We are big fans of Germany based “Making Stories” for their beautiful patterns and articles by and for knitters - discussing not just their craft but their perspectives on issues around identity, body positivity and equality.
ABOUT ISSUE 7
In this issue, we’re focusing on joy – finding joy in the small and big things in life, in a new discovery or a renewed love, in knowing that even the smallest changes can have a huge impact on sustainability and the planet.
The 12 stunning patterns our designers created all represent something that makes the designer truly happy. They’re love letters to a favorite technique, stitch pattern, garment or accessory type, shape, or color – same as the essays we’re so happy to share are love letters to finding joy in stitches and reclaiming what others deem is waste.
With Making Stories Magazine, we strive to feature companies and makers who focus on sustainability, transparency, fairness and equity in their work. We love telling their stories and hope to inspire and enable crafters to make conscious and informed decisions about the materials they use and companies they support.
- Bobble Waves Wrap by Marion Bulin in Isager Alpaca 1 & Frida Fuchs Fiffi
- Cigar Cardigan by Marthe Forodden in Krea Deluxe Organic Wool 1 + Deluxe Silk Mohair
- Color Waves Socks by Victoria Gerasimova
- Fanlight Sweater by Marina Skua in Marina Skua Mendip 4ply
- Guan-Xi Socks by Tiffany Chen in Ewethful Fiber Farm Prineville
- Hypata Sweater by Bérangère Cailliau in Maison Septembre Rustique
- Merrymaker Sweater by Jill Thompson Beach in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio DK & Suri Loft
- Sakae Cardigan by Marianne Munier in De Rerum Natura Gilliatt
- Sea Forest Socks by Isabel Ale in Garthenor Organic Snowdonia Sock
- Serendipitee T-Shirt by Tania Dejoie in Kelbourne Woolens Mojave
- Tilde Mittens by Clara Gleiß in Jamieson & Smith 2ply
- Wrapped in a Hug Shawl by Marina Storm in Soc Una Troca Ondine
- Deborah Stack
- Kalea Turner-Beckman
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT MAKING STORIES MAGAZINE?
We’re (to our knowledge) the only ad-free knitting magazine on the market today. We believe in preserving our independence when it comes to deciding who we feature and work with through not accepting any ads for this magazine.
We’re printing on 100% recycled paper, one of the few that’s certified not only with the EU Ecolabel and the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, but also with the Blauer Engel certificate.
We’re keeping production and fulfilment as local as possible, working with Umweltdruck Berlin as our printer, the first printer to be certified with Blauer Engel. We have our own fulfilment space here in Berlin and work with The Woolly Thistle as our fulfilment partner in the US.
Who’s behind Making Stories Magazine?
Making Stories GmbH is an independent knitwear design publisher, owned by Hanna Lisa Haferkamp who runs it together with her small, kick-ass team.
We believe in choosing to use resources and capacities, be they human, environmental, social or financial, in a way that can be sustained in the long run. We believe in being aware of and actively reflecting on all parts of our (work) process and communicating them openly and honestly. We believe in treating all living beings involved in our work fairly, respectfully and lovingly and in caring about and for their physical and mental well-being. We believe in not discriminating against anyone based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, health, physical appearance, economic situation, education or any other factor, being mindful of what that means for their lives and their stories and working towards a world where everyone is free to create the life they wish to live.