Unwind Brighton is almost here and I'm so excited! There's something about this event that seems to have really drawn together some of the most inspirational teachers and vendors in the fibre community and really got people buzzing. The sense of international community that Dani, Unwind Creator, has captured is really charming and something I'm really motivated by. I am constantly in awe of the way knitters and crafters support one another so I feel like this is the perfect opportunity to spread some excitement and cheer about the many talented teachers and vendors attending the show.
Even if you're not attending, my hope is to bring a little Unwind into your day!
So here's the first (of many) features about one of the Unwind folks that I'll be making a beeline to say hi to on the day: Victoria from Eden Cottage Yarns. Following her guest post and a huge response on Ravelry and Twitter (thank you), I asked Victoria to tell us about some of the British Breeds she includes in her yarn ranges and there's a chance to win a skein too!
Victoria is the dyer (and designer) behind Eden Cottage Yarns. The Eden Cottage Yarn range offers a wide selection of bases, all in Victoria's trademark muted and subtle colourways. The colour palette is inspired by nature and you'll often see pictures shared on Facebook of Victoria's inspiration, whether it's cherry blossoms in the Spring or the greens of the trees that surround her Yorkshire home. Updates are regular and I love how active Victoria is both on social media like Twitter but also attending events. She really interacts with the knitting community and that's something really impressive when she does all the dyeing too!
Now about those yarns and colours.....
First up in the British Breeds is a big softy: Bowland DK. This DK is Victoria's Superwash Bluefaced Leicester base and is one of those yarns that gets softer the more it's worked and used and as with all Blue Faced Leicester, has a gorgeous lustre. I had a hard time choosing between this base and the Polworth that I actually came away with at Unravel because it looked incredible in the skein and the price was so reasonable for the yardage (£16 per 245 yards per skein).
Next is her BFL Sock, which is a generous skein at 436 yards per 100g. Again, this is a yarn that wears well and blooms nicely with a wash so it works perfectly for both garments as well as socks and mitts. I really like the roundness of this yarn in the skein (yes, I spent a lot of time at Victoria's stand at Unravel, cooing over the yarn. Does it show?)
Another yarn of interest, with British roots is the Milburn 4ply range, named after a pretty Cumbrian Village (Victoria's originally from Cumbria). Victoria has been working with a mill to have these 50g British Bluefaced Leicester and Silk skeins dyed in typical Eden Cottage Colourways. With so much handdyeing and wholesale, Victoria collaborated with a mill to produce yarns that could be dyed in an Eden Cottage palette and complement her hand dyed range. Pretty smart and already pretty popular!
Like what you see? As well as being sure to check out Victoria's stand at Unwind, you can also win a skein of one of the 3 skeins mentioned above. Leave a comment below, telling us what skein you would like to win and what colour by visiting the Eden Cottage website and I will pull one lucky winner with the random number generator. Be sure to enter by 18th May 2014 as I will be posting the results on Monday and announcing a new vendor/ teacher feature and giveaway!