Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Sophie McKane

Posted: January 14, 2021

Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Sophie McKane

Sophie McKane, aka Unicorn Designs, is a wonderful designer. In the past two years alone Sophie has released a number of beautiful patterns including some using Eden Cottage Yarns.  Her designs have been published in magazines as well as several being self-published. We love her use of colour and stitch patterns, and thought it would be great to find out a bit more about her.  Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to become a designer? My grandma was a prolific knitter and she’s the one who first taught me to knit, when I was very...


Lowther Lace - fluff that won't get your goat

Posted: June 04, 2020

Lowther Lace - fluff that won't get your goat

By now you will hopefully have seen our latest fluffy yarn addition to the ECY stable (or should I say.. garden) - Lowther Lace. We had seen this yarn around for a while but had been resisting as we already had a fluffy yarn, Eldwick Lace. However, with quite a few people feeling sad because they can’t use mohair, I decided it was time to offer something fluffy that isn’t mohair (note that this does also shed fibres though!). Hence the fluffy baby alpaca/silk yarn came along. I did a YouTube video about it which you can watch HERE if...


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...


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