"If you like it then you oughta knit a cat on it!"

Posted: April 08, 2020

Cat Knits by Marna Gilligan of 'an caitin beag' (she of sinister cat fame!) is a book of 16 knit designs all featuring Marna's signature kitties on a mixture of garments and accessories. It's a wide-ranging book actually - it feels like there's more than 16 items in there. Each chapter covers a different yarn weight, so there's a 4ply section, and DK section, an Aran section, and a Chunky section. Each section has a garment AND matching accessories included, and they range from nice simple textures, to stranded colourwork (like sinister cats), to intarsia. Intarsia! I swear that this...


Moss - going green with a rich woodland shade of yarn

Posted: March 23, 2020

Moss - going green with a rich woodland shade of yarn

When the final five colours were added to the Milburn range we knew there was a gap for darker green shades, especially for more autumnal shades. We never imagined that the zingy lime green of Fern would be so much more popular than the rich woodland green of Moss. 🙈 Here's some gorgeous inspiration for you! Hands up who wants to make allllll the things now?! ✋ Designs using Moss Flitcha by Brian Smith This gorgeous textured cowl actually calls for Bowland DK in Moss, but four balls of Milburn DK would be perfect. It looks cosy!   Slouch socks by Anna...


Autumn Fields - yarn with a heart of beautiful soft gold

Posted: March 12, 2020

Autumn Fields - yarn with a heart of beautiful soft gold

Autumn Fields is a beautiful soft sandy gold. Introduced in the second wave of colours in late 2016. You can read the blog post from when it was announced HERE. Inspired by Victoria's love of late autumn, this is a soft brown gold rather than an orange/yellow shade, making it really great for pairing with other colours. This great quality may well have been part of its downfall. It works so well with other colours that it hasn't really had an opportunity to shine as a stand-alone. But it should probably not come as a surprise as brown shades seem...


The Drift Collection... four years on! We revisit an ECY classic.

Posted: September 20, 2019

The Drift Collection... four years on! We revisit an ECY classic.

Today marks four years since the release of our Drift Collection! Can you believe it?! I know some of you will have been involved in test-knitting for it and will know how big a deal it was for us. I (Victoria) still worked alone at that point, and producing a quite large collection from loads of different designers, whilst still running the business, was a huge challenge. I did most of the photography myself (I couldn't afford to do anything else!), but did have a paid tech editor, and proof reader, of course. Meanwhile I was also still dyeing yarn,...


Ten transitional garments to knit for Autumn/Spring layering

Posted: August 29, 2018

Ten transitional garments to knit for Autumn/Spring layering

As makers, we LOVE Autumn and Spring for wearing and showing off our favourite knitwear, it's good to be able to wear layers, combining colours and textures for warmth and comfort. In Britain we can get several seasons in a day during these seasons - that's why we love to talk about the weather so much - so we need light weight yet warm knitwear that we can take on and off several times and combine with a variety of other different clothes.  The question is: which one to knit first??   Wray: This is a beautiful light layer with...

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