Since our last post it has been all go at ECY Shedquarters. We had a great response to the debut update of Keld Aran but there is still a great selection on the website if you havn’t taken a look yet. We have also had a massive update of Keld Fingering which is the original Merino/linen blend, the same as is found in Keld Aran. We have lots of lovely autumnal colours in Keld Fingering and this yarn is just so wonderful. The linen content doesnt take the dye in the same way as the Merino and so you get a rustic look but with a really smooth and soft yarn. You might think that the visible linen slubs could be itchy or irritating but you can’t feel them at all making the yarn soft enough to be worn next to the skin. Some colours have sold out but we still have a great selection available on the website. The image shows Hyssop, Heathered Crags, Faded Bloom and Charcoal.
We have also had a small update of Silverdale DK and Brimham High Twist. Silverdale DK is a blend of Merino, nylon and silver Stellina and this yarn is massively underrated. The update had been timed with the release of a hat pattern using the yarn. Lunar by Su Sayer takes inspiration from the moon to create a beautiful textured pattern. The pattern is available on Payhip here and comes with a large print version for those with additional needs. Silverdale DK gives a good sturdy fabric, has great stitch definition and has the added bones of the subtle silver sparkle running through it which catches the light. Pictures really don’t do justice to this yarn! You can see all the colours from the update in the image.
The week before Halloween we added some seasonal special colourways to the website using Brimham High Twist which is a blend of Merino and nylon in a fingering weight but with a 2ply construction. The plies are tightly spun together to give a really sturdy yarn which takes colour really well. These new spooky special colourways work well with many of the other colours already available on the website or would be great as single skein statement pieces. The image shows Haunted House, Slayer and Pumpkin Seeds.
The other thing keeping us really busy at the moment is the continued excitement for our Yarnlings™. Yarnlings are small balls of yarn which we have in 4ply/fingering weight, DK weight and we also have a few Charcoal aran weight ones! We get a lot of questions about how to use them and have set up a Pinterest board with some ideas. Mostly they are great for small projects or adding a pop of colour into larger projects. What about contrast cuffs or toes on socks, adding a pocket. Using them for little amigurumi or granny square crochet projects? We have some new options for Yarnlings on the website including a 100g sock selection (20 x 5g 4ply Yarnlings all in yarns suitable for socks), 24 Yarnling pairs (48 Yarnlings in a total of 24 types, similar to the kit for the Catvent Cowl by Marna Gilligan but without the pattern download code and project bag) and finally a kit for Victoria’s new design, the Lucky Dip Cowl.
The Lucky Dip Cowl uses one 50g ball of Milburn 4ply in Black Tulip and a 15 Yarnling Lucky Dip. This is a free pattern which you can find on Instagram, on our blog and as a download on our website and Payhip. It would also be a great stashbuster if you have lots of leftovers from other projects. We have lots of kit options on the website for this design; the download on its own, kits with the yarnlings either in a jar or loose and as project bags are now out of stock, kits withough project bags and with Yarnlings in a jar or loose. We will also have pre-orders open for kits with project bags when they are back in stock in early December.
Being out of project bags means that all of our kits and add-on kits are also now showing as out of stock on the website. If you would like to order a kit without a project bag just pop us an email and we can sort that out for you. Our ECY Notions Tins are back on the website, they come with lightbulb pins to use as stitchmarkers in your projects and the tins can then be used to hold any other items you might want.
We will be having a delivery of Milburn DK next week meaning that Wicker will be back in stock and we should have the arrival of Milburn DK in the newest colourway Azalea! This means our Magic Circles kits will also be back in stock. While you wait you could check out our new blog post about this stunning design by Janie Crow. We also have more episodes of The Wholly Irregular ECY Shedcast up on YouTube. These are a great way for us to talk to you about what has been going on, show you the yarns in more detail and suggest colour combinations so do go check our YouTube channel out.
There will also be lots of yarn coming your way very soon as we have Rosedale 4ply and LOTS of mini skeins in the later stages of production!