In 2000, Clara Parkes launched Knitter’s Review, and the online knitting world we know today sprang to life. Author of the series that started with The Knitter’s Book of Yarn (2007), Clara is the author of Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World (2016) and A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn (2017). Her latest book is Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool (2019).
In everything she does, Clara champions knitting and knitters, shepherds and spinners, with a wry, thoughtful approach to all of it. We’ve compared her to MFK Fisher, but it has to be said that MFK never bought 676 pounds of wool.
Contributions From Clara Parkes
Remembering Cat Bordhi
Snapshots of an extraordinary life, from the album of a loving friend.Read More about Remembering Cat Bordhi
Under Cover: An Adventure in Blanketry
Wool blankets: sentimental heirlooms that also just might cure gout.Read More about Under Cover: An Adventure in Blanketry
Dear Clara: The Case of the Patronizing Admirer
Our resident agony aunt teaches a Sensitive Soul how to take a compliment.Read More about Dear Clara: The Case of the Patronizing Admirer
Dear Clara: My Drawers Runneth Over!
That feeling when someone you love gives you a handknit that you don't love.Read More about Dear Clara: My Drawers Runneth Over!
Dear Clara: How Much Touch Is Too Much?
How to handle the friend who loves your knitting so much she nearly felts it.Read More about Dear Clara: How Much Touch Is Too Much?
Dear Clara: Should I Say Something or Not?
A friend wears the hat she was given inside out. What to do?Read More about Dear Clara: Should I Say Something or Not?
Dear Clara: How Much Yarn Is Too Much?
A knitter wonders about her stash. Clara Parkes has answers.Read More about Dear Clara: How Much Yarn Is Too Much?
Dear Clara: Sweater Pilling! Help!
My softest, best sweater pills like crazy.Read More about Dear Clara: Sweater Pilling! Help!
Dear Clara: I’m a Horrible Knitter
Letting go of the need for perfection. Dear Clara proposes an experiment to try.Read More about Dear Clara: I’m a Horrible Knitter
Introducing: Dear Clara
A new column answers your burning questions about knitting, life, or the intersection of knitting and life.Read More about Introducing: Dear Clara