May 2012


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27 May, 2012 - 16:45 | Sue Blacker

27th May, 2012: We have just added 24 new yarns to the range at Blacker Yarns!  Here are some:

These are new oxblood, olive, navy and gold colours in the Blacker Classic range: all in DK, some in 4-ply and Aran.

A riot of colour for new yarns

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27 May, 2012 - 16:31 | Sue Blacker

25th May, 2012: We have been making some coloured yarns from dyed fleece for a new project!

One of our customers is planning a new range of tailor-made clothing using brightly coloured, tweedy yarns with little nepps of added colour.  So we have dyed white Jacob fleece and then spun it, adding the spots of colour at the time we blend.  The resulting yarns will be woven into narrow cloth by Stuart Gregory at Bovey Hand Weavers in Bovey Tracey, Devon.

Gotland and BFL: two very different breeds and rams for sale

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15 May, 2012 - 12:53 | Sue Blacker

15th May, 2012: I have posted pictures before but this is more about personalities!  Here are Emily (officially Mathilda) and Freya the Gotlands and Juno with Maia and Flora, the BFLs.

The BFL sheep are large, pretty docile, reasonably intelligent, pushy and greedy.  Their lambs tend to lie around and not come when called by their mums.

The Gotlands are small, active, can be feisty or very shy or very tame and are also pushy and greedy.  Their lambs walk to heel like good little children and come when called generally, though less as they get a little older .... like everyone!

The lamb tally and other interesting things

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15 May, 2012 - 11:56 | Sue Blacker

20th April, 2012: So we have 15 lambs in all, 5 Blue-faced Leicester (3 boys and 2 girls) and 10 Gotland (2 boys and 8 girls), which is pretty pleasing.  We lost just one, which was the second to be born but was not coming out without help.  By the time we managed to extract him, it was too late, but his mum seemed OK as she already had one little ewe, Misty (see below for more on her!).

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