Today I wanted to tell you about something we've mentioned in our newsletter but haven't talked about on here - Anni Howard's latest new collection, Ebb and Flow, a range of knit and crochet designs inspired by the bleak beauty of the Essex coastline and river estuaries. Eden Cottage Yarns are used in three of the four designs.
Here's the whole collection together - you can really see the soft, bleak palette and rich textures, and I think they work beautifully with my yarns - I love bleak landscapes and barely-there colours, and find them incredibly compelling.
“A more desolate region can scarce be conceived, and yet it is not without beauty.” Sabine Baring-Gould in the opening pages of Mehalah: a Story of the Salt Marshes
Saltmarsh is inspired by the mud and salt marshes around the Colne and Blackwater estuaries that meet at Mersea Island in Essex. This area of bleak tranquility is home to a great variety of wildlife, from wading birds to moths and samphire, but this cowl design draws on the patterns left in the mud as the tide recedes. Saltmarsh uses both knit and crochet to create texture. Firstly, the base is knitted in the round, then this is overlaid with an easy crochet lace pattern.
Saltmarsh is written for two sizes, 70cm or 130cm long. The longer version can be wrapped twice around the neck for extra warmth.
The short version is knitted in Eden Cottage Yarns, one skein in Langdale Superwash Aran in Steel for the knitted section and one skein in Pendle 4ply in Stone for the crochet - along with the aran, I did also put some Pendle 4ply (which is the same squishy merino as the aran) in our latest update, and you can see it HERE.
The long version is shown in KnitPicks Chroma in Manzanita, and uses two balls in worsted weight and one ball in fingering/4ply weight (again - you could use two skeins of our Aran and one skein of our 4ply).
The inspiration for Oysterbeds comes from the native oysters that have been harvested off the coast of Mersea Island in Essex since Roman times. Naturally-growing oysters attach themselves to old oyster shells, forming clusters and reefs.
Oysterbeds is a modular cowl. Each shell is worked onto the previous two and the top edge is k1, p1 rib. It's an unusual construction but it’s far easier to knit than it looks!
It's written for two sizes. The small size is shown in Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran in Camel, the larger size in Debbie Bliss Luxury Aran Tweed in Ice and uses three 50g balls - of course Langdale Superwash Aran is a very acceptable substitute - you'd need two skeins. ;)
So I hope this inspires you to cast on! To be honest on a day as grim as today, even though it's June, cosy knitwear is feeling very appealing.. or curling up under a blanket with a cup of tea and a new project. We knitters/crocheters are easily pleased, aren't we?!