Getting started with knitting and crochet - tips and resources

Posted: March 17, 2020

Getting started with knitting and crochet - tips and resources

Intro (feel free to scroll past if you want to go straight to the resources!)     Yarn crafts are really good activities to help combat boredom, loneliness, restlessness, depression, and anxiety. I say that because they’ve helped me in all of those ways. Having a project on the go can give you an achievable thing to focus on (obsess over if you need to), which can make you feel settled, relaxed, calm, and accomplished. I know that some projects can make you feel quite stressed with their complexity but that’s totally not necessary so don’t let it put you...


Designer Spotlight: An interview with Joanne Scrace from The Crochet Project

Posted: December 05, 2019

Designer Spotlight: An interview with Joanne Scrace from The Crochet Project

As we are celebrating five years (!!!) since the publication of The Bletchley Collection this month, I thought it would be great to catch up with Joanne and interview her properly! It was the first collection collaboration for both of us, and I don’t know about her but it was a huge learning curve for me. We met up at Bletchley for the photoshoot, which was really fun if not a bit pressured - it had to be right as there’d be no second chance to re-shoot. I can still remember telling her to smile, and then saying “less like...


Designer Spotlight: An interview with Tracey Todhunter

Posted: August 16, 2019

Designer Spotlight: An interview with Tracey Todhunter

I’m sure that many of you will have heard of today’s interviewee, but did you know that she worked in a yarn shop and has had books published? Tracey and I (Victoria) have known each other for about a decade now, and it’s always a pleasure to work with her. I’m really grateful to her for answering my nosey questions, and the answers are very interesting… enjoy! Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to become a designer?I’ve been crocheting since I was four and always “tweaked” published patterns, so it was inevitable I...


An introduction to weaving with Ange Sewell from Weft Blown

Posted: July 19, 2019

An introduction to weaving with Ange Sewell from Weft Blown

Knitting and Crochet are not the only things you can do with yarn and sometimes we can forget that. So when Ange Sewell of Weft Blown, a shop primarily focused on weaving, approached us about becoming a stockist we were delighted. By stocking our Milburn DK among a selection of books and other items, we have been opened up to - and are receiving more enquiries from - the weaving community. The only problem is that between all of us at ECY Shedquarters our knowledge of weaving is very limited. We wanted to fix that and to share this new found...


Featured knitwear designer: an interview with Jaya

Posted: April 17, 2019

Featured knitwear designer: an interview with Jaya

In celebration of the release of the Echoing Green Shawl, the first design from the Four Seasons collection which you can find out more about in this BLOG POST, we wanted to get to know Jaya, the collection's designer, better and for you all to do the same. That is enough from me so I will hand over to her!   Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to become a designer? I was a software professional before I quit work to start my family.  I picked up on some crochet and knitting during...


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