Clara Parkes knows more about yarn than anyone I know. As the founder and publisher of Knitter’s Review, a weekly online magazine for fiber fans, Clara brings us in-depth reviews of yarn, books, and all things yarn-related. (If you haven’t already, sign up for Clara’s free weekly newsletter right now! It’s the best thing you’ll find in your inbox each week.)
In 2007, Clara published her first book, The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn, which explains the origins and properties of various fibers, how yarn is made, and how to select the right yarn for your project.
Clara’s new book, The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber, was released last fall. In it, Clara goes into more detail about her favorite fiber, wool.
We’re happy to welcome Clara back to Philadelphia this month. Please join us on Friday, February 26 from 5 to 7 pm for a book signing to celebrate The Knitter’s Book of Wool. Bring your copy or purchase one here for Clara to sign.
Then on Saturday, February 27 from 10 am to 1 pm, join Clara for a workshop based on her book.
The Wonders of Wool
workshop fee: $45
Join Clara Parkes for a hands-on journey into the world of wool. We’ll follow this magic material as its makes its way from sheep to skein, learning all about the qualities that make wool so wonderful and varied. We’ll talk about things like lanolin and luster, staple and crimp, what microns are and why they matter, why wool yarns can pill and what to do about it, and how machine-washable wool is made—and why you should always swatch your superwash yarn before embarking upon a full-sized garment. We’ll pass around garments and swatches, and you’ll even have a chance to swatch some of the most noteworthy breeds and blends for yourself.
Skill level: All
Skills required: If you wish to participate in the swatching exercises, a basic knowledge of casting on, knitting, and purling is required.
Materials: Please bring a few sets of your favorite needles for swatching, ideally in sizes US 6-8. They can be DPNs, circulars, straights, whatever you enjoy working the most.
There are a limited number of seats for the workshop, so call (215-893-9939) or stop in to reserve your space today!