Books with Franklin: Great Danes

March 3, 2020

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  • I missed you, Franklin! Ever since delving into the Panopticon back in Ohio, every word you have gifted us with never ceases to bring me great joy! Thank you for sharing your beautiful self!!!

    • A must-read, must-get; thank you for this excellent review.

  • The phrase “knitting history collection” has just entered my consciousness. Thank you Franklin!

    • Can not wait to get this book in my hands!

  • Oh, thank you! What fun!

  • Excellent article as always! Since you are such a book expert….I may be teaching a knitting/fiber arts class in our homeschool co-op next year and I’m looking for a resource to use as a guide to what I teach. We have a planning meeting next week so I’ll find out for sure what ages, probably 10+. I’d like to incorporate a bit of history of knitting, or maybe we ‘knit around the world’, or maybe we try lots of different fiber crafts. I can’t decide! Any suggestions? The class will be 2 hours and meet 14 times Sept-May.

  • Prayers for MDK and Nashville today.

    • Yes, thinking about and praying for Nashville and especially you and yours, Ann.

      • Hoping that all MDKers are safe and sound, and that recovery is fast in Nashville. Wishing you all a soft blanket for comfort.

    • Yes, thinking about everyone in the Nashville area!

  • As always, thank you for a well written, illuminating review.

  • Your writing is such a pleasure to read. Thank you for another delightful review of a fascinating book and author. I purchased The Vintage Shetland Project because of you and with no regrets (what a read!), so I know I will appreciate this comprehensive work by Vivian Hoxbro, too. It sounds amazing. Thank you!

  • Thanks for the heads-up! I’ve just suggested the purchase of this book at my local public library.

  • It’s so incredible thinking about how hard the lives of the women who made those might sweaters were. And yet they found time and imagination to create beautiful garments that for the most part would never be seen! We need art & beauty even in the most mundane of objects.

    • So true, this is what Melanie Falick talks about so beautifully in her book Making a Life—the human impulse to make things with our hands, and to make them beautiful. My grandma, born in 1896, was a Dane. She was a no-nonsense woman, plain and simple out of necessity, but her crimped pie crusts and sun-dried bedsheets were things of beauty.

  • I love this book and have incorporated three of the stitch patterns so far, on mitten cuffs and in a scarf possibly warm enough for the arctic. I got to meet Ms. Hoxbro when she was working on the original edition; I enjoyed her enthusiasm for the topic and treated myself when the book came out in English. Next up: adding one or more of the motifs to a sweater or summer top.

  • I bought this book (Danish version) when I was visiting my family in Denmark last fall. It is SO fascinating. I have my eye on the Frenderup cardigan for a project in the near future. As a Dane, it was amazing to learn about the detailed history of these “trøjer”.

  • I was on the waiting list for this book and bought it as soon as it came out, and it didn’t disappoint at all. It’s a gorgeous book filled with so many beautiful motifs that can be applied to other projects, and the included patterns are all interesting. I’ve already bought yarn to make the cover tee shirt/vest. If you like texture patterns, you will love it.

    Like others here, I was saddened to see the damage in Tennessee and hope everyone there stayed safe.

  • Thank you for the wonderful review. I’ve been debating obtaining this book. This decides it.

  • Love the green Annie’s sweater. Is there a pattern? Traditional Danish sweaters seems to be unavailable at this time.