A cosy aran weight knitted shawl: Midnight Sunset

Posted: February 09, 2018

A cosy aran weight knitted shawl: Midnight Sunset

We're very keen on all things cosy right now - winter in the UK seems to shift a bit later every year which is great for us knitters and crocheters who love to bundle up in our handmade pieces. Or is that just me?!  With this in mind Ruth McKeon aka Knitterarium's latest shawl pattern release is really striking a chord with me! It's a big semi-circle shawl which has both lace and cosy garter stitch sections, and rather unusually it's made in aran weight yarn. You don't see that many shawls in aran, but when it's properly cold outside...


Milburn: How is the yarn produced? What's involved?

Posted: February 06, 2018

Milburn: How is the yarn produced? What's involved?

Whenever I talk about yarn production and what’s involved the reaction I get is “oh wow, I didn’t know”. So I thought I would pop it up here on the blog for you all to have a read, and I hope you find it interesting and insightful. It will also help explain why we don’t have all the yarn all of the time! Anyone who’s been involved in stock management will know how complicated it can be, trying to re-order with a long enough lead time for the item to be produced and shipped to you without losing the momentum...


Milburn: How did you choose your colours for this yarn?

Posted: February 06, 2018

Milburn: How did you choose your colours for this yarn?

My yarn colour inspiration comes from flowers and the environment. Most of the Milburn range has an equivalent shade in our hand-dyed yarns - I send off the shades to the dyers (both also Yorkshire-based, which is rather satisfying) and they match them, send them back to me for approval, and then if I approve they go ahead with the dyeing. In short (I'll write more about this in my next blog post), when Milburn first started we were limited to five shades because of spinning and dyeing minimums; that was really hard to choose. As we’ve expanded the palette...


Milburn: How did you choose which fibres to use for the yarn?

Posted: February 06, 2018

Milburn: How did you choose which fibres to use for the yarn?

Our Milburn 4ply (and soon DK!) yarn blend is spun exclusively for us, and I always knew I wanted this to be the case - it would have been easy to just source a pure wool yarn of some sort and use that, but I wanted something to claim as my own. It does mean we’re beholden to the minimum order for a spin, which is around 350-500kg, but I felt it was worth the risk. To be honest, choosing it was pretty easy - I wanted super wash Bluefaced Leicester because it’s a stunning fibre, especially if you get...


Project bags: ECY top picks!

Posted: January 16, 2018

Project bags: ECY top picks!

One of the joys of knitting and crochet is that we love and need accessories... especially project bags. Seriously, you really do need something to put your WIP in to stop it a) rolling around the floor and b) getting caught on everything in your bag.  So... here are my top picks from my collection! I love all of them so I won't write "I love this bag" every time - just assume that I do and that's why it's here. :)  1. My Waterstones book bag. Very pretty, has pockets, sturdy enough to stand upright on its own, holds...


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