CLARA PARKES discusses her book A STASH OF ONE'S OWN

A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on Loving, Living With, and Letting Go of Yarn (Abrams)

A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on Loving, Living With, and Letting Go of Yarn is an addictive-to-read anthology that celebrates yarn—specifically, the knitter’s reputation for acquiring it in large quantities and storing it away in what’s lovingly referred to as a “stash.”

Contributions from knitting and teaching luminaries include:
• Stitch ’n Bitch co-founder Debbie Stoller
• Meg Swansen, daughter of master knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann
• Knitting blogger and author Susan B. Anderson

There’s also offerings from knitting greats Amy Herzog, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and Franklin Habit—plus, stories from a romance novelist, an illustrator, a PhD-wielding feminist publisher, a globetrotting textile artist, a licensed clinical social worker, and the people behind the world’s largest collective online stash, Ravelry.com. The pieces range from comical to earnest, lighthearted to deeply philosophical as each seeks to answer the question of how the stash a knitter has accumulated over the years reflects his or her place in universe.

The stories in A Stash of One’s Own represent and provide validation for knitters’ wildly varying perspectives on yarn, from holding zero stash, to stash-busting, to stockpiling masses of it—and even including it in estate plans. These tales are for all fiber artists, spinners, dyers, crafters, crocheters, sheep farmers, shop owners, beginning knitters to yarn experts, and everyone who has ever loved a skein too hard to let it go.

Clara Parkes, a celebrated raconteur and highly sought-after teacher, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Knitlandia and The Yarn Whisperer, as well as The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, The Knitter’s Book of Wool, and The Knitter’s Book of Socks. She is the founder and publisher of Knitter’s Review, an online publication that explores the pleasures and subtleties of yarn, and a contributor to Mason Dixon Knitting. She lives in Maine with far too much yarn.

Photo by Ólafur Kr. Ólafsson

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9781419727047
Published: Abrams Press - September 12th, 2017

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