Clara Parkes has adored words since childhood, a time when she envisioned a life that involved sitting at a typewriter near the window where she could play with words while surrounded by books.
Swap the typewriter for a computer and throw in some yarn, and Clara, 46, appears to be living out her writerly dream in Portland, Maine, the place she’s called home since she escaped a faster-paced life of tech writing on the West Coast in the late ‘90s.
The author of five books, including “The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting” and the newly released “Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World” ($19.95, 160 pages), Clara is also publisher of Knitters Review, the online resource for fiber enthusiasts she launched in 2000.
In January 2016, Clara recorded this episode of the CraftSanity podcast and shared the story of how she came to love knitting and writing about it. We discuss her Clara Yarn specialty brand, too. (Her story is also featured in the newly released, CraftSanity Magazine Issue 10.) So grab a project and prepare to be entertained Clara’s delightful storytelling. She even did a reading especially for CraftSanity listeners!
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In unrelated news, I’m traveling to Columbus, Ohio this weekend for MidWest Craft Con where I will be speaking and interviewing awesome handmade business people, artists and creative folks. I’m very excited about this because I’m bringing the giant quilted teepee from the cover of the newly released CraftSanity Magazine Issue 10 along on this adventure. Conference attendees are either going to love it or wonder if I’ve lost my mind completely. I’ll let you know how it goes. Ha!
You can check out my earlier post for details.