Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.
I’ve just this minute come in from my annual check-up with Madame Bobbie Jean, the psychic down the block. (FYI: She also repairs small electrics.) Looks like I’m in for an interesting ride. Since I was there anyhow I asked her to provide forecasts for all of you, as well. It’s my pleasure, really; and she gave me a fantastic bulk discount.
Yours will be a year of conclusion and fulfillment. In other words, of finishing. You need not fear the second sock. Should you undertake to knit matching hats for everyone at the family reunion, success will be yours. Yet you will ring in 2016 still not having sewn together that green cardigan whose diverse pieces you completed in March of 2006. You will never sew those together. Ever. You realize that, right? You might as well start using them as dust rags.
Travel is indicated; sometimes over long distances, possibly even across the sea. You’ll do anything to find a skein of that discontinued yarn with the right dye lot, won’t you? Cripes.
Seek opportunities for growth in the company of potentially like-minded people. When these people try to tell you that the fiber guild field trip to the Lion Brand Yarn Outlet is not an excuse for buying fifty pounds of stash yarn, seek opportunities for growth in the company of a different group of potentially like-minded people.
Now is the moment to begin that huge, complicated lace shawl you have hesitated to touch ever since Betsy cajoled you into buying the yarn and pattern at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Your success is assured. Have you started? No? Too bad. The moment has passed.
As Mercury aligns with Mars, be cautious in dealing with those who seek to come between you and your passion for yarn. Expect ceaseless, distracting questions like, “When was the last time you cleaned this place?”, “Have you been outdoors since spring arrived?”, “Don’t you think you ought to put down that crochet hook for a few minutes and eat?”, and “Hey, did you notice your water just broke?”
Don’t be caught off guard–a new romance is just over the horizon. When a person of more than modest good looks accidentally brushes your hand as you both reach for the same ball of silk/alpaca blend in the clearance bin at The Frantic Ewe, you’ll know he’s the one. And frankly, if you don’t want him I’ll take him.
The ascendance of Jupiter brings with it the urge to “knit down” your yarn stash. If you must capitulate, do so in moderation. I’m not saying that a worldwide wool embargo will extinguish the global supply of reasonably-priced worsted weight; but I’m not saying that won’t happen, either.
Oh, where do I start? Or rather, where do you start? Seriously, honey, can we talk about the number of unfinished projects in your immediate vicinity? I think you may have serious commitment issues. Forget about the horoscope for now. I want you to stay put until the advice columnist comes in, and then she has a few questions for you about your parents’ marriage and your relationship with your father.
Venus will enter your seventh house and steal your good scissors.
In case you’re wondering whether this will be the year that you can finally remember the differences between single, double, and half-double crochet without looking them up; the answer is no. But you will conquer the Granny Square and complete the afghan, just in time for everyone to get tired of Granny Squares again.
Although your naturally diplomatic nature delights in conflict resolution, you are in danger of becoming embroiled in an ongoing fight over which version of slip, slip, knit most perfectly mirrors knit two together. When sides are drawn, either bear yourself in battle that all may fear you; or say you’re stepping outside to check on the refreshments and don’t stop running until you’re so far from the guild meeting that nobody will ever hear from you again.
You will find all your lost stitch markers. Nah, I’m just kiddin’ ya. They’re gone.
Writer, illustrator, and photographer Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008–now in its third printing) and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on 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. Franklin’s other publishing experience in the fiber world includes contributions to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Cast On: A Podcast for Knitters, Twist Collective, and a regular column on historic knitting patterns for Knitty.com.
These days, Franklin knits and spins in Chicago, Illinois, sharing a small city apartment with an Ashford spinning wheel and colony of sock yarn that multiplies alarmingly whenever his back is turned.