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Hello from ECY Shedquarters! Monday is our last public holiday for a little while. As nice as it is to have long weekends it is quite disruptive. So as a thank you for your patience with us through May we are offering a sitewide 10% discount until the end of Monday. You don’t have to enter a code, just add the products to your cart and the discount will be applied automatically. We will be closed on Monday 29th May and so orders will be processed after we get back to work on Tuesday 30th May and shipped the day after.

We have added two new blog posts this week. First is an interview with Hanna Gough of Germander Cottage Crafts. Hanna is a wonderful knit and crochet designer and we wanted to find out a bit more about her. You can find the interview in the Interviews section of our blog. This is actually perfectly timed as Hanna has a new pattern being released today. Flock Socks are made using Oakworth 4ply and feature a dutch/square heel and memorable stitch repeats. The pattern is worked from the cuff down, with a grafted toe and is written in three sizes. You can find Oakworth 4ply on our website and the pattern on Hanna’s website. Hanna will also be hosting a CAL for her upcoming design, the Beyond cardigan. Beyond is a simple cardigan which is ideal for people wanting to start making crochet garments. The sample uses Keld Aran and it is stunning. You can find information about the CAL on Hanna’s website as well as on her Instagram.

The second new post on the blog is a Projects and Patterns post for Tempo 4ply, our original sock yarn. There are lots of fantastic ideas of how to use this great yarn and it has come at a great time as we have a big Tempo 4ply update in progress at the moment. So take a look and get planning your new projects ready for when the yarn goes live. You can find the post on our Yarn Specific Blog Posts Index along with all our other yarn specific blogs. These are a great resource if you would like to know more about a specific yarn or to find inspiration for how to use certain yarns.

There is also a new edition of The Wholly Irregular ECY Shedcast up on YouTube so please do go and check that out as well. I’ve tried to make sure this one is brief so it won’t take too long out of your day!

Following on from our Oakworth 4ply update we have restocked our Echoing Green shawl kits. Echoing Green is a two colour semicircular shawl, by Jaya of Apoorva Designs, knit using Oakworth 4ply in two shades of green. The design was part of the Four Seasons collection by Jaya which was inspired by classic poetry, with each poem and design embodying the spirit of a season. You can find all four patterns on our website, individually and as a bundle, alongside add-on kits and, when the yarns are available, we also have full kits.

Hello from ECY Shedquarters! Today is a yarn pack news extravaganza, but before I get into that I have important information about holidays during May. Here in England we have three (yes THREE) public holidays in May. This means we will be closed on Monday 1st May, Monday 8th May and Monday 29th May and so we will not be processing orders or answering emails on these days, plus Royal Mail will have delays during this time. In addition to this we will also be closed on Friday 19th and Monday 22nd May. Please take this into consideration when ordering in May as it may take longer than normal for you to receive your orders.

We know it can be dauting choosing colour combinations and so we like to help you out with our suggestions. Yarn packs are also cheaper than buying the individual yarns separately. With so much choice available in the recent mini skein update we have put together a number of mini skein bundles. There are sets of three, four, five and seven minis so check those out if you have projects needing those quantities. We also still have Rainbow sets and sparkly Fade Sets available. There is a mini skein collection on the homepage of the website which also includes a mini skein lucky dip listing with options for five, ten, twelve and twenty four minis!

As promised we have been adding more Milburn 4ply options for the Kismet yarn packs to the website, you can find a link to this collection in the main Yarn menu. There are more to come but with all the sizing options they take a little while to set up. Oakworth 4ply packs for this design have been slightly delayed and will now be released next week. Kismet by Rachel Illsley of Unwind Knitwear is a stunning colourwork design featuring small repeats of pattern to give a striking finish. The sweater uses four colours, three colours in a vague fade with the final colour as a contrasting pop. The pattern is available on Payhip. Our yarn packs have size options that correspond with the sizing in the pattern from XS to 5XL to 83 to 157cm / 33.25 to 62.75 inches, with recommended positive ease of 7.5 to 25cm / 3 to 10 inches at the chest circumference.

Janie Crow’s Magic Circles scarf has had a revamp to account for the discontinued Autumn Fields, this has been replaced in the pattern with Dusk and we have added this as a new choice on our website. Jane has very kindly allowed us to use her images of the new sample and you can see those below. You can choose between buying the Yarn Pack Only if you already have the pattern, or the Yarn Pack & Pattern if you don’t. We now have SIX palette options on the website: the new Dusk palette, Claire’s Autumn Woodland palette, the original palette with either Black Tulip or Compost in place of Autumn Fields and our Version Two which has Black Tulip and Rain or Compost and Natural in place of Autumn Fields and Althaea. Find all Magic Circles listings through the link in the main Yarn menu.

While we are talking about Janie Crow, you may have seen her Earth Day post on Instagram which featured a granny square inspired by a beautiful landscape, the image of the granny square has been used with Jane’s permission. The yarns used in that square were Milburn DK in Thyme, Althaea, Dusk, Compost, Natural and Black Tulip. They work so well together that we obviously had to create yarn packs for the combination. You can choose from MIlburn DK or Milburn 4ply and also between 300g (one ball of each colour) or 600g (two balls of each colour). Find these on the website HERE.

I am photographing this yarn today (Thursday) and will get it live on the website as soon as possible. Pendle Sport is our only sportweight yarn and is 100% Superwash extrafine Merino yarn. If you have used any of our Pendle yarns before you will know how soft and bouncy this yarn is. Our testers did a great job with their products and let us know that it is ideal for both garments and accessories. It has great stitch definition making it ideal for cables and also has lovely drape. We will be releasing a blog post with more information about this yarn in the next week or so. When the yarn goes live it will be on the home page of the website and through the Yarn menu.

We have lots of news for you today so I will get straight on with it. First up we have changed the free pattern for new subscribers to the ECY mailing list to Collingham Mitts. These elbow length fingerless mitts are the perfect antidote for cold arms. They’re great for wearing with short-sleeved tops when the weather turns, and work just as well under long-sleeved tops/jackets. Wear them fully stretched or cosily squooshed around the wrists; they work just as well either way. They can also easily be made in one colour — they require approximately 60g of yarn in total. The original sample was made using several colours of Milburn 4ply but they would also be great in mini skeins, Yarnlings or a single colour. Sign up to our newsletter HERE.

We have two exciting patterns to tell you about. First up is Kismet by Rachel Illsley of Unwind Knitwear. This stunning colourwork design is the fifth design of Rachel’s Ffrench Collection and was inspired by small repeating patterns of music interpreted through the use of both pattern and colour. The sweater uses four colours, three colours in a vague fade with the final colour as a contrasting pop. The original sample uses our Oakworth 4ply in Driftwood with three yarns from other dyers. We have Oakworth 4ply yarn packs in four seasonal colour options coming very soon but if you don’t want to wait we also have lots of Milburn 4ply yarn packs to choose from. The packs have size options that correspond with the sizing in the pattern from XS to 5XL to 83 to 157cm / 33.25 to 62.75 inches, with recommended positive ease of 7.5 to 25cm / 3 to 10 inches at the chest circumference.

Speaking of Oakworth 4ply, Kismet yarn packs are part of a larger update of this yarn which is in progress and will be ready by the end of the month!

The second new pattern release is Liath-Reòthadh from Liz Corke, a simple but fun cowlette. Liath-Reòthadh means Hoar Frost in Scottish Gaelic and the pattern is available on Liz’s website. It is knit from the top down like a triangular shawl and joined in the round before the lace pattern starts, featuring leaf patterns and little arrows. This design uses one skein of Titus Fingering in Steel which is not currently available but we do have lots of Titus 4ply available on the website and Milburn 4ply would also be a great substitution.

Following on from our recent mini skein update we now have a selection of mini skein bundles available on the website. These are ideal if you need a number of colours but don’t know where to start in selecting a combination. We also now have Mini Skein Lucky Dip Bundles in five, 10, 12 and 24 minis so you can choose the number needed for your project. If you have any specific requests in the lucky dip products add them to your order notes and we will do our best to honour them from the available stock.

Our latest update is now live on the website and it is Pendle Chunky, our buttery-soft Superwash extrafine Merino. It is perfect for winter accessories as well as lovely cosy jumpers/cardigans. For project inspiration for this yarn check out our blog post HERE. We have a selection of exciting variegated colourways alongside our signature semi-solid colourways. Images show colourways Aquilegia and Dyepot Luck

Have you seen the stunning Patchwork Jacket by Claire Montgomery in this month’s issue of Inside Crochet? The image shown is used courtesy of Inside Crochet, with photography by Mavric Photography. This design uses simple granny square motifs to evoke patchwork quilts. The pattern uses our Milburn DK (Superwash BFL/silk) in 10 colours but could also be a good way to use up stash. Obviously (!) we have yarn packs for the design on the website. The listing includes the sizing information for the pattern and each size option includes the right quantities of yarn for each size. Inside Crochet is available in many stores in the UK as well as being available online.

We may be a bit quiet over the next week as we prepare for Yorkshire Yarn Fest on 4th and 5th March 2023 at Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, York in the UK. You can find information on their website, buy tickets and find out about the workshops taking place over the weekend. We are saving some of our planned updates for the show so if you are coming to see us you will get first dibs on fade sets of yarn (shown in the images), mini skeins and more!

Amici di Maglia in Italy have had a recent delivery of Milburn 4ply and Bowland 4ply so check out their website to get hold of these yarns. We are also about to send another shipment to them so keep an eye on their stock. They also have Oakworth 4ply, Pendle DK and Nateby 4ply in stock!! We have a list of all our stockists around the world on our website, you can find it in the footer menu at the bottom of the page.

We are continuing to see progress with shipping of some international orders from January following the Royal Mail cyber attack, below is a summary of the current status:
– International orders placed and shipped before 23rd December should have been delivered. Please contact us if they have not.
– International orders placed over the festive break are in the system and starting to be processed and have mostly been delivered. Please contact us if they have not.
– EU orders placed since 12th January have been shipped and should be moving through the system.
– International orders (NON EU) shipped between 12th January and 31st January are starting to be acknowledged and make progress but the newest are moving first. A complaint has been raised with Royal Mail about this. We have contacted the affected customers, please let us know if you have not heard from us.
– International orders shipped after 31st January *should* be almost back to a normal service but a little slower.

Happy February yarn fans! We are really excited to finally be able to share Brimham Aran with you. This update has been in the works since last autumn which you will be able to see from some of the colours included. Various things got in the way of the update but we are so thrilled that you will be able to get your hands on it. As with our other Brimham yarns this is a blend of extrafine Merino with nylon and this time in an Aran weight (85% Merino/15% nylon). It has all the softness you would expect from the extrafine merino but with the added durability that comes from the nylon. As this is the first update of Brimham Aran we have mostly gone with our signature semi-solids but with a couple of variegated colourways including our newest — White Iris. You can find all Brimham Aran on the website now!

We have received our latest Milburn delivery so our out of stock colours have been restocked and the next batch has been requested. Older dyelots of some colours are reduced in price so that we can keep the stock as current as possible. This restock means many of our Milburn yarn packs are back in stock including our Milburn blanket packs which are available in both 4ply and DK weights. Blanket packs include one ball of each colour in the Milburn palette — that’s 20 balls!

Now that Royal Mail appears to be running more smoothly again for domestic shipments, we have reinstated First Class and Second Class shipping options on our website. You can still select Courier or Signed For services for extra piece of mind but cheaper options are now available again.

International shipping is sadly still a bit of a mess due to the backlog of parcels from Royal Mail strikes in December and the cyber attack in January. Here is a summary of the current situation:
– International orders placed and shipped before 23rd December should have been delivered. Contact us if they have not.
– International orders placed over the festive break are in the system and starting to be processed.
– EU orders placed since 12th January have been shipped and should be moving through the system.
– International orders (other than EU orders) shipped between 12th January and 31st January are being held by Royal Mail.
– International orders shipped after 31st January *should* be almost back to a normal service but will be slower than the service has been previously.

We still only have tracked international shipping on the website at this time but we do also have courier shipments available which will be much more reliable at this time. Thank you for your continued patience with us through this difficult period.

Happy New Year! We are back to work and our January sale is in full effect. We had a few technical issues during the first week but items in the sale now have the “Reduced from” price visible in the product description which should make this less confusing. The sale continues on the website with all reduced items in the January Sale collection on the homepage but as all hand-dyed yarn is reduced you can also find them in the normal yarn category pages on the website. Our printed patterns are also all reduced. Don’t forget you can browse patterns by craft type, by item type (e.g. garment, shawl etc) and by yarn weight.

We increased the discount on more yarns to 40% — this means yarns at 40% off are Keswick yarns (Merino with Donegal neps), Askham yarns (baby alpaca with silk), Coniston Fingering (Merino and mohair), Silverdale DK (Merino, nylon and silver Stellina) and any hand-dyed yarn with a dyelot from 2021. Our most recent updates (Bowland Aran- 100% BFL and Titus 4ply- extrafine Merino and silk) are at 5% off and other yarns are at 15% off so there are lots of great bargains to be had. We have had lots of orders so far but there is plenty still to choose from.

We really hope this clears some space so that we can have lots more lovely fresh yarn for 2023! We have several updates already in progress including a bumper mini skein update and some gorgeous warm Pendle Chunky (100% Superwash extrafine Merino).

We use Royal Mail for the majority of our shipping and throughout December there were massive backlogs which resulted in some parcels being held for a long period of time. The parcels we know of that had been delayed are now moving through the system and we hope that shipping will be getting back to normal over the next month. Until then we have decided not to reinstate untracked services. Thank you for your patience through this period.

Hello all from a very frosty ECY Shedquarters. Our latest update is now live on the website and it is Bowland Aran! This is our Bluefaced Leicester Aran-weight yarn, so if you are a fan of British yarns this is the one for you! We have restocked with a variety of colours so you have plenty to choose from.

Despite the recent price increases, we have made the decision to keep Aran- and chunky-weight yarns cheaper to make those larger projects a bit more affordable, so we really hope that that helps. As a special extra we will also include a free print copy of Cardamom Rose by Thea Colman in with any orders of three or more skeins of any of our Aran yarns!

Since its debut, Bowland Aran has been really popular, being selected for a number of designs and chosen for many projects. You can see these in our Projects and Patterns blog post HERE. One of our favourites is the Woodbine sweater by Fiona Alice which you can find on LoveCrafts. This uses two colours of Bowland Aran with one colour of Eldwick Lace and we have a selection of yarn packs for this design on the website. We added a handful of batches of Eldwick Lace to the website for these packs so do check out the selection of these as well. The Bowland Aran restock means that we were also able to restock yarn packs for some of the Aran-weight designs in the Cat Knits book by Marna Gilligan. We have copies of the book available on the website and yarn packs for some designs. The Flippy Kitten Mittens and the Peeky Pom Pom Hat are both quick makes and an easy introduction to intarsia knitting.

Coming up very soon we will have a few batches of Bowland 4ply hitting the website to correlate with the release of the Snowdrop Sweater pattern from Zara Powter, aka LilyPurlDesign, which is available on Etsy now. Shortly after that we will also have a new Aran-weight yarn, Brimham Aran, which is extrafine Merino with nylon. This is a lovely soft yarn but with the added durability that comes from nylon. Looking further forward, January will see a bumper mini skein update which features ALL the mini skeins in our range! So although we have now passed the last recommended postage dates for arrival before Christmas there is a lot more to look forward to. If you are stuck for last minute gifts we do have digital pattern downloads and gift cards which are delivered to your inbox automatically, even when we are closed!

We will be closed from Friday 22nd December, through until Monday 9th January so orders placed over the festive period will not be sent until after we are back in the new year.

Happy Yarn Day! I have news of two more updates for you. We are really powering through them at the moment with the hope of getting plenty of beautiful yarn out into the wild by the end of this year. There is plenty more coming too. First I have news of a large Titus 4ply update coming on Friday, 18th November. There will be a few batches of variegated colourways alongside the signature ECY palette of semi-solids. Titus 4ply is one of our original yarns and is one of our most popular for good reason. It is a beautiful mix of Superwash extrafine Merino with mulberry silk meaning that it is soft, smooth and strong.

Last week Hayton DK made a reappearance on the website; it had been quite a while since the last update. We are currently calling this our teddy bear yarn as it is super soft and snuggly and the latest batch has been spun a little plumper than previously which is just making it even better. It is Merino, Cashmere and nylon meaning you get the benefits of all three fibres. This is our first DK update in absolutely ages so I’ve gone for a big range of colours to choose from, I’m hoping it’ll satisfy everyone until I can do more DK! The batches are batches of 10 x 100g skeins, hopefully allowing for sweater quantities.

Hayton DK is a great all round yarn; you can see the variety of projects it has been used for in our Projects and Patterns gallery/inspo blog post.

Two separate dyelots were added to the website. Yarn with dyelot 230922 is part of an older spin batch of Hayton DK and is not as plump as the new dyelot (labelled 251022), therefore we don’t know if your tension/gauge will be the same across both batches – please be aware of this if you are planning to combine colourways from different batches as they might not blend well. There are also a couple of batches which have unexpected pink speckles from where I had dye issues. I personally don’t think they can be excused as a feature (!) and so these speckled batches are reduced in price as a sort of ‘seconds’ situation.

Our festive boxes will be hitting the website very soon so keep your eyes peeled for news of these!

We have exciting news to share: our latest new yarn, Keld Twist, is now available on the website. YAY!!! We all adore this yarn at ECY Shedquarters and the test group do too so it’s really good to finally be able to release it into the wild!

Keld Twist (4ply/fingering weight) is the same beautiful blend of Superwash Merino with linen as found in Keld Fingering and Keld Aran, although slightly different in that this is 16.7% linen whereas the other have only 10%. The linen stands out on medium-dark colours as it doesn’t take the dye the same as the wool, so on a lot of colourways it has a marled effect. The overall look is a slightly rustic yarn with linen fibres providing a little fluff, depth, and texture. Keld Twist is two plies spun together giving this yarn and the resulting fabric a bit more structure than the singles fingering weight. It’s ever so gorgeous and is ideal for summer accessories and garments, working well at a loose gauge as well as a standard 4ply gauge. If you’ve used Keld Aran you’ll find that this is basically the same but thinner. It substitutes into patterns well as a 4ply/fingering weight yarn.

Although we have absolutely fallen in love with this yarn here at ECY Shedquarters I don’t expect you to just take our word for it, so we’ve had a group of testers appraise it for us! They have knitted, crocheted, and Tunisian crocheted – some are still in progress but there’s enough info and opinions for us to go on already. The overall verdict is that everyone absolutely loves this yarn so far! I honestly don’t expect that to be the outcome — if someone had said it was not for them I would include it in the reviews, but they haven’t. You can find our blog post introducing the yarn on our Yarn Specific Blog Posts blog which you can find in the Blog menu on our website. The blog post includes the test projects and the testers’ thoughts about the yarn.

Tis the season for make-alongs and we have news of a crochet-along (CAL) launching today from one of our all-time favourite designers. Janie Crow has released information about the Glad Tidings wrap CAL over on her website. As the pattern is being released in parts the CAL is only available through Ravelry for now but the full pattern will be released on Etsy and Jane’s website after the 15th December. The CAL will be released in sections daily from the 1st to the 15th of December. The pattern recommends 16 x 20g mini skeins of 4ply/fingering weight yarn but you could actually make it in any number of colours. With that in mind we have yarn packs on our website using eight x 50g balls of Milburn with a number of colour combinations and we have a lucky dip mini skein set available too.

We have loads of stuff in progress (as usual) including hand dyed yarn orders in progress for a number of our stockists: Find Me Knitting, Loop and Knitting Pretty have all received orders from us recently and we are working on order for Yarn O’Clock. We have stockists around the world so to find one near you check out our Stockists page. You may be able to save money and time by ordering from a stockist in your region!

Also in progress we have updates of the following yarns:
Hayton DK – Merino/Cashmere/nylon (which I’m dubbing our ‘teddy bear yarn’ because it’s SO squishy)
Titus 4ply – Merino/silk (absolute classic)

These will be coming to the website ASAP – Hayton DK is being photographed and will be on the website very soon (hopefully this week)! Photography is actually really hard over winter as I’m totally incapable of indoor photography, the weather is currently either bright sunshine or raining, and with the darker days there’s a lot less time in the day to photograph yarn! So do watch out for these as once I get them done they can go on the website quickly, so it could be quite short notice!

Coming very soon we will have our festive boxes containing handmade project bags from Kalok Shek Ellen with matching yarn and some other seasonal treats. These will be on the website in the next week or so!

Oops, Socktober is nearly over but the best laid plans often go awry. We had hoped to have an update of sock yarn out at the beginning of the month but as many of you know Victoria had been ill on and off for the past couple of months, culminating in being off with COVID. After recovering Victoria was able to photograph the update of Brimham 4ply so that it could go live on the website. There are 100g skeins and 20g mini skeins with lots of options of yarn packs in lots of colour combinations. Some of these have been curated for use in MKALs too. Brimham 4ply is our extrafine Merino/nylon sock yarn, which is super-soft, squishy, and strong. It honestly does tick all the boxes.

We have also added Silverdale DK to the website to coincide with the latest issue of Moorit. In this issue there is a design from Sandra Guttierez aka Nomad Stitches which uses two colours of this yarn (Loganberry and Charcoal) in a striking colourblock sweater (shown in the images, photo copyright Moorit and Amelia Claudia Photography). Issues of Moorit are available from many stockists — including Indie Untangled — as well as directly through the Moorit website. Silverdale DK is a blend of Merino, nylon and silver Stellina and it is available on our website now.

We had a stock take of all our printed patterns recently and found that we have quite a lot of older stock. As we are moving more towards digital patterns we have decided to put these on sale. We have added a new heading to the Pattern menu for Reduced Printed Patterns so that they are nice and easy to find.

Finally, there are a LOT of postal strikes coming up between now and Christmas. It’s going to cause a lot of delays for small businesses like us who don’t have contracts with other couriers. What I would say is please consider choosing “courier” as your shipping option at checkout if you’re concerned about timing — that doesn’t speed us up (we already work as fast as we can!) but it should speed up the actual delivery. And… it’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas presents now — seriously! If that’s something that’s going to stress you out it is worth starting now — not just yarn, but anything that you’re ordering online, especially from small businesses.