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  • The yarns and kits of Issue 8

    September 02, 2022 4 min read

    Issue 8 is here, which means we have brand new yarns and kits in the webshop! For every new issue of Making Stores Magazine, we take so much time and care selecting the yarns that we pair with the gorgeous designs that will appear on the pages. But how do we choose which yarns we stock in the Wool Cave, and which patterns get turned into kits? 

    This time around, we've done things a little differently. A little while back, we invited our magazine subscribers to have an early-bird preview of the patterns and yarns and tell us which yarns and kits they would like to see in the webshop! It was such a fun and collaborative experience, and one we'll be repeating for Issue 9!

    Would you like to take a little tour of the yarns and kits that got selected? Keep reading to find out more, or, take a look at this special video Hanna Lisa filmed with an in-depth look into all the yarns and the wonderful people behind them!


    Life In The Long Grass & Pyrite

    About Life In The Long Grass' Highland DK

    Looking for that perfect yarn to show off cables, or a subtle colour variation in a simple stockinette sweater? Enter Highland DK! A mix of Corriedale, Merino, and other wools, it's sourced in the Peruvian Highlands and spun in a local mill to support local farmers and promote sustainability in the region. It's wonderful for sweaters, cardigans, and hard-wearing accessories like hats or shawls!

    About Pyrite

    Pyriteis a boxy pullover with a deep v-neck, ¾-length sleeves and all-over cables. It is knitted seamlessly from the bottom up, starting with the long ribbed hem, then worked in rounds up to the armholes, where stitches for the back and fronts are separated and worked flat, up to the shoulders.

    When both fronts and back are done, the shoulders are grafted together. After the body is completed, sleeve stitches are picked up around the armhole, and worked down to the cuffs in rounds.

    What does the kit include?

    5 (5, 5, 5, 6) [6, 7, 7, 7, 8] skeins of Life in the Long Grass' Highland DK - enough yarn to make the Pyrite Sweater in your chosen size, including a little bit extra so that you can swatch comfortably without worrying about running out of yarn.


    Lanivendole & Acorn

    About Lanivendole's A Chic Blend

    Artisan craft at its best: a traceable, small-scale production in Italy, using only Italian fibers, to create a gorgeous yarn that is then lovingly hand-dyed. Abruzzese wool gains strength and lustre by being blended with alpaca and mohair - this yarn truly shines!

    About Acorn

    These textured mitts are inspired by acorns. Slipped and twisted stitches create a subtle but still visible effect of stripes as you would find all over an acorn. They are knitted bottom-up, seamlessly. At the top of the mitt, just above the thumb, is an eye-catching pattern whose little scales resemble the acorn’s cap.

    Designed by Agata Mackiewicz for our Issue 8 - Campfire.

    What does the kit include?

    2 skeins of Lanivendole's A Chic Blend - enough yarn to make the Acorn Mittens in any of the sizes, including a little bit extra so that you can swatch comfortably without worrying about running out of yarn.


    Ginger Twist Studio & Orlina

    About Ginger Twist Studio's Masham Mayhem DK

    Ginger’s Hand Dyed Masham Mayhem DK is an incredibly lofty and bouncy DK weight wool. This yarn is 100% British, and oh so soft! Made from British fibre, spun in England, and dyed in Edinburgh; this yarn is truly a product of the U.K.

    About Orlina

    From Susan Schädler, the designer: "Orlina is named after a small river in Spain where we used to spend our Easter holidays. We often sat around the campfire, wrapped in cosy, oversized pullovers."

    This pullover has a seamless top-down construction in half-brioche rib. The raglan yoke with striking raglan lines, long sleeves, slightly cropped and oversize look hugs anybody. It is just right to throw on for chilly evenings with a campfire.

    Designed by Susan Schädler for our Issue 8 - Campfire.

    What does the kit include?

    4 (5, 5, 5, 6) [6, 7, 7, 8, 8] skeins of Ginger Twist Studio's Masham Mayhem DK - enough yarn to make the Orlina Sweater in your chosen size, including a little bit extra so that you can swatch comfortably without worrying about running out of yarn.


    Mominoki & Walden

    About Mominoki's Finnwool

    A fantastic allrounder - sourced and produced entirely in Finland from Finnsheep, an old landsheep breed which is very well adapted to the colder climate of Northern Europe. We love it for socks as it's sturdy and has beautiful stitch definition, but you could really use it for anything!

    About Walden

    Walden are timeless socks that are worked from the cuff down. The cuff is knitted in a 1x1 ribbing with twisted knit stitches. On a reverse stockinette stitch background, there are travelling twisted stitch patterns on both sides of the leg. Small cables emerge from the upper pattern, lead towards the ankle and transform into small lines that run along the sides of the foot towards the toes. The heels are reinforced by a variation of the slipped stitch heel pattern and a round French heel, giving a perfect fit.

    What does the kit include?

    1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins of Mominoki Yarn's Finnwool - enough yarn to make the Walden Socks in your chosen size, including a little bit extra so that you can swatch comfortably without worrying about running out of yarn.


    Other Issue 8 yarns!

    We may not be selling Fire Shadows (left) and Sojourn (right) as a kit, but we are carrying Garthenor Organics Beacons and De Rerum Natura's Gilliatt in the webshop! To explore all the gorgeous colour options for these two patterns, click the button below!


    Do you have a favourite from our kits? Or do you have plans to cast on one of our other Issue 8 yarns?! Let us know in the comments below!

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