A Creative Community
Swipe to the left

Fridays with Franklin

RSS Feed

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

By Franklin Habit 8 days ago 5114 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 22 days ago 6409 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 1 month ago 4943 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 2 months ago 8751 Views

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

...

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 2 months ago 11295 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 3 months ago 11327 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 3 months ago 9829 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...

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

By Franklin Habit 4 months ago 8748 Views

With my Hikoo Simpliworsted and measurements at the ready,it was time begin to cooking up a sweater for Rosamund.

It would be a very simple sweater, likely quite imperfect, meant to serve as a fitting guide for other, more complex designs. Rosamund is going to need a whole wardrobe, you see. This is no ordinary dog. This is a dog so clever, good-tempered...

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

By Franklin Habit 4 months ago 16671 Views

Meet Rosamund

I must begin this adventure by making introductions.

I would like you, please, to meet my dear companion, Rosamund Adelaide...

Fridays with Franklin - The Adventure of the Stealth Blanket, Part Four

By Franklin Habit 4 months ago 11417 Views

The delicious moment of epiphany that capped Part Three, was itself capped by a less delicious moment of epiphany.

I still had half the blanket to knit. Another thirty two squares. Plus seaming. Plus a border.

I felt queasy...