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2013 2013 2013 <center><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yaNBJhFfdus/UgjNa77Y4BI/AAAAAAAAGIo/xDGd25orRs8/s1600/EdenCottageYarns.jpg.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yaNBJhFfdus/UgjNa77Y4BI/AAAAAAAAGIo/xDGd25orRs8/s1600/EdenCottageYarns.jpg.jpg" /></a></center></br>I may not be able to knit much at the moment but I can still buy woolly stuff, and one of my favourite places to shop is <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.edencottageyarns.co.uk">Eden Cottage Yarns</a>*. If you're thinking Victoria looks familiar you've probably met her at one of the UK's wool festivals. I caught up with her at Wonderwool Wales in April and again at Woolfest in June, and I can only apologise to her, and to you, for taking such an age to put this long promised '<span style="font-size:28%;"> </span>yarnie' post together. Let me introduce you ... </br></br>Victoria currently lives in the Eden Valley, one of Cumbria's most beautiful and unspoiled bits of country. Based in a 1720's farmhouse that was once the village bakery, the source of heat for all her dyeing is her Rayburn range. She taught herself to knit in 2006, while studying architecture at university, and was soon spinning and dyeing as well. She's published over thirty knitting patterns in the last few years. And she's renovated her home. The woman's a human dynamo! </br></br><center><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gORYW2dKoQY/Ugjzete1YII/AAAAAAAAGKQ/3n03nVcCNyA/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarn+%232.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gORYW2dKoQY/Ugjzete1YII/AAAAAAAAGKQ/3n03nVcCNyA/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarn+%232.jpg" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TSoJByIZvGU/Ugkpb7OSCtI/AAAAAAAAGLw/Czd8uLX9qtg/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%238.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TSoJByIZvGU/Ugkpb7OSCtI/AAAAAAAAGLw/Czd8uLX9qtg/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%238.jpg" /></a></center></br><b>So, Victoria, what led you to start dyeing and selling knitting yarn?</b></br></br>Dyeing fibre was initially just a hobby ... the combining of colour and texture really appealed to me. But when in 2011 my circumstances changed quite dramatically, and I moved from Manchester to Cumbria, I decided to go a bit mad and not get a job but start a yarn business instead! </br></br><b>That sounds much more straightforward than I imagine it actually was. I'm guessing you've had some notable highs and lows since then?</b></br></br>Starting a business from scratch on my own, with no income or savings, and in a house that needed a lot of TLC, was certainly challenging. In the early days I sometimes had to choose between buying food and buying coal because I couldn't afford both. I'm just thankful I was able to negotiate the deferment of some of my bills. But that was then. Now, I'm making my living doing something I'm absolutely passionate about. The business is flourishing and it really is so very rewarding. </br></br><b>Could you talk us through a typical Eden Cottage Yarns day?</b></br></br>When I'm dyeing I'll usually start working before 8.00 in the morning, and I'll not finish for the day until 10.00 in the evening. First thing I stoke up the fire and pack orders, and mid-afternoon I generally pop to the post office. I mostly only take a short break for lunch but, depending on how busy I am, I might take an hour or so in the early evening, when I'll cook, eat, and grab ten minutes in the garden. Late evening is when I catch up on emails, and Eden Cottage Yarns' <a target = "_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eden-Cottage-Yarns/151573411577273">Facebook</a> page and <a target = "_blank" href="https://twitter.com/EdenCottage">Twitter</a> feed, and I like to squeeze in a little bit of knitting before bed if I can. </br></br><b>And on a day to day basis what are the best bits and the worst bits of your job?</b> </br></br>The best bits are creating colours that I adore, on fibres that I adore; and the many thank you messages sent to me by happy customers ... they remind me why I'm doing what I'm doing, and they always makes me smile; and meeting knitters, designers, other retailers, and fellow Ravelers at shows like Woolfest; and seeing knitwear made from Eden Cottage yarns 'in the wild' ... it really doesn't get any better than that! But it's a physically demanding job and, with the hours I work, an exhausting one, that's definitely a 'worst bit'. </br></br><center><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EbzwfiBDrds/UgjKdv3uEQI/AAAAAAAAGIY/7f3BY7Vm3uk/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%231.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EbzwfiBDrds/UgjKdv3uEQI/AAAAAAAAGIY/7f3BY7Vm3uk/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%231.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p9t8WE9Ypbs/UgktrSIrQeI/AAAAAAAAGMA/wpC6H-ydSVc/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%239.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p9t8WE9Ypbs/UgktrSIrQeI/AAAAAAAAGMA/wpC6H-ydSVc/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%239.jpg" /></a></center></br><b>What are your colour inspirations, and how do you decide what colours to include in your range?</b></br></br>My colours are mostly inspired by plants, flowers, and the countryside. It's all very organic - I'll experiment, and if I'm pleased with what happens then it becomes a colourway. If I'm not, then it doesn't! </br></br><b>Any tips for knitters who struggle to choose colours that'll look good together?</b></br></br>There's no sure fire way to match colours. I find the best combinations by accident! Just mix all your skeins together before you pick, and don't rule anything out. Sometimes the most perfect pairing is the least expected! </br></br><b>What are your favourite yarn bases, both to dye with and to knit with?</b></br></br>Ooh, this is a difficult one ... I love all my yarn bases. But if I really must choose, then I'd say BFL Sock and Bowland DK. The fibre is so soft and lustrous, machine washable, and fine, it ticks all the boxes and is just stunning to work with and to wear. </br></br><b>And finally, what's in Eden Cottage Yarn's future?</b></br></br>I'm moving to West Yorkshire at the end of the year, to join my other half who lives and works there, and we'll be taking the opportunity for me to upsize at the same time. Oh, and I'll be at the inaugural Yarndale in Skipton in September (28th - 29th) and at The Knitting and Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace (10th - 13th October) and Harrogate (21st - 24th November). </br></br><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jLjI376WvWs/UgjOy8ih-HI/AAAAAAAAGI4/RJ8NtpWkyk8/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%233.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jLjI376WvWs/UgjOy8ih-HI/AAAAAAAAGI4/RJ8NtpWkyk8/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%233.jpg" /></a></br></br>Image key/Ravelry links. 1: Victoria Magnus of Eden Cottage Yarns wearing her <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ullswater-shawlette">Ullswater Shawlette</a> and <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alderman">Alderman Mitts</a> designs. 2. Eden Cottage Yarn. 3. ECY's <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/willow-15">Willow Shawl</a> pattern. 4. ECY's <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/brigantia">Brigantia Mitts</a> (in Pom Pom Quarterly, issue 3, 2012). 5. Eden Cottage Yarn. 6. The free <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alderman">Alderman Mitts</a> pattern again. Eden Cottage Yarns can be found on Ravelry <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/eden-cottage-yarns">here</a> and <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/groups/eden-cottage">here</a></br></br>* Formerly Wild Fire Fibres </br></br><center>♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥</center></br>And that's it! Except to say many, many thanks to Victoria for satisfying my curiosity. </br></br><span style="font-size:80%;">Please note, this is NOT a sponsored post.</span> </br></br><center>♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥</center></br><center>Follow the links below to subscribe to free updates via ...</br><a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><img src="http://i1155.photobucket.com/albums/p557/knitsofacto/29x27_zpsdcf5fdaa.png" title="Add to Feedly" /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><span style="font-size:84%;">Feedly</span></a> </a><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><img src="http://i1155.photobucket.com/albums/p557/knitsofacto/bloglovin25x26B_zps0de89725.png" title="Follow with Bloglovin" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><span style="font-size:84%;">Bloglovin</a></span> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><img src="http://i1155.photobucket.com/albums/p557/knitsofacto/email30x29px_zpsc2dd095d.png" title="New posts via email" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><span style="font-size:78%;">Email</span></a></br></br>You can also now join us on <a target = "_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitsofacto/179844712081480">Facebook</a> and on <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitsofacto">Ravelry</a>!</center><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><center><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yaNBJhFfdus/UgjNa77Y4BI/AAAAAAAAGIo/xDGd25orRs8/s1600/EdenCottageYarns.jpg.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yaNBJhFfdus/UgjNa77Y4BI/AAAAAAAAGIo/xDGd25orRs8/s1600/EdenCottageYarns.jpg.jpg" /></a></center></br>I may not be able to knit much at the moment but I can still buy woolly stuff, and one of my favourite places to shop is <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.edencottageyarns.co.uk">Eden Cottage Yarns</a>*. If you're thinking Victoria looks familiar you've probably met her at one of the UK's wool festivals. I caught up with her at Wonderwool Wales in April and again at Woolfest in June, and I can only apologise to her, and to you, for taking such an age to put this long promised '<span style="font-size:28%;"> </span>yarnie' post together. Let me introduce you ... </br></br>Victoria currently lives in the Eden Valley, one of Cumbria's most beautiful and unspoiled bits of country. Based in a 1720's farmhouse that was once the village bakery, the source of heat for all her dyeing is her Rayburn range. She taught herself to knit in 2006, while studying architecture at university, and was soon spinning and dyeing as well. She's published over thirty knitting patterns in the last few years. And she's renovated her home. The woman's a human dynamo! </br></br><center><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gORYW2dKoQY/Ugjzete1YII/AAAAAAAAGKQ/3n03nVcCNyA/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarn+%232.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gORYW2dKoQY/Ugjzete1YII/AAAAAAAAGKQ/3n03nVcCNyA/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarn+%232.jpg" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TSoJByIZvGU/Ugkpb7OSCtI/AAAAAAAAGLw/Czd8uLX9qtg/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%238.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TSoJByIZvGU/Ugkpb7OSCtI/AAAAAAAAGLw/Czd8uLX9qtg/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%238.jpg" /></a></center></br><b>So, Victoria, what led you to start dyeing and selling knitting yarn?</b></br></br>Dyeing fibre was initially just a hobby ... the combining of colour and texture really appealed to me. But when in 2011 my circumstances changed quite dramatically, and I moved from Manchester to Cumbria, I decided to go a bit mad and not get a job but start a yarn business instead! </br></br><b>That sounds much more straightforward than I imagine it actually was. I'm guessing you've had some notable highs and lows since then?</b></br></br>Starting a business from scratch on my own, with no income or savings, and in a house that needed a lot of TLC, was certainly challenging. In the early days I sometimes had to choose between buying food and buying coal because I couldn't afford both. I'm just thankful I was able to negotiate the deferment of some of my bills. But that was then. Now, I'm making my living doing something I'm absolutely passionate about. The business is flourishing and it really is so very rewarding. </br></br><b>Could you talk us through a typical Eden Cottage Yarns day?</b></br></br>When I'm dyeing I'll usually start working before 8.00 in the morning, and I'll not finish for the day until 10.00 in the evening. First thing I stoke up the fire and pack orders, and mid-afternoon I generally pop to the post office. I mostly only take a short break for lunch but, depending on how busy I am, I might take an hour or so in the early evening, when I'll cook, eat, and grab ten minutes in the garden. Late evening is when I catch up on emails, and Eden Cottage Yarns' <a target = "_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eden-Cottage-Yarns/151573411577273">Facebook</a> page and <a target = "_blank" href="https://twitter.com/EdenCottage">Twitter</a> feed, and I like to squeeze in a little bit of knitting before bed if I can. </br></br><b>And on a day to day basis what are the best bits and the worst bits of your job?</b> </br></br>The best bits are creating colours that I adore, on fibres that I adore; and the many thank you messages sent to me by happy customers ... they remind me why I'm doing what I'm doing, and they always makes me smile; and meeting knitters, designers, other retailers, and fellow Ravelers at shows like Woolfest; and seeing knitwear made from Eden Cottage yarns 'in the wild' ... it really doesn't get any better than that! But it's a physically demanding job and, with the hours I work, an exhausting one, that's definitely a 'worst bit'. </br></br><center><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EbzwfiBDrds/UgjKdv3uEQI/AAAAAAAAGIY/7f3BY7Vm3uk/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%231.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EbzwfiBDrds/UgjKdv3uEQI/AAAAAAAAGIY/7f3BY7Vm3uk/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%231.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p9t8WE9Ypbs/UgktrSIrQeI/AAAAAAAAGMA/wpC6H-ydSVc/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%239.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p9t8WE9Ypbs/UgktrSIrQeI/AAAAAAAAGMA/wpC6H-ydSVc/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%239.jpg" /></a></center></br><b>What are your colour inspirations, and how do you decide what colours to include in your range?</b></br></br>My colours are mostly inspired by plants, flowers, and the countryside. It's all very organic - I'll experiment, and if I'm pleased with what happens then it becomes a colourway. If I'm not, then it doesn't! </br></br><b>Any tips for knitters who struggle to choose colours that'll look good together?</b></br></br>There's no sure fire way to match colours. I find the best combinations by accident! Just mix all your skeins together before you pick, and don't rule anything out. Sometimes the most perfect pairing is the least expected! </br></br><b>What are your favourite yarn bases, both to dye with and to knit with?</b></br></br>Ooh, this is a difficult one ... I love all my yarn bases. But if I really must choose, then I'd say BFL Sock and Bowland DK. The fibre is so soft and lustrous, machine washable, and fine, it ticks all the boxes and is just stunning to work with and to wear. </br></br><b>And finally, what's in Eden Cottage Yarn's future?</b></br></br>I'm moving to West Yorkshire at the end of the year, to join my other half who lives and works there, and we'll be taking the opportunity for me to upsize at the same time. Oh, and I'll be at the inaugural Yarndale in Skipton in September (28th - 29th) and at The Knitting and Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace (10th - 13th October) and Harrogate (21st - 24th November). </br></br><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jLjI376WvWs/UgjOy8ih-HI/AAAAAAAAGI4/RJ8NtpWkyk8/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%233.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jLjI376WvWs/UgjOy8ih-HI/AAAAAAAAGI4/RJ8NtpWkyk8/s1600/Eden+Cottage+Yarns+%233.jpg" /></a></br></br>Image key/Ravelry links. 1: Victoria Magnus of Eden Cottage Yarns wearing her <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ullswater-shawlette">Ullswater Shawlette</a> and <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alderman">Alderman Mitts</a> designs. 2. Eden Cottage Yarn. 3. ECY's <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/willow-15">Willow Shawl</a> pattern. 4. ECY's <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/brigantia">Brigantia Mitts</a> (in Pom Pom Quarterly, issue 3, 2012). 5. Eden Cottage Yarn. 6. The free <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alderman">Alderman Mitts</a> pattern again. Eden Cottage Yarns can be found on Ravelry <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/eden-cottage-yarns">here</a> and <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/groups/eden-cottage">here</a></br></br>* Formerly Wild Fire Fibres </br></br><center>♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥</center></br>And that's it! Except to say many, many thanks to Victoria for satisfying my curiosity. </br></br><span style="font-size:80%;">Please note, this is NOT a sponsored post.</span> </br></br><center>♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥</center></br><center>Follow the links below to subscribe to free updates via ...</br><a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><img src="http://i1155.photobucket.com/albums/p557/knitsofacto/29x27_zpsdcf5fdaa.png" title="Add to Feedly" /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><span style="font-size:84%;">Feedly</span></a> </a><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><img src="http://i1155.photobucket.com/albums/p557/knitsofacto/bloglovin25x26B_zps0de89725.png" title="Follow with Bloglovin" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><span style="font-size:84%;">Bloglovin</a></span> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><img src="http://i1155.photobucket.com/albums/p557/knitsofacto/email30x29px_zpsc2dd095d.png" title="New posts via email" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><span style="font-size:78%;">Email</span></a></br></br>You can also now join us on <a target = "_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitsofacto/179844712081480">Facebook</a> and on <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitsofacto">Ravelry</a>!</center><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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