We are so excited to announce that Issue 2 of our Making Stories Magazine is now available from our webshop! With Making Stories Magazine, we strive to feature companies and makers who focus on sustainability, transparency, fairness and equity in their work. We love telling their stories and hope to inspire and enable crafters to make conscious and informed decisions about the materials they use and the companies they support.
In Issue 2, you'll find cosy accessories and comfortable garments that are inspired by loving and caring for ourselves, our community and our planet. We're delighted to share the extraordinary stories and visual art pieces of our contributors with you, from discovering the love for your body to finding the common threads in your communities and having necessary conversations on inclusion and racism.
On that note, I wish to talk to you about a subject that is extremely close to our hearts. As I'm sure you already know, we originally had an article in Issue 2 by Nathan (Sockmatician) which we removed. If you are unaware of the circumstances surrounding this decision, you can read more about it here in our previous blog post. In that blog post, we also shared that we will be donating 6% of all the profits from Issue 2 to anti-racism organisations, and I would like to share those with you now.
UNITED for Intercultural Action
UNITED for Intercultural Action is the European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants, refugees and minorities. Together with over 560 supporter organisations all around Europe, ranging from local grassroots associations to national and international NGOs, UNITED coordinates campaigns, organises conferences, takes part in projects, produces publications and undertakes advocacy work to protest against discrimination and promote our shared vision for a diverse and inclusive society. You can read more about this organisation here.
Above all else, we will continue working to create a safe space for our contributors and our community. As a small team of white women, we recognise that our actions and intentions are deeply rooted in our privilege. As we work to dismantle this, we are always open to hearing your thoughts. We certainly don't pretend that we will always get things right, but we do promise that any comment will be heard and greeted with an open mind. If you have any questions or wish to discuss anything with us, please reach out at email@example.com.
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.
Hi lovelies! A very, very warm welcome to our official pattern preview of Issue 10 – Heirloom. Our Fall & Winter 2023 issue is dedicated to pieces that we love to knit and wear for years, and years to come, and that then become true heirlooms. Passing them on to a beloved friend or family member or tucking them away for the next generation, or the right recipient to come along - these designs will truly stand the test of time.
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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