Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

My dream of knitting a few rows this weekend did not come to fruition. We moved into our house finally last Wednesday, with our 15 boxes of miscellany and 1 chair. After months of saying it and knowing it in the abstract, it’s a bit of a shock to find that we really did get rid of just about everything we own(ed). There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes with me lately, which I won’t bore you with, but we’re not nomads anymore, we have a bed and two chairs now — so we can both sit down at the same time — and as of yesterday we have Internet access again. My inboxes are completely out of control; if I owe you an email, please know that you are far from alone and I am making progress on getting caught up with it all. It’s wonderful to be in high demand and horrible to not be able to respond to everyone in a timely fashion. But I also have help again, starting today, so hooray for that.

Anyway blah blah, some lovelier things of note Elsewhere:

— One day I hope I’ll go to The Craft Sessions, but I enjoyed seeing scenes from this year on Felicia’s Instagram stream

— I hadn’t heard of Fiber College but suddenly my Instagram feed was full of it over the weekend. (E.g. @hodgepodgefarm, @agatheringofstitches); adding that to my wish list

— I may not be knitting (or sewing) but, geez, somebody has been; check out Z’s summer finishes!

— And it’s nice to see Jenny Gordy blogging again


ALSO OF NOTE: Pom Pom issue 10 has finally arrived at Fringe Supply Co.


Updates and Elsewhere

Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

Thank you for the all the great knitalong input yesterday, everyone! You’ve given me a lot to chew on. Meanwhile, Elsewhere:

— A short history of steeking. And of mattress ticking. And also the gansey

— The Knightsbridge collection I was just raving about is now available for download(s), as is the Josh Bennett Grandson Cardigan that I modeled for you in May

— Still a few days to learn sculptural random weaving

— The aforementioned Hole & Sons yarn should be coming along any day now

— I’ll have the chevre, please (thx, Jo)

Care tags (more)

Such beautiful photos from Melody’s trip to the Latvian handcraft “museum.” See also, wow. And aw geez, people you’re killing me!

If I weren’t already a James fan, this would do it … (thx, Leigh)

— Yarny fundraising campaigns in progress: Canon Hand Dyes at Indiegogo and Knit Wit Magazine at Kickstarter

Making as a habit

— And @ashveen is killing it with the Iceland photos



Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

Elsewhere is exactly where I am these days, y’all. (I have free license to say y’all as much as I want now, so watch out!) My life is as disrupted as it can possibly get — and instead of getting more settled, it keeps finding ways to get more unsettled. But I am GOING WITH THE FLOW. Let’s just say I’m getting really good at shipping orders from the back of my car. Next week though (knock wood knock wood knock wood) I will finally have access to my new studio, so at least there will be some partial new normal to come, and hopefully a return to regular blogging. Meanwhile, fibery links for you to explore:

— Sarai Mitnick on why it’s ok to be a selfish sewer (or knitter!)

— “I love it because it was knitted by hand and with love. Its imperfections make it special and they make it mine. They make it better than all of my straight, even, normal-necked knitwear.

A mystery knit-along I would not have regretted. (Mystery knit-alongs scare me.)

— Jared Flood on color theory for knitters, Part 1 and Part 2

— I’m wowed by what all got made after Fancy Tiger’s Indigo Dye Day

Love this tote pattern

— and I’d like to visit the Voss Folkemuseum, please.

Have a marvelous weekend — please tell me what you’re working on so I can live (i.e, knit) vicariously! And p.s. for those who’ve been waiting, I just added some more copies of Macramé Pattern Book to the shop.


Elsewhere: Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

If you read only one thing this weekend, make it this interview Kate Davies did with “The Icelandic Knitter” Hélène Magnusson. I’ve wanted her book Icelandic Knitting: Using Rose Patterns since first seeing a photo of those shoe inserts and now can barely stand that I don’t own it. (Seeing as how we’re in the middle of  selling or donating everything we own, it might be the first thing I buy when we get to Nashville.*)

Also when I’m unpacking instead of packing, I’m going to implement a yarn equivalent of Sarai Mitnick’s brilliant fabric stash tagging solution.

Knitty’s First Fall issue is out. I LOVE these faux-cable socks and, of course, this bit of bento praise — thanks, ladies!

On the rebirth of sewing and mending and such in the UK. (“If you want to make people understand why £4 for a T-shirt is not the right price, get them to make an item of clothing.”)

Excellent mattress stitch tutorial.


Woven wall hanging tutorial.

Short history of the sewing machine.

And I’m loving the story of the Texas angora goats who provide the fiber for Quince and Co’s new yarn.


Speaking of selling everything we own: If you’re in the Bay Area, you should definitely come to our massive multi-family sale TOMORROW (Saturday), 9-2. Details here.

Have a lovely weekend, you lovely people!


Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

Remember that one time when I said I planned to be blogging while I was on this trip? The Nashville leg of it was very last-minute, on the heels of what turned out to be four of the most exhausting (time-difference-challenged) days you can imagine. In addition to being utterly fried, I have some serious personal business I need to focus on while I’m here, so I’m crying uncle and giving up on the idea of keeping up the blog this week. I know at least two of you will be heartbroken, but I hope you’ll forgive me! I leave you with a few links to peruse:

— This post by Kristen at Marginamia made me cry, especially the part about the sweater (of course)

— Are you doing Me Made May? I’m enjoying everyone’s pics on Instagram (see #mmmay14 if you’re there)

I want to be a crofter, please

— Also want this (lucky me, they’re sending me one)

— Gorgeous video profile of Natalie Chanin (via)

— Will someone read this Lean Closet Movement series and let me know if it’s any good?

Plus a SHOP NOTE: For all of you Bento Bag collection completists, the XL bento is now available in both tan ticking and chambray, and the Knitters Graph Paper Journal is back in stock. (And thank you all for the warm welcome for the Knit and Let Knit tote!)

I can’t swear you won’t hear from me again, but you can definitely count on me for Monday! Be well and knit some stitches for me —



Elsewhere: Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

It’s been a while, I know, but here are some things I’ve been loving lately:

• Felicia on the most important lesson there is: learning to read your knitting. That is truly the point where everything changes, so if you don’t know how to read your work, go read every word. (See also her amazing quilt roundup, swoon)

• The incredible Nido has branched out; how amazing are these Telar textiles? (Did I learn to weave yet? I really am getting that Cricket Loom soon.)

Better living through yak down

Tara Hurst in a sweater her grandmother knitted in Emma’s Lovely Lady series. (I love Tara’s blog.)

• Coveting this simple tee

Amazeballs (thanks, G)

• Next year I’m going to the Scandinavian festival with Lori

• And in case anyone hasn’t seen it, this is your brain on knitting


Updates & Elsewhere

Updates & Elsewhere: Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

You guys, I got sooooo much knitting done this week for the Tag Team Sweater Project. It was like old times. Unfortunately, I also ripped out a lot of it — specifically, 8.5 inches of Anna’s second sleeve. Late Tuesday night, I finished the second cuff, knitted to the first increase and put a pin in it. The next night, I had a marathon knitting session and worked those 8.5 inches, lining my increases up above that first one. Only at midnight, when admiring my output, did I notice that I had put the first one in the wrong place. With 99% of all sleeves, it wouldn’t matter — I’d just declare that my new center point and carry on accordingly. But since this cuff is garter-in-the-round, which leaves that pseudo-seam, they did need to line up in the exact right spot. So I ripped and re-knit. Before all that happened, I was on track to have the sleeves shipped out today on (re)schedule. But if I excuse myself from the studio for a couple hours this morning and knit my little heart out, I may still be able to send them out today. Cross your fingers for me! Or for us both — looks like Anna is cutting it just as close.


Do you all know about Among Friends? I was honored to have the High-fiber tote included in their Best of the Bay box, which just shipped out. These three ladies have been really great to me and they do such a thoughtful job with their club — you should take a look at their upcoming offerings.

Also: I loved seeing this turmeric-dyeing tutorial by Rebekka Seale on Wool and the Gang’s blog. And Jared Flood’s post about the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s “Knit, Purl, Sow” show. (Say that three times fast.) And I can’t wait to read this Julie Hoover interview at Caitlin Makes.


I asked the lovely maker of the amazing Bento Bags, if she could make an even bigger bento, and she happily obliged. So today in the shop you’ll find the all-new, first-ever XL Bento! Big enough to hold all the yarn and parts of a worsted-weight sweater. Or, y’know, a small child. It’s awesome! There aren’t very many in this first batch, so if they sell out before you get there, never fear — I’ll have more in a few weeks.

Also new today are some perfectly charming Bonsai-style scissors that nobody should be without.

And! At long last, I got a bunch of rice baskets in — both natural and patterned. Hie thee to Fringe Supply Co.


Have a great weekend, everyone — thanks for reading!