A Stash of One’s Own: Knit­ters on Lov­ing, Liv­ing With, and Let­ting Go of Yarn

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By Clara Parkes (Harry N. Abrams, 192 pages, $22.99)

Clara Parkes, au­thor of Knit­landia and the founder of the on­line Knit­ter’s Re­view, is an ex­pert on yarn and thus has a pretty good un­der­stand­ing of what own­ing yarn means to knit­ters. In A Stash of One’s Own, Clara has col­lected es­says fo­cused on the idea of yarn stash and our some­times com­pli­cated emo­tional ties to it. The list of authors reads like a Who’s Who in the knit­ting world. El­iz­a­beth Zim­mer­mann’s daugh­ter, Meg Swansen, writes about in­her­it­ing more than stash from her mother, while de­signer Amy Her­zog shock­ingly claims to be “Without a Stash.” Deb­bie Stoller writes in a com­pelling way of yarn stash as a fem­i­nist is­sue, while oth­ers touch on how yarn col­lec­tions con­nect us to our past and each other. This is worth­while beach- or pool­sideread­ing for a hot af­ter­noon.

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