So you know how I’ve been using these Log Cabin Mitts as a way to finally knit up some of the incredible skeins I have sitting around on shelves and in bins? Obviously one of the first ones I reached for is this delicious toffee-colored wool I bought from what was then TN Textile Mill (previously and once again Shutters & Shuttles) at Porter Flea in late 2016. The yarn had been custom-milled for a project that didn’t come to fruition and I’ve been intermittently pestering Allison ever since about what would happen to it. (If you don’t know, Allison now works part-time at Fringe Supply Co. keeping the trains running.) Today I’m thrilled to announce that I was able to acquire the remaining skeins from her and they’re for sale in the shop! This is the DK weight in Toffee, but there’s also a chunky weight, and both weights are available in Toffee and Black. Obviously supply is inherently limited, and I’ve hoarded some for myself! So get it while it lasts, whatever you may opt to use it for.
Related: Remember it’s only a week until I pick winners from the #fringeandfriendslogalong, so get those projects posted, whatever state they’re in! Full details on all of that here.
In other news, I’m off to Stitches West for the weekend (first time since I moved away), where I’ll be alternately roaming the show floor and hanging out by the big Fringe display in the A Verb for Keeping Warm booth (917/919), so if you’re there, please say hi! Verb will have a full range of Fringe goods, including a stack of the limited-edition Mini Porters, and they’ve also made up exquisite little mini-skein bundle Log Cabin Mitts Kits! If you aren’t at the show, they’ve made a small number of kits available on their website.
Have a great weekend — I look forward to seeing some of you! — and I’ll be back on Monday.
PREVIOUSLY in Log Cabin Mitts: Ebony and ivory
The most astonishing thing about knitting — this thing people have been doing for centuries! — is that not only is there always more to learn, but there are still clever people coming up with new ways do things all the time! New shaping and construction methods, smoother increases/decreases, original stitch combinations and motifs. You can argue that there’s actually nothing new under the sun — that every idea has been had before; maybe we just don’t know about it. But it doesn’t matter! It’s the constant flow of creativity that thrills me. And Anna Maltz’s new book, Marlisle: A new direction is knitting, is a superlative example. The book released on Saturday (our copies are going quickly!) and I can’t remember being so excited about a brilliantly simple idea or a collection of patterns.
It occurred to Anna (aka @sweaterspotter) awhile back that if you were knitting with two yarns held together — creating a marl — and you dropped one of them from time to time, carrying it as a float in the back for a few stitches, you could suddenly do all sorts of intriguing things, with none of the fuss of intarsia. She calls the idea “marlisle” — marl crossed with Fair Isle — and it first appeared on her Humboldt sweater, which has been in my queue ever since. With this new book, though — and the 11 patterns it contains — she’s really pushing the envelope, and applying the idea in a variety of ways. There are simple but very effective applications like the hat above, Hozkwoz, or the cover sweater, Midstream, with vertical stripes up the front and back. There are slightly more complex ones, such as the drop-dead stunning yoke sweater, Trembling, with its 3D facet motif. And there’s the incredibly meticulous pair of mittens, Delftig, with an intricate tile-like design achieved by alternating between holding one color, the other, or the two together. So she’s covered a range of surface designs — from bold and graphic to allover flame patterning to gingham and plaid and trompe l’oeil effects, and used them on everything from hats and cowls to shawls and sweaters. The whole thing is truly stunning, and I’m sooooo excited and inspired by it all. I cannot wait to cast on.
You can see all of the patterns at Ravelry and order a copy at Fringe Supply Co. (Our stack is dwindling but we’ll have more any minute!) There’s a fresh interview with Anna on the East London Knit podcast, and you can also read more about the Ricefield Collective here and her appearance in Our Tools, Ourselves here.
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Colorwork mitts
In ten days it will officially be five years since I launched Fringe Supply Co. as a tiny online pop-up shop, and in all this time I have never been so excited about where things stand or what I’ve gotten to unveil for you. My goal has always been to curate a small and steadfast collection of goods that will make your knitting life (and mine!) as simultaneously beautiful, efficient and organized as it can be. Today it becomes a little more of all of that with the addition of two jaw-droppingly great new Field Bags — waxed canvas in camo and black-watch plaid — and three diverse new tool pouch options — a leather envelope, a canvas zip pouch, and a waxed-canvas roll-up — developed in conjunction with Winter Session in Denver, whose work I’ve long admired. I am over the moon about each of these pieces and hope you will be, too. But what they bring to the overall mix is so much more than I can describe in words.
Thanksfully, once or twice a year I get together with my beloved photographer-friend Kathy Cadigan and get to express what Fringe is in photos, and this year’s are my favorites yet. As you can see from the glimpses here and in the full Winter 2017 Lookbook, the collection has gelled into the most beautifully coordinated and interchangeable array of bags, pouches and tools for bringing organization, durability and style into your world.
For all of the details and a deeper look, see the Lookbook — or hop straight over to Fringe Supply Co. to check it all out directly. And we also have the gorgeous new Mason-Dixon Field Guide in store today, Sequences.
The new plaid and camo Field Bags and the leather envelope pouch are also available today at these fine stores around the globe.
Happy weekend to you, and happy start of the holiday season — may it be filled with happiness and cheer!
Photos by Kathy Cadigan © Fringe Supply Co.
You may know my dear friend DG Strong (“amazingdg“) as the freakishly efficient Fringe Supply Co. shipping manager, as an amazing writer, or as a two-time Best of Show ribbon-winning knitter, but you probably don’t know about his alarmingly hilarious, sadly dormant blog The Psychopedia, just one of many gems he’s left scattered around the universe. I asked him awhile back if he would do the next Fringe tote, in the spirit of those drawings, and this is what he brought back to me — an amusing riff on the contents of a knitter’s tote bag. And happily you can get his Knitting Necessities tote bag right now in our webshop and at yarn stores all over!
Have a fantastic weekend, everyone! See you back here next week—
This has been quite a week. In addition to the events in the news and the impending eclipse, I’m sure a lot of you are in the thick of back-to-school and all of that. With everything happening — especially surrounding the fundraiser — I didn’t manage to pull together an Elsewhere for today, but there are a couple of things I want to make sure nobody missed:
– Most important: my thank-you note and what happened next with regard to the fundraiser. I still feel completely bowled over (in the best way) and so inspired by what transpired on Wednesday. You’re amazing, amazing people.
– Also super important: Monday’s further details on how to submit for Summer of Basics prizes. (13 days left!) The finishes are rolling in and they’re so good! See #summerofbasics
– And in long-awaited shop news: We now have Lykke “Driftwood” double-pointed needle sets and crochet hook sets available! Omg so gorgeous.
Have a fantastic weekend—
BIG FUN over at Fringe Supply Co. today: the new CHARCOAL Field Bag — so swoony, so hardworking, made right here in Nashville — and the new issue of Making, Dots! Both are more beautiful than my photos can describe, but there are lots of pics over in the webshop, so go take a look. You can also find the Charcoal Field Bag today at our Limited Goods stockists listed right here. (And in case anyone missed my heads-up about it, please note that Toffee is going on haitus when our current stock runs out!)
I also have some fun and thought-provoking links for your Friday/weekend perusal:
– Girls knit their way to a math career (via)
– “I knit where I want” — persist, lady, persist!
– Love this brief history of Bohus Stickning
– Crochet bowls make a pretty awesome wall display
– If you’re in London, please go see this for me
– How evolutionary instincts drive modern-day shopping behaviors (via) (and have you heard about J.Crew?)
– And reissue alert: Frank Lloyd Wright’s fabrics (gah!)
Thanks for choosing to spend some of your time here this week. I hope you have a yarn-filled weekend and I’ll see you back here Monday!
BIG SHOP NEWS TODAY! The Porter Bin you know and love is now available in black — and it is a beauty. Also new in the shop are the latest issue of Selvedge magazine and the third volume in the Mason-Dixon Field Guide series.
And we’ve got many of your favorites back in stock:
– Both issues of Making magazine (back in print!)
– Lemongrass-mint Etta+Billie skin balm
– Owl scissors
– Japanese tapestry needles
– Lykke interchangeable needle sets
– and all sizes and lengths of the Lykke fixed circulars
You can get all of the above today at Fringe Supply Co! And the black Porter Bin is also available at or in transit to these fine stores, so if one of them is your local, please check with them for instant gratification.
Have a happy and restful weekend, everyone — I’m looking forward to catching up on all the comments from while I was away …