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Blacker Brushwork - Our 12th Birthday Yarn

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18 August, 2017 - 12:10 | Sonja Bargielowska

 

One of the joys of having our own mill, is that it gives us the freedom to experiment and try new things.  For the last two years we've celebrated our birthday in September by creating a limited edition - one of a kind - yarn, and this year is no exception.  Like all our yarns the development of Brushwork was an organic process, which began with the fibre. 

Glistening Gotland

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26 July, 2017 - 15:39 | Sonja Bargielowska

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Here at Blacker Yarns we try not to have favourites amongst the sheep breeds, but Gotland sheep do have a rather special place in our hearts. Perhaps because they’re the sheep Sue Blacker herself keeps?

We’re really excited to be launching a brand new colour palette in our 100% Gotland DK yarn on August 9th, and thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about this very special breed in more detail.

The Linen Journey

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19 July, 2017 - 14:00 | Sonja Bargielowska

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Lyonesse DK in Serpentine, Citrine and Aquamarine

We use linen in our Lyonesse yarn range – it adds great drape, crispness and strength to a yarn, but have you ever wondered how linen comes into being?

Introducing our new BFL laceweight colour palette

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5 July, 2017 - 14:01 | Sonja Bargielowska

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The Bluefaced Leicester is a noble breed, originating from selective breeding in the early twentieth century by Robert Bakewell, specifically hand-picked for their “blue faces”, referring to their very dark blue, almost black skin. The sheep themselves are friendly in nature, while their Roman noses provide an air of aristocracy. 

Creating a new yarn range: Samite

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4 March, 2017 - 10:55 | Sue Blacker

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As many of our avid readers will know, we have been working on a new Blacker yarn range, being launched this month!   This is a permanent addition to our ranges, designed to complement the others, providing a further range of textures and fabrics, a luxurious feel and adding to our colour palettes.   The colour cards are available right away and the full launch is on 23rd March, 2017.

Case Studies

5 December, 2016 - 13:30 | Lara Pollard-Jones

We've recently been working with our customers on some case studies; these showcase different breeds and items which have been produced using pure wool (or alpaca) fibre.  Follow the links below to read individual studies or go to our case studies page to view them all.

The Story of St. Kilda

11 July, 2016 - 13:30 | Lara Pollard-Jones

It is well known that the Boreray is at the top of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch list and that the Soay is still at risk (though thankfully its numbers haven’t dropped in the past year).  Due to the small size, propensity to shed and rarity of these breeds they are not usually spun into a yarn as the commercial viability for small quantities is so limited. 

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New Ideas in Farming

16 May, 2016 - 13:30 | Lara Pollard-Jones

Farming is both a very traditional and a very experimental and innovative activity.  On the one hand, we are inevitably tied to the land and its attributes, whether they are constraints or benefits.  On the other we have experience, science and happenstance to provide new ways of doing things – as usual necessity is often the mother of invention and, of course, most farms are almost entirely held together by baler twine!

The innovations started when moving from nomadic to pastoral and then to tillage systems and the first important innovations were the plough, followed considerably later by the mould-board to turn the furrows more effectively, and of course the rotation of crops to eradicate diseases and feed the soil.  Originally we were all “organic” and it was only following the discovery that some intensive farming practices might be destroying the soil that the Soil Association and the current organic systems appeared during the twentieth century.  This recent period has also seen accelerating innovation in terms of the controversial genetic engineering or modification and cloning.  

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