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Franklin Habit: For Sale, Cheap

I was prowling through an antique shop in Vermont recently, on the hunt for the perfect dollhouse piano (another story); and between a shelf full of novelty salt and pepper shakers and a pile of vintage ads for milk of magnesia was a rack stuffed with old table linens and afghans. Most agreeably disheveled, lower-end…

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That’s So Annoying

Recently a friend of mine who is not knitter (I know all kinds of people) asked if I would mind offering advice to a friend of hers, who is a knitter. “She just finished her first hat,” said my friend, “but I guess she’s not happy with it, and she said the woman at the…

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The Princess and the Purl, A Yarn in Two Plies: Ply the Second

To Read Ply the First, click here. The violent storm that had flung the young woman and her knitting bag across the moat was no quieter the next day. Driving rain pelted buds from branches and drove green shoots back into the ground. Howling wind toppled the spire on the highest turret, and blew the…

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The Princess and the Purl, A Yarn in Two Plies: Ply the First

The Princess & the Purl: Ply the First There was once a prince–nice enough, if not exactly charming–who was in need of a wife. As he was both a prince (as I have said) and nice enough (as I have also said), more than a few would-be brides came to the palace to present themselves…

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‘Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater’ Book-Signing

We’re thrilled to welcome writer, editor & crafter Alanna Okun for a signing of her first book, ‘The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater’. She’ll visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in Manhattan on Thursday, March 29th from 6:30pm – 8pm. She’ll read from her book, and be available to sign copies purchased at our Studio.…

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Franklin Habit In Conversation With: This Unfinished Sweater

Franklin: Welcome to “In Conversation With.” I’m Franklin Habit, and today I’m joined in the studio by a sweater that I started knitting two years and two months ago; and which remains unfinished. Unfinished Sweater, thank you for being here today. Sweater: Well, most of me is here. I’m not all here, since so much…

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The Three Little Pigs: A Two-Part Yarn with a Nice Twist, Part Two

For the first part of the story, click here The wolf crept across the lawn until he reached the first workshop. Inside, Wilma placidly clicked her needles over the left front of a cabled cardigan. The wolf licked his lips and tapped on the front door. “Not now,” said Wilma. “I’m counting.” “Little pig!” shouted…

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The Three Little Pigs: A Two-Part Yarn with a Nice Twist, Part One

Once upon a time there were three pigs–siblings, as it happened–who went forth from the security of their mother’s straw-filled pen to seek their fortunes. The first little pig, Wilma, was elegant and neat as a new pin. She loved arranging things tidily in rows: shoes, books, other pigs. She loved pleasant journeys that began…

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Wake Me When It’s Over

Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life. I will have you know, ladies and gentleman, that my life–the life of the professional knitter–is not the yarn-addled conga line of joy you perhaps envision. True, I am not digging ditches in the pouring…

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Jack and the Yarnstalk: A Slightly Longer Yarn

In a land far away, in tumbledown shack, lived a poor, sad mother and her young son, Jack. Jack’s mother was one of those souls who are born, so it seems, to be miserable. Her husband was long gone–possibly to the next world or possibly to the next village, out of reach in either case.…

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