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 30 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.
I have now moved on to create original knitting patterns, I love this new area of design and I am always looking for new ideas.
Update 2020 - I am still knitting!! and because of the current situation with the Corona Virus Pandemic, I'm knitting and designing toys more than ever. I was delighted to have one of my knitting patterns featured in Knit Now Magazine - Issue 117 June 2020, The Mermaid. I am also looking forward to Issue 122 of Knit Now Magazine, its a Christmas issue and my Santa & Mrs Claus will be in it :)