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


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680937
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"This would be a great little book as a gift for your favorite knitter."  —Knitting News



"Knitters will appreciate the humour of pen-and-ink cartoons about our beloved craft, as well as the short essays that range from serious to silly scattered throughout. It makes a great little gift for a knitting friend."  —Knit Together, the quarterly publication of the Canadian Guild of Knitters



"I don't think there's a better stocking stuffer for the knitter in your life."  —About.com Guide to Knitting



"Habit's writing contains enough laughs to make stitches fall right off the needles."  —Bangor Daily News



"A fun book for yarn junkies. . . . I laughed at the cartoons and empathised with the essays."  —Yarn: The Australian Magazine for Knitting and More



"A fast and hilarious read, it masterfully blends Habit's illustration skills and knitting knowledge to inspire serious laughter."  —The Grand Rapids Press



"A knit wit if ever there was one, the multitalented Habit has found a nice platform for his stitchy sensibility. . . . He lovingly tweaks the knitter's psyche."  —Yarn Market News



"Habit has a wry wit that fits his sophisticated style and a creative eye that lets him illustrate the stories with talented flair."  —Anchorage Daily News

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 startled friends and relations. In February 2005, 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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I know just how she feels!
M&M
The book contains some essays as well as the cartoons Franklin is famous for, and all are witty and amusing.
Ms. Bookwright
Anyone who is a knitter will recognize themselves in this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carol S. VINE VOICE on October 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"It Itches" is a book perfect for every knitter -- and crocheter and spinner, too. The book contains a combination of humorous essays and delightful cartoons (think New Yorker) centering around the hobby (some might say "passion") of knitting. The creation of popular blogger, knitter and raconteur Franklin Habit, this book is certain to cement his reputation as one of the most creative and observant knitting writers around. Habit has a distinctive voice, and a wry and quirky take on the age-old craft of knitting -- as well as the modern-day knitter, who is not necessarily a rocking-chair-sitting grandmother, as Habit himself proves. The book is hardcover, filled with beautifully-drawn cartoons that make the reader laugh out loud (and often nod the head in recognition of seeing oneself in them), and a bargain at less than twelve dollars. The six-by-six book is the perfect size to fit in a knitting bag, and would make an excellent gift for anyone you know who loves to play with yarn. A must-have book for the fiberholic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Bookwright on November 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It Itches is a charming, delightful book. I'm not normally much of a cartoon person, but I fell in love with it. The book contains some essays as well as the cartoons Franklin is famous for, and all are witty and amusing. It's refreshing to see that someone can still make innocent humor work in this scary and depressing time--this book is comforting, like putting on jeans still warm from the dryer on a cold morning. I give it my highest recommendation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ARockawayReader on October 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
All my knitting friends are going to receive a copy of this wonderful collection of cartoons from the creator of THE PANOPTICON, a must-read fiber-related weblog. I wish I could give IT ITCHES six stars...it's hilarious, breathtakingly original and, I'm sure, destined to be included in every fiberholic's library.
Thank you, Franklin for taking care of most of my holiday shopping.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seven Kitties on November 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I flipped through this in Borders and was laughing so hard I had to buy a copy for my fellow knitting friend. The cartoons are only half the fun--every few pages, he's inserted miniature prose features that are just hilarious. The Stash is a classic (and oh so dreadfully true! In fact mine is grumbling with hunger right now!), and his 'excerpts' from famous people's diaries is probably the funniest thing I've read in a long time!

This book is simply adorable. It will make the rounds of your knitting circle with many chortles and groans and 'oh my god I've actually *said* that!'s. If you're looking for a little stocking stuffer or 'teacher's gift' (this is a whole genre of gifts now, I'm told, though we didn't have them back in the olden days), this is a surefire hit!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By uumomknits on November 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Admittedly, there aren't a whole lot of books in the knitting humor genre, but this is as if not possibly funnier than At Knits End-- Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much, the Yarn Harlot's first book. Plus-- it has pictures!

The cartoons are super cute and super funny. One of my favorites shows a woman modeling a 3 sleeved sweater for her friend with the caption "Maybe you can fix that bit with blocking."

There are also great essays with titles like "Lost Knitting Diaries of the Famous" (from such supposed knitting luminaries as Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen and Thomas Edison) and "Monster in the Closet" (hint: virtually all knitters have one.)

I'm waiting with baited breath for Mr. Habit's next book and greeting cards!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Johnson on October 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Put down any drinks before you open this book! The cartoons are beautiful, the essays are wonderful. Franklin shares his love of knitting and displays his most wondrous sense of humor in a fashion that everyone can relate to. This book is for all the yarn hoarders out there and the people who love them. You need this book in your stash! Love you Franklin! When is the next book coming out?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Hollandsworth on November 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My knitting group really enjoyed looking at this book. I have to admit, you would probably have to be a knitter to understand some of it's finer points and references, but boy howdy if you are! I'm so glad I bought it once, I would even buy it again for a friend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Meg on October 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a stitch (ha!). I am a bookseller, and pulled it to look at the moment I saw it had come out. 1 word: Hilarious! It made me cackle out loud in front of a customer! :) Great book for any knitter you know. Perfect stocking stuffer. :)
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