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It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons Hardcover – 1 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; First Printing edition (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680937
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 16.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A knit wit if ever there was one, the multitalented Habit has found a nice platform for his stitchy sensibility. In 75 cartoons and a handful of essays, he lovingly tweaks the knitters psyche, from the compulsive hoarding of fiber to the obsessive need to cover everyone and everything we know in wool. Fans of the Panopticon blog won't see that bawdy ewe Dolores here, but plenty of the other watercolour washed pen-and-ink drawings demonstrate a similar irreverence: Noah's wife trying to smuggle more than two sheep onto the ark, say, or a retiree in a Hawaiian shirt and bucket hat attempting to pick up a bikinied babe knitting poolside by telling her she reminds him of his dear old granny. The Lost Knitting Diaries of the famous - including Jane Austen, Gertrude Stein and Nietzsche - are gems, as are the mobster, ecotourist and exercise-averse variations of Off Jumps Jack. If your idea of a sweet bedtime story is 'And then she bound off loosley on a wrong-side row, keeping all stitches in pattern, and they loved happily ever after' this is the book for you. --Yarn Market News, Oct 08

About the Author

Writer, illustrator, and photographer Franklin Habit’s first piece of knitting—a vaguely rectangular six-foot scarf—was produced during his student days at Harvard University in the 1990s. Until the widespread revival of the craft, he stitched in solitude, turning out a small but steady stream of mittens, scarves, and hats for startaled friends and relations. In February2005, inspired by the emergence of the online knitting community, he created The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com). What began as a project diary is now one of the most popular knitting blogs, with mentions in publications as diverse as Knit 1 and The Advocate. Franklin’s publishing experience includes writing lifestyles features for the Boston Phoenix, reading his own essay for the knitting podcast Cast On, and writing for Interweave Knits, PieceWork, Yarn Market News, and Knitty.com. Franklin knits and spins in Chicago, Illinois.


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a must have book for all knitters, when the hands have had enough wool for the night, get a brew and have a read of this book, it's a good laugh, after a few dropped stitches thats what you need. well drawn and all knitters will under stand what it is on about. plus as a big bonus there's a web address full of patterns etc. well worth a look all round.
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This is a lovely book - full of humour and cartoons for the knitter in your life (or yourself...if you ARE the knitter in your life). Franklin has a wonderful wit and this is a perfect book for those 10 minutes grabbed with a lovely cup of tea.
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By rosie on 4 April 2009
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This book really lived up to my expectations - it made me laugh! Any knitter will enjoy the clever insight into our craft and stash problems. My only criticism is that the book is not long enough - I really didn't want it to end.
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Anyone who is a knitter will recognize themselves in this book. Anyone planning on being an knitter needs to read this book so he/she can be forewarned.

The author Franklin Habit, who runs a knitting blog of his own, gives us a few stitches in the side, as he tries to explain what a knitters world is like.

The book has various features of essays cartoons and lost knitting diaries of the famous.

The book makes a good addition to your knitting library and is fun to bring out every once in a while and read again.
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