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...


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...


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...


More mini skein project ideas for knitting and crochet 💙

Posted: May 16, 2019

More mini skein project ideas for knitting and crochet 💙

18 months ago Victoria wrote a blog post with some ideas of how to use mini skeins. If you haven't seen it, take a look HERE. Six months ago we introduced our third variety of mini skein giving you the choice between Carlisle Fingering, our superwash merino singles yarn, Nateby 4ply, sparkly lurex blended with superwash merino and nylon, and the most recently added Brimham 4ply, superwash merino and nylon.  Updates over summer are going to heavily feature mini skeins and so we thought it was the ideal time to give you some more ideas of ways to use them....


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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