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  • I always ‘hate’ reading Franklin’s reviews because I end up buying another book even though I tell myself I don’t need another knitting book – but this one looks fascinating so I won’t break my streak.

    • Same here!

      • Yup!

  • I just ordered it as well. We are in lockdown until at least May 16 so I will have plenty of time to read and swatch…

    • Now they’re saying January 2021. By then, I’ll have used up all 5,411 skeins of my stash, and will be found unraveling our throw rugs.

    • Want. Thanks, Caro.

  • Fascinating!

  • Did this really happen? ‘[All pretzels and beer and midnight hot tubbing with Clara Parkes at an exclusive resort in Aspen while Xandy Peters entertains on the ukulele.” The book sounds very interesting, and I will probably order it, but I really need to know about the Aspen trip.

    • I was expecting Thea Colman to be there too, mixing cocktails…

  • Okay, I’m hooked. My college kid has been absurdly picky about fonts since kindergarten — I had to buy a special font package to make the Willets Point station sign for his model train layout, because he could tell the difference. Maybe now he’ll let me knit him something with words on it.

    • Know what’s worse? Naming your kid Helvetica, and very few customized things offer that as a fo t choice. Super rude.

      • I bet you’ve watched the Helvetica documentary more than once.

        • Sure have! Love it lots.

  • Wow! I’m going to have to order that, it sounds fascinating!!

  • Sounds perfect for a Weasley sweater!

  • Thank you for such clear and lucid writing.
    So interesting!

  • I immediately thought of Carla Meijsen’s, Magic Motifs, which I purchased in Amsterdam. Magic Motifs, based on a Latvian knitting technique, combines the geometric patterns of knitting with other systems, Morse Code and Braille, to create “coded” patterns. http://www.afstap.nl.

    • Wow, that sounds fascinating! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • Thanks for sharing this quirky, and needed, book with us. Week 5 of lockdown welcomes some outliers and Typeknitting hits it out of the park! Stay safe.

  • I agree about wanting to buy each and every book Franklin falls in love with! Unfortunately, I haven’t been paid for 6 weeks. So I will have to request the library to buy it instead.

    Then I get it before they sit it out as a new book! Great deal!

    • Ah,the perks of being a librarian! I miss those…also ordering the books _I_ really want to read. (Spent some time as a librarian in a small vocational school, so I had a fairly free hand, LOL).

  • Why yes, Franklin, I do know what “aleatoric” – from the Latin for dice, “alea” – means, from my days as a music student, not that we ever played any aleatoric music in my high school band. Wikipedia has a quick overview for those who hadn’t heard of it.

  • I am always excited when different parts of my life collide. Having spent years in advertising, typefaces are not new to me. Knitting them is. How exciting is that???

  • Dear Sir, You continue to be the breath of fresh air, the arbiter of hope, and one of the best damn authors/human beings on this planet.

    • Hear, hear (and I would like to cartoonist to the list, ever time I see sheep I look to see if any of Kaffe’s are in the flock).

    • I so agree! Ever since Dolores and the little ball of yarn and trips to Iceland and every other Franklin Habit word I can read, I feel I have a secret, brainy friend in my head at all times! Knit on! Knit on!!!

  • This books sounds fascinating. I read all my knitting books from cover to cover like a novel. I may not knit a thing from some but I always learn a lot. This not only seems a good read but fun to knit as well.

  • I love your articles Franklin, they never fail to capture my interest and of course you make me laugh too. This one is just as good and makes me want the book too! Thanks for sharing and making me smile x

  • As a knitter and a graphic designer, I can totally relate to the process of typography and the structure of design in stitch formation. I often graph patterns in a pixel fashion but also keeping in mind other stitching mediums like embroidery and cross-stitching. I love fonts and am always thinking of ways to incorporate in other creative endeavors off the screen. I am going to check this book out. Great review, Franklin!

  • Thank you! I just ordered the book. BTW, I’m a graphic designer and a font snob as well as a knitter. 🙂

  • Made me want to track down the mitten pattern with the poem knit into it. And I knew your weird word; I’ve been taking French classes and “aleatoire” is French for random.

  • I grumbled before clicking “another $50 book I’ll be sucked into buying.” But no, and I can get it on kindle even. Looks like a fun exploration, thanks.

  • This is fascinating in so many ways! Look forward to diving into it.
    Knitting letters was already on my mind for ‘spirit’ wear for my son’s high school. Their logo looks like the Green Bay Packers ‘G’, just gold on black instead. (Yes, it appears I’m going to knit with black yarn, wonder what the delivery prognosis is on Amazon for a floodlight?)
    I started as a journalism major in college. So long ago that layout involved an exacto knife (what a great tool!) and a light table . . .

    • Funny, Me too. Layout was my specialty and I am so glad now that I did not fall further down that rabbit hole.

  • Alea jacta est. Roman knitter’s comment as he buys yet another scroll about this newfangled knitting thing, after spending the rest of his salary, you see what I did there, on yarn.

  • What a fascinating looking book. This is the kind of knitting book that I love.

  • Oh wow! I confess this is the first review of Mr. Habit that I have read. I must remedy that immediately for I am drawn to the wonderful descriptions and intrigued by the possibilities that may be experienced in this book. As a process knitter this is a definite for my must read list.