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by Sarah Stanfield September 17, 2020 3 min read

Making Magazine has just previewed issue 10 of their multicraftual magazine for textile lovers worldwide and as Making stockists, we're excited. The imminent arrival of one of our favourite knitting magazines always has everyone in the team plotting and planning - our dream projects which are easy to find within the inspiring pages.

The theme for this issue is 'intricate' and it speaks deeply to us as makers. All these details, beautifully presented by a magazine we love. Knit and sewn garment patterns are sized up to fit at least a 60" bust measurement and this issue includes 22 projects and tutorials. Plenty to keep us all busy over the next few months!

There are many, many reasons why we love this bi-annual publication and discussions in the team while we pored over the previews and our collection of previous issues resulted in a bit of list of love...⁠

The projects

Sometimes it can be refreshing to pick up a craft magazine and see wearable designs and things for our lives that we really want to make. Garments that are likely to work with multiple outfits and styles and items that fit into our lives in meaningful ways (hello tote bags) all speak to us as makers. The Everyday Utensil Roll and Beeswax Wraps from Issue 9 ' simple' are great examples of projects that are both beautifully stylish but also incredibly useful.

Two brown and natural patterned utensil rolls laying flat on a white surface with ribbon closures hanging to the side. They are filled with a wooden fork, knife and spoon each.
a white bowl covered in a pale food wrap that clings to the top edge of the bowl. The food wrap is handprinted with a strawberry motif and other, unused wraps lay behind.
Attitude

Making doesn't take itself too seriously. There's no expectation that toy projects have to be played with by children - surely everyone's day would be a bit brighter if they had a cute owl to make and then play with or just admire, right?!

A knitted toy moose is hanging down in front of a model, being held by one arm. The moose wears a colourwork sweater with a tree motif. The model has white hands and is wearing a green sweater.
Two white knitted owls, with yellow details on the ears and face. One stands up straight at the camera, while the other lays down on its back beside the other.

We've love to see Susan B Anderson's adorable toy designs in Rauma Petter, or even De Rerum Natura Gilliat for the ultimate squishy little friend.

Land acknowlegement

This is important, and respectfully presented. Since Issue 7 each release has been accompanied by a 'Land Acknowlegement', recognising the locations photographed in the issue and giving respect to the Indigenous peoples as stewards of that land. You can find this, which includes a reading list and links to other resources and an encouragement to learn about the tribes, land and history of locations on their website.

A range of skills

Not all knitters stick to knitting. We love that for multicraftual makers there's something to fit many moods and craft stashes, and always a range of skill levels so it's easy to relax into a simple project or work on improving your skills, all within one issue.

A pair of mittens are worn by a model wearing white, one arm is behind held straight down with palm side up, the other hand is resting on the straight arm, showing the detailed back of the yellow mitten
A large crocheted white shawl with lace details is worn by a black woman holding a bunch of yellow flowers. The model faces the camera with the corners of the shawl draped over each shoulder.

The Late Bloomer Mittens by Kristin Ledgett call for a sportweight yarn held together with a laceweight mohair to give great stitch definition alongside a fuzzy halo which will mean you might never want to take them off. Yarns like Capital Luxury Sport and Loft from Neighborhood Fiber Company would be the perfect combination. We also love that Making features beautiful projects for crocheters, and this shawl by Isa Catepillán would be like a secret blanket in a fingering weight wool like Rauma PT2, or even the slightly heavier De Rerum Natura Ulysse.

Transparency

Making are a great example of a publication striving for better in their industry. They've listened to feedback, and done a great deal of work to be more inclusive. They regularly review their mission and work with a range of consultants and contributors which you can find here.

We've now opened preorders in the online shop and we've also included (thanks to lots of requests!) a special restock of issue 8 and 9. All 3 will ship at the same time meaning a bundle of over 60 projects and tutorials to inspire you through the rest of the year!

image of a detailed yellow sweater, a table mat and a pair of yellow mittens with the text 'Preorder available: Making Magazine bundle'

Do you have any other reasons you love Making? We know that lots of you look forward to new issues and we'd love to know more about what you find so inspiring - is the thoughtful articles and interviews, their ethos, the range of crafts, the photography or maybe a mixture of everything?

Sarah Stanfield
Sarah Stanfield



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