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Fridays with Franklin - The Adventure of the Llama on the Corner, Part Two

By Franklin Habit 6 days ago 11128 Views

The Adventure of the Llama on the Corner, Part Two

What I have wanted to mess around with for ages is this: a piece of shadow knitting that deliberately obscures part of the hidden pattern from every angle. A piece that will never, ever, show you everything no matter where you stand.

This shouldn’t be terribly complicated. All it requires is that we make sure every so often to change the grain of the fabric. This could be as simple as knitting the work in pieces, with the grains at (for example) right angles to one another. One of my earliest sketches looked something like this.

Fridays with Franklin - The Adventure of the Llama on the Corner, Part One

By Franklin Habit 20 days ago 22231 Views

delicious pile of Hikoo LlamorThe Adventure of the Llama on the Corner, Part One

When I move from one project to the next, I swing like a pendulum.

I’ve always been a little in awe of artists like Picasso who, famously, go through “periods.” Picasso’s Blue Period was what it sounds like–a span of three years in which almost every painting he undertook was a vision tinted with blue. Now, blue is my favorite color–but honestly, three years? A week, maybe a month. Variety. I need variety.

Maybe that’s just me.

Fridays with Franklin - The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part Four

By Franklin Habit 1 month ago 40586 Views

The nice thing about having made as many mistakes as I have is that admitting one more isn’t terribly difficult.

Remember the lovely card-woven strap I started last time? The one meant to hold up my crocheted yoga mat bag with strength and style?

Everything was hunky-dory for about seven repeats...

Fridays with Franklin - The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part Three

By Franklin Habit 2 months ago 26412 Views

The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part Three

Today I’m setting aside the bag part of the yoga mat bag, the one we've been making from Schoppel-Wolle Lenien Los, so that we can focus on the strap.

Homemade straps are a Dirty Little Secret of the knit and crochet world. It’s fun to knit your own bag. It’s fun to crochet your own bag. But most bags need straps or handles, and neither knitting nor crochet is particularly good at meeting the challenges of life as a strap.

Fridays with Franklin - The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part Two

By Franklin Habit 2 months ago 38169 Views

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.

Fridays with Franklin - The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part One

By Franklin Habit 3 months ago 39267 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.

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

By Franklin Habit 3 months ago 24397 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.

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

By Franklin Habit 3 months ago 21524 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...

Fridays with Franklin - Interlude: Into the Hoods

By Franklin Habit 4 months ago 15791 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...

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

By Franklin Habit 4 months ago 11323 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…