Elsewhere: yarny links for your clicking pleasure

From the thought-provoking to the entertaining, here are the latest links I think are worth following:

– Oh, but first: please tell The National Needlearts Association a little about yourself for a chance to win a $100 gift card

– I am So. Seeing. This movie. (Will watch once for the sweaters, once for the scenery, then again for the story)

– And wish I could see this exhibition

– In case you haven’t read it: The health benefits of knitting (h/t everyone)

– Major style crush

– Kate’s coat, swoon

– That time Jimmy Beans yarnbombed the Sundance Film Festival

– Angela Lansbury in a killer Cowichan-inspired sweater; and the pattern is still available! (h/t @cchandorf)

– Good interview with Tara St. James of Study-NY about building a sustainable fashion brand
— wouldn’t it be amazing if all clothing tags looked like this?

– The three types of books you should have in your knitting library

– And that’s gotta be a pretty awesome moment

IN SHOP NEWS: We’re about to be out of the black Field Bag for a minute (we have precious few at the moment!) while we get black and grey into our select Field Bag stores around the world, but we do have a fresh batch of grey in stock today! We also got in quite a few varieties of buttons this week, so if there’s a particular size/style you’ve been looking for, check to see if we have it!




Textile-centric links for your clicking pleasure

So many great links this round! So I’ll get right to it—

– I’m eager to get my hands on The Uppercase Compendium of Craft — and huge congratulations to Felicia Semple on being included!

– Fantastic article about the origin of clothing sizes

– and a great profile on Alabama Chanin

– Would love to know the story behind these wedding cowls (look at the flower girl!)

How to knit a seamed sweater seamlessly

– New Yorker cartoonist on the many uses for a scarf (press play)

– I’m getting a vicarious thrill from watching Fancy Tiger’s Coat Sewalong from the sidelines

– and am totally wowed by Jen Hewett’s Print, Pattern, Sew project outcome

– Interesting thoughts and comments about differing maker philosophies

– A tiny poem for you

Five ways to kick-start your sewing mojo (equally good advice for knitters)

Portrait of a sweater (to end all sweaters)

– And although my job requires me to do both, I think “create more than you consume” is a really worthy goal

IN SHOP NEWS: The grey Field Bag is back in stock! As are the Knitters Graph Paper Journal, Fashionary sketchbooks, matte black mini scissors and the Etta+Billie skin balm in all three scents. Find all that and more at Fringe Supply Co.

Happy weekend, everyone — thank you for reading!





Textile-y links for your clicking pleasure

I’m sure everyone has tons of spare time on their hands right now (I know I do!), but I didn’t want to miss highlighting these assorted interesting developments. Peruse them over the weekend or come back and catch up anytime!

— My hilarious friends at Mason-Dixon Knitting have published A Coloring book for Knitters, which makes me laugh because when I first heard about the coloring book trend, my response was “Those people need to learn to knit!” Apparently a lot of people would like to do both! So hooray for all things that make people happy, especially if it involves Kay and Ann.

— Holy cow, YES!, to the Tweed Project. I’ll have this whole outfit for starters, please.

— Nice piece on the return of the small-batch business

— Great tutorial on how to make a lined Stowe Bag — I’ma try this one of these days

— I’m eager to listen to Gretchen Jones on Seamwork Radio

— Have you heard about the Karl Lagerfeld fair-isle ripoff scandal? So shameful. (Thx, Danielle)

— And what are your thoughts on the Pantone Color(s) of the Year?

I also know the big question on everyone’s mind right now is Is there still time to shop for Christmas at Fringe Supply Co.?? There is! The Field Bag colors have been restocked this morning (including the elusive army green), as have the loom kits, bonsai scissors and rosewood crochet hooks. There are tons of great options for stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. And yes, there’s time. For US orders, we ship every weekday via USPS Priority Mail, which is a 2-Day delivery to most addresses. So as long as USPS hits their marks, you could in theory order up through early Monday morning and have your package by Christmas Eve. But obviously, allowing more time is better! So get those orders in ASAP!

Have a wonderful weekend—



Elsewhere (+ shop news!)

Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

TGIF, y’all. Here’s a juicy bit of Elsewhere for you—

(Images from here and here, god love this sweet universe)


I’m racing to try to get the final Fringe Hatalong Series hat of the year launched next Thursday — without a preview post this time. This is all the heads-up you’re getting! It’s designed for men but is perfectly unisex. And it’s just garter stitch and stockinette but with really interesting construction. A great gift hat, with a great story. The only thing to know in advance is you’ll need about 180 yards of worsted-weight yarn, and gauge is 5 sts/inch. (Washable wool if you intend to donate it.) Watch for that next week!

Coming and going at Fringe Supply Co.IN SHOP NEWS:

There’s a new cowl kit color in town! The bone repair hooks are back! The new Taproot is here! The dye kits sold out but will be back next week! (We still have signed books.) Looms should be coming sometime today (scratch that: Monday!). And DON’T MISS THE FIELD BAG UPDATE today at Noon Central Time. We had more grey last week, so those have lasted the week, if just barely. This week we’ll have more army green, which has been stunningly popular. Hopefully this batch will hold out for more than a few hours, but if you’re coveting it, best to be there at noon!

So much is coming in or selling out every day this time of year — do you follow @fringesupplyco on Instagram? That’s your best bet if you don’t want to miss anything. And have you seen the #fringegiftoftheday ideas? More to come.

Happy reading, happy shopping, and happy weekend!




Fibery links for your clicking pleasure

I’m tardy in casting on my Seathwaite for the #fringehatalong. It didn’t seem like the right thing for last week’s trip, when I’d be knitting in company at all times, and I haven’t knitted a stitch of anything since I got home. But I will be casting on soon (so many beautiful hats on the feed!), and for anyone else who hasn’t already gone there, I want to mention that Kate posted a full tutorial about how to work the join round for the folded brim. And also, in golden Kate fashion, how to wear your Seathwaite. Elsewhere:

– I’m eager to listen to Pam Allen on the Woolful podcast. If you’re wanting even more from Pam, I recommend the whole archive of Knit.fm (which I’ve heard may be getting a revival with a new host! fingers crossed)

The history, science and benefits of wool

The mad scientist of Levi’s

– and What we can learn from watching kids craft (Lessons I need to learn!) Related: best Instagram pic ever

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone — thank you for reading!



Elsewhere: Slotober edition 4

Elsewhere: Slotober edition 4

I know I keep saying this, but the conversation that has taken place over the course of Slow Fashion October has knocked my socks off. It’s obviously a subject I care about 365 days of the year, and hope that everyone will carry on with the conversation in all sorts of ways, but I think there’s clearly value in making it such a focus for a month of time. I haven’t managed to do even a fraction* of what I hoped to do with it this year, so I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year. Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in so many different ways. If you haven’t spent much time reading through the #slowfashionoctober feed on Instagram, I highly recommend it, as well as my assorted thoughts that have been posted on the @slowfashionoctober account.

Here are final links:

– Thanks to the copious comments added to my Monday post, that has turned into a killer list of conscientious yarn sources and some fabric options, too — please take time to read through those suggestions

– Great roundups of traceable fabrics here and here and here

And more here, along with links to ethical fashion brands for finished goods

– Concise roundup of the most referenced educational resources here

– I’m particularly happy to have learned about Offset Warehouse and want to pass on this link of theirs about where and how some of their fabric is made

– Loved hearing every detail about how the wool is handled at Blacker Yarns

– And I love this Atlantic article about L.L. Bean boots, still made in Maine (thx, Liesl)

For those who don’t want the conversation to end, it doesn’t have to and won’t! I’ll still be posting thoughts and links regularly, as always, and there are lots of IG hashtags to keep an eye on: #slowfashion, #slowfashionmovement, #fashrev, #knowyoursource, #handmadewardrobe, #memadeeveryday and many more.

Thank you again, and have a great weekend!

*My one regret is not having finished my Slotober Frock. It feels like a bathetic ending, but rushing it seemed wrong — and I will obviously post about whatever happens next, regardless.


PREVIOUSLY: Elsewhere, Slotober edition 3

Photos left to right: Offset Warehouse, Blacker Yarns/A Playful Day, The Atlantic

Elsewhere: Slotober edition 3

Elsewhere: Slotober edition 3

The discussion around Slow Fashion October has gotten so meaty, and I just continue to be so inspired and in awe of it all, and so thankful to everyone who has contributed. This week’s links are genuinely important, taken on the whole, so I hope you’ll take some time with them. And also with the few things I’ve shared on the @slowfashionoctober feed, if not the entirety of the #slowfashionoctober hashtag this week. So much to think about—

– “The next time you’re about to buy something, ask yourself this: Where will this piece of clothing go after I no longer want it?<— If you read nothing else this weekend, please read this (And if you haven’t watched this beautiful and eye-opening video, do that next)

– “I’m slowly but surely drifting away from the idea that once the last loose end has been woven in, a garment is finished.”

– “One thing he talks about is taking time to fully have an experience, just focusing on what you’re doing instead of already planning the next thing you’re going to do after it. I want to do craft like that.

– “I like the idea of this shirt getting worn, loved and stitched as the years go by … growing better, stronger and more loved with each stitch and adventure.”

– “That’s what makes a good sweater great … knitting it for someone you love.”

– In the absence of my sashiko tutorial, I give you this looser one that posted on Design Sponge earlier this month: Three easy ways to mend fabric, inspired by Japanese textiles. (thx, ashima71) (I did manage to restock the sashiko thread, at least, so you can find all of the colors, minus navy, back in the webshop. Along with some other quality, handcrafted gems.)

– And speaking of not-quite-tutorials, upcycling, and hand-stitched denim, don’t miss Gridjunky’s notes on his drawstring bag

Happy weekend, everyone! I hope we’ll be seeing some of you at Fiber in the ’Boro!



Photos left to right: Design Sponge, Project Stash, Gridjunky