To me, traveling has always been rife with the unknown, but in a bad way.
There was once a multi-week trip to Mexico on a Mexican train when I was about 10. Let’s just say, it was the trip from heck. To list just a few items on the itinerary:
- A man got decapitated on that train while sitting on a toilet and hanging his head out the window for a breeze; said train had to be stopped for about six hours while the authorities investigated
- My mom ate a fresh tomato and ended up in a hospital in Mexico City
- My brother and father got stung by a man-o-war jellyfish and one of them stopped breathing
- On the way home, opting to rent a car, we had only $1.26 left and bought a drumstick and a thigh from Kentucky Fried Chicken. My brother got carsick on the 15-hour plus car ride home and all I remember was watching him hang his head out the window and praying his head wouldn’t get cut off
So, when I read Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World by Clara Parkes, I was awe struck. How does she do it? How does she watch and see and listen and view these adventures the way she does?
I read her chapter, “Perky Skeins and Fast Cars,” about visiting Vogue Knitting Live for the first time in Los Angeles. Oddly enough, I was there! I was there the same time as Clara! For me, it was all about dealing with traffic and getting there in one piece (which doesn’t really have anything to do with me; it’s all Los Angeles’ fault, friends), but for Clara, it was a totally different matter.
You’ll read the chapter as I did, but what pleased me the most is the way she was able to step back and see the character of Los Angeles through a prism that I cannot see. To read her description of the way the show sailed in and sailed out the way you might see when you watch a play—you know how the sets just magically get torn down and put up in a flash? Well, that’s just how she described it. And, she’s right. I am so entrenched in this stuff that I have never stopped to watch it all and see it clearly with fresh eyes.
This book is a treasure.
I will be giving away a copy of this book. In comments, tell me your favorite/least-favorite adventure and I'll randomly choose a name!
If you want to follow the blog tour for Knitlandia, here it is:
Feb 24: My Sister's Knitter
Feb 26: Mary Jane Muckelstone
Feb 29: Knit Circus
March 2: Yarniacs
March 4: Leethal
March 7: Tin Can Knits
March 17: Marly Bird Yarn Thing Podcast