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Franklin Habit’s How to Be a Superb Student: A Lesson in Two Parts

February 9th, 2016

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franklin_400x400Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.

For the past several years I’ve been one of the most traveled knitting teachers in the northern hemisphere–with the battered baggage and frequent flyer status to prove it.  In a busy month I may be at a shop, guild, retreat, or festival every other weekend. In a very busy month, that may be every weekend. It’s so hard to be me.

(No it isn’t.)

Before this, I was a knitting student. I loved taking classes. I still do, on rare and beautiful occasions when my schedule permits me to sit down and shut up.

In this way I’ve met literally thousands of students–some learning from me, some learning with me. All have gathered into the classroom with a common goal: to have fun, stretch their wings, and expand their horizons.

Most students are lovely, polite, considerate, and prepared. Were they not, I would be writing an entirely different column about information architecture or collectible figurines or the semiotics of Sesame Street.  I lack the stamina to teach classroom after classroom full of boors and cretins.

However.

Needlework classes of any variety–knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery–can be fraught with tension. They are often expensive and crowded. Miniscule rooms tumble perfect strangers together in close proximity. Challenging topics push mental or physical limits to the breaking point. Temperaments clash. Patience is often in short supply.

And everyone present comes supplied with sharp implements.

In such circumstances, being a prepared and polite student is good for everyone.

It is good for your teacher, because it allows him or her to give the entire class the best possible guided tour of the material.

It is good for your fellow students, because it allows them to concentrate on their own work.

It is good for you, because it helps you get the most for your money; and gives your teacher and classmates no cause to gather after class and smack the whoopsie out of you in the parking lot.

Therefore, in the spirit of everyone having a bodacious time, I humbly present this two-part guide to being the best student you can be.

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Lola Gets Leggy on the Skating Rink!

January 22nd, 2016

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

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Knit Colorwork Leg Warmers And Hat Knit Prince Street Leg Warmers Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio
Knit Colorwork Leg Warmers And Hat
— Made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino
Knit Prince Street Leg Warmers
— Made with Tweed Stripes®
Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio
— Made with Modern Baby®

 

For more great pet patterns, visit PatternFinder.

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When Lola’s Passions and New Year’s Resolutions Collide …

January 8th, 2016

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

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Knit Color Grid Pullover Crochet Sorrento Ripple Shrug Knit Sunday Stroll Vest
Knit Color Grid Pullover
— Made with Vanna’s Glamour®
Crochet Sorrento Ripple Shrug
— Made with Heartland®
Knit Sunday Stroll Vest
— Made with Homespun®

 

For more great pet patterns, visit PatternFinder.

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Franklin Habit’s Friendly Three-Point Message to Journalists Who Seek to Write About Knitting and Crochet

January 6th, 2016

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franklin_400x400Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please let me say how delighted I am that you intend to devote column inches (or equivalent in screen real estate) to something so dear to my heart. It’s a broad and fascinating subject, reaching back centuries and stretching the world around. Much has been said of it, yet so much remains unsaid.

I venture to guess, based upon prior experience with reporters covering this beat, that it was not your first choice among the week’s assignments. You are new, perhaps. An intern, possibly. Or you got caught in the office supply closet with the editor’s girlfriend at the holiday party, and this is your punishment.

Chin up, friend. You could do worse. Your sources are legion. They will eagerly supply fodder sufficient to overflow the boundaries of a book, let alone your limit of 2,000 words. Play nice, and you might get to keep the mittens after the photo shoot.

Field research will take you to guild meetings, knit nights,  and yarn shops, at which you will be offered tea and cookies, frequently; and stronger libation, almost as frequently.

You will not have to jump off a bridge or wear a silly costume. You will not be required to crawl down mine shafts or across battlefields.

However.

Before you turn on your recorder there are a few fundamentals you must understand. They will help you to write a piece full of truth and beauty. A piece that will be passed merrily around the Internet like a plate of homemade macaroons. A piece that will not inspire fifty million plugged-in yarn fanciers to flood your publication with sternly worded messages of complaint.

Ready? Good. Take notes.

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Lola’s Making a Sweater for Santa and Checking it Twice …

December 25th, 2015

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Come see Lion Brand®‘s holiday window at 34 West 15th Street in New York City!

 

Crochet Amigurumi Gingerbread House Knit NYC Skyline Afghan Crochet Red Hook Cheeseburger Dog Toy
Crochet Cookie Jar
— Made with Vanna’s Choice®
Knit The Celebrator Hat
— Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Fun Fur®
Knit The Celebrator Dog Sweater
— Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Fun Fur®

 

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