A Stash of One's Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting go of Yarn

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Harry N. Abrams, Sep 12, 2017 - Crafts & Hobbies - 192 pages
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From New York Times bestselling knitting writer Clara Parkes, comes a new collection of essays and stories drawn from the yarn-loving, stash-collecting, close-knit community of knitters.

This addictive-to-read anthology 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." Consider contributions from knitting and teaching luminaries, including:
  • BUST co-founder Debbie Stoller
  • Meg Swansen, daughter of master knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann
  • Knitting blogger and author Susan B. Anderson
alongside 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.

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User Review  - CDWilson27 - www.librarything.com

Knitters and crocheters have 'stash' - a collection of yarn designated for future projects, leftover from previous projects, and acquired simply because they like it. This series of essays by those ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carolee888 - LibraryThing

Once I started reading this book, I was really hooked. I read every chance I could. I am rotational hobbist! I start on one hobby like working large jigsaw puzzles and when I tire of that I switch to ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

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 epublication that explores the pleasures and subtleties of yarn, and a contributor to Mason Dixon Knitting. She lives in Maine with her partner and far too much yarn.

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