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Codders: Is Franklin Habit on Your Bucket List?
May 19, 2014

The short version – Franklin Habit is speaking on Friday July 11th, 2014 ($5) and teaching classes on Saturday July 12th and Sunday July 13th ($80 per class) in Cambridge; Common Cod members get discounts. Register for the classes here, or see longer descriptions of the classes here. You can also print out flyers (color and grayscale) to help us publicize Franklin’s visit.

The long version: I’m so excited – Franklin Habit is coming to town! It’s been on my bucket list to hear him speak and take a class from him, and I’ll be able to accomplish that in just a few weeks from now.

Franklin will be speaking on Friday, July 11th at 7 pm at the Stata Center in Cambridge, MA (“Building 32”, 32 Vassar Street). The cost is free for Common Cod Fiber Guild members, $5 for non-members. There are no advanced reservations, doors open at 6:30 pm and the room holds over 300 people, so it’s very likely you’ll get a seat! Our meetings start with announcements, show and tell, and a raffle.

Franklin will be talking about “Impractical Magic: The Other Side of Weldon’s Practical Needlework”:
Beginning in the 1880s, and for decades thereafter, the editors of Weldon’s Practical Needlework provided an enormous audience of amateur craftswomen with patterns for garments designed to be warm, strong, long-lived and, well, practical. But Weldon’s had another side, too. A side that proposed the knitting of covers for tennis balls, of knitting whips for children, and of covering open flames with crinkled tissue paper. In this illustrated talk – not for the faint of heart – we’ll take a look at what our great-great-grandmothers got up to after they’d already knit a sufficiency of Socks for Invalids.
Warning: May induce seizures in persons with good taste.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 12th and 13th, Franklin will be teaching classes. The cost is $75 per class for Common Cod members, $80 per class for the general public. Classes will be held at the Tang Center at MIT, aka building 51, in Cambridge, with plenty of free parking and steps from the Kendall Square T stop. The classes:

Saturday 7/12, 10 am – 1 pm, “Working with Antique and Vintage Knitting Patterns”

Saturday 7/12, 2 pm – 5 pm, “The Knitted Plaid – A Color and Pattern Workshop” – and yeah, that’s the that came out a few months ago.

Sunday 7/13, 10 am – 1 pm, “Photographing Your Fiber”

Sunday, 7/13 2 pm – 5 pm, “Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice”

Longer descriptions of the classes are here. You can register for classes here. If you are interested in becoming a guild member, it’s $25 for a yearly membership, which gets you in for free at our 6 regular meetings – 2nd Friday of the “odd” months (January, March, May, July, September and November).

That’s a $30 value right there, but you also get discounts on events like Fiber Camp, and discounts at stores like Mind’s Eye Yarns, Sit ’n Knit, The Yarn and Fiber Company, Dirty Water Dye Works, and more! See all the benefits here, and then buy your membership here.

There’s still room in all of the classes when I checked this morning, so register today before all the spots are gone!


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