Elsewhere

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

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.

Whoa.

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.

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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!

Elsewhere

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 —

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Elsewhere

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

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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.

ELSEWHERE:

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.

SHOP UPDATE:

I asked the lovely Molly of Ambatalia, 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.

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Have a great weekend, everyone — thanks for reading!

Elsewhere

Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

Today is a crazy day (in a good way) over here at Fringe HQ — final preparation for some really great Valentine’s Day-worthy additions to the shop, which I’ll tell you about tomorrow!

Meanwhile, Elsewhere:

— Have you heard about the top “how to” searches at Google for 2013? (Thx, Jo and Meg)

— Big thanks to Shiona for mentioning Fringe in her great piece at Never Undressed: How knitting became a high-end hobby.

— Wool and the Gang are also mentioned in that piece, which reminds me, last chance to enter the giveaway!

— It’s great to see Carrie Bostick Hoge blogging (and publishing!) so much more at her new URL.

— You gotta love the faces alpacas make.

— You also gotta love this sweater — and the history behind it.

— Bad break-up leads to 17.2 pounds of ex-girlfriend’s yarn listed on Craigslist. (Thx, Sarah) Plus one happy Raveler who claimed it. (Thx, Hannah)

— And omigod this book of Tilly’s! I died.

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Elsewhere

Yarny links for your weekend enjoyment

I don’t have any new knitting to show you this week, but I do have some links and updates you won’t want to miss!

- The Unfinished Ones is a Stockholm gallery exhibit by Kari Steihaug, wherein unfinished knitting projects are hung as art, along with their stories — some funny, some poignant (thx, Kerstin)

- The late, great Ruth Asawa made the New York Times memoriam-roundup, The Lives They Lived

- How to knit onto leather! (Reminds me of those amazing Annie Williams clutches — ugh, so beautiful.) (thx, Anna)

- Take note: The yarn business having taken over her life, former Blog Crush profilee Rebekka Seale has officially moved her blog

- Lovely free sock pattern at Cotton & Cloud

- Lara’s Hat! I like this better than the mega versions I was predicting would be everywhere

AND IN SHOP NEWS:

- The first new addition of the year is this spectacular tobacco-brown waxed canvas tool pouch (one of them went straight home with me)

- I should have called the Thank-You Sale the Bento Bag Stock-Up Sale — you all wiped me out of them in two days flat! Except for the underappreciated tan ticking, which is one of my favorites! As of yesterday, though, I’ve got all sizes and colors again, but in some cases just a few, FYI. More coming later in the month. (And speaking of the bentos, this is one clever customer.)

- Last but not least, the “High-fiber” tote — featured in the new Knitscene, which I haven’t seen yet — is now available at Home Made in Swainton NJ. And Apple Yarns in Bellingham WA, already fully stocked on other FSCo goods, will now be carrying the Yarn Pyramid — look for it there in a few days! (Full stockists list is here.)

Have a fantastic, fiber-filled weekend, everyone!

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