We are excited to have Franklin Habit amuse us with tales of Impractical Magic: The Other Side of Weldon's Practical Needlework. Beginning in the 1880s, and for decades thereafter, the editors ofWeldon's Practical Needleworkprovided an enormous audience of amateur craftswomen with patterns for garments designed to be warm, strong, long-lived and, well,practical. ButWeldon'shad 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.
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. On an average day, upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep. He recently founded Yarn Shaming (yarnshaming.tumblr.com), because while he loves yarn, yarn does not always love him back.
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