And Breathe!

I know that for many of us, the last couple of years have been particularly difficult. I wanted to take a few minutes and just encourage you to stop and breathe. Wherever you are, whatever you are going through, you are doing the best that you can do. It’s ok to not be perfect. It’s ok to look after yourself and be kind. You need to treat yourself like a much-loved work in progress. You may be trying to follow a pattern, but actually, the best things come when we adapt them. Embrace your beautiful design features, rather than seeing[…]Read More

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What goes into designing a knitting or crochet pattern?

I saw a post on a forum this week talking about how many people seem to get upset at paying for independently designed patterns. I thought I would share my response, as I feel that it is really important to understand the process involved. Being a knitwear or crochet designer does take a lot of effort if you are going to do it properly. You need to start by planning the idea, working out the gauge, often sketching and sampling different stitches. Then you make it once, noting everything, often linking back and redoing. When you’ve finished it, you then[…]Read More

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Wool is amazing!

I guess being a wool shop, you’d assume we thought like that, but today I wanted to give you a few examples of why it truly is the most amazing material! It keeps you warm It keeps you cool It is breathable It is water resistant (especially with it’s natural lanolin) It is fire resistant It is 100% natural It is 100% biodegradable It is 100% renewable It is wrinkle resistant It is odour resistant It is naturally elastic It can be hard wearing It can be incredibly soft and drapery It is stain resistant It is recyclable It is[…]Read More

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Natural Fibres Only

Hey everyone! Today I thought I’d talk a bit about how we source our products. Before I get started, there is absolutely a place for acrylic yarns, and I know that others are able to take a different stance on some of this. For us though, these are really important guidelines that we follow, and I’ll explain why. Natural fibres only. Here at EFT we only stock natural fibres or those with, at most, a 25% nylon or acrylic content. We feel really strongly that we need to protect the environment that we live in and that we need to[…]Read More

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