Blacker Yarns are returning to EYF for the third time as the sponsor of the popular Podcast Lounge, so many of you will be familiar with this fantastic champion of British rare breed wool, but for those who don't, here a little intro provided by them:
"All Blacker Yarns are made using hand-selected fleece from regional and rare British sheep, sourced from small producers around the UK and spun at our mill in Cornwall. As well as using traditional processes, we support farming by paying fair prices for the best fleece and building long-term relationships with our suppliers. This helps to preserve rare breeds and sustain our local communities. Community is at the heart of our business in many ways: we love working with indie designers and podcasters. For this reason we are thrilled to be sponsoring the Podcast Lounge again this year, as Louise of KnitBritish and the organisers of Edinburgh Yarn Festival excel at bringing together the best of the international yarn community.
We understand and respect the sustainability of wool by designing yarns that are not only a pleasure to work with, but which also create garments that will last for years to come. We combine traditional spinning methods with modern colour palettes to create our unique ranges.
All of our yarns are designed with careful consideration of the properties of each individual sheep breed – some breeds produce strong and sturdy fibre and others sumptuously soft. Some have been worsted spun to improve drape and handle, whilst others are woollen spun to add warmth and bounce. Here at Blacker Yarns we like to experiment with blending them, along with other carefully selected natural fibres, to create uniquely beautiful yarns that are perfectly suited to every kind of project.
We use Mohair, ‘nature’s nylon’, to create our hardy sock yarn, and cruelty-free Ahimsa silk in our luxurious Samite silk blend. Our popular Tamar range uses fleece from British lustre breeds, while our drapey Lyonesse yarn is made with the softest Falkland Islands wool, blended with 50% linen. Our St. Kilda range combines springy Shetland with two of the rarest British breeds, Soay and Boreray. We also produce a range of limited edition single-breed yarns in a subtle palette of nature’s shades. Much like a guest ale, these special yarns can come and go as and when we are able to source these rare fleeces. This is just a small taster of all the many delightful yarns we’ll have available on our EYF stand, so do make sure to pop by!
We’ll also be launching something brand new on our EYF stand this year: a single breed Jacob yarn, with a bit of a twist. This breed is believed to have come to the UK from the Middle East, possibly via Spain. Spotted Jacob sheep can be seen in Egyptian wall paintings dated to 1800 BCE, making them one of the most ancient sheep breeds. How wonderful to think that their fibre is still being used almost 4,000 years later.
The striking two-coloured coats of Jacob sheep inspired us to create this new and unique yarn, with four distinct bases using the natural fleece colours. We are really excited about this new blend and can’t wait to hear what you think."