondissement.

Also known for her PBS television appearances and hugely popular line of small-batch handcrafted yarns, Parkes weaves her personal blend of wisdom and humor into this eloquently down-to-earth guide that is part personal travel narrative and part cultural history, touching the heart of what it means to live creatively. Join Parkes as she ventures to locales both foreign and familiar in chapters like:

"Chasing a Legend in Taos"
"Glass, Grass, and the Power of Place: Tacoma, Washington"
"A Thing for Socks and a Very Big Plan: Portland, Oregon"
"Autumn on the Hudson: The New York Sheep & Wool Festival"
"Cashmere Dreams and British Breeds: A Last-Minute Visit to Edinburgh, Scotland"

Fans of travel writing, as well as knitters, crocheters, designers, and fiber artists alike, will enjoy the masterful narrative in these intimate tales from a life well crafted. Whether you've committed to exploring your own wanderlust or are an armchair traveler curled up in your coziest slippers, Knitlandia is sure to inspire laughter, tears, and maybe some travel plans of your own.

©2016 Clara Parkes (P)2016 Random House Audio

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Don't do the accents

Knitlandia is slightly sentimental but was an enjoyable listen for me as a listener who might never get to the events Parkes describes. Her destinations were a mix of festivals/events, personal travel, and professional visits to teach or meet with publishers.

However, I have no idea why she decided to do the accents for people she meets along her travels. Parkes is definitely better at impressions than many, but it's extremely embarrassing and distracting to hear a bad imitation of people she's describing with respect and curiosity

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Slowburn

I thought I wasn't going to like this after the first chapter but it grew on me. Even,if you weren't a knitter I think this gentle series of stories read wonderfully by the author would engage you. Reminded me of old fashioned Saturday night radio stories. I loved the places and people it evoked. Will listen again and again.

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I laughed, smiled, giggled, gasped and cried

If you are a knitter and familiar with events and Ravelry then this is a must read. In fact everyone should read this, even non knitters so they get a better understanding what the love and obsession is all about!!

Clara if you ever read this, I hope one day we will meet over a bowl of Pho or maybe a coffee and a slice of cake.

Knitters and yarny people are the best!!!

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  • Nanciann Nowlen
  • 21-09-16

Not what I expected but even better

Excellent storytelling and delightful travels. I feel like I know more about my knitting and while I seldom travel as a single introvert this book created the impulse. If only my dog could go with

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-16

Knitacular!

I really loved this audiobook! Clara Parkes' voice is soothing and gentle, her writing superb in it's imagery. I felt as if I was listening to a good friend tell me about her fiber adventures. Love the bits of humor here and there! Would recommend to any yarn/knitting/crochet/weaving/fiber fans beginner or expert and anyone who has one of the locations Clara visits in this book on their bucket list. I'm sad that I'm done listening to the book.

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  • Enid Krueger
  • 13-07-16

Enjoyed every minute of it.

I really enjoyed every minute of. I laughed out loud several times and I even cried once, and cried harder when I realized it was over. Thanks for a wonderful trip.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-16

knit love

Loved how while I was knitting along listening I was transported to her world. I enjoyed her travels where yarn took her I knitted vicariously through this book

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  • Debra L. Erikson
  • 22-06-16

Wonderful Storyteller!

My husband and I just listened to the entire book on a road trip. His first words when it ended? "That is the best book I have ever heard." I totally agree. From interesting insights into this wonderful world of knitting, to laugh out loud stories, to truthful and touching moments - Clara has efficiently captured our hearts and we can't wait for more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-18

Good judgement derived from bad judgement

It is very simple. This is a collection of stories of an insecure, want-to-be snob, with food issues. She desperately wants to be one of the cool kids. It was painful to get through. Lesson learned. Good judgement is derived from a lot of bad judgement. Hopefully by choosing this book I am on the road to good judgement.

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  • Gail barnes
  • 22-07-18

It was a complainathon

Liked her way better before I read her book. All she did was complain. I am sure that she lost some friends/contacts with the comments that she made.

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  • Waldo X
  • 01-04-18

This is such a great book

I'd give it 10 stars if I could. Clara's writing transports you to wonderful places, visiting with lovely people. I teared up a number of times.

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  • A. DeNeen
  • 28-03-18

Fun collection of essays

This book id chock full of stories of fiber events and the people that organize, teach, and participate as well as stories of personal hopes and aspirations to which we can all relate.

Clara has a smooth, easy voice and it was fun hearing her words in her voice.

Will likely listen again.

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  • Dorothee Grall
  • 06-03-18

Great fun, even for non-knitters

Would you listen to Knitlandia again? Why?

yes, I thought it was quite fun, entertaining and relaxing. Her story based on real experiences are well written, totally relatable and some quite funny.

What about Clara Parkes’s performance did you like?

You can hear her passion about knitting, the fiber arts and each country/conference she attended.