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The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part Two

By Franklin Habit Yesterday 65 Views No comments

Treble Crochet ClustersWhen it comes to crochet, I still don’t really know what I’m doing. I’m enthusiastic. I’m ambitious. But when you get right down to it, in this adventure I’m no more than a little kid suddenly announcing to his mother that he is a fireman, or a dragon slayer, or prima donna assoluta of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Wishing will not make it so.

The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part One

By Franklin Habit 14 days ago 33460 Views

The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part One

I live in a rather up-and-coming part of Chicago’s North Side, in the sort of neighborhood where we already have three coffee shops on three successive blocks, but so far only one of them is a Starbucks.

I do a fair amount of knitting in one of those coffee shops. As the neighborhood has grown trendier the profile of the patrons has shifted from mostly punk rockers too young to have heard Joey Ramone live, to mostly pampered college students who never set foot in a library, to mostly Angry Yoga Moms taking a break after an hour of Vinyasa Flow.

The Adventure of the Transparent Excuse to Show You More Pictures of My Adorable Dog, Part Six

By Franklin Habit 28 days ago 22121 Views

The Adventure of the Transparent Excuse to Show You More Pictures of My Adorable Dog, Part Six

So, at last, the moment of truth. Snip, snip, snip, went the steeks. Like a beautifully de-boned chicken, Rosamund’s new sweater lay open on the table.

The Adventure of the Transparent Excuse to Show You More Pictures of My Adorable Dog, Part Five

By Franklin Habit 1 month ago 19609 Views

The Adventure of the Transparent Excuse to Show You More Pictures of My Adorable Dog, Part Five

For an introduction to what goes on in this column, click here.

For the first part of this adventure, click here.

We now resume the knitting of a new sweater for Rosamund–this is Rosamund...

Interlude: Into the Hoods

By Franklin Habit 2 months ago 13988 Views

Fridays with Franklin - Interlude: Into the Hoods

For an introduction to what goes on in this column, click here.

Twice a year I turn over the accumulated samples in my chest of drawers and make tough choices...

The Adventure of the Transparent Excuse to Show You More Pictures of My Adorable Dog, Part Four

By Franklin Habit 2 months ago 9618 Views 4 comments

The Adventure of the Transparent Excuse to Show You More Pictures of My Adorable Dog, Part Four

For an introduction to what goes on in this column, click here.

For the first part of this adventure, click here.

The votes are in!

Last time, I asked you to decide whether I ought to move forward with Option A or Option B…

The Adventure of the Transparent Excuse to Show You More Pictures of My Adorable Dog, Part Three

By Franklin Habit 3 months ago 9586 Views

The Adventure of the Transparent Excuse to Show You More Pictures of My Adorable Dog, Part Three

Rosamund (this is she)…

…is not the only creature in residence here who is known on occasion to chase her own tail.

That, my friends, is exactly what I feel I’ve been doing since we last met.

Fridays with Franklin - The Adventure of the Transparent Excuse to Show You More Pictures of My Adorable Dog, Part Two

By Franklin Habit 3 months ago 7701 Views

"Sometimes when you know where you want to go and plan how to get there, you still end up in a ditch.

We ended last time with a peek at the swatch for Rosamund’s new sweater..."

Fridays with Franklin - ​The Adventure of the Transparent Excuse to Show You More Pictures of My Adorable Dog, Part One

By Franklin Habit 4 months ago 9360 Views

We’ve yet to see snow (he whispered, nervously) but winter has arrived in Chicago. This means that my friend Rosamund, shown here...has taken to sleeping at night wrapped in both the duvet and the electric blanket with her cold nose buried in my warm armpit.* I can’t blame her. I have more fur on my chest than she does, poor darling...

Fridays with Franklin - The Adventure of the Fallen Flowers, Part Four

By Franklin Habit 4 months ago 8752 Views


My friend Euclid is always going on about how a straight line is the shortest distance between two points. I usually just tune it out, but staring at this length of free-form crochet really brought the point home to me...