5.05.2016

Knitlandia "Book Around" and MD Sheep and Wool Festival

On this morning's hike I had an idea! (When my family hears this they know to be scared, are you scared?) 

Last night I finished reading Knitlandia by Clara Parkes, Knitlandia is a series of essays based on Clara's journey's around the globe experiencing yarn festivals, craft publishers, filming tv and workshops, knitting retreats and more. They are all about being a knitter and traveling the world from that perspective. It's an entertaining, enlightening, and quick read. In fact I made myself slow down a bit to cherish it as I knew it would be over before I was ready for it to be. A personal highlight was reading about Clara and the public pools in Iceland, I won't tell you more, as I want you to read it for yourself.. but I certainly learned a bit about what to be prepared for when I go in September.
I want this copy of Knitlandia to travel around to knitters around the globe... kinda like a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but knitting book style!  Let's call it a "Book Around"!

Here's how it is going to work... I'm going to sign the book and start a mini journal with some thoughts about the book. While I'm at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend I'm hoping to get my copy signed by Clara. At 3:30 on Saturday we are having an informal meet up in the shade of Building 1 (see map below, all are welcome!). There is a thread in my Ravelry group if you want more info!
The first person who asks me for the book at the meet up, will get it from me. Then they'll read it, sign it, write something in the journal. Next they will send it to the first person who comments in this post, and then e-mail me with who they have sent it to (so I can keep a record, we don't want our book getting lost!).

That knitter will:
  • read it
  • sign it
  • journal a bit
  • take a photo of yourself with your book and post it in my Rav group and on social media (if you use it) with the hashtags #bookaround #knitlandia
  • send it to the next person in the comments list
  • e-mail me with details on where the book is!
Knitlandia will "Book Around" the world!
(If this works we can try it with another book in the fall)

So, all you have to do to be involved is leave a comment on this post... that will get you on the "list".
Just leave a way to get in touch with you... Ravelry ID is best! When the book is full up, or we get to the end of the list, it will get sent back to me and I'll find a way to surprise Clara with it!

Remember this is global, so don't sign up if you aren't willing to send a package overseas (it will probably cost around $10-15 to send). It's up to you if you want to send a goodie along for the person you are sending the book to as you'll be paying the postage... just don't send goodies for everyone down the line, we don't want to end up with a 100 pound box being shipped!


Also, I don't want your being on this list to stop you from reading to Knitlandia NOW... you should totally buy it to support Clara and her work, and still be part of this fun project (you can just re-read your favorite essay when it arrives at your doorstep!)

Oh, and I just had another idea... (scared yet?) 
I'm going to do a Facebook Live post from our meet-up and introduce you to a few knitters (and what they bought!). So, if you can't get to Maryland, keep an eye on my Facebook page around 3:40 and you'll see the post. If you can't watch it then Facebook Live posts can be replayed so you'll be able to view it anytime!

77 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, yes!! I love Clara and this book was amazing. My wonderful friend Amy got me a signed copy as a gift (she was with you at Knitters Retreat this year - she has a picture of you, Clara and Stephanie sitting on the chairs by the water. I may have swooned a bit when I saw it!) and I devoured it in about 2 days. I had to make myself slow down as well. It was like a really good dessert that you don't want to eat all in one bite! I'd love to be in on this!!! I am deedeeknits on Ravelry.

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  2. I want to read it!! Maryland Sheep and Wool is on my bucket list. Hope to make it NH Sheep and Wool this weekend.

    I am dswgr6 on Ravelry.

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  3. This sounds like a awesome idea! I would love to be in the 'loop'. I am dktrout on Ravelry.

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  4. Yes, this sounds like fun! Ravelry I.D, Callieknitz.

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  5. I'd love to be a part of this! Sounds like fun!
    Lkgervitz

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  6. What a fun idea! I'd love to participate! I live in Chile, although get back to Central NY a couple times a year
    Ravelry: msnookchile

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  7. What a cool idea! Deal me in. Rav ID: ladybug59

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  8. I think I need to read this book soon since Iceland is in my near future. Great idea of a traveling book! Carolm7323 on Ravelry

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  9. Awesome Idea! Would love to participate. Melanie Murphy(melanie1275)

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  11. This sounds like so much fun! Knitters are such a wonderful group--I'm so glad I started knitting a couple of years ago and found this group :) I'd love to participate!

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  12. This sounds like great fun! Count me in please...
    Rav ID: quilterlis

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  13. I will see you at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and would love to be a part of this!

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  14. This is awesome sauce! Count me in! My Rav id is Jbenecke

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  15. I have read this and parts more than once!

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  16. I'm in!!

    mrsdonnelly on Ravelry!

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  17. I want to read and find out about the pool in Iceland, so can have an idea of what my friends are doing, without me.

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    1. LaKetta you will be missed! I will soak a little extra for you.

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  18. I love all of this especially doing a live video from our meetup.

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  19. This combines two of my favorite activities: knitting and reading! I'm in!
    Rav ID: amylyork

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  20. I would love to participate! I am ramonafirehorse on Ravelry.

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  21. This sounds like fun. I should warn you, I've been known to show Flat Stanleys and pocket people an interesting time so I've been preparing for this assignment! skristiansen on Ravelry

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    1. I expect nothing less from you Sue!

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    2. I'm afraid you know me too well!!

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    3. We need to get back to a more professional relationship one of these days... : )!

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  22. This sounds like fun!!! JoannaKathryn on Rav :-)

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  23. I am an avid reader. So I am so in! I'm Nyctale on ravelry

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  24. Hopefully there will be some space left! I'm in (heartwise)

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  25. I would like to share in the fun! My Ravelry ID is
    DonnaRHayes

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  26. I would love to be part of this! My Rav ID is davenlori98

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  27. I'd love to participate! I can't wait to get the book, so I ordered my own copy and then will comment on my favorite essay. It sounds like a wonderful read. Ravelry ID: DebbyKnits2

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  28. Laura I'm amazed how you come up with these great ideas. Would love to join in. Will be there at the MD show; hope to meet you. -Gin Gin aka Snoopy25 in Ravelry

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  29. Books and knitting are my favorite things - books about knitting: double the pleasure!

    Ravelry ID: knitter5319

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  30. Cool Beans, Laura! I'm so in!!
    Rav- IrishPogue
    IG- irishpogue

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  31. Fun idea! I love that it will get passed to the 1st person at MD Sheep & Wool.

    KnitFoolDeirdre on Rav

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  32. That sounds like tons of fun and is such a lovely idea! I'm in.
    Ravelry: catandraven

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  33. This is an amazing idea! So much fun. I'd love to be involved.
    lesatustin on Ravelry

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  34. Such a fun idea! I can see the book traveling around and around and around and never quite making it back to you!

    Count me in. I'm jentm on ravelry.

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  35. What a great idea! I would love to participate. lmport ( small L ) on Ravelry.

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  36. This sounds like so much fun. Rav ID hehl

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  37. Count me in! Sietsma on Ravelry.

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  38. It may take a while, but I'd love to get in this.
    Ravelry: BarbaraSC

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  39. I would love to be a part of this....even tho I'm rather late to the party!
    Thanks for doing this Laura.
    Rav id: Judyinthedyes

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  41. Fun idea! I am in. Wonder how long it will be before the book returns home to Laura. Rav ID: dmbellantone

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  43. Oh wow, I am way down the list already! Definitely want to be part of the fun. I am stlwatrs on Ravelry.

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  44. Oh I would love to be in on this!!! What fun!

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  45. Count me in. Ravelry id is dgreen126. How fun!!

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  46. Sounds like such a neat adventure. I'm Highlights on Ravelry.

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  47. Sounds like such a neat adventure. I'm Highlights on Ravelry.

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  48. I love this idea. I can't wait to be a part of the adventure. I am rxknitchic on ravelry

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  49. Sounds fun, debluvs2knit.on ravelry

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  50. This sounds lots of fun!!! Of course I'm in!!! (I'm pajara ion Ravelry) can't wait!!!

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  51. This sounds like a great idea. I would love to be part of the fun.
    Rav ID: stitchalong

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  52. I'm in, if there is still room and/or time this far in the list! Laura you always have such great ideas. Off to look for a personal copy...
    Twosaners on Rav

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  53. What a great idea, I would love to be part of this adventure. Rav ID amandainluanda

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  54. What a great idea!! I hope there's still room for me. rkohlman on Ravelry.

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  55. A bit late in the game, but I'm in!! Ravelry ID lilafreckle

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  56. I sent the book along to DeeDee this morning. She should have it Tuesday. I loved it.

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  57. If the book would like to see Oz (Australia), just let me know!! :)

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  58. My son took Flat Stanley to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in, I believe it was, 2010...so this would be "Mom's" chance, so to speak.
    On Ravelry I'm known as lldramrpd

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  59. My son took Flat Stanley to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in, I believe it was, 2010...so this would be "Mom's" chance, so to speak.
    On Ravelry I'm known as lldramrpd

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  60. Please count me in! This is so intriguing!
    RavID: StarKytten

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  61. What a cool idea Laura!
    I´d love to get the book sometime over here in Germany and read the journal and the book and see where it has been already!
    Please sign me up! Lakshmi07

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  62. I would love to read this,is Australia to far to send it to

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  63. I would love to be added to list especially since just returning from Iceland! RavID - margarete2000

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  64. Is it to late to add my name to the list. Ravelry genies003.

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  66. I was up there in May but changed my Rav id so I may have missed my turn...can I get back on the list? Donna1504

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