WIP of the Week No.2 // and Elsewhere

WIP of the Week // and Elsewhere

Before I announce this week’s WIP of the Week, I want to say something about prizes, because I think people have a tendency to put too much stock in them. Prizes are lovely, but PRIZES ARE NOT THE POINT. As I’ve said before, I feel like when you participate in a knitalong, the prize is your sweater! And never more so than this Top-Down Knitalong, where it’s a sweater you cooked up completely on your own — and for many of you participating, it’s also the first time you’ve done so. What you get out of the knitalong is a sweater, plus a lot of learning and experience and maybe even some new friendships. Priceless rewards. If you happen to be one of a few people who wins a prize along the way, that’s just icing on the cake, right? It’s the cake that really matters.

With that said, this week’s WIP of the Week is by Beth, who is @bethtais on Instagram and also beththais on Ravelry. I wrote an essay recently for an upcoming book about how we, as knitters and sewers, have the power to make treasures, and not just clothes. This sweater of Beth’s is such a beautiful example of that, so it really stood out to me in that regard. She’s knitting a little striped cardigan for her daughter, and really thinking of it as a part of an outfit and larger wardrobe of treasures.  The yarn is the last in her stash of a much-loved small-batch yarn, Flock, left over from knitting she’s done for herself. And likewise, the dress is sewn from fabric she dyed and made herself a dress out of, before using the rest for her daughter. It’s the sweetest little outfit (reminds me of Kathryn Davey) and I hope it gets worn and loved and saved and passed on to the next generation. And I just adore that touch of blue in the stripe sequence. So beautifully done in every regard.

So congratulations, Beth, you’ve won 7 skeins of Purl Soho’s Flax Down, in the color of your choosing! Please email me at contact@fringesupplyco.com to collect your prize! And big thanks again to my friends at Purl Soho for providing this week’s luscious prize. Next week’s prize is 10 skeins of the new Brooklyn Tweed Shelter Marls, so keep those photos and stories coming! Link your Ravelry project to the Improv pattern page if you’re using my tutorial (131 projects and counting!), and use the hashtag #fringeandfriendsKAL2016 wherever you post. I especially love it when you leave links in the comments to your blog posts, so everyone can see those.

Whether you’re participating or not, I really recommend clicking through the posts on Instagram — such an amazing range of knitters and sweaters and trials and errors and victories. It’s incredible. When you’re done reading through that, there’s Elsewhere:

Have you seen Brandi’s YouTube channel? Gorgeous

Have you heard about Ann’s Washalong idea? Genius

Tom’s sweater is a work of art

And Dianna’s queue is jaw-droppingly beautiful

Great tutorial on seaming perpendicular knits

LOVING this year’s Refashioners challenge


I might need to make this tank

And this hat

Happy weekend, lovely people! See you back here next week—


PREVIOUSLY in Top-Down Knitalong: How to knit a compound raglan // PREVIOUSLY: Elsewhere


Elsewhere : Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

Hey, so there’s been a death in my family and I’m on my way to Houston today. Rather than spending the weekend scrambling to put together blog posts for the next few days, I spent it making sure everything is in order for the knitalong kickoff next Monday.  So blogging may be a bit spotty this week — but never fear, I’m leaving you with lots to peruse:

(Oh, and DG is at his post, so Fringe Supply Co. orders will be handled just as quickly as always!)


You may have noticed last week a little Top-Down Knitalong link list appeared over there in the right rail (if you’re on a full-size browser) and there’s a knitalong directory page with all of the pertinent info and links (browse it! bookmark it! pin it!), which I’ll add to as we go. I’ve also created a board for knitalong-related posts at Pinterest. and I am in the process of getting the full top-down tutorial updated, as promised. I’ve got a great summary overview of the top-down process in the works, which I think you’ll find very useful. For everyone in the planning stages, just a reminder that you need to take your stitch and row gauge measurements from a blocked swatch. (If you’re knitting your sweater in the round, knit your swatch in the round!) I’ve got 7 incredible prizes lined up for WIP of the Week, the first of which will be awarded a week from Friday, and the first week’s will actually draw on everything posted to the #fringeandfriendsKAL2016 tag up to that point, so get your ideas out there! (More details on submitting and winning on the directory page.) See the Top-Down Ideas pinboard and the Instagram feed to get your juices flowing if they aren’t already!


Speaking of Pinterest, I’m still working (slowly but surely) on the project of re-pinning the entire blog archive by category, and wow is that a wow-er of a project. Without seeming to be flattering myself (since I can only take credit for a fraction of what makes it so good) there’s just an incredible amount of great stuff in these here archives, and seeing them all spread out before your very eyes on Pinterest is incredible. I’m up through the end of 2014 at the moment, and just look at all of this! Please do take some time to scroll through, click through on things you missed, re-pin the ones that make your heart sing, and so on.


Sweden is officially on my bucket list

– Which are you glued to: the Olympics or Norway’s National Knitting Evening?

3000-year-old ball of yarn (thx, Jess)

So happy guys like this exist; so sad they’re so rare

– What do the biggest swimwear companies have in common? Their origins in knitting wool




Elsewhere : Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

Elsewhere is coming at you a day early this time around, because tomorrow I have something exciting to show you!

Love the story behind Cestari yarns — how did I not know he milled his own?

– Is anyone surprised I’m excited about Shelter Marls?

On the rise of luxury basics brands (Cheers to making our own)

On taking time to finish simple things well

– Major sweater inspiration: front and back

– Ace & Jig founders on how they develop their incredible fabrics

This scene

This tiny video

This blanket

– And this incredible trove of Life mag photos (thx, Anecolie!)

Hopefully these links will carry you through the weekend, but make sure you don’t miss tomorrow morning’s post! ;)



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Elsewhere: Fibertastic links for your clicking pleasure

Happy Friday, friends!

Yes to pompoms on doorknobs, can we just agree on that right up front?

– I’m so excited about Summer Stitch Fest!

Great story and reminder of what an amazing time it is to be a maker

– How much do you know about where cotton comes from?

– “Sustainable agriculture is about more than food. It is a system approach and our clothing is part of that system. Please give us an opportunity to provide locally grown clothes!

– On ethical manufacturing … in China

– Good life lessons: What I’m really learning from my sewing project

– This notebook

This tiny story

This tiny fashion muse (and yes I want to scale that top pattern up to my size)

– And who but @loritimesfive would go traveling around Iceland with their own handmade fairy lights? (details on them here, and don’t miss the full range of Iceland pics in Lori’s feed right now)

QUICK SHOP NOTES: If you were looking for a grey Field Bag and found them sold out, they’re baaaack! AND the magical Etta+Billie balm is now available in Lemongrass Mint! It’s a dream.

Have a marvelous weekend, everyone —



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Elsewhere: Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

First I have to say something about Bill Cunningham. When the NYTimes Breaking News Alert popped into my inbox that Mr. Cunningham had died, I let out the loudest “oh nooooooo!” But when there’s someone out there who you know has been doing what loves every single day, day in and day out, for decades — was still doing it at age 87 — and you hear that he’s gone, all you can think is we should all be so lucky. If you’ve never seen the documentary about him, do yourself a favor and watch it this weekend.

– Previously mentioned and now available: Brandi’s Shawl Collar pattern and Fancy Tiger’s Adventure Tank pattern

– Between this blog post and the Blåne skein she sent me, Dianna has me very intrigued by Norwegian wools

The history of fashion silhouettes (see also: Hemline wars in history)

Knitting pattern design and submission tips from the master, Michele Wang

– Learning the lost art of shoemaking (I wanna!!)


This is what awe feels like

Chambray and wool? Yes, please

I’m waiting

– And hey, any time you’re looking for a little inspiration, try the Apiece Apart Woman interviews

SHOP NEWS: We’ve restocked so many sold-out favorites this week I’m not even sure I can remember them all! Walnut hand looms, Putford scissors, wooden rulers, Bento Bags in all sizes/colors, brass hangers, brass-and-steel scissors, blackened brass buttons … you should probably just go take a look!



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Elsewhere: Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

Hey, tomorrow is Worldwide Knit in Public Day. And it’s also the start of Crochet Summer. Are you planning on either?

Breaking it all down for you this time around—


– The story of Fancy Tiger’s incredible 100% Colorado-made yarn, part 1, 2 and 3 — and my enormous congratulations to them on their 10th anniversary! Wish I could be there tomorrow …

Why make yarn in the US at all?

Tips on knitting with linen yarn and on improving your knitting generally

How to define your personal style in 5 simple steps


Vintage hap stretching photos (and how to make your own)

Major sweater inspiration

Stunning old crocheted lace

Best handmade prom dress in history

When an FO causes me to give a pattern a second look

And absolutely everything about this

In shop news, we’re retiring the Sheepmoji tote to make room for what’s next, and there aren’t many left on the shelf. If you’ve been wanting one (or another one!), act now!

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



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ELSEWHERE: Yarny links for your clicking pleasure

Before I forget, I want to let you all know I’ve been redoing the Fringe Association boards over on Pinterest. I’ve never been able to keep up with the old “best ___ patterns” boards I set up long, long ago, and thought it would be fun and useful to create a board for each of the series I do here on the blog. So I’m basically — gradually! a handful of posts at a time — repinning almost the whole archive of the blog, pinning series posts into corresponding boards. You can always see any series at glance right here on the site by clicking the linked series title/tag down in the categories and tags links at the very bottom of any post, and the series I post into most often are also linked in the right rail of the blog. But this gives you a way to see any series at a glance over on Pinterest, as well as to follow anything you’re interested in. For example, you can see/follow the Make Your Own Basics board, or the New Favorites board, or whatever floats your boat. I’m only up through the end of 2012 at the moment, so they’ll be filling in gradually over the next couple of weeks. It’s fun to see those old posts resurfacing — there’s so much stuff I still want to knit! So go check that out, and of course please re-pin liberally!

Meanwhile, Elsewhere:

– Uh oh, I was afraid this might happen: Wool shortage in Iceland

– vs. a yarn revival in the UK

5 ways to build a more ethical closet (no matter your budget!)

Sometimes the best tip is practice — as true for knitting as for sewing

The myth of patience in craft (goes well with the last Q for You)

Short history of the sewing kit (via)

Cute crochet baby blanket

– Name change alert: Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloe are together becoming Blue Sky Fibers

I can haz?

– and, really, I have no words for this

SHOP NEWS: The new issue of Taproot arrived, and its theme is my current favorite subject, “Preserve.” It’s a really great issue, so take a look at that as well!

And please have a marvelous weekend. Thank you for reading!



Photos from Iceland Mag and The Craft Sessions