Thursday, November 13, 2008

Book 'em, Franklin!

Karen B. and Franklin H.I am in luff with this man's intellect, twisted wit and emotional clarity. Yes, I could gobble him up because he's beyond adorable but that's beside the point. Today is the day for titters, tee-hees, guffaws and outright belly laughs, courtesy of one Franklin Habit.

Franklin continues the book tour in support of his just-released collection of sketches and short essays entitled, "It itches." This is a little book (only 6" x 6") with lots of humor and heart. It perfectly captures the oddities, foibles and sometimes obsessive nature of our fibery pursuits in a way that only Franklin can.

Although this is his first book, Franklin has been making us laugh for some time now as he chronicles the exploits of an imaginary cast of characters, including a saucy sheep named Dolores and Harry, the often gullible skein of yarn. While the book features neither of this well-known duo, there is an amazing thread of fiber humor that keeps you turning the pages. My current favorite is a re-imagining of conversations and thoughts of historic figures as knitters. Marcel DuChamp. A megaphone and boa constrictor. Ha!

I caught up with the author at Chicago's Loopy Yarn. Hopefully, the tour will be in your neck of the woods sometime soon. I know Franklin is in London now and set to cruise back on the QE2. Too bad I'm not travel-sized like Harry :o)

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Blogger Chris said...

Great picture of the two of you! Hopefully he wanders through town again sometime - he was here for the 1000 Knitters project earlier this year.

11/13/2008 09:18:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Nice photo! Isn't Franklin the best? Let's hear it for Chicago knitbloggers!

11/13/2008 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger KarenJoSeattle said...

I'm looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, despite being a bookish town, I don't think Seattle's on his tour schedule.

11/14/2008 03:54:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

What a terrific photo!
And I adore his book last weekend, but alas, Franklin was not around to autograph it.
Maybe someday?

11/14/2008 08:10:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

What a terrific photo of two of my favorite bloggers!

I adore his book last weekend.

11/14/2008 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

What a nive picture! Unfortunately I don't know the man :-(

11/14/2008 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger KSee said...

You sure had a great time. I've seen lots of posts about Franklin. Great picture of the two of you.

11/16/2008 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger monica said...

I was lucky enough to receive an autographed copy from Lynette. I've been enjoying it while eating breakfast. It's a nice way to start the day. Some day I'll get to meet him!

11/17/2008 06:53:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

lovely photo of the two of you! i can only hope he decided to meander down this way. i kind of doubt it though.

11/20/2008 04:38:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Hello Beautiful!! If I could have taken you for some of that sunshine in Fl, I would have. It did my bones good:) Now back to cold weather and feeling how bad cold weather is for my bones.LOL

I am so going to check out his book! You know I love to get a good giggle.
Love to ya!

12/01/2008 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Great photo! I got this book from my Mom for my birthday, and I enjoyed it immensely. I appreciate good cartooning; it is much, much harder than it looks, and Franklin Habit is very good.

12/04/2008 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Awesome picture of you and Franklin. It sounds like it was a fun day. I wish he'd come out west!

1/29/2009 11:38:00 AM  

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