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Hello from ECY Shedquarters. We have been very busy with getting lots of yarn ready for the website and preparing our Seasonal Stash Boxes. This week alone we have added Titus 4ply and our sparkly festive Rosedale 4ply update. This includes Festive Fun (cream with green and red speckles) alongside Apeldoorn Tulip (a rich red) and Larch (dark green). Rosedale 4ply is a Merino/nylon sock yarn with gold Stellina sparkle running through it. You may think that the sparkly fibres would be itchy against your skin but even the more sensitive members of our team find it comfortable to wear against the skin.

We also have an update of Hayton 4ply hitting the website on Monday 26th November. Hayton 4ply is a delicious blend of Merino Cashmere and nylon giving all the best qualities you would want in a yarn: softness of the merino, strength from the nylon and luxury from the cashmere. If you are a fan of Liz Corke and her patterns you should be very familiar with this blend. Liz’s latest pattern Tar-Sgàil uses Hayton 4ply as do many of her fingerless mitt patterns!

We are down to four Seasonal Stash Boxes left at the time of writing so if you are interested in getting your hands on one don’t delay! The listing now also has a link to a folder which shows the contents for anyone who would prefer for it not to be a surprise!

For readers in the UK we have been confirmed as vendors at East Anglia Yarn Festival on 9th-10th March 2024. Tickets for the show go on sale on Saturday morning so if you want to see us in person it would be great to see you!

Hello from ECY Shedquarters!

Our Festive Seasonal Stash Boxes are well underway and will be ready to ship by the end of November. We are making them available to newsletter subscribers and members of our facebook group first and then for general release on the website on Monday. If you’re not familiar with our annual festive boxes we start with a handmade project bag from Ellen Shek and I then dye yarn to coordinate with the bag. We select a few other festive treats, package it up and post them out to you. They make a lovely gift for the yarn fan in your life or a special treat for yourself! If you are gifting during the festive period check out our Christmas posting dates blog post.

Also coming on Monday we have a Titus 4ply update. Titus 4ply is a true ECY classic, Superwash extrafine Merino with mulberry silk. It is smooth, soft and shiny with great drape making it ideal for garments, shawls and accesories. There is a great mix of semi-solid colourways as well as a number of variegated colourways so there will be plenty to choose from. They are available in batches of five but if you need more than five of a particular colourway we also have our Dyed to Order Sweater Quantity listings for many of our yarn bases.

We also have a festive sparkly yarn update coming very soon so keep an eye out for news of that!

This is a heads up that ECY Shedquarters will be closed next week. Orders placed after midday on Friday the 3rd November won’t be shipped until Monday the 13th November. This means that we will probably already be closed by the time you see this post, but you will still be able to place orders on the website for processing. Just bare in mind that there will be a small delay. Laura will still be around to answer emails but won’t have access to stock.

As we are getting into the colder months in the northern hemisphere, we have changed our free newsletter sign-up pattern to something more seasonal (with apologies to folks who aren’t about to head into winter!). Our Langrigg fingerless mitts are made using chunky yarn, making them soft and cosy. The pattern is simple and quick to knit, meaning these also make great gifts. You can sign up to our newsletter HERE.

We’ve added new pre-filled Yarnling jars and Yarnling packs to the website. So if you’d prefer to see what you’re getting rather than a lucky dip these are ideal! The cellophane bags that the 5/10 Yarnlings are in are compostable too.

There have been three yarn updates in the past few weeks: Titus Fingering, Keld Aran and Keld Twist.
Titus Fingering is a stunning blend of Superwash extrafine Merino with mulberry silk in a singles yarn. This gives the yarn a different finish to Titus 4ply but still has both the shine and lustre of silk with the bounce and structure of the Merino wool. We would class this as primarily a yarn for garments and shawls but it also works at a tighter gauge for mitts, accessories and cowls.

Keld Aran is Superwash Merino with linen which creates a rustic look — especially in the darker colours – as the linen doesn’t take the colour in the same way as the Merino. The linen is soft enough that you don’t feel it against your skin though, and of course the Merino is lovely and soft.

Keld Twist is an exciting blend of Superwash Merino with linen in a fingering weight. This yarn 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 accessories and garments, working well at a standard 4ply gauge.

We’ve had a big pricing review as I wanted to see if we could take a hit on the pricing of any of the yarns to make them more affordable (relatively speaking) whilst the economy is rubbish. It’s a risky manoeuvre and I’m not sure what my accountant will think (!) but we’ve reduced the price of some yarns. If it goes badly we will have to reevaluate! But for the foreseeable future, Brimham 4ply/DK and Oakworth 4ply/DK are a fair bit cheaper now, plus Brimham Bio and High Twist, and Tempo 4ply are all a little bit cheaper. They’re still the exact same high quality as always — I’m just literally making less money from them (I really hope this doesn’t backfire!).

With all the yarn updates over the past few weeks, we have also been busy adding yarn packs in various sizes and colour combinations. Yarn packs are a great way to get a number of skeins in colours that you know will work well together at a lower price than if you bought the skeins separately. You can find them in the yarn categories or in the yarn pack categories filtered by pack size.

Another new addition to the website is our Dyed to Order sweater quantities collection. There is a minimum quantity fo five skeins for these orders with the point specifically being to be able to provide sweater quantities. There are always plenty of ones and twos available but rarely more than five these days, so that’s what’s brought us to that point!

This week we published a blog post detailing the last recommended post dates from Royal Mail per country to allow for delivery before Christmas (sorry to use the C word!!). International delivery appears to be running a bit more smoothly than last year but we would still recommend ordering gifts early to avoid disappointment. We have also shared a round up of all the news from September. This is a great way to see what we have been up to over the course of the month without going back through all the newsletters. We hope you find these blog posts interesting!

We have had a busy few weeks at ECY Shedquarters in the run-up to Yarndale this past weekend. It was lovely to meet so many yarnie friends new and old. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello and to squish and buy from us. We took lots of yarn with us and we have finally managed to get all that was left afterwards photographed and on the website. We have added Brimham Bio Bingering, Brimham 4ply, Brimham DK, Pendle Aran, Bowland 4ply and Bowland DK. Plus a few individual batches of other yarns that are still being added!

Brimham Bio Fingering is our first yarn made with biodegradable nylon mixed with Superwash extrafine Merino. You can read more about this yarn including the biodegradable nylon in this blog post. This yarn is slightly finer than our other fingering weight yarns but can also be used in patterns for fingering-weight yarns as long as you can obtain the correct gauge.

Brimham 4ply and DK are Superwash extrafine Merino with standard nylon making it super soft but also with the durability from the nylon. It is ideal for garments and socks but also soft enough for shawls and accessories.

Bowland 4ply and DK are both 100% Superwash British Bluefaced Leicester yarn. BFL is a fabulous hard-wearing yarn which is very different to Merino. We have even written a blog post comparing the two fibres if you aren’t familiar with them. Read it here. This yarn is great for a really wide range of projects, including accessories and garments. Some may find it fine for socks, but being a pure fine wool, it may not be hardwearing enough for you, so please bear that in mind.

Pendle Aran is buttery soft Superwash extrafine Merino which is squishy and smooth whilst retaining a bouncy and hard wearing quality. It shows off stitch patterns and cable details well, and we love it for knitting as well as crochet. Aran-weight yarns are wonderful to work with as we move into the colder months and will be perfect for winter accessories. We have set the price of our Aran and chunky yarns lower than the finer weights making them more affordable for larger projects.

Apart from the blog posts we have already mentioned, we also have a page detailing all the yarn specific blog posts in one place. and you can find it HERE. Here you will find our Projects and Patterns pages which you can use for inspiration if you aren’t sure what to make with the yarns. We are working to add more of these blog posts all the time so do check the list out occasionally!

Before Yarndale we released a new free crochet pattern. Cloud Cowl by Victoria Magnus is a granny stripe cowl made with Lowther Lace. It has four size options: one, two or three skeins, using one skein of each colour. The fourth size is a Yarnling stripe version using 24 of our 4ply Yarnlings. The pattern is available to download for free on our website, on Payhip and on Ravelry.

Hello from a busy ECY Shedquarters. We took up a last-minute offer of a stall at a yarn show not far from us this weekend just gone and it was great to get back out amongst fellow yarnies. It was great practice for our next show which will be Yarndale on 23rd/24th September. If you will be in the UK that weekend it would be great to see you there!

We have been talking about our upcoming updates for quite some time and they have finally landed on the website for you. Carlisle Fingering, Rosedale 4ply and Lowther Lace have all been updated. In putting this together we realised that it has been two years since our last Lowther Lace update!! This yarn is supremely soft and cuddly. Seeing as it has been so long since our last Lowther Lace update I will start there. Lowther Lace is 75% Brushed Baby Suri Alpaca 25% Mulberry Silk, making it the ideal fluffy yarn for anyone sensitive to mohair yarns (like our very own Laura!). This yarn has more dense fluff than Eldwick Lace which also means there are less metres per 50g skein – 300m/328yds compared to 420m. We have blog posts introducing Lowther Lace and with Project and Pattern inspiration for it on our Yarn Specific Blog Post Index HERE. The colourways of Lowther Lace shown are Dyepot Luck and Bliss.

Carlisle Fingering is our Superwash extrafine Merino singles yarn. This has been a very popular yarn since we introduced it and so we have lots of pattern inspiration for you in our blog post. Colourways shown in the images are White Iris and Larkspur. Rosedale 4ply is our gold sparkle sock yarn blending extrafine Merino, nylon and Stellina. We have a yarn introduction blog post for this yarn and a Projects and Patterns blog post. All of these posts can also be seen on the Yarn Specific Blog Posts Index. The three updates are a mixture of variegated colourways amd semi-solids with plenty to choose from for all projects. The Rosedale 4ply colourways shown are Barn Door and Dahlia.

Recently we have been sharing our wholesale news with people. In the past few months we have sent hand-dyed yarn updates to Germany, South Korea and many places around the UK. In the past week we have sent out a restock of Milburn to Wool on the Exe in Exeter and a first shipment of Milburn to The Foundry Works in Rotherham. We also have hand-dyed yarn orders in progress for Seam Haberdashery and Loop which will be sent out in the coming month. Our new German stockist is working towards opening their store so we don’t have much information to share about them yet. Follow their Instagram @l.o.v.e.katy to see when the store opens.

As a special treat we have added some more yarns to our Reduced to Clear section so go check that section out for some bargains!

Hello all from ECY Shedquarters. We have been really busy (as always) but we have a few bits of news to tell you about. We are busy working on a few wholesale hand-dyed yarn orders, including one destined for South Korea! If you have a local yarn shop that you would like to see our yarns in, please do ask them to get in touch with us. We have also been working on yarn for our website and our latest update is now live featuring Eldwick Lace and Keld Fingering.

Eldwick Lace is our fluffy mohair/silk laceweight yarn and is a gorgeous yarn whether used on its own or held double with other yarns. Keld Fingering is a blend of Merino with linen spun as a singles yarn. The linen gives the yarn a rustic and slightly uneven look due to the slubs of linen throughout which doesn’t take the dye in the same way as the Merino. This means the yarn has a slightly marled effect, especially in the darker colourways. These two yarns are both absolute favourites of ours here and so this update is a big one. We have lots of semisolid colourways of Eldwick Lace available and on Keld we have a great mix of semisolids AND variegated colourways.

You can find out more about both these yarns in our blog posts which can be found on our Yarn Specific Blog Post Index HERE. On this page you will find Introduction blog posts and Projects and Patterns blog posts, which give you plenty of pattern inspiration incase you are wondering how to use these yarns.

We have lots of other updates in the planning stages including Titus Lace and Rosedale 4ply so keep an eye out for those coming soon!

I have some exciting news for you today: our bumper Tempo 4ply update is live on the website and we have lots for you to choose from. We have several variegated colourways in this update as well as a wide range of semi-solid colours.

Tempo 4ply is our original sock yarn and is 75% Superwash Merino / 25% nylon. The Merino in Tempo is less fine than many of our other yarns meaning that it isn’t as soft but it is more durable and hard wearing making it perfect for socks, toys, homewares and garments; but it also works well in shawls including for lace patterns. Being Merino, this yarn is still soft enough for next-to-skin wear for all but the most sensitive skin (✋ sensitive skin here and I can wear it).

You can find all Tempo 4ply on the website now and if you are looking for inspiration of how to use this wonderfully versatile yarn check out our Patterns and Projects blog post HERE.

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.