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...


Christmas gifts: the best ideas for knitters, crocheters, and yarn addicts

Posted: December 10, 2018

Christmas gifts: the best ideas for knitters, crocheters, and yarn addicts

Stuck for what to buy the yarn addict in your life? You're in luck because crafty/creative/yarny people are easy to buy for - it doesn't take much to keep us happy! Whether their (or your) thing is crochet or knitting, or neither ..yet.. (!) we've got loads of lovely gift ideas for you. Similarly, if you've been given an Eden Cottage Yarns gift voucher, why not use it to buy yourself one of our gift ideas? We've started by creating a special gift collection/category on the ECY website HERE, so that should help you with a starting point.  Here are some of...


Why would I want that fluffy stuff? Here are all your mohair questions answered!

Posted: November 21, 2018

Why would I want that fluffy stuff? Here are all your mohair questions answered!

I thought I’d tell you a bit more about our mohair/silk laceweight yarn, Eldwick Lace. We’ve had lots of questions about it so it seems sensible to try and answer them. There’s a lot to tell, so I’ve broken it down into common questions so that if you don’t want to read it all you can hopefully find the information you’re looking for. I hope it’s helpful!   What is mohair? Firstly let me tell you about the fibres. Mohair can take more than one form, which is the same for more fibres. What we use is kid mohair, which...


Ways with crescent shaped shawls: how to wear them

Posted: November 12, 2018

Ways with crescent shaped shawls: how to wear them

Following on from my post about our Laverton shawl pattern, I thought it'd be worth talking about how to wear shawls as it's something that comes up often.  How do you wear a shawl? I see lots of people saying “I love making shawls but I never wear them”, and technically I could say the same. That is, I rarely wear shawls in a shawl-y way. You know - around the shoulders and pinned at the front. Occasionally if the back of my neck or shoulders are cold I’ll wear a shawl like a shawl, but I generally wear them...


Laverton shawl: choosing colours and other FAQs

Posted: November 12, 2018

Laverton shawl: choosing colours and other FAQs

I’m never sure how to start blog posts so I’ll dive right in.. Laverton - have you seen it? It’s our fluffy, cosy shawl pattern that was released on Ravelry and ECY today. It’s available as a digital download but we are going to get print copies made up, too.  It’s a simple, crescent shaped shawl that offers the opportunity to really play with colour, contrast, and/or subtlety. I designed the shawl as I wanted something that was so simple I could knit it whilst also participating in Eurovision drinking games.. (which I did, and no I didn’t have to...


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