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.

July 23, 2020

Sock yarn coming soon!

  • A pile of purple sock yarn.

Hi folks! How is it nearly August??? I always find that summer is a great time to make socks, wouldn’t you agree?! They are quick, portable, lightweight and always useful! So with that in mind I have some sock-related news for you.

Vikki Bird’s fundraising Seed Head sock pattern is now published. Until 14th August 2020, £2 from the purchase of this pattern will go towards The Flower Power Fund (for Marie Curie UK). You can buy the pattern on Payhip and LoveCrafts. We have an update coming next week of the yarn that Vikki used – Tempo 4ply. This is our PROPER sock yarn – by that I mean it’s a nice tough Merino (more coarse than in our other yarns, but still soft) with nylon added. It’s incredibly hard wearing in my experience (I have socks in it that I’ve been wearing a LOT for nine years now!!). The update goes live on Tuesday the 28th of July at 7pm UK time.

On the subject of Marie Curie, our Flower Power yarn raised a grand total of £1667!! So thank you ever so much to everyone who bought some – and I have to give another big shout out of thanks to YarnUndyed for donating the yarn. This is the kind of awesome thing that can happen when people work together. 🥰

Going back to socks… we still have a great selection of sock yarn from the latest update. Brimham High Twist is perfect for socks as it is machine washable and hard wearing. If you like your socks with a bit more interest, why not pair a skein with a contrasting mini skein? They’re also available in Brimham High Twist as well as other bases, including sparkly silver Nateby 4ply and sparkly gold Rosedale 4ply. There is also a good selection of Harewood Fingering still available from our last update so you should find plenty in stock for any project.

For the crocheters we have stocked the latest book from The Crochet Project! The Shawl Project Book 5 features five designs using laceweight yarns and we are totally in love with it! Each design has a different construction method with a combination of join as you go, granny stripes and more! We have a new post on the blog introducing you to all the designs and providing our suggestions for which of our yarns you could use. Our Titus Lace, which would be the perfect pairing with this book, is out of stock but we have plans for another update very soon. We will let you know when that will be as soon as we can!

Next up, a little bit of housekeeping. There is a new episode of The Wholly Irregular ECY Shedcast on the Eden Cottage Yarns YouTube channel and it has captions! (We are working to add captions to all episodes so please do bear with us!) This one is a nice quick one showing you the yarn for the update after next which will be a singles special — featuring Keld Fingering and Coniston Fingering. In the Shedcast I say that the update will be on 28th July but that is the Tempo update (OOPS!). Keld Fingering and Coniston Fingering, which are both fingering weight merino singles blends, will be coming on 7th August!

Other future updates in the plan include Hayton DK, Titus Lace and a Summer Stash Box!

We ship worldwide but have recently had to increase shipping charges to the US due to increases in the costs to us. Our free shipping offer has ended but we have replaced it with a 10% discount to orders with a pre-tax value of over £100. The discount only applies to products purchased and not to the shipping charges. To take advantage of this offer enter the code 100THANKS during checkout.

Pre-order ‘Modern Italian Lace Crochet’

  • A woman models a gold crocheted sweater on the cover of Modern Lace Italian Crochet.

My new book, Modern Italian Lace Crochet, will be released on June 2, 2020. Preorder today to make sure you have your copy on the day it releases!

Bringing Yesterday’s Crochet into the Modern World!

Designer Karen Whooley learned to crochet lace at her Italian grandmother’s knee. But what she learned as a child has now become her number-one strength.

In Modern Italian Lace Crochet, Karen brings to you a little bit of her family history that started in the early 20th century, takes the lace that she learned, and turns it on its head to become more modern, more vibrant and much more approachable for every crocheter.

Includes 10 New Beautiful Designs

From shawls and accessories to beautiful, wearable garments, each of the 10 projects in Modern Italian Lace Crochet is full of memories. Karen uses ideas and stitches she learned from her Italian heritage but puts them together to become classics that modern crocheters are looking for.

The first 100 orders will receive a custom stitch marker that commemorates the launch of the book! Other goodies will be included too!

PLUS every order gets a free digital version of the book as well to be delivered to your inbox on June 2, 2020.

Want a digital copy? Modern Italian Lace Crochet can be found at multiple sites in a digital format. Visit https://books2read.com/modernitalianlacecrochet

April 17, 2020

Limited time book reissues for Virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool!

  • A person wears a balaclava and a gas mask on the cover of Doomsday Knits.

Everyone is sad about festivals canceling, and no one is more sad than we are about Maryland Sheep and Wool. For one thing, we finally got a new location NOT in the mud! But everyone is making the best of it, and after years of readers asking, we finally managed to reissue two of our most popular books in limited editions just in time for Virtual MDSW.

Doomsday Knits: Projects for the Apocalypse and After (edited by Alex Tinsley) and Subversive Socks (edited by Tabetha Hedrick) are available for preorder ONLY until Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 (AKA what should be MDSW load-out). We will print only the number of copies preordered, no more, and ship them out to you ASAP. Both titles were originally published in 2013 and used copies are going for ridiculous amounts of money on Amazon, so now’s your chance to beat the middleman, buy direct and support independent knit publishing!

April 9, 2020

Introducing Lowther Lace!

  • Pale purple fluffy yarn.

Long before the lockdown, we started planning for two brand new yarns to add to the ECY stable (actually there are more, but these are the first two!). Rosedale 4ply, a new gold sparkle 4-ply yarn is coming later in April. But first we have Lowther Lace which is coming to the website on Sunday 12th April at 5 p.m. UK time. To see the colourways that will be going live on the website on Sunday you can find an album of these over on flickr.  

Lowther Lace is a sumptuous blend of baby suri alpaca and mulberry silk. The alpaca fibre gives this yarn a wonderful cloud-like fuzzy halo and offers a great alternative to mohair. This yarn is ideal for using on its own in both knitting and crochet and can also be held double with other yarns to add a wonderful soft, fuzzy halo. It does not have great stitch definition due to the fuzziness of the fluff so complex lace patterns might get lost in it.

I have recorded a YouTube video about this yarn – I did lots of swatching and stuff so that’s all included. It’s just gone online, so you can view it on the Eden Cottage Yarns YouTube channel. This will be followed up with a blog post with some pattern inspiration and lots of other information about the yarn.

Also over on YouTube you can still find the video recorded going through all the designs in Cat Knits by Marna Gilligan, discussing the techniques, yarns used and possible alternatives. If you missed that, or prefer to read through information in a leisurely fashion, we have also published a blog post with all the same information plus a few extra bits which you can find on the home page on the website. Yarn packs are still available for all designs in the book along with project bags, pin badges and copies of the book, all of which you can find from the home page of the website.

PLEASE NOTE: This Friday and Monday are bank holidays and as such we will be closed. I know it won’t make a difference to a lot of people at the moment but in all honesty I am knackered and ready for a four day break! I’m setting up auto-posts for social media in case I am not online over the weekend, but I’m sure I’ll dip in to the ECY Garden FB group now and then. If you have any questions that’s probably the best place to post them, as the community is very lovely and helpful. I will be back on Tuesday, full of the joys of spring. 🥰

March 26, 2020

Keep calm and ‘Cat Knit’ on

  • A woman in a gray colorwork hat with a black and white cat.

I wouldn’t normally go for the “Keep calm and…” trope but on this occasion it does fit in perfectly here, I’m afraid! I do hope that wherever you are and whatever your situation, you are staying safe and well. It’s such a weird time, isn’t it — being cheerful and talking about lovely new things seems a bit off, but at the same time being negative is hardly helpful either.

ECY is still going — Laura works from her bat cave at home in Cambridgeshire anyway, and obviously I work from home anyway too, I just now don’t have any physical help. I called our post office this week to ask how they feel about me continuing to send post (David drops it off on his way to work and he’s still working full time, so it’s no extra travel) — they asked me to please keep sending post over as often as I can (I did ask if it would help to bring it in on fewer days per week), as they are a small self-employed business and really need to keep afloat for as long as possible — and I am their biggest customer. So I’m still sending post at the moment — obviously if that changes I will let you know. It will take longer for me to dispatch orders though now as I’m packing them in between dyeing, processing yarn, photographing said yarn, and doing all my usual social media and stuff. Again, if anything changes I will let you know!

With all that out of the way I wanted to tell you that we have a VERY exciting update happening on Saturday at 8 a.m. UK time! Now… we wouldn’t have planned to have a huge update right in the middle of a pandemic, especially not one that involves a lot of investment in yarn, merchandise, books, and so much time… but it’s been in the offing for 12 months and we couldn’t possibly have known what would happen!

This weekend sees the launch of Cat Knits by Marna Gilligan of ‘an caitin beag’ (she of sinister cat fame!). Cat Knits is a book of 16 knit designs all featuring Marna’s signature kitties on a mixture of garments and accessories. It’s a wide-ranging book actually — it feels like there’s more than 16 items in there. Each chapter covers a different yarn weight, so there’s a 4ply section, and DK section, an Aran section, and a Chunky section, all using our yarns. Each section has a garment AND matching accessories included, and they range from nice simple textures, to stranded colourwork (like sinister cats), to intarsia.

With everything that is going on globally, plans for the launch have changed many times over the past few weeks and may still change again, but the CURRENT plan (correct as of the time of writing!!) is that Marna, Laura and I will be going live online on Instagram at 2 p.m. UK time on Saturday. We really hope that you will join us as together we talk through each of the designs, the yarns required and other items that have been produced to accompany this fantastic book. If you can’t join us don’t worry — I think the video will be available for playback (I am a bit clueless about live streaming if I’m honest), and we will turn it into a blog post too for better accessibility.

In the update we will have:
– copies of the book
– yarn packs for each of the 16 designs in the book
– Eden Cottage Cats project bags
– some of Marna’s items (tote bags, stitchmarker sets and pin badges)
– plus our own exclusive Eden Cottage Cats enamel badge (due for delivery next week so we might have a slight delay on those).

There will also be a few additional colours of Pendle Chunky that can be used in place of Silver Birch for the Chunky chapter. We also have an option for you to buy all the merchandise with one click. The “very catty merch” bundles are limited so get in quick if you want to get hold of them!

Although this update has taken a large proportion of our focus that hasn’t impacted other yarns being added to the website. Only last week we added a selection of colourways in our alpaca/silk yarns Askham 4ply and Askham Aran.

November 27, 2019

45% Off For Small Business Saturday Weekend!

Hello all! We’ll be having a big event this weekend! From Friday, November 29th until Monday December 2nd (at midnight) you’ll get 45% off ALL PURCHASES OVER $50 on the website!! We are so excited to get you the yarn you love for this holiday season. We hope you choose to support small this holiday!

xo
Nutmeg

November 12, 2019

Issue 4 of the Nutmeg Fibers Magazine Launches!!!

  • A beige oversized cardigan

PREORDER YOUR ISSUE NOW AT A SPECIAL PRICE!!!! SHIPPING BEGINS NOVEMBER 25TH FOR THE PRINT VERSION. DIGITAL VERSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING NOVEMBER 15TH!

Issue 4 is nearly here! Launching Friday, NOVEMBER 15th, our first Fall issue of the NF Magazine contains lots of warmth for you to enjoy during this season where the light begins to wane. We used the theme of nesting, and what that might mean to gather together recipes and patterns for you! Featuring 3 Guest Designers, this 4th Issue is full of all kinds of wonderful things to keep you and yours warm during the chilly fall days.

In Issue 4 there are:

4 Knitting Patterns

A pair of slipper boots from Julie Robinson

A cardigan and an oversized pullover, BOTH from designer Maria Leigh

A drapey pullover sweater from Safiyyah Talley

3 Recipes

3 delicious drinks to keep you and yours warm and cozy

Autumn coffee cake recipe for when friends stop by

An Olive Oil Cake that takes only minutes to pull together