xx-Sold Out-xx K15 Now You See It, Now You Don’t with Franklin Habit

Friday, May 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair Office

Color and texture meet and mingle with startling results in the subtle, intriguing fabrics created by shadow (also called “illusion”) knitting. Stripes, garter stitch, and stockinette combine to create patterns that appear or vanish depending upon the angle of view–perfect for hiding secret messages in your work. We will not only learn the technique (including simple chart reading), but will also investigate methods for designing shadow patterns, and play with creating our own charts for custom projects. Skill level: Advanced beginner. Pre-requisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting, willingness to work from charts. Maximum number of students: 15. Students should bring: Yarn –Two balls of smooth (non-fuzzy), worsted-weight yarn (for example: HiKoo Simpliworsted, Cascade 220, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, or similar) in highly contrasting solid colorways. (Patterns will show up best in yarns with a round profile–look for yarns with 3 or more plies.) Needles – 1 circular needle, 24 inches, in a size appropriate to give a comfortable, firm gauge (such as would be appropriate for a warm scarf or hat) in the yarns selected. Notions – It is also expected that students will have with them the usual notions basic to knitting: scissors, tapestry needle, a selection of stitch markers, etc. Other – Notebook and paper and pen or pencils (preferable) for making notes. Homework: None.

Class Code: K15 Class Fee: $55. Materials Fee: None.

Franklin Habit is a designer, teacher, author and illustrator. He is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book (Soho Publishing, 2016). His ongoing “Dolores Van Hoofen” collaboration with WEBS, based his wildly popular series of short stories, is in its second year. He travels constantly to teach knitters across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, Stitches events, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, and the Taos Wool Festival. Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and his popular “Fridays with Franklin” feature for Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com. Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.

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Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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