Designer Spotlight: An Interview with handknit designer Liz Corke

Posted: February 23, 2021

Designer Spotlight: An Interview with handknit designer Liz Corke

Here at ECY Shedquarters we are so lucky to have a wonderful range of designers from all over the world who regularly work with our yarns. We just love seeing the fantastic creations they come up with and it really helps to feed back into the creativity of dyeing. One of our absolute favourites is Liz Corke and as we reflected on the sheer volume of designs and the quality of all of them we knew we had to have a chat with her! This is a fascinating read and really gives you an insight into Liz and her design process.  ...


Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Sophie McKane

Posted: January 14, 2021

Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Sophie McKane

Sophie McKane, aka Unicorn Designs, is a wonderful designer. In the past two years alone Sophie has released a number of beautiful patterns including some using Eden Cottage Yarns.  Her designs have been published in magazines as well as several being self-published. We love her use of colour and stitch patterns, and thought it would be great to find out a bit more about her.  Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to become a designer? My grandma was a prolific knitter and she’s the one who first taught me to knit, when I was very...


Titus 4ply: projects and patterns using our classic merino/silk blend yarn

Posted: December 17, 2020

Titus 4ply: projects and patterns using our classic merino/silk blend yarn

It occurred to us recently that it might be really useful to have an ECY way to browse patterns and projects made using specific yarns, for inspiration and ideas. It's one of those things where once you think of it it seems blatantly obvious 🙈🤣  Just FYI - there are no links to Ravelry here. We've linked to patterns and projects that are available to purchase/view elsewhere.  Titus 4ply is probably our best selling yarn and is a firm favourite with many of our customers. It's certainly one of the oldest types and the fact that it is still going strong...


Askham 4ply: projects and patterns using alpaca/silk yarn

Posted: November 11, 2020

Askham 4ply: projects and patterns using alpaca/silk yarn

This blog post is designed as a useful resource for inspiration for a specific yarn. There are projects that use it, and patterns that call for it. It's so handy to have all this in one place!  Just FYI - there are no links to Ravelry here. We've linked to patterns and projects that are available to purchase/view elsewhere. If they're only available on Ravelry we will say that, but not link to it.  Askham 4ply is well known and loved as our mill dyed range that is no longer in production. As the stock came to an end we...


"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...


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