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