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Maybe sometimes it’s best just to ask Clara.

Clara Parkes never lets us down.

Clara knows knitting, yarn, wool, not-wool, fiber, micron count, molecular structure of fur.

Beyond that, of course, there is something much more important about Clara: she has a knack for understanding human nature, and there’s no better microcosm of life and human experience than knitting. If you haven’t had the chance to dive into Clara Parkes’s columns on life, knitting, and the grand intersection of the two, we’re happy to link you up right here.

Introducing: Dear Clara.

Dear Clara: I’m a Horrible Knitter.

Dear Clara: Sweater Pilling! Help!

Dear Clara: How Much Yarn Is Too Much Yarn?

Dear Clara: Should I Say Something or Not?

Dear Clara: How Much Touch Is Too Much?

While we’re at it, we’d like to mention the fact that Clara is now an anthologist. Her new collection of essays by writerly knitterfolk isĀ A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn.

We’re delighted to have an essay in it.


  • Yippee! Can’t wait for the new book. You all are awesome…!

  • Having much appreciation for Clara’s previous work – and having just seen a picture of a BFL lamb – I am inclined to preorder.

  • Can’t wait , always love everything Clara brings us, books, yarn, retreats ….

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