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The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part Four

By Franklin Habit 8 days ago 26714 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...

The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part Three

By Franklin Habit 22 days ago 25084 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.

The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part Two

By Franklin Habit 1 month ago 37248 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.

The Adventure of the Little Poser, Part One

By Franklin Habit 2 months ago 38321 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 2 months ago 23666 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 3 months ago 20872 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 3 months ago 15125 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 4 months ago 10697 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 4 months ago 10557 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 4 months ago 8673 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..."