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...


Why we love Polwarth sheep and wool!

Posted: March 06, 2019

Why we love Polwarth sheep and wool!

We talk a lot about our love of merino and bluefaced Leicester yarn but we have been also using New Zealand Polwarth wool in our Oakworth yarns for years. To let you know why we love this fabulous breed we wanted to share some information about why they are so amazing. Breed Polwarth sheep originated in Australia in the 1800s (in fact it is their centenary year this year!) when Lincoln and Merino bloodlines were mixed. This combination was used to attempt to increase the hardiness of the Merino so that they could increase the areas that could be grazed. This...


Yarn & flowers: the ECY aesthetic and why it's important to us. ❤️

Posted: May 02, 2018

Yarn & flowers: the ECY aesthetic and why it's important to us. ❤️
This post talks about the abundance of flowers in the ECY social media feeds, where they come from, and why they are important to us.

Want to see our first sparkly yarn??!

Posted: August 08, 2017

Want to see our first sparkly yarn??!

This morning I was out in the pouring rain photographing the sparkly yarn I've dyed for Saturday's 7am update... obviously the yarn was kept under the garden brolly but myself & camera ended up stood just outside the edge of it. I had woollies (handknits, obvs) and a waterproof on, and ended up creating a rainhat for my camera out of parcel tape and a sandwich bag. As you do. Anyway, this all means that all of the yarn photos are now up in the Facebook event page for this update, so you can see that HERE. If you mark...


Rambling Rose

Posted: June 22, 2017

Rambling Rose

This is exactly the kind of rose I had in mind when I designed my Rambling Rose colourway; several years ago now. It's not in my garden but once I do start on it I will want something like this. It's just so pretty. One of my dye pigments has recently significantly changed - without warning from the manufacturer. I just noticed the first time I used it. So over the past couple of months I've had to tweak loads of my recipes, and that includes Rambling Rose, because although it may look like a simple pink it's actually a...


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