By Clara Parkes

Knitting aficionado and awesome artisan Clara Parkes delves into her storied travels with this inspiring and witty memoir on an inventive existence enriched through her adventures around the globe.
development at the luck of The Yarn Whisperer, Parkes’s wealthy own essays invite readers and dedicated crafters on tours to be savored, from a advisor who speedy involves believe like a depended on confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes readers alongside on 17 of her such a lot memorable trips around the globe during the last 15 years, with tales spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a comfy yarn store in Paris’s thirteenth arrondissement.
additionally recognized for her PBS tv appearances and highly well known line of small-batch hand made yarns, Parkes weaves her own mix of knowledge and humor into this eloquently down-to-earth advisor that's half own go back and forth narrative and half cultural historical past, touching the center of what it ability to dwell creatively. sign up for Parkes as she ventures to locales either overseas and generic in chapters like:

• Chasing a Legend in Taos
• Glass, Grass, and the facility of position: Tacoma, Washington
• a specific thing for Socks and a truly enormous Plan: Portland, Oregon
• Autumn at the Hudson: the recent York Sheep & Wool Festival
• Cashmere desires and British Breeds: A Last-Minute stopover at to Edinburgh, Scotland
enthusiasts of go back and forth writing, in addition to knitters, crocheters, designers, and fiber artists alike, will benefit from the masterful narrative in those intimate stories from a existence good crafted. even if you’ve devoted to exploring your personal wanderlust or are an armchair vacationer curled up on your coziest slippers, Knitlandia is bound to encourage laughter, tears, and perhaps a few shuttle plans of your individual.

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Stack the pieces in the following order: front piece right side up, smaller back piece (with buttonholes) right side down, larger back piece right side down, as pictured in figure E. The right sides should be facing one another and the edges should meet. Pin in place. Starting ½"/12 mm from the corner, sew the seams along all four sides, pivoting the needle ½"/12 mm from the edge as you turn each corner. Trim the excess fabric and clip the corners. STEP 7: FINISH AND SEW BUTTONS. QUICK TIP: If you are using a lighter-weight fabric, you might want to use a square of heavy-duty fusible interfacing behind your buttonholes to add stability.

Trim any excess fabric batting. 54 1, 2, 3 SEW fig. B fig. C How-to: Ladder Stitch STEP 4. MAKE POCKET. 5-cm-x-33-cm piece of fabric in half by the width and press at the fold. Insert the smaller batting piece, centered between the layers, and pin it in place. A ladder stitch allows you to sew a seam closed by hand with an almost invisible stitch. 1 Thread a needle and tie a knot at the end of your thread. From the back side of the fabric, insert the STEP 5. PUT IT TOGETHER. Press all of your pieces and change your thread to match your fabric color.

Cut out the five Craft Caddy templates from the pattern sheet included with this book. Cut the fabric and interfacing according to the following dimensions (when finished, you should have a total of 16 cut pieces including interfacing). Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the 8"-x-30"/20-cm-x-76-cm bottom piece. Stay stitch ¼"/6 mm along both long sides of this piece. Notch these sides up to the ¼"/6-mm stay stitching, which will help ease the fabric as you sew along the curves. Pin one side of the bottom piece to the front piece, right sides together, as shown in figure B.

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