September 22, 2022

Blooming Peerie Cardigan by Caitlin Shepherd

  • A young child in a floral sweater holding a bouquet.
  • Front view of a colorwork cardigan with flower pattern.
  • Close up view of cuff and button band of child's cardigan sweater.
  • Close up view of back shoulder of child's colorwork sweater.
  • A grid with orange, brown, blue, green, pink and gray yarn.
  • A grid with gold, black, green, gray, purple and blue yarn.

I have been a big fan of Caitlin Sheperd of @pluckypigeonknits for so many years. It’s hard to beat her original and creative design, especially when it comes to colorwork sweaters. We’ve talked about collaborating for a long time and finally her first pattern release using my yarn is today!

Blooming Peerie Cardigan is a whimsical wee knit that brings to mind the joy of early spring when coveted blooms reappear in the garden. The deceptively easy colour patterning is accomplished through a clever slipped stitch technique and only two colours per row! Blooming Peerie Cardigan is knit in the round with a raglan yoke, steeked button band, and short rows to shape the neck. The pattern is available on Ravelry.

This little cardigan is knit in my soft and lofty Sanctuary yarn. A fine 100% non-Superwash Merino wool, it has a wonderful bounce to it and lovely next-to-skin softness while still maintaining excellent stitch definition – perfect for children’s colorwork. This fun knit is pure colour happiness in wool form. Caitlin used colors Butt Naked with Prince of Darkness, Taos 2000, Salted Caramel and Mystic but I have nearly 30 colors in stock for you to choose from.

September 22, 2022

Socks & Sweaters & Cowls, Oh My!

  • Picture of a cowl and hat alongside a picture of purple and green variegated yarn and black yarn.
  • A picture of cranked sock tubes with the text Cranky Sock Kit.
  • A picture of a pink speckled cowl with various yarn combinations.
  • Photo of multiple color combinations in yarn.
  • A drawing of a sweater with the text #NaCroKniSweMo

There are so many amazing things coming up that it’s difficult to know where to begin! It’s all good news though, and it all means plenty of projects to stitch, plenty of friends to be made, and loads of camaraderie along the way!

Our friend, Scottish knitwear designer Morven Gabriel, is always busily creating gorgeous new patterns and we were chuffed that she was inspired to use our yarn to create one of her latest! Her brand new pattern, A Highland Kirk Window Beanie and Cowl, was inspired by the windows found in some of the churches in Scotland. Our variegated Into the Highlands simulates stained glass while Pomp & Circumstance provides the structure of the window design. Kits come with one hank of each of these colorways, enough to knit the beanie in the pattern. Want to knit up the cowl or both the beanie and cowl? We’ve got you covered with an option to add another hank of Pomp & Circumstance as a preorder. We’re also including a code in your kit so you can download the pattern easily and at no additional cost! The pattern is expected to be released this weekend on Ravelry, so you are really getting the latest and greatest!

Another designer we know well is Casapinka and you may have seen that she’s releasing her brand new 22 Cowl pattern soon! Kits are going fast in the shop and we love that you love all the fun and colorful combos we’ve put together. As of this writing, the pattern is 22% off for a limited time and the designer is holding a KAL over on her Ravelry page. We’d love you to use our yarn and be sure to use #oliventwoeweprojects wherever you post your progress pics to be entered to win our monthly giveaway. The kits were selling so fast, we’ve added additional combinations, so be sure to check out the listing again. We’d love to see what you choose!

Socktober is just around the corner in the Yarny Ewes and we’ve got big plans! From special sock kits coming soon to some free, interactive downloads and trivia, there’s something for everyone — even brand new sock-curious stitchers! Stay tuned for more details coming soon on this fun, month long event. Right now, to get ready, you can email Maria to let her know you’re IN for the Socktober Swap! Details are available now in the Yarny Ewes and down below, but today is the last day to register. We’re planning to pair up newbie sock knitters with more experienced ones for some light mentoring, but never fear, it’ll stay fun and light without a lot of time commitment.

Also on tap soon is #NaCroKniSweMo! This is our annual event that runs alongside the popular #NaKniSweMo event that’s popular on social media. The idea is to stitch up an entire sweater in the month of November. But well, we have our own special take on it by including crocheters and this year, one of our suggested patterns means we’re doing our Nomadic Knits KAL at the same time! Kits are available now in some pretty amazing combos so you can choose and we can get to dyeing them up as soon as possible. Read down for more information and then be sure to click through to our website for the fine details. Be sure to download our brand new #NaCroKniSweMo Coloring Page (it’s FREE) to have a little fun planning color combos!

Now is the perfect time of year for Cranky Sock Kits! These kits come complete with a hand cranked sock tube, coordinating mini and link to download directions for how to magically transform the tube into a great pair of socks! Super fast socks mean super fast gifts and you can never have too many of those on hand. Check out the variety of colorways on our website and order your faves now!

To get in on all the fun, be sure to join our Yarny Ewes Facebook group and watch our weekly podcast over on YouTube. We can’t wait to see you!

September 21, 2022

A newl shawl, with a Tibetan inspiration

  • A light-skinned woman wearing a brown shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a brown shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a brown shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman holding up a brown shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a brown shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a brown shawl.

My latest design, Nodo Infinito, is a lovely shawl featuring a beautiful and intricate cabled border inspired by the Infinite knot of Tibetan Buddhism.

Nodo Infinito is worked sideways in one piece and gently curved with the use of short rows. This pattern required some attention, but is fun and rewarding to knit and the end result will adorn you like a jewel!

Use the code nodo for a 20% discount until Sunday 25 at midnight (Rome time). Hope you enjoy!

Winter Garden Gift Box

  • Skeins of yarn surrounded by dry leaves, a candle and a metal vase, in black and white.
  • Skeins of yarn in burgundy and warm dark and light pink tones as inspiration for Warm&Cosy bundle.
  • Skeins of yarn in deep blue and light cold tones as inspiration for Cold&Starry bundle.

This year we decided to make something different from the Advents, and we wanted to make it simpler for you to choose and to know what you’ll get, but still something special that could make your heart beat when you’re opening it!

So we conceived a BOX filled with yarn, of course, and some delicious treats to warm yourself during cold winter days. This is a GIFT to give your loved ones or yourself, to keep you company for some days and evenings, especially after Christmas… when all the hassle slows down and you just stay nested at home.

Our theme is WINTER GARDEN, a place where you can silently grow things, despite the cold outside, may they be flowers, berries or knitted pieces. We all need a place like this, where we can sit and slow our minds, a place filled with tasty and fragrant herbs and flowers.

We found a real charming place like this, in the heart of the Alps, and that led us to this idea: the Herbal Farm Naturalpina, where Alice and her family are currently preparing dedicated products from their organic garden, that will be dried and ready to jump in our boxes and warm up our souls.

There’s more big news for this box!

We decided to insert a SHAWL PATTERN dedicated to this theme and yarn, designed by a gorgeous creative that we adore: Tif Neilan. The pattern will come in a printed version, with the possibility to download a digital one.

The Winter Garden theme will spread throughout with its fragrances and flavours, and give birth to a stunning knitted piece.

The Box comes in two main colour groups of yarn shades that you can choose from: Warm and Cosy or Cold and Starry.

The content, as you read so far, isn’t totally secret.

The whole box contains:

  • Six A Chic Blend skeins – 50g / 225m each –  in three different shades; two were picked by Tif and ourselves from our current palette, and one is a dedicated and  new shade.
  • A selection of natural herbal products prepared by Alice @naturalpina in a curated, eco-friendly package.
  • An awesome pattern by Tif Neilan  designed to create the Winter Garden Shawl (printed + digital).

We prepared a mood board for each color inspiration, just take a look here: Moodboard Warm&Cosy and Moodboard Cold&Starry

Plus we decide to offer a YARN + PATTERN ONLY option, in case you don’t wish to receive the added content. You’ll find a dedicated listing  for this HERE.

Preorders will be open until September 9 and boxes will be shipped in November, so well in advance to the Christmas hassle.

Please also note that the box has its own dedicated packaging, so it will not be possible to combine it with other orders.

August 17, 2022

Get Cozy on Southwick and Knit a Rhinebeck Sweater!

  • A light-skinned woman wears a brown knit boucle drop-shoulder sweater.
  • A light-skinned woman wears a knitted gray and mint green striped, boucle, drop-shoudler sweater.
  • A light-skinned woman, facing away from the camera, wears a brown knit boucle drop-shoudler sweater.

Hello Everyone! It is almost that time of year when you wake up, smell the leaves falling, and want to put on your coziest sweater while you drink your morning coffee! Well, if that sounds delightful to you, then this sweater should be next up in your queue!

This sweater is one of, if not the most, cozy sweater I have ever knit — I had to knit two versions.

With Cozy on Southwick you get not one, but two sweater patterns! You can decide if you want to knit a single color version or play around with stripes, AND you can also decide if you want to feature the boucle side (reverse stockinette) or the more subdued side (stockinette), depending on your preference.

Cozy on Southwick is a classic drop-shoulder sweater.

Get 30% off now through August 30th (no coupon needed) on my website or on Ravelry.

ALSO – Join the KAL!
For my Cozy on Southwick release, I am hosting a Knit-A-Long for your Rhinebeck Sweater! Please sign up here and use the hashtag #cozyonsouthwickKAL when you post on Instagram so I can see who is joining along! We will have one virtual meetup before Rhinebeck, and a meetup at Rhinebeck and one person will win a surprise package of knitting goodies.

Bondi Beach Bag

A black and white bag knitted in mosaic technique featuring an intricate colourwork pattern.

Bondi is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. Why not go to the beach in style, carrying a one-of-a-kind beach bag? The design was inspired by crochet granny square bags. Using mosaic knitting takes the classic design to the next level!

June 30, 2022

Yarns, kits and patterns… Oh my!

  • Four skeins of yarn in shades of brown and yellow.
  • Four skeins of yarn in shades of pink and purple.
  • Two skeins of yarn - one pale blue and one soft pink.
  • Two skeins of yarn - one peachy pink and one fluffy orange skein.
  • Rectangular wrap with circle motifs in shades of brown, yellow and green.

I hope that you are all well. We have been keeping busy at ECY Shedquarters to distract ourselves from the news cycle of constant doom and gloom.

Our most recent update was Hayton 4ply – our Merino, Cashmere, nylon blend. This yarn is super soft but also has strength to it making it ideal for shawls and accesories but also for garments. Alongside Titus 4ply, this is one of our bestsellers so we were really excited to have this yarn back on the website. There is still plenty to choose from and we have added new yarn packs and skein pairs to the website, all of which can be found on the Hayton 4ply page of the website.

Before that we had an update of Pendle 4ply which is our Superwash Extrafine Merino. It is soft, squishy, strong, has a good lustre to it, and it takes colours really nicely too. It’s a great all-rounder (although many of my yarns are tbh). It’s just as good in a lace shawl as a cabled garment, for example. There are loads to choose from with plenty of colour combinations; many of which are available as yarn packs.

ECY yarn enabler Claire has finished her Magic Circles wrap (pattern by Janie Crow) and it is stunning! Claire chose a whole new palette of Milburn DK for hers and it works so well that we have added kits for it to the website. This palette has been called Autumn Woodland to reflect the browns, yellow and greens which are the most prominent colours. We have yarn packs with and without the pattern and they can be found along with all other Magic Circles products on the website HERE.

A little while ago Laura and I noticed that we were out of stock of Aisling patterns by Justyna Lorkowska. This beautiful two colour shawl has been a favourite ever since its release and we still regularly sell yarn for it. With all the changes in EU/UK trade over the past couple of years, among other factors, we are no longer going to stock physical printed copies of this pattern BUT we have purchased download codes for Aisling and a couple of other patterns that can be redeemed on Justyna’s website for digital copies. The other restocked patterns are Holyrood and Maya’s Shawl. For each of these designs we have the digital download code and an add-on kit as a separate product. While we have the yarn in stock for Aisling we also have kits for this design which include the two skeins of yarn (one skein each of Titus 4ply in Campanula and Rambling Rose), a project bag and the download code which will be printed on a business card.

Holyrood uses two skeins of Harewood Fingering which is 100% BFL but with high twist construction. This yarn is out of stock but many other of our 4ply/fingering weight yarns would work just as well. For example the second sample for this pattern uses Bedale 4ply in Alpine and Steel. We have Dianthus and Steel in stock of this yarn which would give a similar finished project. Please note that if you use Bedale is in 50g skeins and so you will need two skeins of each colour. For Maya’s Shawl we have kits in stock which use Whitfell Chunky in your choice of the available colours. The add-on kit for Maya’s Shawl means you can choose any colour of Pendle Chunky for this beautiful design; you will need three skeins. You can find all of Justyna’s patterns on the ECY website here.

At the start of this post I mentioned Hayton 4ply skein pairs. These are two skeins of yarn chosen to work well together for any two colour pattern. We also have pairs of Titus 4ply with Eldwick Lace that were put together for Helda Panagary’s crocheted Herringbone Brick Shawl design. The pattern uses different coloured stripes but would work just as well with the difference in textures of the two yarns. We also have a limited number of copies of Helda’s Herringbone Brick Shawl pattern to purchase on our website and as part of an add-on kit. You can see all available sets here.

June 27, 2022

Get Ready for Summer – Paloma Stripe Shawl is Here!

  • A light-skinned woman in a white sweater holds a pink and peach garter and brioche shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman in a white sweater wears a pink and peach garter and brioche shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman in a white sweater faces away from the camera and wears a pink and peach garter and brioche shawl.

Who is ready for some summer fun? I definitely am — the temperature has been keeping me on my toes lately, but I’m ready for a beach trip with a drink in my hand! To celebrate, I’m excited to share with you my latest design: Paloma Stripe!

The Paloma Stripe Shawl is based on one of my favorite beverages. I love the taste of salt mixing with tequila and the fresh squeezed grapefruit soda flavor all mixing together. With these two yarns, I loved how subtle the two colors looked, reminding me of a Paloma. In the border of the shawl, I wanted to mimic a grapefruit slice with the brioche increases.

This is an asymmetrical shawl. It begins with simple garter stripes, and then brioche stripes are knit to create asymmetry. It ends with a row of brioche increases to create the grapefruit slice border.

Paloma Stripe Release — get 30% off no code needed now through July 12 on Ravelry or my website (no coupon needed)!

June 21, 2022

Delicate Balance shawl

  • A white woman holding a shawl with both hands. The shawl has a half donut shape and a lacy border.
  • A white woman wearing a shawl. The shawl has a half donut shape and a lacy border.
  • A white woman wearing a shawl. The shawl has a half donut shape and a lacy border.
  • A white woman wearing a shawl. The shawl has a half donut shape and a lacy border.
  • A white woman wearing a shawl. The shawl has a half donut shape and a lacy border.
  • A white woman wearing a shawl. The shawl has a half donut shape and a lacy border.

My latest pattern, Delicate Balance, is a lightweight and elegant shawl, featuring an unusual “half donut” shape and a graceful leafy lace border.

The lace is much easier to make than it looks because that airy feel is given by simply dropping some strategically placed stitches before binding off.

There is a 20% discount until Sunday, June 26 at midnight (Rome time) using the code delicate.

The pattern is available both on Ravelry and Payhip and there is an introductory 20% discount using the code “delicate.”

June 1, 2022

PRE-ORDER Your Happily Ever After Holidays Box 🎁

  • An illustration of an interracial couple hanging candy canes on a Christmas tree, with their black cat watching them and the text Happily ever after holidays, QCY Advent 2022.
  • A collage of images in bright holiday colors.
  • A purple box in a green circle on a purple background.

We know as soon as October rolls around, one of the things we most look forward to are those Hallmark Channel cheesy feel-good holiday movies. The lonely baker meets the new vet in town and they fall in love just in time to kiss under the mistletoe, right?? This year we are taking the cheese factor and running with it! Our custom-designed box features artwork by our very talented graphic designer, Hannah, that is mantel worthy, with 25 doors to open for a special surprise. What is behind those doors you ask?

(20) mystery colored mini skeins on our NoDa Sock Base 92yds/20g
(1) full size skein on our Plaza Midwood Bulky base 106yds/100g
(4) mystery gifts made by our advent partners: Birdie Parker Designs, Cardinal Woodwork, Sam’s Tiny Trinkets and Tuft Woolens
Patterns by Ambah O’Brien, Janis Ficker and Christen Clements