1,000 Knitters is a long-term photography project undertaken by Chicago photographer (and knitter) Franklin Habit, who blogs at The Panopticon. The goal is to celebrate through portraiture a creative community whose members have historically been either overlooked or sentimentalized, and whose work is often undervalued.
Last Saturday Franklin Habit visited my local yarn store Yellow Dog Knitting. On Saturday about 65 of us came, we all knit on the same scarf, and chatted with Franklin as he took our photo. 1,000 Knitters will at some point be a book. At this point he has photographed almost 500 knitters.
It is always fun to meet a knitting celebrity. Franklin looks a lot taller on his blog. For some reason I thought he'd be 6'4", but was every bit as cute as I expected.
And for any of you knitters who live within a 50 mile radius of Eau Claire you MUST go to Yellow Dog Knitting if you have not already done so. They have great yarn, a darling store and wonderful people. I have learned SO much from knitting there. They always have great ideas and wonderful solutions. Friday mornings is Knitting Support where you can drop in and knit and have them answer all your questions. Oh they also have a very nice newsletter, blog and always have a lot of new classes for all knitters at all levels. I am right now taking an Argyle Sock class.
I actually caught myself telling someone that I 'belong to' Yellow Dog Knitting as if it was a religious affitiation. And maybe it is.