Previewing the new issue of Laine Magazine
We’ve been looking forward to this issue for a long time now. It features some of our favourite makers and collaborators, including La Bien Aimée, mYak, Judit Gummlich and QuaintMarie. As usual, the issue also features some really incredible new patterns. We are already scheming how to get all of these on our needles this autumn. Here are a few of the things we’re most looking forward to with this issue.
mYak is truly the belle of the ball this time around. Co-founder Paola Vanzoa was interviewed for the issue and the Woven Bands sweater by Claudia Eisenkolb uses mYak Tibetan Cloud. The latticed cables of this gorgeous sweater bring incredible texture to this garment. We’re huge fans of this wool—both in the rich grey Cladonia colour Claudia used and in the 15 other colours we carry, all of which would look great in this pattern.
We are wild about Paola and mYak’s work. Not only are their yarns super soft and bouncy, but also there’s a beautiful story behind the brand. It all started with an Italian veterinarian’s quest to help a sick yak in Tibet and today it’s still driven by care for the animals and nomadic communities at the source. The finished product is a stunning showcase of the craftsmanship of the workmen at the finest Italian woollen mills where their fibres are spun. We were lucky enough to profile Paola last year in our Meet the Maker series and we can’t wait to read her conversation with Laine!
The cover of Issue 12 is graced by the beautiful Niveous colourwork sweater by Luuanne Chau, which uses yarns from Blue Sky Fibers. Loop carries the worsted weight Woolstok yarn that forms the base in Cast Iron (pictured) as well as 26 other colours. For the soft, wispy colourwork, the Qing Fibres Melted Baby Suri would substitute well for BSF’s Brushed Suri. If you wanted to go for a slightly different texture with the colourwork, the pattern gives leeway to use any DK yarn, and we have a huge selection to choose from. We’d be particularly interested to see this pattern with Biches & Buches Le Gros Silk and Mohair, Old Maiden Aunt Alpaca Silk Sportweight/Light DK or Plucky Knitter Primo DK.
There’s plenty more to drool over in this issue, and we can’t wait to share it all with you. We’re especially excited to be hosting a QuaintMarie Lady giveaway in partnership with Laine to celebrate the launch from Monday 13 September. One lucky winner will receive a QuaintMarie Lavendar Lady and a copy of Laine Issue 12! More details to come next week.
We’re so excited to partner with Selvedge to give one lucky reader a complete set of Laine Saint-Pierre Sajou embroidery threads. The illustrious Laine Saint-Pierre was originally from Lyon and has been part of Fil au Chinois for many decades. This set includes a stunningly large collection of 96 shades, all wound on lovely cards. This four strand darning wool can be used in many ways and is easy to use and colourfast. Visit the Selvedge website to enter the competition before Friday 15 October!
Loyal readers will remember from last week’s blog that Blue Sky Fibers’ Woolstok Light launched this week! This sister yarn to worsted weight Woolstok offers a woolly but oh-so-soft knit. All 14 colours are available to purchase through Loop, and with a fabulous Henrico Hat pattern thrown in for free by Blue Sky Fibers what’s not to love! A PDF of the pattern will be emailed to everyone who purchases the yarn in the shop or online.
An adorable design of sweet Baby Woven Ribbons has just arrived in the shop! These cheery flowers make a perfect project finisher for happy-go-lucky kids of all ages. Why not mix and match with some of the other patterns? Deer, lions and butterflies make great companions. Visit the website or the shop for our full selection!