Threads of Syria: Interview with Jaron from Artisan & Fox

Threads of Syria: Interview with Jaron from Artisan & Fox

Whenever we make something with our own hands and mind, we add a layer of meaning, from the time we spend carefully selecting materials to the thoughts and dreams we infuse our makes with. Making is such a powerful thing – it connects us with others, helps us form connections and build friendships, encourages us to share our skills and knowledge, creates safe spaces, and can even prevent isolation. All of this is even more valuable for makers in less privileged situations than most of us, like the 25 Syrian women living in the Chatilah refugee settlement in Lebanon where they are part of Threads of Syria.

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Midweek Happiness

Midweek Happiness

It's the most wonderful time of the year! It's no secret that these weeks are my favourite time of the year – for me, nothing beats the cosy feeling that comes with the colder months, festive music (give me all the swing!), joyful hours spent with friends and family, and all the knits. Even though Berlin winters aren't necessarily a crowdpleaser, I feel very fortunate to live in a part of the world where I can experience the change of seasons, and ...

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An Outfit to Get Our First Ever Christmas Tree!

An Outfit to Get Our First Ever Christmas Tree!

Since we always spend Christmas with our family, we haven't been at our own home for Christmas once, and with Christmas trees being traditionally put up not earlier than December 22, it felt kind of pointless to get pur own tree in the previous years. But then we realized that we actually could get wild and make up our own rules! So we got our first very own Christmas tree today, and put it up even though it's still November. Crazy, huh? To mark the occasion, I wore my beloved Hess Natur plaid flannel shirt dress (no longer available, but similar dresses can be found herehere or here) with what's most likely the softest thing in my wardrobe: my ...

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Midweek Happiness

Midweek Happiness

It's starting to feel a lot like winter around here, and I couldn't be more excited about that. This time of year is my absolute favourite, and I'm welcoming the cold, the candles and the holiday planning with open arms. We're determined to finalise all gifts this week so that we won't need to do any last minute gift shopping and can instead embrace the season's joys (read cookie baking & indulgent dinners with friends). Whether it's colling down or beginning to get warm where you are, I hope you're having a lovely week!

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Sustainable Living Favourites: Contigo

Sustainable Living Favourites: Contigo

You know these little shops in your neighbourhood or city where, with a bit of luck, you'll find the most unique and beautiful pieces? I absolutely love them, but am always a bit sad when friends ask about something I got there as they tend to offer one of a kind pieces or very limited quantities, making it hard to help people find exactly what they're looking for. One of my absolute favourites is Contigo, a little fairtrade shop in my hometown Tübingen. We'll go there every time we visit family, and prompted by a follower question on Instagram, I just discovered that they also sell online. Way to go, Monday! With the holidays and ...

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Fall / Winter '17 Fair Fashion Sale Favourites

Fall / Winter '17 Fair Fashion Sale Favourites

There seem to be all kinds of reservations against buying on sale, from feeling „cheap“ to being afraid of overbuying or ending up with second quality items. While I understand the concern, I have to say we've been sale devotees for the longest time and haven't had a single bad experience. So I thought it's about time to root a bit for team clearance sales! Do you know why we love buying on sale? We don't think of it as a chance to buy more, but essentially as an opportunity to afford better quality pieces. It also makes supporting the brands we feel good about a whole lot easier, and what's not to love about that? ...

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About: Yllep's Ball Winder

About: Yllep's Ball Winder

Are you a knitter? Do you love buying yarn in hanks? Then you need to know about Yllep's ball winder! If you ever thought about buying a ball winder and did some research on what's on the market, you very likely found a plethora of plastic winders, and none or very few made from natural materials. Before I got mine (a lovely gift from my parents – thanks, Mama & Papa!), I contemplated buying a ball winder for the longest time and just couldn't really bring myself to invite a plastic one into our home and my making space. When I stumbled upon Yllep's website during my research and found out that she and her husband ...

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About: Urbanara's Montrose Bed Linen

About: Urbanara's Montrose Bed Linen

A good night's sleep is crucial to our wellbeing – how we sleep impacts our everyday life in many ways, from our mood, emotions and memory to how our bodies react to stress, just to name a few (more details can be found here, for example). One of the various factors that influence sleep is the environment we sleep in, which is conveniently also relatively easy to tweak. Thinking about the importance of sleeping well and given how much time we spend asleep (ahem, or aim to spend asleep), bedding and bedroom textiles are very likely the home items we get the most use out of, and I'd venture to say also one of the ...

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Midweek Happiness

Midweek Happiness

What a week it has been so far! While the knitting community is considered a very kind one, hurtful comments occur everywhere when people put themselves and their work out there. As disheartening as seeing the negativity in a few people's reactions on one of Laine Magazine's Hygge Sweater shots has been, I'm beyond grateful for each and everyone who showed love and support for what I think is an amazing magazine with a strong voice and mission and beautiful aesthetic. Thanks for joining this important conversation! On a lighter note, I've been soaking up precious time with both sides of our family before ...

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Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper

Are you good at keeping secrets? I couldn't be more excited that something I've been keeping a secret will be revealed very soon – the Hometown Cardigan design I contributed to Taproot Mag's upcoming issue REST – and I wanted to share with you that they just brought back their Digging Depper series! It's a look behind the scenes of how some of the pieces from their magazine came to live, and I feel so honoured to get to share a bit more about my work in this first feature. Find it here if you like, I hope you'll enjoy it!

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About: Weleda Skin Food

About: Weleda Skin Food

Can I introduce you to one of my absolute favourite beauty products? The packaging is by far not the only thing that's truly "green beauty" about Weleda's Skin Food – nothing but natural ingredients create one of the most effective all purpose moisturizers I ever met. It's relatively rich and thick, but not at all only fit for treating dry spots.

For those of you who are interested in the fine print, I've listed the full declaration of ingredients at the bottom of the page. Skin ...

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Midweek Happiness

Midweek Happiness

We don't really do anything special for Halloween over here (or in other words, there just don't seem to be any kids trick-or-treating in our neighbourhood), but nevertheless, the last couple of days have been filled with celebrations – two of my best friends celebrated their 30th birthdays, International Cat Day, welcoming a tiny new family member, and gearing up for our WOODS release party. In woolly news, I really enjoyed a few quiet moments with a personal project, and I can't wait to spend more time with my issue of Laine. My parents are staying with us for a few days which is always such a nice treat, and it also means I get to ...

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The Reason Why & Where We're Headed

The Reason Why & Where We're Headed

If you're following my journey on Instagram, you might have seen my bio change again and again over the past couple of weeks. With the end of the year approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about this past first year of being self-employed and about where I want to take my business, and, as random as it may sound, the challenge of condesing all of that into 150 characters helped me learn more about the value I want to add with my work ...

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Midweek Happiness

Midweek Happiness

Fall is in full swing, and I've been embracing all things seasonal these past couple of days. A pumpkin is roasting in the oven as we speak, and we've enjoyed going on long-ish walks in my hometown's colourful forests when we visited our family last weekend. If you think in knitting, it already feels late to start working on Christmas gifts, but at least I got around to picking up the yarn at my LYS Wollen Berlin today, and my friend and I signed up to volunteer with an organization that sends out care & gift packages to less fortunate children all over the world later this year, so now I feel a bit more ready for the last two months of ...

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In Bed with Wool

In Bed with Wool

If you're a knitter, chances are high that you know Ashley Yousling and her wonderful podcast, Woolful, who just announced a very exciting collaboration with Making. In every episode, she talks to guests from all over the making community, and I'd highly recommend giving it a listen, whether you consider yourself a maker or not. In her most recent podcast feature, Ashely chats with Sarah Sunshine from Shepherd's Dream, a company that produces sustainably, ethically made natural bedding ...

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Fair Fashion Favourites: Coats

Fair Fashion Favourites: Coats

Are there any wardrobe items you find particularly hard to shop for? For me it has to been coats and jeans - maybe it's because they have to fit in with the rest of our clothes more than other pieces have to (or maybe I'm just picky?). While it might take me a while to find exactly what I'm looking for, I love browsing through different options and narrowing them down to a few favourites. When I talk to friends, I often hear people say how they'd love to add more fair fashion pieces to their wardrobes, but don't always find something that works with their style or wallet, so I thought I'll start sharing curated favourites of mine. The ...

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