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...


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. ...


Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Anna Elliott

Posted: July 24, 2019

Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Anna Elliott

Today on the ECY blog we are featuring a UK designer that I (Victoria) have known and worked with for a decade (where did that go?!). Anna Elliott was one of the very first people I collaborated with, back when I lived in Manchester and worked at Purl City Yarns - I think that that might be how I met her actually. It seems like a lifetime ago, so this interview is probably a bit overdue if we’re honest! It’s really interesting though so I hope you’ll enjoy hearing about the design process and more…   Can you tell us...


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...


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...


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