“Long before social media cluttered every corner of our existence, Parkes’s conversational 411 about new yarns and interesting pattern designs forged connections among far-flung knitters, who discovered they were a global community rather than lone practitioners of a cozy hobby they’d learned from Mom.” – Kathy Blumenstock, The Washington Post
Almost two decades ago, New York Times-bestselling author Clara Parkes abandoned San Francisco’s high-tech hubbub to build a quieter creative life on the coast of Maine. In 2000, she turned passion to profession when she launched Knitter’s Review, the first comprehensive online knitting magazine and community.
Since then, through her writings, workshops, bestselling books, television and radio appearances, and small-batch artisan yarns, Parkes has championed the notion of breed awareness, slow stashing, and knitting locally.
“Clara Parkes is the MFK Fisher of knitting: unflinching, all-seeing, mysterious—and also kind.” – Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting
Clara divides her time between city and country in Maine. When not boarding a plane for some faraway destination, Clara loves to putter in the kitchen and is a huge fan of butter.