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Franklin Habit
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. On an average day upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep. He recently founded Yarn Shaming (yarnshaming.tumblr.com), because while he loves yarn, yarn does not always love him back.

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, Cast On: A Podcast for Knitters, Twist Collective; and regular columns for both Knitty.com and Lion Brand Yarns. Several of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.

He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, Sock Summit, and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.


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STITCHES Midwest 2014 Classes
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Thursday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
No skills required The Other Side of Weldon's Practical Needlework Impractical Magic: Oddities and Curiosities of Weldon's Practical Needlework. Beginning in the 1880s, and for decades thereafter, the editors of Weldon's Practical Needlework provided an enormous audience of amateur craftswomen with patterns for garments designed to be warm, strong, long-lived and, well, practical. But Weldon's had another side, too. A side that proposed the knitting of covers for tennis balls, of knitting whips for children, and of covering open flames with crinkled tissue paper. In this funny, informative, lavishly illustrated talk–not for the faint of heart–we'll take a look at what our great-great-grandmothers got up to after they'd already knit a sufficiency of Socks for Invalids. Warning: May induce seizures in persons with good taste.

Note: This event is free to anyone who has signed up for a class or paid event. Your badge is your ticket into the presentation. If you want to add this to a current registration, call 800-237-7099.
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1044 Intermediate The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop If the prospect of mixing colors gives you the fidgets, but you've dreamt of putting together your own complex color schemes for projects, this class is for you. We'll begin by learning a simple but strikingly effective method for knitting plaid fabric– a method that can even be used to recreate family or school tartans. Then we'll use the framework of the plaid as the point of departure for a practical, hands-on lesson in color selection. You can learn to design your own color schemes–all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little playfulness.
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Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6091 Intermediate Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice (Deluxe Edition) A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.

In this class, we will begin by discussing the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics. In this expanded, six-hour edition we will also delve into eleven varieties of symmetry, and use them to create striking, original new designs.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student’s preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it. A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.



STITCHES Midwest 2014 ETC Classes
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Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Lace Unlocked In this intensive, two-day exploration of knitted lace, we’ll discuss (and practice) each aspect of its creation, including: the history of lace knitting and its development in different times and places; the choice of materials; the structure of knitted lace fabric; the creation of stitch motifs; and methods for planning new designs. If you have enjoyed working from lace patterns but only dreamed of creating your own, or if you love lace and would like to understand what lies beneath the pretty surface, “Lace Unlocked” is for you.
Note: This is not a learn-to-knit class; students must be fluent in lace knitting, including reading and working from lace charts.



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