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...


Looking back at the Four Seasons Collection by Jaya 🥰

Posted: February 08, 2020

Looking back at the Four Seasons Collection by Jaya 🥰

The fourth and final design of the Four Seasons Collection by Jayalakshmi of Apoorva Designs has now been released and so this feels like the perfect opportunity to look back over this wonderful collaboration. If you would like to know more about Jaya take a look at our interview with her HERE.  We introduced the Four Seasons Collection in another blog post which you can read HERE but at that time the designs were all very much under wraps so now we can talk you through all four of them!   Spring - Echoing Green The Echoing Green Shawl is a top-down, half-circle shawl knit...


All your questions answered about Yarnlings™ - the tiny balls of ECY yarn.

Posted: August 01, 2019

All your questions answered about Yarnlings™ - the tiny balls of ECY yarn.

You may have seen us selling these like sweets in a sweet shop at shows, or perhaps you've seen our cute jars full of them online... we get asked certain questions about them over and over so thought it'd be sensible to put our answers in a blog post. I hope it helps! Have you got any more questions that we've missed?   What are they?  Yarnlings™ are small balls of yarn ready wound into 5g weights for 4ply or 10g weights for DK. These could be any of our regular bases and any of our colourways, semi-solid or variegated. ...


Reasons to love alpaca yarn and fibre: all your questions answered!

Posted: July 11, 2019

Reasons to love alpaca yarn and fibre: all your questions answered!

We love alpaca at ECY, but feel like it's perhaps underestimated, or a bit under-appreciated. We get asked lots of questions about it, so have put together what we hope is a helpful and insightful blog post answering as many questions as we can. The first section is quite long by the way, but does need to come first. If you're interested in things like the difference between baby alpaca and other alpaca types, please scroll on down!  If you have any more questions that we've missed please do let us know. 🙂 Tell me about alpaca - where are...


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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