Reasons to love alpaca yarn and fibre: all your questions answered!

Posted: July 11, 2019

Reasons to love alpaca yarn and fibre: all your questions answered!

We love alpaca at ECY, but feel like it's perhaps underestimated, or a bit under-appreciated. We get asked lots of questions about it, so have put together what we hope is a helpful and insightful blog post answering as many questions as we can. The first section is quite long by the way, but does need to come first. If you're interested in things like the difference between baby alpaca and other alpaca types, please scroll on down!  If you have any more questions that we've missed please do let us know. 🙂 Tell me about alpaca - where are...


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....


Featured knitwear designer: an interview with Jaya

Posted: April 17, 2019

Featured knitwear designer: an interview with Jaya

In celebration of the release of the Echoing Green Shawl, the first design from the Four Seasons collection which you can find out more about in this BLOG POST, we wanted to get to know Jaya, the collection's designer, better and for you all to do the same. That is enough from me so I will hand over to her!   Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to become a designer? I was a software professional before I quit work to start my family.  I picked up on some crochet and knitting during...


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...


An Introduction to the Four Seasons Collection Subscription

Posted: March 01, 2019

An Introduction to the Four Seasons Collection Subscription
The Four Seasons Collection Subscription is an exciting collaboration with Jayalakshmi (aka Jaya - @jayalakshmimh on Instagram) which will see the release of four designs, one for each season. 

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