In the summer I got a message from Ashley, who I know as Woolful on Instagram, asking if her, Carrie Bostick Hodge (AKA Maddermade) and their families could come and visit our croft. They were in Shetland working on the Black and White issue of the Makingzine which was to include a Shetland section.
I couldn’t help but feel quite star-stuck as these are two people whose work I really admire. I needn’t have worried as they were both very lovely down to earth ladies with really nice families and the children all got all really well straight away.
They spent the afternoon chatting with me and my Dad about crofting and designing and wool while we ate a very traditional Shetland afternoon tea of bannocks (similar to a savoury scone) and homemade rhubarb jam made with rhubarb grown on the croft.
In the magazine you will find an article by myself about living and working in Shetland along with a photo of Dad, me and Nemmy Pink-Nose the lamb who has to be in the middle of everything!
You will also find my recipes for bannocks and rhubarb jam.
It really is a beautiful magazine with patterns for knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving and much more. I feel it’s a very unique and special publication, it is unusual as its covers so many different crafts, it has essays and it is simply just beautiful to look at.
There are many projects in the magazine I would quite happily make, my particular favourites are the Moorie cardigan by Ella Gordon, the Marled Pullover by Ashley Yousling, the Michel by Junko Okamoto and the Forever Mittens by Carrie Bostick Hoge. No surprises they are all knitting projects but there are also several sewing projects I would definitely make whenever I get some time.
You can subscribe to the magazine by going to their website makingzine.com or if you are in the UK you can purchase a single copy from lovelondonloops.com or ysolda.com. Altogether it is a beautifully curated publication that is a pleasure to sit down and browse, and I think there is something in it for every crafter.
On a different note - you might have noticed my cardigan in the photos, this is a new design using Langsoond yarn - the pattern still needs to be written up but hopefully I will get to it soon!