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  • My Top 3 Summer Patterns from Past Making Stories Issues!

    June 27, 2023 2 min read

    Hi lovelies! I'm back this week with one of my favorite types of blog posts – a favorite patterns post! I dug deep into the archives for this one as I wanted to combine our current sale (5 EUR for print copies of our back issues and books!) with my desire for more, more, more summer tops and tees in my wardrobe.

    The funny thing? I set out to pick patterns from all the publications we still have in print, and ended up picking three from one: BREEZE. Oh well!

    I paired them with some of my favorite shades of summer yarns - and one of them (can you guess which one?) is waiting to jump on my needles right now:

    Piteraq by Solène Le Roux | De Rerum Natura Antigone in Hellébore

    Piteraq

    Solène's Piteraq Top is the tank top of my dreams: Well-fitting at the underarm, broad straps, a strong geometric lace panel on one side of the body. Solène originally designed it in a silk-blend yarn, but I think it would look just as lovely in De Rerum Natura's Antigone!

    Hellébore, one of their nine new shades, is an almost-perfect match to the sample color. So beautiful! Depending on the size you choose, you need 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 4) balls of Antigone.

    Sahel by Armenuhi Khachatryan | Wooldreamers Saona in Sarichef

    Sahel

    Sadly, my dear friend Am doesn't design anymore - when she still did, she always came around with the most intricate, yet wearable designs possible! Sahel is no exception to this - a super popular silhouette, combined with delicate-yet-striking chevrons. Fantastic!

    Wooldreamers' Saona, their new cotton / wool blend, would be a great fit for this pattern. The colorway Sarichef echoes the soft taupe tones of our original sample. Depending on the size you choose, you need 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) balls of Saona.

    Marin by Rebekka Mauser | De Rerum Natura Antigone in Graphite & Écume

    Marin

    Last, but very certainly not least, one of my all-time favorite T-Shirt patterns we've ever published! Rebekka Mauser's Marin is a drop-shoulder tee with subtle texture, a just-deep-enough V-neck and a delightful two-colored i-cord for the finishing touch.

    Again, Antigone would be perfect for this! Graphite, a new dark grey, is super similar to our original sample. Écume (another new color) would be great as a contrasting color for the i-cord. That being said, you only need a tiny amount of it, so if you have a contrasting color in your stash that you think works well, by all means, use that! Or just omit the contrasting color and do a one-color i-cord.

    Depending on the size you choose, you need 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) balls of the main color and 1 ball of the contrasting color.

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    April 10, 2024 4 min read

    Hi lovelies! Spring has sprung here in Berlin – as I am typing this (mid March), the buds on the chestnut tree out the window are a few days away from bursting, the forsythias are in full bloom, and our strawberry plants have started their comeback as well (leaves so far, but Aurin checks every day for berries :)).

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    Issue 11 - in and out by Liza Laird
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    March 11, 2024 1 min read 2 Comments

    Hello lovelies!

    I am back today with a slightly unusual post that starts with a big, big apology to Liza Laird. Liza is a wonderful author (you might know her book Yoga of Yarn), knitter, teacher and yogi, and we were supposed to publish her beautiful poem "in and out", inspired by the ocean, in our Issue 11, "Seashore".

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