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The Cornish Garden yarn Part Four: the colour palette

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4 September, 2019 - 16:43 | Sue Blacker

Choosing colours is pretty important!  All our customers tell us they go for the colour first.  So we have tried to both inspire and reassure – we have the comfortable familiar shades which everyone buys regularly – the favourite blue, the natural fawny grey and a deeper brown-mushroom grey.  Then of course we need some brights!  So we have pink, yellow and green – not just any pink, yellow and green and certainly not the ones used for ice-creams or icing cakes!  We have a deep bright raspberry pink, a rich ferny bright green and a strong orange-gold yellow.


The Cornish Garden yarn Part Three: the choice of yarn specification

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3 September, 2019 - 16:26 | Sue Blacker

We do like to experiment with our Birthday yarns and Cornish Garden is no exception – like the previous limited editions, it has challenged all of the blending, carding, spinning and finishing teams!

After going for DK in Cornish Tin and DK and 4-ply in Tin II, we selected Sport for Brushwork and then Aran for Tor.  So it seemed appropriate to choose 3-ply and Sport this time around – not least because the rare fine English Merino in this blend was calling for a finer yarn. 

The Cornish Garden Yarn Part Two: the other two thirds of the yarn

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2 September, 2019 - 16:49 | Sue Blacker

Part One described the rather special Merino, Merino cross and Romney wool making a third of the blend.  We have also, of course, included around 60kg of Shetland and 80kg of Blue-faced Leicester.  Both are firm favourites with our Blacker Yarns customers, for softness and soft natural colours of Shetland and for pearly drape from Blue-faced Leicester.  So these have been part of most of our birthday yarns.


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