December 12, 2019

Your Favorite Sheep Are Here!

  • A pattern wallet with cartoon sheep.

Friday the 13th at 9 a.m. Pacific time, get your lucky pants on and join us for a special re-release of our customer favorite knitting and sheep-y fabrics! These are limited and ready to ship. Order quick and we will get your order out to you in time to arrive by Christmas!

Also, don’t forget to check out the shop! We have BRAND NEW Travel Organizers for Needles & Hooks! There are awesome designs in every category, perfect for your gift-giving needs!

December 12, 2019

Elements Yarn Club

  • Water with ripples and a reflection.

Hi. I’m Christy from Les Belles Lainages and I’m so excited to introduce my new yarn club called Elements. I just concluded my Advent calendar and had so much fun I decided to keep going. Here’s how it will work:

I’m calling it Elements because I’ve taken beautiful photos from the four elements — Air, Water, Earth and Fire — to use as inspiration. I always love seeing a person’s interpretation of color from a photo brought to life in fiber and thought you might like it, too. It will run for four months and each month subscribers will receive two full skeins of yarn, one variegated/speckled and one coordinating tonal/solid, along with a fun little gift. The yarn will be extra fine Merino, which is some of the softest yarn commercially available, and fingering weight, but there will also be a surprise in there as well… you might just find some mohair mixed in in some capacity.

Subscriptions are currently open and will run through January 10 or they sell out, whichever comes first. Orders will begin shipping on the 20th of each month and run through April.

On another note, we’re having a site-wide sale until December 23 so pop over and take a look! I’ve added some fun OOAK colorways as well as some three- and four-skein fades.


December 7, 2019

PNW Crocheters – Crochet is coming to Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat!

  • A yellow crocheted shawl with the words Shawls on the side.

The Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat is happening February 13-16, 2020 in Tacoma, Washington, at Hotel Murano. This event is replacing the long-revered Madrona!

As you know, crochet has not been part of Madrona for many years. Ted Alder is changing that up and I’m teaching six crochet classes. I’m thrilled to be an instructor at the inaugural event! The classes I will be teaching are as follows:

Thursday PM: Shawls On the Side
Friday AM: Tunisian Basics
Friday PM: Tunisian Short Rows
Saturday AM: Tunisian Knit Entrelac
Sunday AM: Colorwork Made Easy
Sunday PM: Dragon Scales Bracelet

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have and I hope to see many of you there.

December 5, 2019

Yarnover Truck Happiness Gradient Yarn Club is Open to New Members!

A cake of blue gradient yarn with patterns.

Join the second half of the Yarnover Truck Happiness Gradient Yarn Club for the final three packages. It’s a great holiday gift for a fiber-loving friend or family member, too!

Our club theme is Happiness and it still includes three packages, plus you’ll have the chance to order some skeins of the first three colors already shared! Each package includes an exclusively hand-dyed gradient colorway from Apple Tree Knits, one new knit pattern and one new crochet pattern, plus some fun extras all tied to the theme.

Get all the details and sign up on our website.

December 5, 2019

Limited Edition Festive Yarn and a Crochet Scarf kit from Janie Crow

  • White yarn speckled with green and red.

I am feeling really creative at the moment and you may have noticed this coming out in my whimsical seasonal yarns. This year I am feeling very festive already and have thrown caution to the wind (I know how to live!) with a new colourway I am calling Festive Fun! It was first released on our new Brimham High Twist sock yarn base, which is a blend of extrafine Merino with nylon in a fingering weight but this sold out really quickly and so I have opened a pre-order for more. This plus two other winter inspired colourways (Winter Lights, and Winter Solstice), and a OOAK Cottage Original batch are available on the website now.

I have also added a little batch of fluffy Festive Fun (Coniston Fingering – our other new yarn, Merino and Mohair!!) and sparkly Festive Fun (Nateby 4ply) will be coming soon. Which leads me nicely on to our next update which will be Nateby 4ply and will take place on Monday 16th December at 8 a.m. (UK time). You can expect Festive Fun plus a combination of variegated colourways and our signature semisolids.

Here at ECY Shedquarters we love sharing the results of collaborations with designers and this week we have an incredibly exciting design to share with you. Jane Crowfoot (you may know her better as Janie Crow) has really captured everything that is great about the Milburn DK palette in the Magic Circles Scarf – when I put together the Milburn palette I had in mind the overall ‘look’ – so to see it crocheted up into such a beautiful design is quite a significant wish fulfilment for me if I’m honest. Hence my gushing about it!

For now this design is only available as a kit including 17 balls of Milburn DK and a printed copy of the pattern which you can get hold of either through our website or Jane’s.

Are you looking for a present for the yarnie in your life but aren’t sure what to get? We can help!! We have gift vouchers available on the website all year round. Or for a more personal touch we offer Gift Selection Help. Simply select the size of gift and give us some details about the recipient (e.g., do they knit/crochet? What colours do they love/ should we avoid? Are they a beginner/more experienced?) and we will put together a parcel especially for them! You can find both items in the Gifts section of the website which can be accessed via the Yarn menu.

With Christmas fast approaching we are already feeling the effects. The most important for our customers is how this affects our order shipping timelines. Please allow a little bit of extra time for delivery during this busy time and take note of the following last order dates to allow adequate time for delivery by Christmas. Orders placed after this probably won’t arrive in time. We won’t be processing orders after the 20th as we’ll be closed for annual leave (as you might imagine!).

UK 1st class Wednesday 18th December
UK 2nd class Monday 16th December
Mainland Europe/EU* Friday 13th December
USA/Canada Wednesday 11th December
Australia/New Zealand/*Eastern Europe
/Sweden/Italy/Greece/Turkey Monday 9th December
Asia/Far and Middle East/Central and
South America /Africa Friday 6th December

December 4, 2019

The Yarn You Need When You Don’t Need More Yarn

  • Fuzzy teal yarn.

I love yarn. I collect it with no apparent pattern in mind. It’s soft and beautiful. I don’t have to feed it or clean up after it. There are plastic bins involved now. I am knitting as fast as I can, everywhere I can but still, the stash does not decrease. I have no idea why (wink, wink). I don’t need more yarn…

Then along comes Goddess, the laceweight Kid Mohair/Merino epic yarn of my life! I carry a skein in my purse for emergencies like traffic stress or when some poor sod asks me what I do…

Warning: I am a yarn enabler! Read further at your own yarn storage risk.

So. Goddess. The yarn you need when you absolutely don’t need any more yarn. I say this because it’s what I call a “stash mobilizer.” You can pair Goddess with other yarns in your stash and have heaps of fun with the resulting texture and colours. It can help stretch yarns into more patterns by bumping up their gauge and coverage. Goddess is the most versatile yarn in my shop because you can hold it single with a smaller needle and get a fine fabric, or use a larger needle and go for a lacey look; hold Goddess double and you’re in a fingering weight/4ply territory. Or as we just talked about, add a single or double strand to another yarn and you suddenly have a sport or a bulky.

Oh. My. Gosh. I never, ever, ever imagined I would be knitting with a lace weight yarn! But here I am, thinking of all the ways I can keep knitting with it! There’s just no end. And it’s only 50 grams – such a tiny package for 450 meters! Seriously, how can little teeny, weeny, 50 grams of Goddess not be a blessing to the stash! And I haven’t even mentioned the floof factor…

Goddess has the most sophisticated amount of sexy floof. Dare I call it aloof floof? Sometimes Kid Mohair can be a little teenage musical for my taste. Not Goddess. It’s floof perfection. It adds this ephemeral, heat shimmer of an effect that has to be experienced to truly appreciate.

And please, if you know me, you know this isn’t a made-up sales pitch — I actually am experiencing Goddess as such a great resource, and just want you to feel this joy too! So use Goddess to mobilize that stash and add so much potential to what you can make.

Sparkly Friends to Mind Your Ends!

  • A hand holds a white plastic bunny and silver and yellow plastic sheep.

Give yourself a gift to enjoy while you knit and crochet gifts for others! These festive end minders keep your loose ends tidy while dancing a little jig on the edge of your project. Choose from Christmas, Hanukkah or Solstice! The colors for these sets are brand new and include glitter gold, glitter silver, red, green, translucent white and translucent blue.

Since sheep, lambs and rabbits have been equally popular so far, I decided to make this a mixed set of all three critters! If you haven’t treated yourself to a set yet, this is a great way to test out all three shapes and decide which is your favorite. Which color or holiday would bring you the most joy?

December 2, 2019

Gift lists complete with the FunHouse Cowl – December’s Pattern of the Month

If you’re looking for a quick, interesting and customizable crochet project, look no further than the FunHouse Cowl!

Create using chunky yarn in different colors, or a long variegation to create a stunning effect, or go for a solid color for a more subtle finish. This cowl, as written, can be worn long, or looped around the neck up to two times, depending on the look and warmth desired.

Automatically discounted to AU$2 (that’s ~US$1.36) when purchased before December 31st on either or on Ravelry, and it’s Indie Design Gift-a-Long eligible!

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