December 10, 2015

An update from Eden Cottage Yarns

This month brings us the last ECY update for 2015, and lots of news for you.

First of all there’s the new hand dyed yarn — primarily Bowland DK (100% superwash British Bluefaced Leicester) and BFL Sock (also 100% superwash British BFL). Also look out for our gorgeous hand-carved shawl pins and sheep straight from our woodturner friend in Japan.

Next up, we’re having a sale on our lovely Askham 4ply — this baby alpaca/silk yarn is super-fine and soft, with 200m to each 50g ball and reduced by 25%, it’s a great oppurtunity to stock up on sweater quantities. Speaking of which, we also offer 10% off (automatically applied) when you purchase 500g or more of Milburn 4ply, Askham 4ply, Whitfell DK, or Whitfell Chunky. We thought it’d be helpful for those larger projects! This leads me to saying that we now have a limited quantity of the lovely Whitfell DK (100% baby alpaca) in Steel, and Whitfell Chunky (also 100% baby alpaca) in Natural and Steel. Look out for Maya’s Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska on Ravelry, as that is a beautiful new pattern which uses three 100g balls/skeins of Whitfell Chunky.

What else…? We now have five colours of our ever-popular Milburn 4ply (superwash British BFL/Silk) available in balls as well as skeins. We thought it would be great to be able to pick it up and cast on immediately — plus it looks neater!

Stuck for a gift for a knitting friend (or yourself)? Our Drift Collection books would be a great gift — it’s a pretty hefty tome, with plenty of patterns to choose from and lots of lush photography.

Finally, may I remind you that we offer free UK shipping on orders over £50 and free international shipping on orders over £100. Customers outside the EU — once you put your address in our website does also take the 20% UK sales tax off for you.

July 2, 2015

Scorchio! It’s a red-hot update from Eden Cottage Yarns, ready for all that glorious holiday knitting.

The monthly update from Eden Cottage Yarns will be live on 5th July 2015 at 1400 BST. It’s a bumper offering this month, with everything from Aisling kits through to beautifully hand carved wooden sheep and shawl pins, all the way from our master craftsman in Japan. Would you like a sneaky preview of what will be on offer? Walk this way!

First up, we have both the original combination of Ice and Rambling Rose on Titus 4ply (75% merino, 25% silk) in the Aisling Kits. The Aisling shawl was designed by Justyna Lorkowska for Edinburgh Yarn Festival and has been hugely popular since. Confession time: we’re a little Aisling-mad over here and have created a number of colour combinations over the past few updates, including the latest one, which is Whispering Grass and Hibiscus. This adds a more earthy edge to the romantic styling of the Aisling design and we love it. Of course, if you’d like to go wild and design your own colour combination, you can make it into a kit by purchasing the Aisling kit add-on.

If shawls are your thing, but you’d like some mindless summer knitting in the form of squishy, effortless garter stitch, we’ve also put together some limited edition Quadratic kits. This design was created by our own David O’Kelly and has been another popular shawl. Grab your ready-wound yarnling and main colour combinations or indeed use up special yarn leftovers in this versatile project. (Psst! We also have a handful of yarnling jars available. It’s JUST like being in a sweet shop!)

We almost died of cute when the latest shipment of hand-carved sheep, lambs and penguins arrived from Wood Works Crando in Japan. There are a variety of sheep breeds to choose from, including Herdwick and Suffolk, as well as little lambs to make your sheepy family complete! Also available are beautifully crafted wooden shawl pins, perfect for keeping your knitwear secure with rounded edges to prevent damage to delicates.

And as well as all that….

There’s a whole heap of Titus 4ply, BFL Sock and Oakworth 4ply (100% polwarth) in various shades from our standard range along with some new variations for you.

It’s a lot to remember, so if you’d like to be kept up to date (and receive a handy email reminder as the update goes live) you can sign up for our newsletter here.

December 11, 2014

Deciphering the code: Introducing our beautiful new collection for Milburn 4ply

Eden Cottage Yarns and Joanne Scrace have collaborated on a brand new collection for the Milburn 4ply yarn range, a luxury blend of 85% British Bluefaced Leicester and 15% silk. Encompassing both knitting and crochet patterns, the collection showcases the versatility of this beautiful yarn.

Passionate about knitting for a purpose, Victoria and Joanne were keen that the designs had a strong emphasis on wearable, everyday wardrobe staples to take you through every season. Milburn is just too nice to knit something and pop it in a drawer for safe keeping. This lustrous and silky yarn cries out to be worn at every opportunity.

The Bletchley Collection explores early computing and encoding machines and the codes themselves, along with the women that operated them. Drawing on these influences, the shapes and styles in the patterns are a nod to the 1940s, reworked in a modern way to make them wearable for current times.

Comprising both knitted and crocheted designs and with skill levels from easy through to intermediate, there is something to suit all abilities, tastes and budgets.

Everything Bletchley related is now available on the Eden Cottage Yarns website – there are print patterns, kits, and pre-orders for the print book. The print patterns and book come with a complimentary digital copy. The book is due to be released on the 30th of January and we will be posting out pre-ordered copies to hopefully arrive on the day (postal systems depending).

The kits for the cardigans cleverly enable you to choose both your colour AND sizing, to ensure you get the correct quantity of yarn for your project.