As I'm writing this the pre-order for JEWELS have been open for a whole week, and we honestly couldn't be more overjoyed with how it has gone. It's been a mixture of happiness, pride, stress, and quite a lot of nerves because whenever you put something you love out into the world, it's both unbelievable joyous and massively gut gurgling at the same time. A heady combination! As we hit ‚Äòlive' on our website last Monday and started getting the word out on Instagram and in our newsletter we held our breath and crossed all our fingers in hopes that we had created something that you would love as much as we do. And would you know it, it seems like we did!
JEWELS is the third book in our European Nature book series which we created to share our passion for natural, local, breed-specific, European yarns, beautiful knitwear designs and the stories of the amazing makers who enable and inspire us to create magic with our own hands.
In this book, weincluded 12 modern knitwear designs for the colder seasons on this planet. From luscious colourwork yokes to drapey everyday sweaters, from a shawl as cosy as a hug to mittens designed to keep your hands toasty warm, all the pieces in this book are designed to be both enjoyable to knit and wearable for years to come. JEWELS wouldn't be a Making Stories publication though without the stories that inspire us to do our work: We've included profiles for every single maker involved in this book, be it designer or yarn company, as well as twofantastic articles on yarn (by Katie Green) and colour substitution (by Dianna Walla) and a conversation on colour between Melody Hoffmann, a favourite designer, and yarn dyer Paula Goosen of Moel View Yarn. If you wish to learn more about our articles you can read excerpts from each here on our website.
Seven of our patterns from JEWELS were in the ‚ÄòHot Right Now' section of Ravelry in the first twenty four hours, three of them in the top five. Folks, that's huge, and it's all down to you and your love and ongoing support. We want to publish work that you will value and cherish for years to come while supporting this fibre industry we love so much and this gave us a good indication that we're on the right path!
That being said, I would love to take this opportunity to address something that we feel is important to talk about. There's the old saying that ‚Äòyou can't please everyone' and this is never truer than when you create work that is so subjective. There are always going to be people who don't fall in love with what you are doing, and that's ok! We will never stop wanting to hear your comments, the good and the bad because that's what being in a community is about and we want to know what's on your mind. We know that some of you were not completely taken with the direction we chose for the photography for JEWELS, that it was too dark and not what you expect or want for knitwear design. We completely value your point of view and for those who reached out directly to voice your concerns, we really appreciate you getting in touch and sharing your thoughts. That being said, we have to stay true to our vision and the vision Verena and Hanna Lisa had for JEWELS all those months ago when they sat down to decide what they wanted for this book. While we'd love it if that vision completely lined up with everyone else's we know that's unrealistic and we are so happy and proud with what we have achieved here. What I would love to emphasise though is that though we're a small team, we're an extremely eager one, and at any time if you have a question or feel you don't have enough information on a pattern because of the way it is photographed we are here to support you, super happy to help and we will never stop listening to what you have to say.
Over the past week, it's been a joy to see all of your reactions and answer your questions over on Instagram. It's been particularly nice to see all of the test knitters projects emerge that they have been patiently waiting to share since the summer. They've done a fantastic job helping us get our patterns ready for the book and I thought it would be fun to share some of their FO's with you today! I'll be honest, browsing other people's projects on Ravelry is one of my favourite ways to decide whether or not to start a new project.
Aren't they stunning! If you would like to order your own copy of JEWELS you can pre-order it in our webshop and see more FO's over on Ravelry. I want to say a huge thank you once more to you for all of your love for JEWELS and please watch this space. We have some lovely things planned for our ongoing JEWELS release and we would love to have you along for the festivities!
Happy Socktober, lovelies!! If you've been following us even for a little while, you've probably noticed that I absolutely love knitting socks.
They're the perfect portable project, great for trying out new techniques or stitch patterns, and just so, so rewarding. There's just nothing like the feeling of opening your sock drawer on a cold fall morning, picking out the pair of hand-knit socks that calls to you, and walking around with cozy, warm toes all day long.
I couldn't resist putting together a short, sweet list of 3 sock patterns I'm loving right now to kickstart this month – one makes for excellent TV-knitting, the second one is a bit more complex, and the last one is one that I've been wanting to knit for years!
One of my all-time favorite tasks when we get a new yarn in is to put together pattern and color combinations. And with Bérénice, De Rerum Natura's sustainably produced Mohair / Merino / Silk yarn (fluffy like a cloud!), the possibilities for patterns and colors are close to endless!
I'm thrilled to be back in this space, and with something really, really exciting at that! For the past year, I've been on the hunt for a sustainably-produced fluffy yarn - we used to carry Knitting for Olive's Soft Silk Mohair which is delightful, but also... everyone has it now? So I was looking for something that was a little out of the ordinary, but also responsibly sourced, and as it goes with anything that involves mohair and silk, that was really hard.
Cue De Rerum Natura, who secretly have been working behind the scenes at exactly that yarn I'd been looking for: An "as sustainably as it can get" fluff yarn that works perfectly for a broad range of projects, from whispers of lace shawls to holding it together with more substantial yarns.
We're a delightfully tiny team dedicated to all things sustainability in knitting. With our online shop filled with responsibly produced yarns, notions and patterns we're here to help you create a wardrobe filled with knits you'll love and wear for years to come.
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