This post was originally in our newsletter last week and since then several subscribers have reached out with incredible kindness to say that they'll miss the club but want to keep supporting us. We appreciate that so much, and, although we obviously need purchases to keep the business going there are lots of other ways that you can support us. I've added a few notes at the end on ways that you can support our business and my design work without spending money. All of them apply to other small yarn businesses, and many of them to small businesses of all kinds.
This is the pullover Bex has been dreaming of since we first decided to order Einrúm, after we visited Iceland together for 24 hours on our way home from the 2017 Women’s march in Washington DC. We found Einrúm in lots of little boutiques in Reykjavik and fell in love with its subtle shimmer.
We love Gansey patterning and decided to go into our archive and reknit two old favourites. These were originally made in Blend no.1 and have now been reknit in Neighborhood Fiber Company Capital Luxury Sport. The cowl is made in Hollins Market and the hat in Reservoir Hill.
With less than two weeks to go, we still don’t know what Brexit will look like, or whether it’s happening at all on October 31st. Like every other small business in the UK we’ve been trying to plan, without having much idea of what we’re planning for.
The Wardie cardigan is worked in pieces from the bottom up. When the front and back are complete they're joined at the shoulders and then the sleeves are worked from stitches picked up around the armhole.
If you're interested in knitting Wardie but aren't sure about the finishing here's how the shoulders and sleeve go together.
Autumn is vest time and we decided to go into Ysolda’s back catalogue and pull out a great autumn classic. We don't stock the original yarn any more but we have some suggestions for alternative colours in Finul PT2.
We are very excited by the new colours of Finull PT2 that just arrived - they are a beautiful set of heathered shades and we are looking forward to using them. We think these really round out the Finull PT2 palette and you should expect lots of colour work suggestions from us inspired by these new colours. We've had fun taking pictures of the colours together and will be sharing some ideas of how they can be combined soon.
A look at designs from Bristol Ivy's first books and some suggested yarn/project combinations. Then I realised we had 2 other books and some magazines with patterns/articles by Bristol too, so you have multiple options to knit one of the beautiful designs she has produced over the last few years.
There's so much of the narrative around sustainability that focuses on small individual changes, in a way that I can't help feeling is engineered to detract from the level of major change required from big business and government. But... trying to reduce our impact, as individuals, and as a business, has to help. Here are a few notes on things we do, and that we could do better (although I'm sure there are lots of other ways I haven't included here).
This issue is so packed with beautiful projects to knit, sew, weave and craft that we thought it was worth going through them, highlighting some of the patterns and making some yarn suggestions from our shop - we have this conversation in the studio every time a new magazine comes in but this issue of Making seemed especially rich in inspiration.