création & savoir-faire in paris
pomfest in london
The 14th & 15th of July, we were part of Pomfest in London, and we have been enjoying these days so much. We feel lucky to be part of the knitting world, with so much kindness around. The most precious part of an event like this, is the connection made with people - both visiting knitters, and exhibitors around us, whom we got to spend little but precious time with. The place was really charming, the music was so good, it was fun and colorful! Pomfest was also the first time we got to show the newness of Biches & Bûches - We have indeed, quite quietly, been working on our kits and yarn these past few months! You will hear more about that in the coming weeks! And believe us, we cannot wait! <3
Here are some sneak peaks of the fest!
A weekend at Isager's
As you may have seen on Instagram, I just came back from a fabulous weekend in the North: my home country, Denmark. It was a gathering of people that deeply inspire me, along with cake, talks and connection. Can’t really beat that, can you! Feeling so thankful to have met (and met again) these ladies and shared a weekend in their company.
A few years ago, I visited Isager Yarns at their headquarters in the countryside by the sea, in the very North of Denmark. This year, I was back at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the brand. Today, Marianne and Helga Isager (mum and daughter) work together in the company and they are famously known for their very special and beautiful knitting patterns and yarn.
Our visit included the new shop, as they have moved into an old farmhouse, and an old school where the offices are and all the yarn stock. There is a café alongside the shop in the farmhouse, where we spent a lot of time wondering what more to buy and choosing the very right colors for our shop and for our next knitting projects.
Helga Isager presented all the models from her latest pattern book The Artisan and told about her inspiration and idea with the collection. It was very exciting to see the sweaters for real and be able to try them on. I am always surprised by Helga Isager's designs, because the sweaters look so small, but they fit just everyone. And I love the small details that make the whole sweater. I fell completely in love with the model Ivory (the cover model) that I have chosen to knit in a dark green color of Spinni! Total crush.
On Saturday night, at the occasion of a gorgeous dinner, Marianne Isager guided us through her beautiful journey as a knit designer. She has published a lot of pattern books with various themes and she is a master of combining colors in her designs. There was a catwalk with so many of her sweaters and it was just fascinating for me to be reminded of the broad spectrum of her designs. Indeed, I have always been a great admirer of her work, all the way back to Denmark when I was around 20 years old, when I started buying her pattern books and knit her designs.
From the very beginning of Biches & Bûches, we have been carrying wool from Isager, some gorgeous qualities that I chose to sell in our web shop and use as part of our designs and knitting kits. All the yarns are natural and of the very best quality, the color range is wide with incredible pastel and earthen colors.
A visit to Isager's is also the perfect occasion for us to discover all the new yarn qualities and colors. And of course, we have brought home a whole lot of new colors in Spinni, Alpaca 1 and 2, Highland, Isager Tweed and Silk Mohair (Caroline will be busy taking photos of all these new beauties!) We are so excited to show you all this!
As you know, Helga Isager recently published the pattern book The Artisan which is inspired by life at the beginning of the last century with gorgeous simple designs! You can find the book in English, German and Danish in our shop. And for our French knitters, Helga Isager's coffee table book with the Danish title Finstrikket, now exists in French with 24 models for woman and kids!
Laine Magazine Issue 2
We are so happy and honored to be part of Laine Magazine Issue 2, what a dream! Feeling so humbled to be part of this beauty, side by side with designers we love so much and admire, and that our little story is something they wanted to share with the world.
Thank you so so much Jonna, Sini, and Elina, and e v e r y b o d y else <3
If you don't know about it yet, Laine Magazine is a beautiful gathering of people, beauty and peacefulness, with that northern light and glow, shared by the 3 incredibly talented Finnish co-editors of Laine: Jonna, Sini and Elina. It is a very special and intimate way to get to know more about our fiber community, as stories and feeling are shared openly, while we can carry it preciously around, read it in our bed, and expose it on the shelves in our home.
You can find the list of Laine's stockists all around the world right here, and if you are not following Laine on Instagram, make sure you do and get blown away by the beauty. You can find them at @laine_magazine <3
Along with a piece of our story, you will also find the pattern to The Biches & Bûches no. 60, our rustic delicate wrap, designed by Astrid especially for Issue 2! You can see more photographs of this piece in our Accessories, and we made a special kit without the pattern for the readers of Laine!
We hope you have, or will, enjoy it <3
the woolful x biches & bûches knitalong
For those who don't know Ashley and her blog Woolful yet, don't loose another minute and go take all the woolen richness in. She interviews fiber people all around the world, with backgrounds and stories so different from one another, but all with the love of wool uniting us. These podcasts often accompany us while knitting, completing our experience one hundred percent, while learning loads of things.
Ashley lives on her farm in Idaho with her sweet little family, husband and two boys, dogs, chickens, cows and sheep. Talented knitter and designer, she also has a little shop, "Woolful mercantile", with delicious yarn.
Last summer, we were incredibly happy to become part of the Woolful podcasts, and you can listen to the no. 67 to get to know us a little better, with our Danish accent, our nonsense talking and long pauses. We hope you have or will enjoy it!
As we are a young and unknown little company, along with the podcast, Ashley launched a year-long knitalong with us with the idea of making more people discover our yarn and designs. The guidelines are very simple: you can order any knitting kit or any Biches & Bûches yarn from our little shop and discover our brand along with other knitters around the world! Then during the year, there are 4 drawings to send some gifts! The first one was in December, and the winner received a Biches & Bûches Winter Mittens Kit in the colors of her choice. The second one will be drawn by Ashley and it should be very soon! All you have to do to be part of the drawing is then just to post a photograph on your Instagram with either your knitting kit, yarn, knitting in progress of finished item with the hashtag #woolfulxbichesKAL <3
We are also part of the knitalong!
As you may be following on our Instagram, we are knitting with you guys! And you can ask us anything you like anytime you want about it. Astrid has chosen to knit the Biches & Bûches no. 25, while giving it a new touch with new light colors, an all-natural sweater, with the delicate pattern on the cuffs and neckband in a grey shade. I decided to start on our Winter Mittens, that I love so much and will be able to wear for next winter, in a beautiful Blue-Grey & Beige color combo.
To see all the Biches & Bûches projects going on, you can take look at #woolfulxbichesKAL on Instagram!
If you have any questions or comments, just put some words in right underneath! It's always a delight to hear from you!