Introducing: Books with Franklin Habit

October 12, 2016

Rule No. 1 Mug

A sturdy diner mug with a message that can get you to the other side of intarsia.



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  • I’m ordering it now! Thanks, Franklin.

  • Thank you Franklin! I must add this book to my queue. Looking forward to reading more of your column.

  • Thanks for your review–I needed it! I bought the book a while back but have been unable to read it because I’m so jealous of the author and her wonderful hiking and knitting adventure. Maybe now I can knuckle down to it.

  • I adore this book and agree with every word you wrote about it! Great review.

  • I’m so glad that you chose to review this book. I’ve hemmed and hawed about ordering (Oh, the temptation!), but now I’m convinced that it needs to come and live on my shelf.

  • Wonderful review, Franklin. Put this book on my must-read list.

  • Yay Franklin. I got a book autographed in cambridge a year ago. I still intend to knit VitaMarie.

  • A wonderfully written review Franklin. Sheep (well and wool/yarn too) inspired a 3-week UK trip that focused mostly on Scotland. We however took the B&B route as I don’t have the camping gene. The closest we got to camping was sleeping on the banquets in the dining area on the 13-hour ferry to the Shetland islands. While the ferry journey was not pleasant, Shetland and the Shetlanders were beautiful. The vacation left me with a deep love for Scotland and the people. I CAN’T wait to buy and read this book and to learn about Debbie Zawanski’s journey.

  • Wow! I’m sure I never would have found this book, but now I can’t wait to read it!

  • Thank you Franklin! Can’t wait to get my copy!!

  • Available as streaming audio too ! Excellent. I love a chatty knitters’ book as much as i love a chatty cookbook .

  • Franklin, I love your writing!

  • Sounds worth reading!! Can you get it at the library?

  • Wonderful review. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention. I’m going to invest in a copy of my own. Thanks again and keep the reviews coming!

    • Can you share the pumpkin mug cake recipe? Sounds great to go with the book. Great job on the review, Franklin.

  • Perfect blog to read over coffee and a pumpkin cake in a mug on a cool autumn morning. Thank you!

  • Good to hear from you Franklin. I have missed you! I just got this book from the library yesterday — as you mentioned above it had the potential to be something less than interesting, so I was hesitant to buy a copy. I just started it last night. I already think I need to send the library book back and BUY my very own copy. I’m already envious of her journey, and I’m only just starting chapter Three

  • What a great idea. Introducing Books. You are perfect for this. MDK, thank you for this new forum.

  • Franklin, you are so bad for my budget. Geez!! Another book for the library.

  • Dreaming of a mini-skein set for those socks!

  • I think this shall be my birthday present to myself this year. It sounds lovely!

  • Opinions aboutbooks from one of my favorite writers? I’m in and now I need to read this book.

  • Whether or not I read this book, I loved reading the review. I look forward to this new column!

  • I am thrilled to see Franklin writing book reviews for MDK! What a great idea.

  • Love you Franklin….and I was not disappointed in your book review. I want to run out and purchase the book!

  • I read this book a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Wonderfully descriptive and informative and friendly. This book actually inspired my decision to make my first foray into spinning with a drop spindle just this month, which I’m also enjoying. I figured if she could do it while walking through the countryside and camping under the stars, maybe I could make some yarn, too!

  • She got to be one of the herd, circling around her like that! I’m jealous. Thanks for the great review…I’ll be wanting that book just for the kilt hose.

  • Your writing is as economical and lyrical as the pieces you quote, interspersed with flashes of wry humour. I look forward to further installments. Now off to find the book!

  • What a wonderful group you have gathered together.
    Information, Support, Answers and Inspiration Galore. Thank you.

  • Great review of a fascinating book! So glad that Franklin is part of the new MDK team!

  • MDK puts a smile on my face everyday. I read the posts before anything else to put the day in balance. Love you all! (and I did not need another book, but who could possibly resist after that review?)

  • Happy to see you back again!!

  • I attended a talk given by Debbie earlier this year, in Edinburgh It was absolutely fascinating!

  • Thanks Franklin and MDK. I really loved this book.

  • Nice, putting this book on my list!

  • A few years ago shortly after I opened my shop in Dublin, a Scottish lady visited the shop and we had a great chat. She told me she was going to travel around Scotland on foot, sleeping in a tent, and gathering wool wherever she went – she was going to spin the wool and knit socks! I forgot all about it until about 2 years later a girl called Iona visited the shop with a signed copy of “In the Footsteps of Sheep” for me!!

    • How wonderful to meet Ms. Zawinski! I truly love her book, it’s a voyeristic journey for me. She did what I’d love to do, travel to build a passion into an adventure.

  • It’s an inspirational book. Living life in a way that you find comfortable, walking in the footsteps of those who prefer solitude, and giving a gift so personal as Debbie did with the creation of each sock pattern and pair of socks.
    It’s respectful. Of the land, of the animals, of the people. She walks where she can, she leaves a minimal footprint…just sockprints…