Introducing: Dear Clara

October 6, 2016

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  • OMG! I’m in love with the new design, contributors, interaction with readers– everything!!! Great job!

  • I live knitters review..I started it first year it came out and all Clara’s books..nice addition to the great website

  • I love that your going to have Clara Parkes share her totally awesome knowledge. Everything about the new site is fantastic

  • I am in the midst of Knitlandia and enjoying it immensely! I am looking forward to reading much more of Clara’s writing.

  • LOVE the new website design and where you’re going! Clara, your comments are spot on and should be taken to heart by all……oh, the places you can go as a knitter today ☺

  • This new website all feels so very sophisticated and yet home-like at the same time. A home run!

    • Thanks Cindy Fitzpatrick, for putting words to my feelings. I couldn’t have said as succinctly as you did!

  • I love the new look!

  • Good answer! Very very very good answer!
    But please stop telling people about the Tikikeet valley. I came here for the quiet.

    • The coffee bars are going to be great, though. Look on the bright side.

      • Excellent point. Okay, Knit Nights at my place, last yurt on the left.

  • “…yarn from a spigot.”

    Best description ever of extruded man made fiber!

  • Clara Parkes, What kinds of wool are being spun in USA mills?

    • In USA mills you will find Targhee, Cormo, Merino, Churro, down-breed sheep, Romney, Columbia, Cheviot (both standard and miniature), CVM, BFL and Border Leicester, California Red, Corriedale, Icelandic, Jacob, Lincoln, Montadale, Rambouillet, Tunis, Teeswater, Suffolk. I apologize if I left anyone out. Don’t forget we also have Alpaca, Llama, Bison, Yak, Cashmere Goats, Angora Goats, Rabbits, Cotton, Flax, and Hemp. This is just off the top of my head. I am sure I left a bunch of things out of the list.

  • I hope you are going to follow up with some actual information about the major varieties of sheep/wool for those of us who live in the region of no fiber festivals, also known as Florida.

    • And New Orleans….

    • ha! Just arrived in Florida yesterday for the winter, my husband is ecstatic, but I am a little sad, leaving my NH home, just when the cold is starting and the leaves are spectacular- helped to read this as I need a little inspiration for knitting- loving the website and Clara, of course…..

  • OMG is right. Love the new site, but so very dangerous. One could spend the whole day here and buy stuff too! Thank you, ladies, for so much joy

  • I want Clara’s pastry recipe! (Pretty please)

  • Wool and cheese, is it any wonder she is a NYT bestseller? Clara, you’re a genius.

  • wonderful Clara…. thank you for letting those who can only afford that 3.99 ball of yarn be proud too

  • Love it!

  • Love the new concept. BUT. Just HOW does one go about submitting a question to “Ask Clara” ?

  • Thanks and welcome to my house !

  • Mason, Dixon and Clara, too? Be still my heart!

  • I think it definitely makes a difference what yarn you use. Why put a lot of hard work into a yarn that is not worth putting all your hard work into. I love good yarn!

  • So encouraging to all knitters.

  • Yea Clara. Always jn point

  • Love love love the new look and Dear Clara! You guys rock! I look forward to the weekly snippets.

  • I love Clara and have missed her insight since knitters review is no longer. Had the pleasure to meet this sweet lady at Graves Mtn. At two different retreats. You are off to a great start!

  • “…fluidity and slink of a cat…” Such evocative description warms my heart and tickles my brain cells. The new site is genius, pure genius.

  • Enjoying this site and am looking forward to my birthday in January as I have ‘hinted’ I would love to see your book Knitlandia in my pressies !

  • Congratulations on this new website and Snippets!! Lots of wooly fun ahead.

  • Nicely stated.

  • Oh, Clara, I am so glad I found you! I am sort of a yarn snob.

  • I look forward to more snippets!

  • This makes my knitting heart very happy.

  • Dear Clara:

    I loved your book so much that I read it twice, and gave a copy to several Yarnies. Thanks so much for writing it!!!

  • I vote for Clara!

  • This is the BEST! All of this website, but especially this new column and this particular answer! ❣️

  • Clara is a wonderful addition to the Mason Dixon experience we all enjoy.

  • So please tell us why we know so much about all the different sheep breeds and the yarn from them that we so enjoy, but alpaca is just generic alpaca (albeit in a graded system)?

  • I’m one of your many super fans. What MDK is putting together is wonderful. Having you involved just shows how smart all three of you are. Can’t want for the next installment.

  • Love the new site, love seeing Clara here! Congratulations to all.

  • Will there be a yarn tour group to the Tikikeet Valley or will we have to make our own travel arrangements?

  • Will there be updates on and photos of Olive?

  • I agree that this site will cause me to leave my housework behind, and my knitting untouched for far too long. I am enjoying this with my second cup of coffee of the day….how many will I stay for?

  • Next, maybe a podcast?

  • What a horrible sentiment that not only do sheep provide us with their wool but we can also kill them and eat them. Goodness. Does these poor animals not count for anything? I was actually enjoying that piece until I got to the point of ‘nourishing milk and meat’.