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Welcome to EcoKnits, home of ethical, fair-trade knitting!

Here you'll find scrumptious offerings from the big-name suppliers such as Artesano and Mirasol, as well as beautifully crafted wooden needles and hand-made notions.

One of our main objectives, however, is to sell as much British  sourced yarn as possible.  We love British yarn, and things made by British businesses.  If possible, we'd sell nothing but British stuff, but that would preclude Merino and some days, nothing but Merino will do... However, we have superwash Buttersoft Merino hand-painted in beautiful Worcestershire, the softest British Bluefaced Leicester naturally hand-dyed in Suffolk, and the finest Yorkshire Wensleydale for your knitting delectation.  It's going to be so hard to part with this stuff.   Keep your eyes peeled for the little , and Buy British wherever you can.  Most of our knitting notions are hand made in Britain too.

 




All parcels will be sent First Class in either blue plastic pouches, or recycled cardboard tubes.  I can't find an eco-friendly version of those almost indestructible pouches that will keep your yarn safe and dry, but I'm still looking. Little orders will be sent in second-hand padded envelopes, unless you request otherwise.  We like to reduce-reuse-recycle wherever possible.

We now do Gift Vouchers!  Ideal for that special knitter in your life.  See the Nice Things page for further details. These can be emailed - ideal for last minute gifts. :)

What's New?

 

We're Moving!!

Ecoknits is busy sorting and packing for a move, during which, unfortunately, we're now offline for a short period. Any current orders will be dispatched shortly.

Watch this space for a new, revamped site sometime in September!

 

 

Artesano's Superwash Merino is a 100% machine washable wool yarn that is incredibly soft and knits up beautifully.

 

There are twenty five colours including eight baby/pastel shades, six dark jewel tones, six brights and a palette of five natural shades. There are also two pattern collections, for women and for children that feature some great ideas and innovative use of colour.

 

Look what I just made - the Girasole Shawl using Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop 4ply. 

 

It is stunningly beautiful, and the yarn has knitted up incredibly well.  It is blocking as we speak and I can't wait to wear it!  Jared Flood's pattern is wonderful, knitting up fast because it's patterned on alternate rows.  An alternate yarn, for an even softer shawl, is Artesano Inca Cloud.

Artesano Aran now in stock!  Gorgeously soft, deliciously light, perfect for your autumn/winter knits.  I love this job - you should see the great big pile of amazing colours that are all over the stockroom floor right now. Plus a few more colours of Inca Cloud - ideal for colourwork mittens!

 

Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend shades 7325 Pisces and 7105 Sagittarius are now back in stock in limited quantities!  Hurry up and grab yours now.

  

 

Time for an update!  We've got lots of new stuff coming soon, including a new colour in the delightful Wensleydale Longwool 4ply, and some amazing yarn that's made from 50% post-consumer textiles (that's recycled clothes to you and me!).  

Watch this space!  

Gorgeous new colourways for the deliciously soft Artesano Hummingbird DK.

100% Alpaca in four incredible new shades. Limited availability, so get yours whilst you can!

Don't forget to check out Riihivilla Aarni, naturally hand-dyed yarn from Finland.  We have two new colour selections in stock - yellow and natural grey. 

4ply weight, perfect for Nordic mittens and Fair Isle, this beautiful yarn comes in colour selection packs.  It's dyed using wild mushrooms and back garden herbs and plants.  Fair trade too, as the wool producers get paid a premium for the Finnsheep fleeces.

Come see the lovely selection of hand made needle rolls and project bags on the Nice Things page. Nics Knots bags are beautifully made with great attention to detail.

 

If you're a producer of quality, ethical, organic or fair trade crafting items, and think what you've got fits in with our ethic, then please get in touch! 

Don't forget to have a look at our new blog - feel free to leave me a comment too :)

 

 

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