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  • You may not love math, Franklin, but you def love words – and you use them so gorgeously!

  • So, did the YARN class immediately ask for a refund? Inquiring minds, etc….

  • I love The Green Mountain Spinnery with a passion. I went to the knitting weekend in 93-97, during a tough time ( my daughter had leukemia) and it was healing. She survived but my marriage didn’t and my financial situation changed. No more trips from Denver to Vermont, but their yarns are exquisite. I see a new book or two in my future and thank you Franklin for your honest reviews

  • “You know … in front of you … it’s string but not string. That. Pick up that.”
    Thank you! I feel so much better about myself now. I once forgot the word “cemetery” and referred to it, in a public talk, as “where they put the dead people”.

  • Yup, me too. Apparently I am incapable of counting to eight, resulting in multiple frogs of a hat that is allegedly “easy.” Plus I’ve made it twice before… with multiple frogs.

  • “Some of us (me) never really believe that ‘math’ and ‘easy’ coexist peacefully in the same space.”

    Franklin, they do! The problem is what they’re doing while they’re coexisting peacefully in the same space: they’re gleefully snickering and giggling at those of us who have a hard time with them!

  • Thank you Franklin for exposing the the dark side of always wanting to put “easy” in front of so many things related to knitting! As I tell my students I won’t tell them something is “easy” because things are not necessarily easy unless you yourself understand it at that moment. Sometimes that can just be remembering the correct name of the things right in front of you. Love your take on our fibery world.

  • Your discourse on “easy” is perfect. One person’s easy is another person’s challenging-to-impossible. We discuss this a lot at Knit Night. The knitter who brings complicated lace projects(!) to group is the same one who wonders how I come up with quirky concepts and designs. Another thing that I feel I see far too often is books with “easy” or “beginning” in their titles where the first project in the book is a washcloth and the last project is something like a steeked cable-and-intarsia full-length coat. In just one size, so…”math” if you want it to fit your non-average body. I was definitely not an “ambitious” or “confident” beginner (as often referenced in pattern notes.) Even now, one new technique at a time is enough for me.

    Also, your description of Leapman’s book that says, “no step is rushed through. No step is dragged out,” definitely made me want to seek it out. I feel that far too many video tutorials have 2 minutes of fondling the sample and talking about the technique before they ever get around to actually showing you any knitting. And I also dislike the opposite problem: “attach as shown, using [small, unclear] photograph at left as a guide.”

    OK, now that my rant is over…the books look good, too! Thank you!

  • Thank you Franklin. I always enjoy your book reviews and my book shelf can attest to that. I have been tricked too many times by this EASY patterns!

  • Love this!