June 15, 2021

Backstage Lights Yarn Club

“There’s no business like show business!”

🎭New Yarn Club Alert!!!🎭

The Backstage Lights Yarn Club has come to Holly Dyeworks! Having majored in musical theater and having been a part of over 30 productions, this inspiration is near and dear to my heart. The shows I picked are personal favorites of mine (which was hard because I love a lot of musicals), some I’ve acted in and some I’ve seen on Broadway/professionally: Oklahoma, Wicked, Les Miserables, and Into the Woods.

I will be creating sock sets (one full skein and two minis) inspired by the setting and characters of each musical. These will not be mystery colorways, so you will be able to see what each yarn looks like before they mail out. This is a seasonal club so each yarn set will come out once per season: Oklahoma (summer), Wicked (fall), Les Miserables (winter), and Into the Woods (spring). I am offering the whole club (at a discount) and single installments depending of your preference.

Sign up for your “ticket” today!

June 10, 2021

13 Days of Halloween is back!

Last year’s 13 Days of Halloween was such a hit that we decided to do it again…magnified. What does that mean? Last year’s box was so last-minute that we were only able to do a knitting version. This year we planned ahead to have knit, crochet, AND cross stitch – and we’re super excited about all three! The knit design is by Afifa Knits, the crochet design is by Karen Whooley, and the cross stitch design is by the FFC team!

This year we’ve been inspired by some of the spookiest places around the world. These are not just your average haunted house; they have some crazy stories to go along with them! We plan to explore thirteen of them with this box, and to give you a few survival tools should you find yourself in a haunted locale.

As always, I’m super excited about everything we’ve put together, and I can’t wait to share it with you. The boxes will ship in September so you have plenty of time for an October opening and have an FO by Halloween!

June 10, 2021

Tweedy Stuff DK

  • Orange tweedy yarn.

Check out our new beautiful semisolids on tweed dk! If you’re looking for sweater quantity for the Olive Knits Fireworks KAL we’ve got you covered! Or if you just need some tweed in your stash!

Tweedy Stuff DK – 85% Superwash Merino Wool 15% Donegal NEP – 100gr/ 231 yds

June 8, 2021

Hand-dyed for the yarn nerd in us all!

  • Skeins of mossy green yarn.

Nerdy Fibers started in a small apartment kitchen. It was a scary jump, but this was something I had wanted since I was 16 years old. After years of working for others and never being home for my daughter I decided to take the leap. This has been the scariest, and the most fulfilling, work I’ve done. I’ve never regretted this decision even after starting right before March of 2020. I’m grateful I get to wake up and do what I love everyday. There has been a lot of learning curves and speed bumps along the way, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love what I do and I’m happy it’s given me the time to be around my daughter. It’s been a dream to be surrounded by beautiful yarn everyday and it’s finally happened.

One Plus One Plus One Equals One

  • A blue, green and gray knitting swatch over skeins of yarn.

I love to go into a new season mixing up a fresh range of solids that the changing landscape inspires in me. This spring I was definitely pulled towards the sand, the mountains and the sea. Developing a wide range of colors with similar values, that create harmony together is one of the best parts of my job.

The real magic comes next — combining these building blocks into variegated yarns brings the whole collection together. My goal is always to create these mixes in such a way that yields a smooth wash of color, even when the individual elements are in high contrast. Since it can be a challenge to visualize how some colors will knit up, I swatched them up so we could see. The best part is that for every one of these new multis there are two or three or even four solids to use as companions.

Some of my favorites this time around are Angelfish, Butte, Painted Desert and Lupinus. I’ve dyed these on an assortment of Deep Sock, Harbour Singles fingering and Triton, my luxe Merino, Cashmere and nylon blend DK. And of course, there companion mohair colors to choose from.

June 3, 2021

Do you have enough fiber for your Tour de Fleece?

  • A braid of green and blue fiber.

There are only a few more days until the Tour de Fleece starts. In case you haven’t heard of it before: it is a worldwide (online) event for spinners to challenge themselves and cheer each other on. It happens every year during the time of the famous Tour de France.

As I am an enthusiastic spinner myself, I have washed, picked, carded and dyed up a storm for you and added some more fibers to my shop. They are all ready to ship, with free shipping in the U.S., and I will in fact add more in the next few days (some batches are still drying as I am writing this).

So check out my shop and get all the fiber for your Tour de Fleece!

And if you are not a spinner:
I also have handspun yarn, like “Green Spring” that you can see in one of the pictures above.

And if you are really adventurous: why not learn to spin? I also offer beginner’s kits with written and video instructions and should you ever have any questions, you can always contact me.

Enjoy!

June 3, 2021

From sheep to shelf: British yarn at its best

  • Gray yarn piled on gray and gold handknits.

We are a small family farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Hampshire countryside in Southern England. For over a decade we have been producing quality yarns from our specialist fine wool flocks. Farming for fibre we take every care not only to our woolly ladies but also to the landscape they inhabit. Working to increase the biodiversity of our meadows and also to conserve our ancient chalk downland, which has seen summer grazing flocks for over a 1000 years.

Shorn by our shepherdess Susie with care and kindness, we sort and spin and hand dye on the farm to ensure we maintain the quality at very stage. From the lamb to the skein we work to ensure we farm ethically whilst producing yarns that will knit beautifully.

June 1, 2021

Price drop and new yarn pack!

  • A rainbow of yarn skeins.

Memorial Day was the unofficial start of summer (even though it felt more like early April here on the East Coast), and we’re celebrating by dropping all the prices on our yarns, kits and yarn packs!

Our 50-gram skeins of 100% Shetland Wool are now $10 each, and our 25-gram mini skeins are now $5 each. All our kits and yarn packs reflect this drop, so it’s the perfect time to select yarns for your next project!

New in our yarn pack collection is Isabell Kraemer’s Emsworth (pattern available on Ravelry). It’s a classic slipover with a cute lace/texture pattern panel in front and on the back, worked seamlessly from the top down. Like all of Isabell’s knitwear, the pattern is clearly written and comes in a wide range of sizes.

We’re offering yarn packs in a range of our natural colors for this wardrobe staple. We knit ours in Bramble, a rich, warm grey. Between the yarn, the pattern, and the design, it was a joy to knit (and even though we’ve just dipped our toes into summer, I can’t wait for fall to wear it!).

June 1, 2021

Bumper Keld Fingering update!

Hooray! The sun has finally started shining here at ECY Shedquarters and I am so ready for it! Flowers are coming through, the birds are singing (so loud!), and I had my first Covid jab at the weekend. All this positivity really helps get the creative juices flowing and I am excited to bring you lots more lovely yarn. There’s nothing nicer than sitting in the shade on a sunny day and working on the latest project. 😍

Our next update will be going live on the website on Wednesday 2nd June at 3 p.m. UK time and will be Keld Fingering, our Merino linen singles yarn. We have been blown away by how popular this yarn is and the last update sold so quickly that we had to bring you more. And when I say more, I do mean an absolute mountain of it! I am *so* excited to unleash this lot!

You can find the update album on our flickr containing all the update colourways (there are quite a few!!). You can find an Introduction to Keld Fingering and our Keld Fingering Project and Pattern inspiration blog post on our new Yarn Specific Blog Posts Index. This is a fab new page which lists all the blog posts that are related to individual yarns. On the subject of blog posts, we have separated our posts out into four categories to make it easier to find what you are looking for. I have already mentioned the Yarn Specific Blog Posts, we also have FAQs, Shedcast Show Notes and ECY News which covers everything that doesn’t fit under any other category! Just click on the Blog heading in the main menu on the website to find links to all the blog sections.

Have you seen my latest new pattern? Riverside Walks is a large asymmetric triangular shawl combining fluffy garter stitch with sparkly lace sections which fade along the shawl. The pattern is available on our website and on Payhip but we have closed our Ravelry store. The pattern uses two skeins of Lowther Lace in Riverside with a Rosedale 4ply mini skein fade set in Ash but you could use a single 100g skein of any 4ply/fingering weight instead of the fade set. Our testers did a fantastic job in helping get this pattern ready to release and you can see some of these in our Riverside Walks blog post (in the ECY News section).

A few months ago we opened a preorder for hand-carved sheep, cows and shawl pins from Wood Works Crando. They are now finished and in transit from Japan! All of these have excited homes to go to but we are hoping to run another pre-order in the next few months. If you would like to find out as soon as the new preorder goes up drop us an email to info@edencottageyarns.co.uk and we will add you to the list.

May 28, 2021

Sturdy & Stylish: Meet Karst

  • A twisted hank of gray yarn.

Karst made its official debut at the Indie Spotlight show earlier this month. Now it’s available to everyone — along with a new sock pattern to boot!

Karst is a sport-weight yarn made from a blend of white Cheviot sheep wool (the fiber traditionally used in kilt socks) and stormy Huacaya alpaca fleece.

Like all our yarn, the fiber is undyed. The whisper gray color comes directly from the fiber itself. The yarn’s namesake is a nod to karst landscapes, which are common here in Central Texas, and dominated by light gray limestone.

Karst is a great sock yarn, with a sturdy, medium feel that is still soft enough for next-to-skin wear. In fact, as soon as I got this yarn back from the mill, I asked Alissa Barton of the Knitting Fairy if she would be interested in whipping up a sock pattern just for Karst! The result is the Barn Sock, a thick and snug sock that’s great when you want some extra padding along with extra warmth.

The pattern requires two skeins of Karst and is available on RavelryRavelry.