Neutral colours at Eden Cottage Yarns: why we love them and which ones to look out for!

Posted: September 11, 2018

Neutral colours at Eden Cottage Yarns: why we love them and which ones to look out for!

Can we talk about neutral colours for a moment? Firstly, what constitutes a neutral? For me it’s a colour that isn’t leaning towards any particular colour group, if that makes sense. I suppose another criteria would be that it goes with everything, or most other colours. It starts with white, black, and grey, of course, but then for me it extends to beiges, oatmeals, browns, and creams. I was talking about it with Claire though and was surprised when she brought out dark blues as neutrals - to me they’re just blue, which is not a neutral, but as she...


Bluefaced Leicester: all your woolly and sheep questions answered with Hill Top Farm!

Posted: September 11, 2018

Bluefaced Leicester: all your woolly and sheep questions answered with Hill Top Farm!

Bluefaced Leicester is one of our favourite wools here at ECY which is why our signature Milburn 4ply and DK yarns just had to be made using it. These noble sheep are fascinating and so we felt like now was a good time to share this love with you and give you a bit of insight into animals behind this highly sought-after fibre. I could think of noone better to help me with this than my friend Leigh, the voice of Hill Top Farm in Malham, also known as @hilltopfarmgirl”. Leigh farms with her partner Neil Heseltine, whose family have farmed in Malham...


What does semi-solid mean? Your guide to hand dyed yarns..

Posted: July 07, 2018

What does semi-solid mean? Your guide to hand dyed yarns..

Ever wondered what terms like semi-solid, variegated, or OOAK mean? Hopefully this blog post will help explain and guide you through the myriad of hand dyed yarns that are available now. Firstly let me tell you a bit about production of hand dyed yarn, which will give you some context. It arrives from the mill in un-dyed skeins, meaning that the wool is not bleached or anything, it’s simply in its natural colour (in this case cream). When they process it they wind it into skeins (also known as hanks), and add a few ties to keep the skeins neat....


A good time to be British

Posted: April 26, 2018

A good time to be British

Here in the UK recently we haven't had too much to feel patriotic about. However with the recent birth of the new prince and the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle I can't help but feeling a little pride swelling up inside me. I have especially loved the excited reactions of people visiting from abroad to the news of the new arrival. So with this reinvigorated love for our country I started thinking about patterns to express these feelings and off to Ravelry I went! Here are my favourites and conveniently they could all be done in Milburn...


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...


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