Book Review | STRIPES by Making Stories

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I am in full on “I want to knit all the things” mode at the moment so when the lovely Making Stories team asked if I would like to look at their new collection STRIPES I simply couldn’t resist.

Disclaimer: the book I am reviewing here was gifted to me by Making Stories, all thoughts are my own ...

All images used in this post are copyright Making Stories | 2018 and have been used with permission.

STRIPES by Making Stories

I recently reviewed BREEZE from Making Stories and was delighted by the tactile experience of paging through the book – the team had created something quite magical to hold in your hands. This collection is a little different as it is an ebook.

I will be the first to admit that scrolling through an ebook does not compare to holding a sumptuous book in your hands – but the design of this digital book is really eye catching and even though I don’t have those beautiful pages in my hands it is still an inspiring experience flipping through the pages on my laptop.

The layout is bold and clear, with gorgeous graphic details which pop from the page and make the whole experience rich and vibrant. All in all its a fab collection and a wonderful interpretation of the concept of stripes. 


Don't miss out on the fab giveaway - details at the bottom of this page


The Designs

There are eight designs in the collection including one gorgeous shawl, two sleeveless tops and five sweaters.  There is a lovely mix of styles and weights meaning you should be able to find something to wear whatever the weather.

My favourite bit about this collection is the wonderful way they have interpreted the STRIPES theme. I am a huge fan of the traditional approach to stripes – give me some navy and white Breton style stripes any day – but I also love the twist on the stripe concept! Just take a look the diagonal lace stripes in Juova and the flowing side panels in Pas …

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The Yarns

As with WOODS and BREEZE each yarn used in the collection has been thoughtfully selected and adheres to the ethical making practices that are the cornerstone of the business Hanna-Lisa and Verena (the founders of Making Stories) set out to build. 

There are some very interesting yarns in this collection that are new to me – I love discovering new yarns … take a look at Dibadu Etudes Seda de Campo DK, the linen and silk blend used in Juova. I think something like this would be perfect for Brisbane weather and I bet the drape and sheen from that silk is incredible.

With summer just around the corner for me another yarn that keeps catching my eye is Wollen Berlin Lino Muka – I simply love linen and their colours are top notch. This is used Suora from STRIPES and also in Solano from BREEZE (I have a wool version on the needles and the moment but can definitely see space in my wardrobe for a linen version too).


Some of my Favourite Designs

It is hard to pick just a few to showcase here as there are so many fabulous pieces in this collection but there are a few designs that keep calling me back. 

Rayure by Rebekka Mauser
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Look at these navy and white stripes! And that centre detail on the front. This might be my favourite of the lot.

Suora by Kerry Bullock-Ozkan
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Linen stripes – what’s not to love about that. I could see me getting use out of this in Brisbane all year round (there is not much knitwear that fits the all year bill in my sunny adopted home). I think it would look great in wool too and be such a lovely warm layer if you live in colder climes.

Juova by Armenuhi Khachatryan (bottom right)
The yarn and eyelet pattern on this work so beautifully together. I think it would probably be too warm for my summer but would be perfect for slightly cooler climes or a great winter layering piece for me. 

Cara by Emily Greene
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This shawl is simply stunning and the best bit about it is I bet it is an utter joy to knit too! The bold, graphic lace punctuating all that garter stitch is right up my street ... 

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Final Thoughts

Another glorious collection of designs from the Making Stories team. I would have loved to see a couple more accessories in the mix but I really love the designs they have chosen and think they work beautifully together.

You can find out more about the Making Stories books on their website www.making-stories.com

Until next time .... happy knitting, 

Clare
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Giveaway time

The wonderful team at Making Stories have given me a copy of STRIPES to giveaway to one lucky blog reader. To enter leave a comment on this blog post telling me: 

1) Your favourite design from STRIPES.

and

2) What yarn you would like to knit it from. 

Please include your Rav ID or Instagram name so I can easily contact the winner. 

The giveaway will run from Wednesday 22 August to Wednesday 29 August (entries close at midnight GMT)
The winner will be announced on Thursday 30th August.

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