My name is Elaine and I love to knit. As long as I can remember I have been knitting or crocheting or doing some form of craft work. It was just something that my family did, and there is still ...
My name is Elaine and I love to knit. As long as I can remember I have been knitting or crocheting or doing some form of craft work. It was just something that my family did, and there is still nothing better than sitting on a Saturday night with my Mum and my sister Lorna chatting and knitting and making things.
We started our knitting craft business ECdesigns 25 years ago, knitting lots of the Jean Greenhowe Christmas decorations, we knit so many decorations that we decided we needed an outlet for our work, looking around we found a Christmas Craft Fair in our local area and decided to go to that. The morning of the fair was terrifying as we set out our stall and wondered if anyone would buy anything. It was successful, we sold most of our stock that day and that gave us the Craft Fair bug. Since then we have travelled the length and breadth of Northern Ireland selling our knitted dolls. Sometimes doing really well and other times selling nothing, but whether we sell anything or not we always enjoy ourselves and come home with new ideas and ready to make more dolls.
We no longer make just Christmas Decorations; we make a wide variety of character dolls, ECdesign dolls are well knit and individual, each doll has its own personality, some of the character dolls we knit cannot be found anywhere else as we make the patterns for them. Each doll is hand knit and finished off to a very high standard using good quality wool and non-allergenic, washable toy stuffing.
Looking into my family history, I found that my Grandfather George Lynd Munn was one of the founding members of Greencastle Orange Lodge Whitewell Road, Belfast. I was brought up in the Graymount area of the Shore Road, not far from this Orange Hall. In those days the weekly baby clinic was held in the Orange Hall. When my younger brother was born I remember waiting in and around this hall, whilst my Mum got him weighed, bought supplies of the dried baby milk, Cow & Gate and chatted and drank tea with all the other young mothers of the Graymount and Whitewell Road. This would have been around 1965-66 and I was 8 years old. On sunny days my friends and I were allowed to play in the garden of the Orange Hall. It always fascinated me that there was a carved stone in the brickwork and on this stone was carved my Grandfathers name George Lynd Munn. Some day I'm going to go back and see if it's still there and what date is on that stone.
Tension: Using 3 mm Knitting needles and a single strand of Double Knitting yarn: 26 sts = 10 cm (4 in) in width over st-st, before stuffing.