Sunday Lecture: Five Women, Five Shawls with Franklin Habit

A person’s “creative lineage” is something like a family tree; only instead of telling you who married whom and why you’ve inherited brown eyes and curly hair, it suggests reasons you may have a fondness for fine handwork or a knack for perfect set-in sleeves. It traces the passions, lives, and talents of those who helped to make you the creative soul you are–and researching it can be fascinating, illuminating, and sometimes shocking. In this talk, Franklin Habit tells the funny, romantic, heartbreaking stories of his first teachers–all women in his family; and demonstrates the creative process behind the series of shawl designs they inspired.

Class Fee: $5, payable at the door on a first come, first serve basis.

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.

2020 Catalog Cover Artist

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

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Attention please! We ended up with a small quantity of 2020 merchandise left over from our virtual festival order. This includes short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, sling bags, backpacks, posters, note cards and enamel pins. Sorry, no mugs, and not all sizes are available in the shirts and sweatshirts.

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