"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...


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...


Damson desires 💜💜💜

Posted: January 24, 2020

Damson desires 💜💜💜

One of the original five shades of Milburn 4ply introduced in 2013, Damson has been a firm favourite ever since. That was until the introduction of Black Tulip in the third wave of colours anyway. Unfortunately we think it was actually a bit too close to Damson and it quickly eclipsed it in popularity! It now feels like quite an overlooked colourway and so I wanted to show it some love and remind you all how wonderful it really is!    Designs using Damson Back in 2014, The Bletchley Collection was released as a collaboration between Joanne Scrace and Eden...


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,...


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