Hanna Lisa here with a new update on what you can expect from us here at Making Stories during October!
A big THANK YOU to everyone who answered our survey about what you want to see from us here at the Collective. I'll put a post together about the results next week, so keep an eye on this space!
So without further ado, what's happening this month, now that we're progressing fastly into fall?
Mark your Calendars: Hudson + West is coming to Making Stories! (Oct 12 - Oct 11 for Full Skein & Sweater Quantity!)
Eeeek!! You're the first ones to know about this: On Oct 12, we'll be launching two new yarns: Hudson + West's Forge and Weld. Hudson + West is a brilliant US-based yarn company, women-run, design-led, with custom-milled yarns entirely sourced and produced in the US.
You can see a sneak peek (pre-blocking) here - the pink hat is knit in Forge:
Earlier this year, I asked the team which yarns they thought we should add, and Jess, our fabulous tech editor and test knitting manager, immediately suggested them. Sloane, Meghan and Jocelyn are so thoughtful and kind and on point in their work - and it shows in their yarns through and through. 70% Merino, 30% Corriedale, in a Fingering and a Worsted weight. GOOD stuff.
Keep an eye on your emails for early access to them on Tuesday if you're at the Full Skein or Sweater Quantity level!
Preorders: Winter Celebration Boxes
On October 19 (18, for early access), our Winter Celebration Boxes go live for preorders! I am SO excited for these, it's not even real. For the last two years we've done a free Winter Celebration, starting on Dec 1 - 10 days of videos, recipes, photos, you name it, all for free, as a gift to close out the year.
This year, for the first time ever, we're putting together a physical box to go with it! It'll include 10 little or not so little gifts from us to you, all carefully selected by me. I'm imagining you sitting down after a long day at work and running errands, putting your feet up, snuggling up under your favorite blanket, and then unwrapping your next gift. They're (almost) all related to yarn and knitting (yes, it'll include yarn!), so perfect if you want to treat yourself.
A little glimpse at our inspiration:
Gift Knitting & Content Creation for you!
As you might know, Claire has left the Making Stories team at the end of September. We'll have one last goodbye podcast episode, and then it's the end of an era - or that's what it feels like for me :( Saying goodbye after four years is hard.
I've decided to not refill her position for the time being, but to instead take over her tasks. Claire worked mostly in Content Creation - writing our blog posts, editing the podcast, posting on Instagram - so a lot of my October will be filled with that, and with trying to figure out how to add all of this to my schedule. Which I am a little nervous about, but mostly excited! (Just ordered a little add on to my Gorilla pod for my Smartphone so I can take videos more easily, yay!!)
If all things go as planned, I'll have an interview up for you on the Collective-exclusive blog by the end of the month as well as in-depth blog posts about Hudson + West and a Gift Knitting Guide. Wohoo!!
I've been sitting here for the past 10 minutes, gazing out the window at the slowly turning leaves, trying to figure out what I wanted to write about. Originally, I had planned a post about preparing a launch, but all of a sudden, I was sitting here and thought "oh, maybe that's a bit boring?" (Do let me know if you do not think it's boring and I'll write it up!)
As I let my gaze wander, I noticed a bowl full of fluffy yarn on my office shelf - Bérénice, our latest yarn addition, and I suddenly knew what I wanted to write about: I wanted to share with you how I decide which yarns to carry.
Finding a new yarn that fits into our webshop feels a little bit like magic and fate.
I hope you had a lovely summer! It was wonderful to see quite a few of you during our August Knit Night - it's always such a treat to sit and knit and chat with you for a little while.
Today, I am back with a slightly different post than the last ones I wrote. Today, 6 years ago, we officially signed the founding papers for Making Stories GmbH, so I thought it would be nice to take stock with a little list today.
My first stop when selecting the yarns for the magazine is the designer submission. Most designers will include at least one, sometimes more, options for yarns that they would pair with the design in their submission. I believe the designer knows best which kind of yarn would work well for their design, and so I try to honor their yarn proposal as much as I can.
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