The power of Instagram is evident because I normally do not read knit lit. Well, I do own a copy of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much, but that's it. The rest of the knit lit has successfully passed me by, either because I wasn't aware of its existence or because it simply didn't interest me. Until now. Every morning on my commute to work, I login to my IG and see what the knitting community is up to, so that day, about one third of my posts contained reference to Knitlandia, by Clara Parkes.
We of course, know Clara as the ever elusive yarn dyer (her yarn is elusive, not her) and the owner of the Knitter's Review. Naturally, I had to see what this was about - the intro sounded intriguing and with a free hour and a half ahead of me, I decided to give it a go. I got the Kindle edition because it's easy and I don't have to go to the bookstore.
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A bit of a background on me - I learned to knit before I knew how to read, taught by my maternal grandmother who herself preferred to crochet. To me, knitting is a second nature and thus the notion of retreat, a knitting class and knit lit is somewhat of a funny one. What do you do at a knitting retreat that you can not do at home by yourself? For decades, knitters were an isolated bunch and aside from several knitting friends, little existed to give the community the cohesiveness and the connection. Enter this book, whose sole focus is in describing various knitting related events in several countries! If you ever wondered what Iceland holds in terms of knitting for example, it's all there, in much detail.
Living in the Canadian Pacific Northwest, I don't have an easy access to most of the events described in the book, which is why it's a great read. Madrona Fest would probably be the only one that I could attend without much disturbance to my busy life. Yes, i have a full time job and a toddler. Knitting is a luxury. Attending festivals more than 3 hours away is a dream. So far. So I loved the book because of that - it gave me the glimpse into these exciting community building events that I may attend one day. And if I never get to, well, at least I know a bit about them.
Clara's style of writing makes you feel like you are right there and most importantly, like you are part of something big! You are a knitter and that gives you the common ground with apparently more people than golfers!:) hey, who knew! I never thought I'd enjoy knit lit that much, but I did and for the first time, I am considering attending Madrona and that counts for something, right?
So go get the book, it's worth it!