March 4, 2021

Pendle 4ply update and a sale!

  • Purple and pink yarn.

The bumper Pendle 4ply update is finally here! It went live on Monday, but don’t worry you haven’t missed out. I’ve been alluding to this update for ages — I had about 20 dye lots to play with which was really exciting for me as it meant not having to narrow down my colour choices so much. But then *everything* got in the way and it’s been sat waiting for ages for the photography to happen. On Monday the stars (or… clouds) finally aligned and I got all the photos done!

There are so many amazing colours for you to choose from, some deep and rich, some soft and pale and some variegated favourites. Pendle 4ply is an old favourite: pure Superwash Merino. It is soft and bouncy yarn which is great in shawls, accessories and garments. The only thing I wouldn’t recommend it for is socks because it is soft and fine wool, so after a few washes it’ll get a bit felted, and if you wear socks hard it would do the same. Not that it isn’t lovely on the tootsies, but it’s not the most ideal sock yarn. I have photographed lots of combinations of these yarns and you will find these in the update flickr album. Colours shown are: picture 1 – Mirkwood, Meadow Rue and Allium, picture 2 – Harbour, Cottage Snow Queen and Granite.

Also in flickr we have added combinations of Coniston Fingering with Keld Fingering to provide colourway inspiration for the latest pattern release from Jaya of Apoorva Designs. The Color Pop Shawl (picture used courtesy of Apoorva Designs) was first published in yarnpeople issue 5 but has been re-released with a new sample. Color Pop is a top-down, winged triangular shawl that uses a simple two-colour slip stitch pattern which creates coloured dots and lines that run across the length of the shawl giving it a classic texture. The shawl is a quick knit and also makes for a great start for those eager to learn slip stitch knitting. It uses one skein of Coniston Fingering as the main colour with one skein of Keld Fingering as the contrast colour. You will find the combinations on page 4 of the Two Colour Combination album. Combinations shown are Coniston Fingering in Ash with Keld Fingering in Dandelion and Coniston Fingering in Flowering Currant with Keld Fingering in Winter Garden.

🌼 Spring Sale 🌼
We had lovely weather here at ECY Shedquarters over the weekend so we thought we would do a spring sale to help clear the decks of some older batches. You can find all the reduced items in a section on the home page of the website, the prices have been reduced so you don’t need a discount code and you can still use the 100THANKS discount code for orders with a pre-tax value of over £100.

Having a clear out means more space for all the exciting yarn we have coming up over the next couple of months. Around mid-March we have a sparkly update including the introduction of Silverdale 4ply (like Rosedale 4ply but with silver stellina sparkle instead of gold!!). This is a huge update of Rosedale 4ply and Silverdale 4ply, full and mini skeins plus fade sets and rainbows! Late March we will have Keld Fingering – our super popular merino/linen singles yarn. Plus we have Hayton DK and Bowland DK almost ready for you and Bowland Aran going into the dyepots today and a lot more waiting to be dyed!!

February 25, 2021

Coniston Fingering live on the website!

  • Purple houndstooth fingerless mitts.

I have been off my feet for a while recovering from a procedure on my foot and that has slowed down yarn production but has meant I have had lots of time to work on pattern admin.

The first pattern I tackled was Rokeby, one of my oldest patterns – first released in 2010 😱 – fingerless mitts or fingerless gloves using two colours of Milburn 4ply™. They feature a houndstooth check pattern and an optional flip top to convert them into mittens. To revamp the pattern I obviously had to make a new sample, which turned into two samples 😆 and it reminded me how much I love houndstooth. Anyway, my point is that the pattern has been updated with new pictures and some clarifications to the instructions. You can get the digital download on our website. If you had previously purchased the download from either Ravelry or our website you should have had an email with the new version. If you had previously bought the pattern on Ravelry and can no longer access the site just pop us an email and we will send you a copy. The pattern contains two colour combinations and both have been made available as kits on the website alongside another bonus combination. You can choose from Fern with Charcoal, Black Tulip with Dusk or Estuary with Wicker. The kit includes a digital download of the pattern rather than a printed copy so you will receive that via a link in an email.

After working on the mitts I had the houndstooth bug and just had to keep going with it. From that the Rokeby Cowl was born! This cowl uses one 50g ball of each colour (I have used Milburn 4ply™ in Estuary and Wicker) and I have designed it so that you use as much of the ball as possible. The pattern is available on our website and you can also buy it as a kit in the same three colour options as the mitts so that you can make matching accessories or not! It is up to you. I have recorded a Shedcast about the design if you would like to know more and at the end of it I have included a demo of two-handed stranded colourwork knitting to give you an idea of how I do it. Check out the Shedcast over on the Eden Cottage Yarns YouTube channel — don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already! 😍

I have managed to get a couple of hours of photography done and so Coniston Fingering (Merino/mohair singles yarn) is live on the website now! I know you are going to love the great selection of colourways I have for you, some semi-solids and some variegated favourites. I have included my Carnations colourway (shown in the images, also shown is Dark Oak) too, in honour of Helda Panagary’s beautiful design, Frosted Neckerchief, from issue 131 of Inside Crochet. Digital copies of the magazine are still available online.

Liz Corke is the latest designer that we have interviewed for our blog and it is a really interesting read! To find out more about Liz and her designing process head over to the blog and do be sure to check out Liz’s website (we have a link to it in our blog post) for her latest pattern releases Claiseach and Dromanach. Claiseach is a hat made using a single skein of Hayton DK in Snow Leopard and Dromanach are mitts made using Hayton 4ply in Woodland Strawberries. The colours used for these two designs are both quite simple with a base of natural cream with dapples of colour providing interest. We have a small amount of new Hayton DK including Snow Leopard coming soon so will let you know when that is available. Woodland Strawberries will be available on Pendle 4ply when that update goes live (hopefully in the next week).

Milburn 4ply™ Yarnlings™ — Yes you read that right! Would you like a way of using different colours of Milburn without having to buy full balls? If so these packs are for you. On the website you will find a curated selection of Milburn 4ply™ Yarnling™ sets with options to suit any project. There are colour themed packs, bright packs, soft packs and a set of neutrals. We have also added a set of all 19 colours from the current palette. This set will also include Damson and Moss Yarnlings™ for free while stocks last so you will actually receive 21 colours for the price of 19! If you are new to the concept of Yarnlings™ we have a blog post which answers all the questions you might have.

February 11, 2021

Introducing the newest Milburn shade – Dusk!

  • A basked of purple balls of yarn.

Hello all! ECY Shedquarters has been enjoying some wonderful snow this past few weeks. It has been beautiful to look at but has given us a few issues with getting to the post office. The delays were never more than a day so there is nothing to worry about if you have placed an order.

The time has finally come for us to unveil the new addition to the Milburn palette. Please welcome Dusk!! Dusk has been an ECY classic for many years and we are sure it will be as popular on Milburn. To read more about this exciting new colourway check out our blog post about it. You will find our colour combination suggestions (the image shows Natural, Dusk and Estuary) on flickr and yarn packs including Dusk will be being added to the website over the next few weeks. Kits will gradually be updated with Dusk as an option over the next few weeks (this is quite a big job!!). If you see a kit on the website but would like to order it in Dusk before the option has been added choose another colour option and let us know in the order notes that you would like it in Dusk.

We have also been busy with producing the hand-dyed yarns you would expect from us. The snow makes it harder to get the yarn photographed so we aren’t able to give as much warning of when updates will be going live. The best way to find out when yarns go live is to sign up to our newsletter. You will find a link for this on the website. To give you an idea of what we have coming up, updates in progress include Pendle 4ply, Coniston Fingering, Lowther Lace, Rosedale 4ply and the introduction of Silverdale 4ply! Plus Bowland DK and Hayton DK so that should be plenty for you to choose from!

Our most recent update was Oakworth 4ply and before that we also snuck a few colourways of Bowland 4ply on to the website. Both of these yarns are pure Superwash wool, Oakworth 4ply being NZ Polwarth and Bowland 4ply being British Bluefaced Leicester. Oakworth 4ply is shown in colourways Hot Choc, Secret Garden and Cottage Original 2801210952. Bowland 4ply is shown in Murmuration and Larkspur. They are both really great all round yarns and I have done a great selection of colourways for you. Oakworth 4ply is a wonderfully versatile yarn. My latest pair of Daydreamer Socks used Oakworth 4ply in Bog Myrtle. You might not think of using a pure wool yarn for socks but the Polwarth wool is up to the test! This yarn is also great in shawls like Echoing Green by Jaya of Apoorva Designs which you can see in the images.

As we have Hosta and Larch included in this update we also have kits for this design back on the website. Our colours have evolved a bit over time and you can see the difference in Larch in the image. If these are not your colours there are plenty of other two colour combinations you can choose from and these can be made into a kit using the Add-on kit. If garments are more your thing, the Blossoming Sweater by Rachel Illsley of Unwind Knitwear is a beautiful design with colourwork detailing. This pattern is currently only available through Ravelry but showcases the yarn beautifully. Rachel used Driftwood and Briar Rose.

January 28, 2021

Announcing a new shade for the Milburn palette

  • A basket of yarn in black and white.

Friday will see the unveiling of our latest Milburn colourway! Yippeee! The announcement will be made in our newsletter at 1 p.m. and will be on social media shortly afterwards. You will be able to buy this new colourway on 4ply and DK from Monday 1st February at 9 a.m. UK time.

Friday also sees our Oakworth DK update go live at 1 p.m. We had hoped to have this update before the end of December but we ran out of time and haven’t really had suitable photography weather through January. Oakworth DK is pure Superwash Polwarth wool, so it’s more woolly than Merino, and I find it more hardwearing too. It’s a lovely crisp, solid yarn (it’s still smooth though) which softens with use. It makes a really nice addition to our stable as it is quite different to the merino and BFL bases. Colourways shown are Thunder, Twig. and Steel

A little bit earlier in the month we had a large mini skein update including Brimham 4ply and Nateby 4ply. Both of these yarns are Merino/nylon blends with Nateby being our original sparkly yarn also including silver lurex (picture shows Nateby colourways Hyssop, Faded Bloom, Hedgerow, Falling Leaves, Stone and Ash). There were also a few mini skeins of Rosedale 4ply (picture shows Damson, Coal and Tide) and the new Silverdale 4ply — these are also sparkly Merino/nylon blends but with Stellina – Rosedale has gold Stellina and Silverdale has silver! (see what we did there?!😆). We had hoped to have a full update to introduce Silverdale 4ply but the yarn is not currently available to us so this is on hold for a little while longer.

I have a couple of bits of shipping admin to share with you. With all the drama relating to shipping delays that the last few months brought us we have added another service level. You now will see the options for Standard shipping (split into first and second class for the UK only), Courier, and now the new Airmail Tracked & Signed option (1st class Signed For in the UK only). Signed For/Tracked and Signed is a way of adding extra peace of mind to your shipping without the extra cost associated with a courier shipment. This is a new offering for us and it may lead to some teething problems but hopefully it will be a positive addition all round. Take a look at our Shipping Info page to check out all the changes.

Customers in Europe are likely to experience delays in receiving their orders as the UK and EU work through the teething problems of the new trade deal. Please do be aware that if you are in the EU and placing an order with a VAT registered company in the UK, you are almost definitely going to have to pay an import tax. This is instead of the VAT that you would previously have paid as part of the order. It is the same system as you would use if you are ordering from America, China or any other non-EU country. Delivery agents (e.g. couriers/postal services) will also add their own fees on top of the import tax to cover their administration fees — we can’t tell you how much it’ll be because we are not given any indication of it at all. Sadly this is not something that we have any control over and is the new normal. Please do take this into consideration when placing orders as it will increase the overall cost of the order and the fees will have to be paid for you to receive your order.

We have also had notification that one of our main (and most reliable!) couriers has suspended part of their European service until they are more able to cope with the increased complexity of the process. When booking courier shipments we always do our best to find an appropriate service for the price charged to our customers. As the courier market is so variable at this time we may in some cases not be able to find a service to suit. In this case we will contact you to discuss possible options, whether this would be an increased cost for the shipment or the use of an alternative service. This is reflected on our Shipping Info page.

That’s the boring bit over with! The lovely Sophie McKane (aka Unicorn Designs) gave up some of her time for an interview with us about her life and designs. She is a fabulous knitwear designer specialising in (but not by any means limited to) garments for children and fingerless mitts. You can find links to the recent patterns she has released using our yarn on the Design Collaboration page but please be aware that some of the older links may be for Ravelry. Head over to our blog to read the interview.

We’re still working differently to how we used to, due to Covid restrictions and being as careful as possible. Between that and Brexit-related delays (which I’m sure will be a recurring theme for some time to come, sorry!) my turnaround time on yarn is about the same as last year – slow! It’s fine and I for one am not unhappy about it; it’s just different. We’re increasingly seeing undyed yarn being unavailable because of Covid and Brexit shipping issues mentioned earlier, and I’m not sure when that’s all going to be cleared up, so in the meantime I’ll just be doing updates of what I can actually get! Here’s an idea of where we’re up to (yarn availability notwithstanding):

Bowland 4ply – nearly ready
Oakworth 4ply – dyed
Pendle 4ply – this is a big one and currently in the dye pots
Coniston Fingering – waiting to go in the dye pots
Lowther Lace – waiting to go in the dye pots
Titus 4ply – planned
A sparkly update including mini skeins (hopefully Rosedale and Silverdale 4ply!) – aiming for mid-March
Bedale 4ply – planned
Bowland DK – aiming for April
Titus DK – pencilled in for May

November 30, 2020

Exciting new Keswick Aran

  • Green yarn with tweed neps.

The yarn updates are coming thick and fast now so with no further ado allow me to introduce Keswick Aran! As you may be able to guess from the name this is the same tweedy Merino yarn we have had in fingering and DK weight but in aran weight. If you have tried either of the other weights you will know that it is lovely soft Superwash Merino with donegal neps in cream, brown and black throughout. I love this blend so much and dyeing it is super-fun. On lighter colourways the darker neps show through and on darker colourways the lighter neps are more prominent. It just adds another exciting dimension to the yarn and really inspires my creativity. This yarn went live on the website on Friday but we have some stock still available. Colours in the images are Woodland, Faded Bloom and Slate.

The week before we added some Askham 4ply to the website to support the release of ViTalina Craft’s Lacystorm Sweater pattern which you can find on Payhip and Ravelry. Askham 4ply is a luxurious blend of baby alpaca and silk which some will remember from our mill dyed range of the same name. Now it is only available as a hand dyed yarn and we have a really nice selection available on the website. Colours shown in the images are Cloudberry, Scorched Moors and Meadow Rue. You will also find our Festive Fun colourway available on both Pendle Chunky and Nateby 4ply, these are likely to be the last batches of this colourway for 2020 so don’t leave it too late if you want to add a skein or two to your stash.

Over on the blog you will find a post about Christmas posting dates. If you are thinking of ordering but want items to arrive before Christmas please take a look at the blog post and allow plenty of time! There is also a new Shedcast up on the Eden Cottage Yarns YouTube channel so please do check that out.

November 19, 2020

Lots of yarny news!!

  • Hanging rainbow of yarn.

Can it really have been a month since my last post?? I have so much yarn to tell you about so it must have been!!

The updates have been coming thick and fast but don’t worry there is plenty to choose from. Our most recent update came this week and was Eldwick Lace, our luxurious mohair/silk blend. We now have so many colours for you to choose from and enough available stock to suit almost any project. We couldn’t update Eldwick and not also add some Bowland Aran at the same time. Why? you may ask… For Woodbine sweater yarn packs of course!! This pattern has been amazingly popular and is a fabulous snuggly winter jumper. Fiona Alice released the pattern recently so it is now available to buy directly from her and we have two yarn pack options available, the original Oak/Bark colourway and a version pairing Rambling Rose with Bark and Eldwick Lace in Briar Rose.

This latest update also means we have restocked a small quantity of Cat Knits aran weight yarn packs. So at the time of writing we have the book – Cat Knits by Marna Gilligan and yarn packs for all 16 of the designs available on the website. The perfect gift for knitters who love cats!

On the subject of gifts, we know this festive season is going to be challenging for many and so we wanted to offer any little assistance we can. To do this, we have a new blog post full of Gift Ideas (https://www.edencottageyarns.co.uk/blogs/news/gifting-in-2020). One of our couriers mentioned the other day that they are as busy now as they would normally be in the last week before Christmas so please do take into consideration that shipping may take longer than you expect and allow plenty of time for delivery!

Also on the blog you will see the first of a new series of blog posts detailing patterns and projects by yarn type. The first one published is Askham 4ply in readiness for an update coming very soon. We really wanted this to be a way of showing how others have used each yarn and providing pattern inspiration without Ravelry. It isn’t a database but we do see it as a living entity like our Design Collaboration page. If you would like to have a project shared on the blog there will be information about how to do so in the post. We love seeing your makes! Another new category you will find on the blog is Shedcast Show Notes. These are lists of links for any items mentioned in the Wholly Irregular ECY Shedcast which you can find on the ECY YouTube channel. We try to release the Show Notes as quickly as possible after the Shedcast but it most definitely is Irregular…

Other recent yarn updates you may have missed have included Pendle Aran, Carlisle Fingering and Nateby 4ply. All three are merino based yarns, Carlisle is singles fingering weight, Nateby is our original silver sparkle 4ply and Pendle Aran is perfect for those wintery projects and quick makes. Some of the colourways include autumnal seasonal specials so make sure to grab them before they are gone. We have also snuck a new batch of Nateby 4ply in Festive Fun on the website as the last batch sold so quickly.Milburn DK in Steel is finally back in stock meaning we also have yarn packs for Magic Circles by Janie Crow back in stock with or without the pattern.

The last bit of news I have for you relates to patterns. My Ambleside Shawl pattern has been revamped with a new sample and updated pictures. If you have previously purchased the pattern you should automatically have received an update for it. If that purchase was on Ravelry and you are no longer using the site please do email us. The new version uses Hayton DK which we just to happen to have a great selection of. Also recently released using Hayton DK is Louise Tilbrook’s Barn Door Cowl. It is available on Payhip and looks so wonderfully squishy and snuggly!

Phew… well done for making it this far! I won’t leave it so long next time!! 🤣

October 15, 2020

Latest news from ECY Shedquarters

  • Green, mint and cream yarn.

It has been a busy few weeks here at ECY Shedquarters. Renovations are coming along nicely and the end is in sight! I am so looking forward to getting back to whatever classes as normal these days!! Even though the house is in chaos I have been managing to keep preparing lovely updates of yarn for you all. Over the last few weeks we have had updates of: Rosedale 4ply – our gold sparkly sock yarn in full skeins, mini skeins and mini skein fade sets for Helda Panagary’s Transference Shawl in this months issue of Inside Crochet. Pendle Chunky – super soft Merino in a selection of colourways that work well together as well as being beautiful on their own. This selection also works really well with the older batches on the website which are on sale to clear! We also have a great selection of Keld Fingering (merino/linen singles yarn) available from that update so there are plenty of yarns to choose from for any project. You can see all the update yarns plus our suggestions for colour combinations in flickr.

Over the next few weeks we have lots more for you and more still planned for the coming months! Almost ready to be added to the website we have Carlisle Fingering – our original merino singles yarn. After that we have Pendle Aran ready for those wintery makes and Nateby 4ply – our original silver lurex sparkle yarn. Plus we will soon have news of our Seasonal Stash Boxes to share with you and we are really excited about this one!!

Somehow Socktober took us by surprise this year although I do tend to start thinking about making socks in September so maybe that is why. Anyway… I know lots of you will be thinking about socks and so we have put our Sock Yarn category onto the homepage. In that collection you will find all the yarns that we class as proper sock yarns. By this I mean the yarns that are hard-wearing enough to withstand a lot of use and that it wouldn’t hurt too much to put through the wash (although I do really recommend hand washing any handmade items to be on the safe side!). Tempo 4ply and Brimham High Twist are my current favourites for socks but there are lots of other bases in the collection so do go take a look!

At the weekend I managed to record a new episode of The Wholly Irregular ECY Shedcast and you can find it (in two parts) on the Eden Cottage Yarns YouTube channel. With not having done one for a while I had a LOT to talk about so please do check it out!

In the Shedcast you may hear me mention Whitfell Chunky being on sale. I was a bit muddled (my brain is totally full of fluff!! 🤣) and got it confused with Whitfell DK which is on sale to clear with only the Ebony colourway left, but it got me thinking and I decided that we could have a flash sale on Whitfell Chunky too! Whitfell Chunky is 100% baby alpaca and is super soft and snuggly. For the rest of the month of October if you add Whitfell Chunky to your cart you will automatically receive a 10% discount on those items, no code is required. You can find a link to Whitfell Chunky near the top of the home page as well as in the Yarn menu. As always you can only use one discount on any order and so you will not be able to use the 100THANKS code for any orders which include Whitfell Chunky. This offer ends at midnight on Saturday 31st October UK time.

Our Milburn stock levels are finally getting back to normal, most colours are now available on both 4ply and DK with only Milburn DK in Steel still critically low. We are expecting new stock for this colour and a few others to arrive in the next few weeks!

October 1, 2020

Two bumper updates available to browse NOW!

  • Pale pink speckled yarn.

Hello all, dare I say it feels a bit autumnal again? As much as I love the heat, autumn (or fall for some of you!) brings Sweater Weather!! But, not just sweaters; shawls, hats, mitts… all the things it was too hot for over the summer. Have you started any winter projects yet?

Our most recent update went live on Thursday the 1st of October and was a bumper update of Keld Fingering. There is still a wonderful selection of colourways and plenty to choose from! Keld Fingering is a blend of Superwash extrafine Merino with linen and although it is a relatively new yarn it has been so popular! We love it for lighter tops as it is soft enough for next to skin wear. But it also works brilliantly in shawls and other projects. The linen takes the colour differently to the wool and so the finished fabric has a marled effect especially in the darker colourways. Laetus by Padma Ramesh is a beautiful shawl made using this yarn and we included the Lagoon colourway used by Padma in this update. Laetus, which means both “joyful” and “successful,” is a crescent shawl in all-over lace and the pattern is available on PayHip. The images show Keld Fingering in Summer Petals and Flowering Currant

Last week we had another bumper update which was an ECY classic. Titus 4ply is a blend of superwash extrafine merino with mulberry silk and it is ideal for all sorts of projects, from shawls to garments and everything in between. The silk adds shine and strength to the lovely soft merino. There is still a great selection available for you to choose from. The images show Titus 4ply in Cottage Garden and Coppice.

With normal activities a bit limited by the renovations at ECY Shedquarters we have had more time to focus on a few other tasks, including a focus on patterns. The Colour Pop Cowl by Tracey Todhunter was initially published in Inside Crochet issue 125. We love the simple but effective use of Yarnlings™ that give this cowl its name. Tracey has very kindly allowed us to release this pattern as a FREE digital download for our wonderful customers! 😍 You can find the pattern and a number of yarn packs available on the website.
 
Continuing our focus on patterns, we have been working on updating the Brigg hat pattern and it has been re-released with some brand new samples. If you have previously purchased this pattern you will have received the most recent version automatically in your inbox. If you had previously purchased it on Ravelry but now are not able to use the site send us an email and we can send the revised version in a different way.  

This cosy hat uses wonderfully soft chunky yarn. A striking cable runs from the brim to the crown, creating a bold feature that is easy to knit and perfect for knitters newer to cables. One size and two fit options, beanie and slouchy, make this easy knit the perfect chunky hat for a quick knit, or a last minute gift. Knit the beanie option and you will have enough yarn left from your single skein for an optional pompom. The pattern is available as a digital download on our website and we have plenty of chunky yarn to choose from with some more coming soon!

We just love Helda Panagary! I’m sure that you already know that if you have been following us for a while. This month’s issue of Inside Crochet saw the start of Helda’s new monthly column and we are so thrilled for her. Helda also has a new design in the issue, the Transference shawl. It is made using a Clematis fade set of Rosedale 4ply mini skeins. Frustratingly we weren’t able to have these ready in time for the release of the magazine but they are coming VERY soon. We included Carlisle Fingering mini skein fade sets in this weeks update and Rosedale 4ply mini skein fade sets will be coming next week! You can buy a print copy of the magazine in the usual places and it is also available in a digital format online. For more information of how to get a copy of the magazine head to the Inside Crochet website.

I told you we had been busy with pattern related items! Following a query about my Daydreamer Socks pattern, I decided it was time to revisit it and bring it up to date with how I would currently write a pattern (compared to how I used to write them!). It has a few updates to clarify the instructions, and some new pictures.
Newsletter subscribers will get the revised version when they sign up. If you have purchased this pattern on Ravelry or the ECY website you will also be receiving a separate email with a download link for the revised pattern. 

Woop woop, this is not a drill!! Milburn DK in Althaea is back in stock after a long absence due to COVID-19 related production issues. It is now available to buy on the website. Stocks of some other Milburn DK colours are also very low with a few batches in the later stages of production. We are hoping to have more to add to the website over the next few weeks.

Do you find it difficult choosing colours to put together in projects? This is something we hear quite often and so to help you out we have added a new collection in flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edencottageyarns/collections/72157716005851798/). The collection is Colour Combinations and within it are albums containing images of two, three, four, five, six and seven colour combinations. So if you find a shawl project that needs four colours and don’t know where to start, check out the Four Colour Combination album. The images have yarn and colourway information so that you know what colours you are looking at. I hope you find it useful! We will be adding to these albums regularly so do keep checking back! We do also have a blog post about how to make the most of flickr and it has been updated to include this exciting new collection.

September 10, 2020

More tweed yarn on the website

September is here and the mornings are already feeling cooler. Renovation work is still underway at ECY Shedquarters but I am managing to work around it so far. Moving the kettle into the dye shed was a great choice. 🤣 Our most recent update went live on Wednesday but you haven’t missed out! New batches of our tweedy Keswick Fingering and Keswick DK are ready and waiting for you. If you want to know more about these yarns check out the Shedcast introducing it on our YouTube channel. You can also find all the information covered in the Shedcast in our handy blog post which you can find on our home page.

In the few weeks before this update we had added a few different yarns to the website, including Hayton DK (Merino/Cashmere/nylon), Tempo 4ply, Brimham 4ply (both Merino/nylon sock yarns), Pendle 4ply (pure Merino), Titus Lace (Merino/silk), Keld Fingering (Merino/linen singles yarn) and Coniston Fingering Merino/mohair singles yarn). 😍 Coming soon we will have updates of Titus 4ply, Keld Fingering, Rosedale 4ply and Nateby 4ply with plenty of sparkly mini skeins so sign up to our newsletter to find out about the timing of these updates!

Over the past few months we have been working on a revamp to the pattern for Chromium. Designed by Mr ECY, David O’Kelly, Chromium started life as a really nice, versatile scarf but has evolved into a generous, snuggly wrap. This versatile pattern is ideal for beginners to get to grips with knitting on a bias and simple increases and decreases; as well as for more experienced knitters who want a nice, easy, satisfying project. The small contrast bands are handy for using leftovers too. It uses seven skeins of DK yarn, two of each main colour and one skein for the contrast bands which gives you plenty of scope to really personalise your wrap. The pattern is currently only available as a download from our website. We sneakily added a handful of Pendle DK to the website last week so make sure to have a look at those if you need yarn for your Chromium. Pendle DK has a lower meterage per skein than Bowland DK so you may need more yarn if you choose to use this yarn but you can also combine it with any of our other DK yarns.

We are often asked about colour combination suggestions, you may be considering putting two Milburn 4ply colours together to personalise your Droppe Sweater by Emmy + Lien which was recently released. This is a gorgeous and practical crochet sweater that will go nicely with a range of outfits. The pattern is written for 10 sizes (71 – 162cm / 28 – 63¾in bust) and being worked from the top down is easily adaptable at all stages. The pattern is available on the Emmy + Lien website (https://www.emmyandlien.com/pattern-shop/droppe-sweater-crochet-pattern) and also on Ravelry. I love the idea of Charcoal as the main colour and then Fern as the border for a lovely pop. I had great fun putting together some of my suggestions for this stunning design and they have been added to the Milburn 4ply album in flickr. I have also added some ideas for creating rainbow effects. This album is really useful for getting an idea how the different shades of Milburn work together!

As the weather starts to get cooler and the nights start to draw in you may be looking for larger projects to keep yourself busy or you may even have your eyes on some winter accessories. We can help with both of these! We have a few multi-colour yarn packs still available on the website. These are three-, four-, five-, and six-colour packs in DK and 4ply/fingering yarns, perfect for those multi-skein projects if you find it difficult to choose colour combinations. In each pack you get 100g per colour, so this is either in single 100g skeins or two 50g balls of Milburn and all yarn packs come at a lower price than ordering the individual yarns separately.

We also still have many colours of Aran and Chunky yarns available on sale, perfect for if you want to be prepared for the cold months. There are great selections available in the Reduced section of the website. This also extends to out Cat Knits Yarn Packs so now would be the ideal time to get cracking on a Cosy Cat Sweater by Marna Gilligan. We also still have copies of the Cat Knits book available.

While on the subject of yarn packs, do you remember the Woodbine Sweater by Fiona Alice? We know a lot of you loved it and as we are out of stock of the original yarn packs we thought it would be fun to pull together some new alternative colour combinations. These are very limited in numbers but we are sure you will love them!

August 6, 2020

Two updates in quick succession

  • Peach yarn.

August can be a quiet month for us retailers, though whether that applies in these days of lockdown we will have to wait and see. With that in mind, Mr. ECY and I planned to have major house renovation work done and so we are taking a much-needed week off starting on the 15th August. Orders placed after 5 p.m. on Thursday the 13th August won’t be shipped until Tuesday 25th August at the earliest. We have been given a schedule of six weeks in total for the work, since the workmen are subject to social distancing rules. I’ve also been instructed to abide by them too (of course! I’m not going to put myself at risk!), so in all honesty I’m not sure how much this work will impact the running of the business. I am planning to hide in the dye shed (with the kettle and microwave, haha) though so who knows — I might even get more done?! It takes us right to the end of September, but it does mean a lovely new staff room (my kitchen) where I can keep it clean and safe within Covid guidelines, which we hope will mean that Debbie and Claire can return to working here with me rather than from home. Laura will be holding down the fort, answering emails during the week while I’m off but there is only so much she can do remotely so please bear with her!

Anyway, to make up for this week off I have TWO updates planned beforehand. They are closer together than we would normally go for, but under the circumstances we are sure you won’t mind! The first update will be at 4 p.m. UK time on Friday 7th August and will be Coniston Fingering and Keld Fingering — our special merino singles blends (Coniston has mohair in, and Keld has linen in). If you want to get your hands on either of these yarns I would recommend setting an alarm if there’s anything you really want, as they have both been very popular in previous updates and sold out quickly. There will be more of course, but I do like to do different colours each time in order to mix things up a bit!

The Wholly Irregular ECY Shedcast is back, going through all of the colours that will be available in Friday’s update along with loads of colour combinations and suggestions for different ways of using these yarns. It is quite a long one this time (oops) so grab a cuppa and head over to the ECY YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can also find all the update colourways in the flickr update album — this is a brilliant way to do some window shopping ahead of the update!

The second update will be the following week, Tuesday 11th August at 8 a.m. UK time and will be Hayton DK and Titus Lace). Both of these yarns are merino blends: Titus Lace is Merino/silk and Hayton DK is Merino/cashmere/nylon. They’re both absolutely lush!

Why not pair a skein or two of Titus Lace with a copy of The Shawl Project Book 5 by The Crochet Project which we now have in stock on the website? If you are unsure about what yarn you need you can take a look at our blog post introducing the book. I know it hasn’t been *that* long since our last Hayton DK update but although there are still quite a few colours available, not many of them could be classed as sweater quantities. Since many of you have mentioned that you have been working on larger projects recently I wanted to give you a good new selection to choose from.

We love putting together beautiful boxes of goodies for you! 2020 has been such a strange year (bit of an understatement I know!) but preparing these boxes is a great way for us to feel some normality. The intention behind our stash boxes is to give you or the yarny in your life a wonderful surprise and this one is no different. The box contains two skeins of fingering weight yarn (in exclusive colourways dyed especially for this — it’s nothing that you wouldn’t expect from ECY but if you do really want to see beforehand we will be able show you a pic) and a pattern the yarn can be used for. You get to choose between crochet and knitting patterns. There will be a few other seasonal goodies in the box including a pouch of tea. Super Secret Summer Stash Boxes will be sent around the 27th August and are available on the website NOW. They are selling quickly, especially the knitting ones so don’t delay if you want to get your hands on one!

Hopefully by now it won’t be a surprise to you that four Milburn colours have been discontinued – Autumn Fields, Damson, Dogwood and Moss. They are making way for new shades, two of which you have already seen – Crocosmia and Compost. The other two shades have to wait until the stocks of the discontinued colours run out. I really can’t wait to show you the new shades so how about a sale on the discontinued colours? I have reduced the price of Milburn 4ply™ in Autumn Fields, Dogwood, Damson, Moss and Milburn DK™ in Damson and Moss. (Autumn Fields and Dogwood in Milburn DK™ have already sold out!) You can now find these yarns in the Reduced to Clear section as well as the Milburn 4ply™ and Milburn DK™ sections respectively. You don’t need a code to take advantage of the discounted prices, just add them to your cart and away you go!

Project bags are back in stock on the website which means kits are also back in stock. These make ideal gifts for the maker in your life as they contain a printed pattern, the yarn required to make it, a project bag and a sachet of soak. We also have add-on kits which allow you to choose yarn for the project from all available yarns on the website. Simply place the add-on kit and the yarn in your cart and we will make the kit up for you!

I also wanted to let you know about an improvement to the website and a blog post about the change. If you have struggled to search for the quantity of yarn you need for a project then this is for you. We don’t know why we didn’t think about it sooner! In short, we have added a new category to the Yarn menu on the website with options for three or more skeins, five or more skeins, six or more skeins and seven or more skeins. This should help avoid disappointment of browsing through colours that are not available in the quantity you need! The blog post about this new feature can be found in the FAQ section of the blog.