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What’s Ahead for Olann and in 2016

For us at Olann and we had an exciting, and at times, frantic second half of 2015 as we launched our magazine. But now that we’re into 2016 and weeks away from issue 2 we have our eyes very firmly set on the future.

But let’s not run away with ourselves just yet. The first issue of Olann and was published on the 19th November. I’m not going to lie, both Lora and myself were anxious about getting it out there. We wanted you, our readers, to love it as much as we did! And you do. Since the launch we have had so many messages of support and congratulations – it’s blown us away. We’re so thankful to all of you who took the time to write to us. Your words mean a good deal to us and gave us a great boost.

We’d also like to thank everyone who got in touch with us to enter our 10-day giveaway where we asked for suggestions for future content. What a great response we had! And such fabulous ideas! We will definitely be taking your ideas on board. We want Olann and to be as much your magazine as ours!

With that in mind we’re eager to make Olann and the best it can be. We’re coming up soon to the publication of the second issue and we’re busy planning our future issues (themes, patterns, features, makes, reviews, etc.). With each issue we will continue to focus on different fibre crafts, looking at the history of the craft and different techniques. We’ll interview notable craftspeople and discover their work and gain insights into the many different worlds of fibre craft.

We have some ideas to expand the content of the magazine and introduce some new regular features. We’ll fill you in on those as the year goes by. Our upcoming patterns are just lovely (ok, we’re slightly biased but we know you’ll agree). You can expect patterns in the different weights of yarn from 4-ply and DK to aran and chunky. We’ll also be dedicating one issue to sock patterns later this year, which we’re really looking forward to (we’re a little obsessed with socks). Lora has such teeny tiny feet that all her socks are hand knit, either by herself or our good friend who goes by Dr Sock.

We’ll be out and about on the road too visiting as many events, exhibitions, workshops and festivals as we can. In the first few months of the year we have visits lined up to Unravel and the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and we’ll be attending some great workshops here in Ireland too.

Just writing all of this down is making me very excited and I can’t wait to immerse myself in fibre in all its forms. One of our goals (we don’t like the word resolutions) for this year is to learn a new craft or skill, so watch this space!

As ever, if you want to get in touch we’d love to here from you. You can email us at deirdre@olannand.ie and lora@olannand.ie. If you’re a designer who’d like to feature in a future issue, mail Lora who’ll give you the rundown on our future themes. And if you’d like to advertise in Olann and drop me a mail at deirdre@olannand.ie

Finally, we’d like to take the time to wish all our readers all the best for 2016 – may it be filled with happiness and crafty goodness!

happy new year

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