Test knitters wanted: Swainby Cowl

Posted: March 07, 2022

Test knitters wanted: Swainby Cowl

Test knitters wanted! Introducing the new Swainby Cowl! This cowl idea stemmed from me wanting to make something squishy for around my neck using three strands of yarn together, but also not wanting to leave much (if anything) left over. I pored over stitch textures and options for ages as I knew I wanted something fairly simple which would allow the marled colours to shine, but also which wouldn’t be too boring to knit. There are already loads of (lovely) patterns in traditional fisherman’s rib so this is a different take on that. The full-sized cowl is designed to loop...


24 ideas for ECY Yarnlings - crochet

Posted: November 19, 2021

24 ideas for ECY Yarnlings - crochet

We thought you might find it useful to have a list of ideas of things to crochet with our Yarnlings!  Since we sell a box of 24 pairs of 5g 4ply Yarnlings (inspired by the Catvent box) HERE it would make a great project to do to get you through the dark December days - or indeed any other days to be honest! Maybe you might use them as part of a bigger project, or maybe you might want to make something like one bauble in one colour per day. With 2 x 5g of each colour you could mix...


Yarn, knitting, and crochet related gift ideas for 2021 - the ECY Gift Guide

Posted: November 16, 2021

Yarn, knitting, and crochet related gift ideas for 2021 - the ECY Gift Guide

It's that time of year again! This year has absolutely flown by (or is that just me?!) and with postage being potentially really slow again running up to December the 25th I would encourage you to crack on if you are wanting to order anything. We have info on shipping dates HERE actually - please do take a look.  So... I know that a lot of people will be buying for others, but these are relevant if you fancy a treat yourself too, so I hope you find it useful. We've split ideas into budget sections. I am going to write this...


Free Pattern: Lucky Dip Yarnling Cowl (4ply)

Posted: November 01, 2021

Free Pattern: Lucky Dip Yarnling Cowl (4ply)

This cowl is a simple and fun project to do with our Lucky Dip Yarnlings - it uses 15 of them which you can get either in a cute jar or not from THIS page on our website.  For me, the joy of it was not knowing which colour would be coming next. I really had to let go of my inner control freak, which I found quite hard, but once I got going I actually loved it and it really kept me knitting. I just couldn't put this project down because I couldn't wait to see what would turn...


Willow Fingerless Mitts: intro, notes, and a finished project gallery

Posted: July 07, 2021

Willow Fingerless Mitts: intro, notes, and a finished project gallery

The first of my new designs to accompany the refreshed Willow Shawl, Willow Fingerless Mitts use a column of the Willow lace motif to add detail to the back of the hand. The rest of the mitt is fairly straightforward and the pattern offers ways to adjust both the hand size and length.  In the pattern development stage I tried a few different iterations to get the lace panel positioning right. I also realised during testing that I hadn't followed my own pattern for some early samples! 🙈 A very valuable lesson in reading the pattern rather than assuming you know...


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