book review – Vanishing Fleece

Clara Parkes has a new book out, Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool. While I was able to secure an advanced reader copy through Netgalley, it took a rainy Monday afternoon a week after the book’s official publication date for me to curl up and enjoy her journey.


In Vanishing Fleece, Clara Parkes’ love song to American wool, follow the journey of her “Great White Bale” project. The tale follows her 676 pound bale of Saxon Merino wool from Eugene’s sheep farm in Goshen, NY. Parkes’ clear and beautiful writing shows us why the domestic yarn industry deserves our support.

It’s a book you’ll want to linger over and savor, however you may find yourself like Parkes, jumping in and seeing where the bale takes her next. I devoured this book in one sitting on a rainy afternoon.

Do you need to be a knitter to enjoy VANISHING FLEECE? No. Parkes writing is approachable and comfortable. This is a book for those who care about what they put in their bodies, and what they put on them. It is for those skeptical that you can find good, affordable, domestically processed wool, or that one should.

book cover: vanishing fleece

Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool
by Clara Parkes
Abrams Press
Published 01 October 2019

I received an eARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a review. The FTC wants you to know.

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