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,...


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...


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...


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...


The story of colour development in a dye studio (shed)

Posted: December 12, 2018

The story of colour development in a dye studio (shed)

I’ve spent quite a lot of time this week working on colour development and thought you might be interested to read about it - Claire and Debbie were, anyway, as they saw the work in progress and were wondering what on earth I was doing. They also had the unbridled joy of watching me flicking really slowly through my wildflower book to find the plants I was looking for and check their names. I do talk to myself whilst I'm doing this (yes, and I'm only 33) so I think they've learned to just ignore my ramblings.  This week I was...


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