Free Pattern: Lucky Dip Yarnling Cowl (DK)

Posted: December 15, 2021

Free Pattern: Lucky Dip Yarnling Cowl (DK)

Like the 4ply version, this cowl is a simple and fun project to do with our Lucky Dip Yarnlings - it uses 10 of them which you can get from THIS page on our website. The DK version is just that bit more cosy than the 4ply version and I've found myself using both cowls just as much, depending on the weather! It is - as you might expect - very quick to make if you want a little 'breather' project in between big projects; and it will be easier on the hands if you have arthritis/carpal tunnel/RSI etc. ☺️   While I was...


Yarn, knitting, and crochet related gift ideas for 2021 - the ECY Gift Guide

Posted: November 16, 2021

Yarn, knitting, and crochet related gift ideas for 2021 - the ECY Gift Guide

It's that time of year again! This year has absolutely flown by (or is that just me?!) and with postage being potentially really slow again running up to December the 25th I would encourage you to crack on if you are wanting to order anything. We have info on shipping dates HERE actually - please do take a look.  So... I know that a lot of people will be buying for others, but these are relevant if you fancy a treat yourself too, so I hope you find it useful. We've split ideas into budget sections. I am going to write this...


Free Pattern: Lucky Dip Yarnling Cowl (4ply)

Posted: November 01, 2021

Free Pattern: Lucky Dip Yarnling Cowl (4ply)

This cowl is a simple and fun project to do with our Lucky Dip Yarnlings - it uses 15 of them which you can get either in a cute jar or not from THIS page on our website.  For me, the joy of it was not knowing which colour would be coming next. I really had to let go of my inner control freak, which I found quite hard, but once I got going I actually loved it and it really kept me knitting. I just couldn't put this project down because I couldn't wait to see what would turn...


"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...


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...


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