A Stash of One's Own

Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Named one of the top 10 lifestyle books for fall 2017 by Publishers Weekly.

In tales from 21 knitters, Clara Parkes examines a subject that is irresistible to us all: the yarn stash.

Anyone with a passion has a stash, whether it is a collection of books or enough yarn to exceed several life expectancies. With her trademark wry, witty approach, Parkes brings together fascinating stories from all facets of stash-keeping and knitting life - from KonMari minimalist to joyous collector, designer to dyer, spinner to social worker, scholar to sheep farmer.

Whether the yarn stash is muse, memento, creative companion, career guide, or lifeline in tough times, these deeply engaging stories take a surprising and fascinating look at why we collect, what we cherish, and how we let go.

Contributors include New York Times best-selling authors Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Debbie Stoller, Meg Swansen and Franklin Habit, Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner, Adrienne Martini, and a host of others.

©2017 Clara Parkes (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Another Delightful Read From Clara Parkes

Clara Parkes has outdone herself with this collection of essays. The varying viewpoints were interesting to hear. Even if I didn't agree overall with a stated philosophy, there were still points within that I identified with. Behold the power of yarn to unite. Franklin Habit's essay was particularly poignant and personal. That one in particular will stick with me for a while.

I strongly believe that the publisher has done everyone (readers, listeners, essayists, and editor) an enormous disservice by not having Clara Parkes narrate this anthology. Two of the three narrators are wooden and stilted, clearly having a complete lack of fiber in their souls. The writing is strong enough to overcome these deficits but the voice of the writers could have been so much more. I still encourage knitters to give a listen anyway. It's like knitting an excellent yarn base with a dye job not quite equal to it. And let's face it, that still beats a beautiful dye on a crappy base any day.

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Enjoyable listen while I knit from my stash

Great little short stories. Some make you laugh and some for a good cry. No matter how you use, consume, buy or stash yarn you will feel and identify with each story. Well worth the listen.

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Loved this book!

Where does A Stash of One's Own rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Stash of One's Own?

How much I could relate!

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Feels like talking with a friend.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How I Built on Extra Rooms to Hold My Stash

Any additional comments?

Loved it.

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great "read" for any knitter.

only wish the real persons were narrating or at least a person with the same accent ie G. Johnston would be read by someone from Scotland.

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Fabulous!

Another amazing book by Clara! What a great collaboration! I decided to listen to this book while I organized my own yarn stash. I thought I had far too much and believed I would never live long enough to knit it all. I really enjoyed the different perspectives on what is an "appropriate" stash. Some of the stories had me tearing up while others had me laughing out loud. I began to incorporate some of the sentiments on yarn stash into my own process. It was like having some of my favorite people from the fiber community right there beside me helping me make some tough decisions. I loved it!!

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Loved this book!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Loved hearing differing perspectives on yarn stash. I heartily recommend this read to all knitters.

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borrow from library

I had high hopes and was let down hard. didnt enjoy the narrators. the stories werent original at all. glad audible has its guarantee.

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nice audiobooj

I really enjoyed the book, listened to it while knitting on a plane flight & keept me entertained the whole flight. some of the stories were poignant and the majority very entertaining.

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  • 09-03-19

Very good ideas

It's good to hear how other knitters regard their stash and how it has affected their lives. Some really thought provoking ideas.

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  • nicola nicholson
  • 04-25-18

Stashing stories

As with most books of short stories,I loved some and didn't love some. Overall,I was a little disappointed but I should perhaps,not have listened to the whole thing in two goes and I really wish the individual stories had been narrated by the authors. Of,course,I was surprised to find myself loving the stories I thought I wasn't interested in and moved by some. Highlights were, Franklin Habit,Rachel Atkinson and Clara Parkes herself,their contributions will spur me on to buy the actual book so I can read their essays again and again.