A quick note: Yarns and kits are exclusive to annual subscribers until March 17 - after that, we'll launch them for everyone!
Hello lovelies! As I'm writing these words, I'm looking out the window onto a deep blue sky and a street filled with sunlight. The first buds are slowly appearing on the trees that I can see from here, and there are birds singing. It's such a joy to witness the never-ending cycle of the seasons, to feel the warm spring sunlight on my face, to take a few moments and breathe the fresh air.
Those are my little pockets of joy these days! What are yours? I'd love to know! (You can leave a comment down below!)
Joy is also the theme of our Issue 7, which is the actual reason for this blog post! After over a year of hard work from an incredible team of designers, yarn partners, editors, test knitters, and the entire Making Stories team (THANK YOU!) it's time to launch our fourth spring issue. Whoa!
We have 12 beautiful, very wearable patterns for you in this issue, and we've also added a few fantastic sustainable yarns that are perfect for them to the webshop!
Let's take a quick look at the patterns first:
Head over to the pattern pages for more photos and all the details about the design, pattern and measurements - simply click on the respective pattern link!
As you might know, we started carrying sustainably produced yarns in our webshop in 2021. All our yarns are non-superwash and plastic-free, and they come from companies that are extremely mindful of their impact on our planet, its people and animals. We're so proud that we get to carry them, and so happy that we were able to add a few gorgeous new ones to celebrate Issue 7!
All of these yarns are also available individually, but in order to make it a little easier for you to get just what you need to make the pattern that you'd like to cast on, we've also put them into kits!
Krea Deluxe was created by sisters Heidi and Pia Johannesen out of the desire for and vision of founding a company that exclusively produces quality yarn and design according to organic and sustainable values.
We carry two of their yarns, both of which are used in Marthe Forodden's Cigar Cardigan:
Krea Deluxe's Organic Wool 1 is a staple yarn - high twist, organic, and super soft! It's entirely made in Portugal from GOTS-certified merino, non-superwash and free of any harmful substances or chemicals.
Fanlight is a stunning colorwork yoke sweater with an intricate geometric design that's so, so fun to knit! (Trust me, I've knit up a lot of swatches for this one!) It's designed for Marina Skua's updated version of Mendip 4ply:
Mendip 4ply is a woollen-spun Sport weight yarn that’s a true gauge wonder. It comes from a single flock of Shetland-cross sheep that grazes in the Mendip Hills, less than 20 miles from Marina's studio. It's entirely sourced, spun and dyed in the UK - with Marina hand-dyeing every skein lovingly using fibre reactive dyes and minimizing water usage and waste during the dye process.
Mendip 4ply comes in two undyed shades - Sunny and Cloudy - and a range of colorways dyed on those two. Hence, the colorway names: Rose (Cloudy) is Rose dyed on the Cloudy shade!
We've put together three kits in different colorway combinations:
From left to right: Kit 1 - Sheep (Sunny), Rose (Cloudy), Bloom (Cloudy) - those are the original sample colors; Kit 2 - Coal (Cloudy), Sheep (Sunny), Sheep (Cloudy); Kit 3 - Sheep (Sunny), Teal (Cloudy), Bloom (Cloudy)
Sakae is a cozy and colourful cardigan that Marianne Munier, the designer, imagined snuggling up with in pleasure and serenity.
We're so happy to add the bigger sister of De Rerum Natura's Ulysse, De Rerum Natura's Gilliatt, to our lineup! Gilliatt is a wonderful round, soft and satisfying fluffy woollen-spun yarn that shows off cables just as well as stockinette stitch. It's a delight to knit with - a perfect yarn for beginners as well as super advanced knitters - and comes in a range of gorgeous colors. It's sourced, spun and dyed in France and Portugal, non-superwash and plastic-free.
We currently stock 9 colorways of Gilliatt, from calming neutrals to stunning pops of color, and offer kits in all of them:
Underwater, forests of algae grow and work just like forests on land, creating ecosystems around them made up of other plants, fish and microscopic creatures. The beauty of those kelp forests swaying with the ocean currents inspired Isabel Ale, the designer, to this pair of socks.
High twist worsted-spun Romney and Hebridean make up the most beautiful and very deliberately designed natural sock yarn that comes in a range of gorgeous undyed and dyed shades. It's completely GOTS certified, sourced, spun and dyed in the UK and produced by the loveliest mother and son duo, Sally and Jonny!
We offer kits in all 6 colorways of Snowdonia Sock that we currently stock:
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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