Who is Epicyarns…
Hi there! My name is Epicyarns and I love to make…
My partner A and I live on the beautiful Wirral peninsula with our bearded dragon Leela. A puts up with my obsession surprisingly well, even though my crafting takes up an entire bedroom in our house!
A little history…
I’ve been knitting since around 2006 having picked up the needles on a whim one day. My nana taught me the basics when I was little so after a few quick refesher tutorials I was ready to go. I bought myself some yarn and a big bunch of 2nd hand needles.
I started off making scarves and simple things. I built up a huge collection of magazines and patterns.
I found I liked to adapt patterns to suit my preferences without much thought to the effect that would have….I learned about tension the hard way!
I fell in love with toy making after making a mouse by Alan Dart. I’d been trying for some time to master crochet but the thought of making adorable amigurumi toys spurred me on. I found myself making toys for friends and colleagues.
In January 2013 I started the 2013 Challenge in which I learn a new knitting or crochet technique each month. I also completed the Weather Scarf, of which I knit two rows each day for an entire year. The colours I used corresponded to the days highest temperature.
I also acquired a sewing machine in late 2013. Initially I didn’t really have the space to sew but since we moved in 2016 , I have been able to make space for the machine and a fabric cutting table.
I knit lots of different things, mainly accessories like bags, scarves, hats, socks and gloves. I prefer smaller projects to larger ones but that’s because i can have several on the go at once.
I love making amigurumi and am hugely influenced by Japanese characters such as Sanrio, Nintendo and Studio Ghibli.
Sewing wise I love gorgeous print fabrics; from Kidston style florals, to more kitsch prints and traditional patterns such as bold stripes.
I think its bright colours that attract me, colour plays a huge part in my project choices . I’ve often bought yarn or fabric just because of the colour with no thought of what to do with it!
“Making the world more colourful one stitch at a time”