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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). His new book, I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book was brought out by Soho Publishing in May, 2016 and is in it's second printing.

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, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, the Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat, and the Maryland Sheep and 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.

He first became known as the writer of The Panopticon, one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. Readers worldwide continue to drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the adventures of Dolores the Sheep.

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.

You can follow him online as @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page.

STITCHES West 2020 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
1458 Easy The Knitted Crazy Quilt: A Multi-craft Adventure The crazy quilt was a Victorian mania–the perfect project for making use of scraps too valuable to throw away, or preserving scraps with sentimental value. They were exuberant, intensely personal, and gloriously free from rules. Crazy quilters famously relished additions of embroidery, appliqué, painting, and even photography to their quilts.

In this full day of exploration, fun, and skill building, we'll learn and practice the basics of a knitted version of the crazy quilt: how to plan it, how to work it, and how to embellish it. Each student will work on at least one block of his or her own devising, including the classic fancy embroidered "seams." (No prior embroidery experience is required!) You will be encouraged to let your imagination run free, with Franklin there to instruct, encourage, and cheer.

Knitting your own crazy quilt (or table mat, or pillow cover, or...) is a wonderful way to express yourself and to use and preserve special yarns too limited to make up projects on their own. Come try it for yourself, and you’ll see.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5270 Intermediate A Sense of Proportion: A Glorious Compendium of Methods for Knitting Without Tapes and Rulers A tape measure is wonderful thing. So is a knitting pattern. But have you dreamt of being freed from both, and working your way from cast-on to finished garment using neither one nor the other? You can. The history of knitting is full of time-tested methods for using the proportions of the human body, and of the knitting itself, to determine stitch counts, shapings, and measurements to yield garments with a custom fit. Through lecture, and practice students will learn about useful relative proportions of the human body, as well as formulae and folklore for hats, mittens, socks, shawls, and fitted upper garments. And yes, you'll need a tape measure…but not for long.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5271 Intermediate Now You See It, Now You Don't: Shadow Knitting 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
3066 Intermediate History, Methods, and Styles of Lace Knitting In this session, examine the fundamental principles and techniques of knitting's grandest tradition. Learn about the history of lace knitting and the development of the art in three parts of the world (Russia, Estonia, and the Shetland Islands) in which the craft was developed to the highest level of artistry. We will not only discuss but practice and play with some of the methods and motifs that distinguish each of these traditions. You will have the opportunity to view beautiful examples of lace, both modern and antique. Whether you are merely curious about lace or a devoted practitioner, there will be something for you to enjoy.

Note: Should be familiar with the basics of knitting (casting, binding off, knitting, purling, yarn over, decreasing); and willing to work from charts.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1463 Intermediate Knitting to Fit Your Pampered Pet Custom sweaters for four-legged friends are among the most rewarding projects in all of knitting, but also one of its greatest challenges. How do you resize a design for a dachshund to fit a great dane or vice versa? How do you make something just right for a special mutt, or if you are a brave sort, for a special kitty? Or even a special guinea pig?

In this lecture-based class, Franklin will guide you through the process of measuring, calculating, and designing simple but effective garments to suit any animal companion. It's not just fun, it can make you a stronger knitter because these fundamental principles of knit-to-fit work for humans, too!

Note: This class will best serve knitters who have reached at least the advanced beginner level. Students must be fluent all in the fundamentals of knitting, including increases and decreases.