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 …
The first time I ever used an interchangeable circular needle, it was in a class situation. For reasons I no longer recall, the kind woman next to me loaned me one of hers, quickly showing me how to use the little turnkey to attach the tips to the cord as she slid it all towards me. “Stick this little key through the holes in the end of the cord, and that way you can hang onto it better as you’re screwing on the tip.” And ta da, instant tutorial! That’s how you use interchangeable needles with threaded cords and tips.
I never quite realized this isn’t knowledge we’re born with — that it had been handed down to me — until we started selling the breathtaking Lykke interchangeable needle sets and getting emails from customers having trouble attaching tips to cords. Since sets don’t include instructions for whatever reason, I thought I’d take a minute to go over the contents of the Lykke set:
- Needle tips, of course
- An assortment of cords in varying lengths, which you can combine with whichever size tips you’re using to make exactly the size and length of needle you need in any given situation
- Keys, turnkeys, doohickeys, whatever they’re technically called — as noted above, you insert one through the holes in the end of the cord anytime you’re screwing or unscrewing components, giving you leverage and torque (There are four in case you lose any. I always keep at least one in my stitch marker pouch)
- Connectors, those tiny little silver tubes, which allow you to daisy-chain cords together to make even longer cords
- And stoppers, for when you need to leave live stitches on a cord (i.e. as a stitch holder) while using the needle tips elsewhere — just unscrew the needle tip (again, using the key for stability) and screw on the stopper
It’s natural and desirable for the threading to be tight — you want a nice solid join — and with every set I’ve had, I’ve found it’s sometimes necessary to back off and start again (like screwing a lid on a jar and having it very slightly crooked) or flip a cord around and try a needle on the other end. The key should facilitate getting everything screwed together nice and tight and smooth. That said, if you find you have a needle or cord that simply won’t cooperate, even when following these instructions, get in touch with Lykke and they’ll be happy to help!
We have Lykke sets in the shop right now, but I also want to let you know we have individual circs coming very soon! If you’re not quite ready to invest.
First, a little bit of shop talk:
1) There’s a small batch of the Porter Bin in the shop right now (more next week), and you can also find it today in person at a few of our stores: Purl Soho, Fibre Space, The Yarnery, Tolt Yarn and Wool and (arriving soon) Fancy Tiger Crafts.
2) The Limited Edition hair-on-hide version of our stitch marker pouch is also in the shop this morning — while they last!
3) In case you missed it yesterday, Wish List!
And now, Elsewhere:
– Lovely piece on the Verb blog about boro, sashiko and our Stowe Kit (available here)
– A video not to be missed (thx, Anna!)
– Craft as solace
– This sweater
– A history of knitting in 46 minutes
– Now THAT’s a yarn bomb
– Negative-waste fashion? (thanks to multiple tippers!)
– “In one year, this wall clock will make a two metre-long scarf …” (bottom right)
– Have you heard about the Pussyhat Project? (top right)
– I love the concept of the FibershedKAL (top left)
– and I also love MDK’s new Knitstrips feature — patterns in graphic novel form (bottom left)
Have a fantastic weekend, everyone — thank you for everything this week!