Gift Knitting Favourites Winter 2018

Gift Knitting Favourites Winter 2018

Whether it’s celebrating Christmas or Hannukah, a bunch of winter birthdays in our circle of friends or just because, this time of year is typically one where the knitters amongst us will often reach for their knitting needles and a beautiful skein of yarn to make something as a gift for a loved one. I, too, absolutely adore using this craft of ours to make someone else happy, and I’m only half joking when I say that knitting is my love language. As a matter of fact, most of what I knit ends up living with family and friends, and this December, I wanted to round up some of my favourite knitwear designs for gift knitting and share a few tips & tricks I have picked up along the way.

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The Story Of Our Highlander Pullover

The Story Of Our Highlander Pullover

Back in April, I first talked about a then new design in the works, our Highlander pullover. Maybe you remember how I shared that I’ve been wanting to design an Outlander-inspired piece for the longest time (our friends and I are huge fans of the show and the gorgeous knitwear it often features!), and since Highlander was just published, I’d love to share a bit more about its story with you today.

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Meet: Vanilla Heirloom!

Meet: Vanilla Heirloom!

Our latest design, Vanilla Heirloom, is now available, and I haven't been this excited for a new pattern release in quite some time. And you know why? With everything we do here at The Wool Club, we aim to contribute to a more sustainable, fair and eco-friendly way of living and making, and this new design feels like an important step in that. To us, an important aspect of sustainable making is providing knitters with patterns that you can use to make pieces that'll last you a long time and that will be loved and worn a lot. 

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5 Ways to Wear: Your Favourite Everyday Sweater

5 Ways to Wear: Your Favourite Everyday Sweater

Next up in our 5 Ways to Wear series is our Vanilla Heirloom sweater, a handknit unisex piece that's destined to become your favourite everyday pullover. It's also an excellent choice for beginner knitters as it comes with lots of extra information and instructions for 5 different gauges, making it suitable for a plethora of yarn weights. You can get a free, basic version here, and the full pattern version is available here. Between Malte and I, we technically have 3 of them: his version in size 4, knit out of Blacker Yarns's Brushwork (now sold out), my slightly oversize version in size 2, knit out of De Rerum Natura's Gilliatt with Moel View Yarn's Veld Lace, and the design sample in size 1, knit out of The Fibre Co.'s Arranmore Light. Here's how I wear it:

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5 Ways to Wear: Your Relaxed Linen Skirt

5 Ways to Wear: Your Relaxed Linen Skirt

When I think about sustainability and fashion, to me, a vital aspect in all of this is aiming to add pieces to our wardrobes that we'll get a lot of wear out of. They don't necessarily have to be things we wear on a daily basis – I'd argue that it's sustainable, too, if I invest in a statement piece that I'll wear for special occasions only, but that is great quality and will last me for many of said special occasions to come, that is in a way timeless that I'll most likely still like it years down the road, or that maybe even serves the purpose for not only me, but friends I'll be able to lend it to or others I might pass it onto should I not wear it anymore. Still, a versatile garment often equals more wears, and after all, making the most out of what we buy and make is what we all want, right?

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10 Ethical Jewelry Spring Favourites

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My friend Alena has been looking for a few new pieces for her jewelry collection, and when she asked me for advice on brands that she would really love to support, I happily started compiling a few favourites. Most of the pieces I personally wear on a daily basis are heirlooms from my mum and mother-in-law or gifts from my husband and friends, and I rarely buy jewelry for myself – definitely something that needs to change in the future, now that I look at those picks! All details below, and you'll find more favourites on our Ethical Jewelry Pinterest board where we'll continue adding new pieces.

 

1 | Luxaa Studs (45 €)  2 | Fremdformat Earrings (29 €)  3 | Bario Neal Band (from 167 €)  4 | Bario Neal Studs (from 315 €)  5 | Bario Neal Studs (from 75 €)  6 | Oh Bracelet Berlin Band (29 €)  7 | ABLE necklace (47 €)  8 | pikfine Earrings (29.90 €)  9 | Fremdformat Bracelet (39 €)  10 | jyoti Studs (29 €)

City Trip Essentials

City Trip Essentials

Back home from a trip to Copenhagen to visit close friends who moved there a couple years ago, I wanted to share a few city trip essentials (many of which I actually took with me!). When we do city trips, we usually walk around quite a bit and spend a lot of time outside, so I included favourites you can comfortably spend a full day in & with, plus a few things that'll make your next city trip extra special. Tell me, what are your essentials you can't do without?

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Not a Valentine's Day outfit

Not a Valentine's Day outfit

Malte and I never celebrate Valentine's Day, but we do love going on dates! It can be as low-key as a long walk (for which I probably would have opted for flats though) or dinner, date nights are always a favourite around here. I feel good in my own skin when I wear skirts or dresses and Malte loves them on me, too, so more often than not they're my go-to for our dates.

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A favourite Travel Uniform

A favourite Travel Uniform

Since I'll be spending a good part of tomorrow on the train to go visit my parents, I thought I'd share one of my all time favourite travel uniforms. It's cosy, comfy, and all pieces are very versatile so I can easily dress them up or down once arrived. A huge tote bag carries everything I need right with me - and believe me, that's a lot! The minimalist purse is a concept I yet have to wrap my head around, and until that happens, I'll happily continue lugging around all the things for whatever situation might come up (think sudden snack needs or a back-up knitting project).

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