Introducing Our Latest Yarn

It seems a long time since Yarndale when I chatted to Lara at the Natural Fibre Company (part of Blacker Yarns) about spinning up a new yarn for us.

Lara spent a lot of time discussing different options with me.

The yarn had to be spun from fleece grown in the UK.

We also wanted something a bit different – a yarn with character rather than yet another generic merino blend.

What we really wanted for a yarn which would work beautifully for garments as well as accessories.

What we ended up with was even better than I’d hoped.

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Our new yarn is a blend of 85% UK Wensleydale and 15% UK Shetland.

Each 100 gram skein is approximately 400 meters long and will cost £18.50

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This is a yarn with masses of character. It’s been spun with a high twist, so it’s designed to wear well.

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My acid test for the ‘itch’ potential of any new yarn is Bobbie – and this met with her approval. So although it’s not the softest yarn you’re going to meet it’s one that would be comfortable to have next to your skin.

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Although we didn’t set out to create a sock yarn the high twist means this will stand up to plenty of wear. Stitch patterns are going to stand out beautifully too.

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At the moment I’m working on a Humbolt sweater by Anna Maltz – and I’m loving the fabric this yarn produces.

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The yarn will make it’s debut at Edinburgh Yarn Festival on 18th and 19th of March, and will be in the shop from Friday 25th March.

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We’ll have 18 colours available.

What’s your favourite?

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8 Responses to Introducing Our Latest Yarn

  1. All the colours are gorgeous!

  2. Sheryl C says:

    Beautiful. Will it be available by mail order?

  3. Uumm, all of them, but I do love that charcoal in the second to last photo.

  4. Sara says:

    Think I’ve died and gone to heaven. I’ve been waiting for ages for a Natural Fibre yarn to get an indie dyer treatment, this looks fantastic. My favourite is the plum colour but they are all gorgeous.

  5. Sarah Hughes says:

    Look at that shine!
    Nice one Joy (& Bobbie of course)
    ♥ S ♥

  6. Sarah Jeffs says:

    Love the three greys with either the plum in the front or with the middle purple in the left back of photo. Perfect.

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