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

By Franklin Habit 8 days ago 2578 Views 3 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 22 days ago 7935 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 1 month ago 6108 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 2 months ago 7624 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 2 months ago 7612 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...

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

By Franklin Habit 3 months ago 5420 Views

By freeform standards, my form was not all that free. I was using one motif; albeit in two different weights with two different yarns, the finer of which (Schoppel Wolle Zauberball®) was gradually changing color. Even so, I struggled. My earliest blossoms were lopsided and scrunched, with a tension that could be kindly described as clenched...

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

By Franklin Habit 3 months ago 9178 Views

It probably speaks volumes about me that even my freeform crochet adventure had to start with some kind of plan.

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The more I thought it over, the more the idea of creating a delicate fabric of scattered blossoms appealed to me. It was, for one thing, the opposite of the crochet I’d known growing up. That crochet came in two flavors: the zigzag afghan and the daisy place mat...

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

By Franklin Habit 4 months ago 11807 Views

When I was drawing I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book, my friend and frequent collaborator John Mullarkey visited the studio and asked to watch as I worked over a piece from rough sketch to finished art.

I’ve seldom had someone spy on that process, which usually starts with a very light and wobbly sketch in pencil…

Fridays with Franklin - The Adventure of the Warm Puppy, Part Four

By Franklin Habit 4 months ago 11718 Views

Rosamund is still waiting patiently for her new sweater...Before we go further, let’s take a closer look at the place where all the action is going to happen: the bridge.

The bridge is the fabric we created specifically so that we could cut it open. Our version–used in making the leg openings for Rosamund’s sweater–requires an odd number and a minimum of five. This swatch steek has seven stitches, worked in reverse stockinette.

Fridays with Franklin - The Adventure of the Warm Puppy, Part Three

By Franklin Habit 4 months ago 10352 Views

…namely, the leg openings and how they were made.

I knew from the first that I wanted to work this piece in the round, with steeks cut for the forelegs. That aroused comment, because there is a widespread sentiment in the knitting community about steeks...