A Secret Revealed: Part 1

Maisy Roper (photo credit Eden Cottage Yarns), a sturdy bag in 100% Baby Alpaca Chunky

Since May, I’ve been hard at work on a new design collection for Eden Cottage Yarns. Finally I can share with you all the projects that have been keeping me busy over the summer. When Vikki, the creative force behind my favourite yarn brand asked me to collaborate on a new collection I was thrilled and a little bit overwhelmed. There were days of sketching and swatching, weeks when all I seemed to do was rip back or take refuge in the garden when “nothing seemed to go right”. Finally I felt ready to show my initial ideas to Vikki, and thank goodness she loved them as much as I do!

Phyllis Turner, a crochet purse in 100% Baby Alpaca DK (photo credit: Eden Cottage Yarns)

Each design features a different fastening or handle, all available from Bag Clasps (more about this in a minute) and are suitable for beginners. The crochet bag and purse are my favourites, incredibly quick and simple to make, but elegant and definitely a match for anything you can buy on the high street. By using a smaller hook than usual, they don’t require a fabric lining and can easily be completed in a weekend.

The whole collection will be on display at the Knitting and Stitching Show, which opens at Alexandra Palace on the 8th October. If you’re visiting, you’ll be able to see all my new designs for yourself, but the patterns and even kits which contain everything you need to make a bag of your own.

Poppy Miller, a knitted clutch in a luxury blend of baby alpaca and silk 4 ply (photo Credit: Eden Cottage Yarns)

Special thanks must go to Julie at Bag Clasps, who had no idea why I was ordering such an eclectic selection of her products,  but sent out dozens of purse frames, handles and accessories with speedy and efficient service. I hope she’s pleased with the results.

Lucy Fisher, a capacious project bag knitted in 100% baby alpaca chunky (photo credit: Eden Cottage Yarns)

If you’re not heading off to “Ally Pally”, you can see photos (and download patterns) on Ravelry, and I’ll be sharing pictures on twitter, facebook and instagram all week.

Betty Carver, a tiny knitted purse in a blend of baby alpaca and silk 4 ply (photo credit: Eden Cottage Yarns)

Next time I’ll tell you about some old favourites and new designs which are also available in Eden Cottage Yarns, but for now it’s back to the sketch book to start work on the next collection!