Quick holiday knits — in a kit!

Quick holiday knits — in a kit!

The reception to my knit kits has been so heartening that I’ve wanted to create a kit for the Stadium Hat and Stadium Mitts duo, too, and today it’s finally here: The Stadium Hat & Mitts knit kit, available in 6 great colors of Imperial Yarn’s delicious wool-cotton marled Anna yarn, one of my all-time favorite yarns. Both the hat and mitts are fun, fast and satisfying knits — highly wearable and highly giveable!  Either the kit or the knits would make easy and appreciated gifts for the holidays.

Speaking of colors, I’m super pleased at the response to the Field Bag colors released last week along with the Holiday Lookbook. (You’ve seen the lookbook, yeah?) Grey and Army Green both sold out pretty quickly last weekend, but there will be more today. In fact, the sewers are making a small batch of these each week from now through Christmas, and given the demand versus the supply, I’m going to post them to the shop at NOON CENTRAL TIME on Fridays, starting today. So set your alarm!

We’ve also got Knit and Let Knit totes back in stock, some adorable new greeting cards, and lots more to love at Fringe Supply Co.

A couple of notes:

– From now through the end of the year, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on domestic orders over $100. (International orders will continue to have their shipping billed separately based on order details. See the FAQ for more on that.)

– And don’t forget, we’re happy to handle gift orders. While we don’t gift wrap, per se, every order we ever ship is packaged in a way that’s worthy of giving. (We always want you to feel like you sent yourself a present.) If you include a note upon checkout (there’s a note-to-the-seller field) saying explicitly that it’s a gift, we’ll leave out the invoice and even include a card if you tell us what to say.

Happy shopping, and thanks again and always for your support!

Fringe Supply Field Bag — now in colors!



It’s Thanksgiving today in the US and I know a lot of you are celebrating with your families and friends. As you may have seen on Instagram the other day, we managed to get our house spruced up and looking lived-in just in time for my whole family to descend on us, so that’s what I’m doing today! But I wanted to take a minute to say to you all how thankful I am for you. Four years ago, I had no idea how to knit. Because you are interested enough to read this blog, come see me at events, and support what I’m doing at Fringe Supply Co., today my whole life revolves around it. I’m exceptionally blessed, and I owe it all to you. I can never say enough how thankful I am. So whether you’re in the US or not, eating turkey or not, I’m wishing you a warm, cozy and happy day!

The rainbow of Seathwaites

A rainbow of Seathwaite hats (free pattern)

The only knitting I’ve done since I got back from Seattle two weeks ago was one night when I worked the last few rows of my superbulky stockinette hat. Which means I’m positively dying to knit — and specifically dying to knit my Seathwaite. I’m torn about yarn, though. I want this one to be mine all mine, need it to be a little bigger than the pattern dimensions, and don’t want to go up a needle size with the Cumbria and the cables and have it look less perfect than the original. So I need to pick a yarn I can cable on 7s. But meanwhile, I’m admiring the hell out of all the hats appearing on the #fringehatalong feed! Whereas our last hat, Laurus, inspired all kinds of variations, what stands out about the Seathwaites is the incredible range of colors and yarn types and how great it looks in every iteration, from ivory to black, pale pink to magenta, chartreuse to forest green, you name it. Here’s just a sampling—

ROW 1: Our beloved test knitter @jo.strong1’s in Cumbria (Scaffel Pike) (modeled by Meg) and @thegirlmoth’s in Cumbria (Helvellyn)

ROW 2: @iiinesg’s in Beiroa (Branco), minus the doubled brim, and @modaveloce’s in Cumbria (Windermere) (photo from @toltyarnandwool)

ROW 3: @blueberryhillcrafting’s in unspecified Bumblebirch Yarn and @knitpurlpdx’s in, I believe, Cumbria (Dodd Wood)

ROW 4: @lauraadarby’s in Portland Tweed (discontinued? color unknown), with a fold-up brim, and @recklessglue’s in Galway Highland Heathers (color unknown)

And of course, there are tons more on Instagram and Ravelry.

It’s never too late to cast on any of the Fringe Hatalong hats and join the fun. Just pick one out — they’re all linked in the right rail of the blog — and jump in with hashtag #fringehatalong!


PREVIOUSLY in the Fringe Hatalong Series: No. 5: Seathwaite by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Knit the Look: Big scarf season

Knit the Look: Big scarf season

I’ve had this scarf on the docket for Knit the Look, and along came Purl Soho this week with the perfect pattern for recreating it! Photographed on an unidentified fringe lover last February, it’s a generously sized scarf with a slightly-more-interesting-than-ribbing texture. Take Purl Soho’s Mistake Rib Scarf pattern (free pattern) and the recommended quantity of yarn, add fringe at both ends, and you’re good to go. The pattern is written for Purl Soho’s Mulberry Merino, which has a lovely palette, of which the Paprika Red is the closest thing to the scarf in question. If you want something a little more burgundy, try Quince and Co’s Chickadee in Barolo (pictured).

For the head-to-toe look at this outfit, see Vanessa’s original post.


PREVIOUSLY in Knit the Look: Marihenny Passible’s black cable beanie


Street style photo © Vanessa Jackman; used with permission

Merry and bright: the Fringe Holiday Lookbook 2015

IT'S HERE! The Fringe Holiday Lookbook 2015

Sitting on these images the past two weeks has been harder than I can tell you, so it is with an extra dose of delight today that I’m announcing the Fringe Holiday Lookbook 2015! As you know, I don’t change things up much when it comes to the selection of goods at Fringe Supply Co. I only sell a small collection of things I personally use and love, including those I’ve designed myself, but there’s a lot to be excited about here — most notably the Field Bag in colors! Well, “colors” — not surprisingly they’re black, grey and army green. The natural version is my first and truest love, but these new guys are stunners. And they’re a bit of a test; I’m trying them out exclusively here at Fringe for the holidays, and they’ll be in stores early next year depending on which one(s) you all love most. There’s also a lot of black this season, which is making me swoony, including your Bookhou favorites (tote, storage box and pouch) in a drop-dead-gorgeous black on charcoal print, and my all-time-favorite jumbo tote bag in black for the first time. (You can bet the one from the shoot went home with me!) There’s a limited number of pretty much all of the above, so don’t hesitate. And I’ve also added some other small treasures to enhance your knitting life — lots of useful pretties in silver and brass.

My pal Kathy Cadigan and I had a blast shooting this one at some of our favorite haunts in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and at the Homestead Seattle Airbnb. I’m super grateful to Kathy and to everyone who helped make it happen, especially the Dianich family for the loan of the Christmas tree! And always, always, so thankful to all of you for supporting me and Fringe and the other small businesses Fringe represents.

Hop on over and VIEW THE FULL LOOKBOOK, and let me know what you think. Clicking anything you like in there will take you to the corresponding page in the webshop where you can pop it into your cart. Or go straight to the shop if you prefer to browse that way! Happy looking, and happy start of the holiday season! Have a great weekend—

IT'S HERE! The Fringe Holiday Lookbook 2015

Someday vs. Right Away: Outerwear

Someday vs. Right Away: Outerwear

I’m having a sewing moment in Someday vs. Right Away today, because what’s feeling out of reach right now is outerwear. Specifically, the Cascade Duffle Coat by my friend Jen Beeman over at Grainline Studio. Jen released this pattern last winter and my jaw dropped. Rendered in grey or army green (maybe with a fur-trimmed hood!), it’s truly my dream coat. And developing the skills to make my own seems like a goal worth setting. Meanwhile, I might have to try my hand at Jen’s newly released Tamarack Jacket (quilty goodness) or Seamwork’s Camden cape. I even have a piece of wool that would work nicely for either one. Do I dare?

(Dear Seamwork: Please, please, please make copy-shop versions of your patterns. I would have bought several by now … Love, Karen) [EDIT: apparently they do! It’s just not clear on the product pages. Woohoo!]


PREVIOUSLY in Someday vs. Right Away: Fingering-weight lace

Q for You: What do you knit the most of?

Q for You: What do you knit the most of?

One of the most interesting observations for me when I was a new knitter (hey, I just passed the four-year mark!) was that knitters tend to fall into camps. Sock knitters and shawl knitters seem to be the two most entrenched breeds — a sock knitter knits socks sometimes entirely to the exclusion of all else. Same for shawl knitters. Some people make so many hats they are always on the lookout for new places to donate them. In the beginning, I was chiefly (although not exclusively) a fingerless mitts knitter, and I didn’t really know anyone else who was as rabid about mitt knitting as I was. A rare breed? A weirdo? Dunno, but I lived in the Bay Area, where fingerless mitts are useful or necessary about 360 days of the year. They were quick and only use one skein of anything. There were lots of different ways to construct them, and I liked trying out all the varieties, along with different stitch patterns and whatever else. I made a lot of them. Then I got more and more serious about sweaters, and I now basically have to trick myself into knitting non-sweater things — they’re really all I need and all I want to knit. Talk about variety of methods! Every sweater can be a whole new knitting adventure. Plus there’s that whole mission-to-make-my-own-clothes thing. So me, I’m a sweater knitter who occasionally dabbles in accessories.

And that’s my Q for You today: Do you have any strain of knitting monomania or do you like to spread it around? And what is it about whatever you knit that makes you so devoted?

Pictured (clockwise from top left): Acer, Cowichanish vest, Amanda, Olsen turtleneck


PREVIOUSLY in Q for You: Are you a kit knitter?