Blacker Swan

Blacker Swan

Blacker Swan, launched in 2012, has a supply agreement between Blacker Yarns and Andrez and Ali Short who farm at Swan Inlet Farm on the Falkland Islands. Andrez and Ali shear their specialist merino type dual purpose sheep, sort and grade the fleeces and send them by ship to the UK, where The Natural Fibre Company turns the fine white fleeces into luxurious worsted spun single flock yarns.

Andrez and Ali have one of the smallest farms, close to the main town of Stanley. They herd the sheep on horseback across the tree-less Falkland landscape. The Shorts have bred from imported Dohne Merino genetics in order to improve fleece quality of Falkland Island sheep, which are largely Polwarth and traditional Merino crosses. The Shorts work in partnership with a ram recording group to maintain quality and are generally unhappy if they produce fleeces over 20 microns! So this is lovely wool to work with. The Swan Inlet sheep are high welfare, larger than the average on the Falklands, producing more wool each year and all without foot-rot, fly-strike or mulsing!

We have made a pure white (100% merino), then ivory, fawn and grey yarns by blending the merino with some wool from Sue Blacker's black Blue-faced Leicester sheep and some Shetland moorit from Somerset. We have then created lovely dyed colours, which are named as far as possible after the wild flowers which grow on the Falkland Islands, some of which are very rare. 

The handle is very smooth, soft and luxurious: possibly the best knitting yarn in the world! Being worsted spun Merino, the yarn has a bulky, drapey quality, which will work well for structured and flowing garments and also for textures.

TENSION/GAUGE: to be sure of tension, you should always knit a sample tension swatch. Generally the knitter is one variable but the pattern is another, depending on the intentions of the designer! As a guideline: for this worsted-spun yarn, in 4-ply, on 3mm/US 3, UK 11 needles, you will get 28 sts and 30 rows to a 10cm/4" square, while with DK on 4mm/US 6, UK 8 needles, you will get 20-21 sts and around 28 rows. The WPI is usually 18 in worsted spun yarns.

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Blacker Swan Over Dyed Sheeps Sorrel (oxblood red) 4-ply Yarn

Blacker Swan over-dyed red Sheep's Sorrel 4-ply knitting yarn

Regular Price: £6.78

Special Price: £4.80

Blacker Swan Over Dyed Sheeps Sorrel (oxblood red) DK Yarn

Blacker Swan over-dyed red Sheep's Sorrel DK knitting yarn

Regular Price: £6.78

Special Price: £4.80

Blacker Swan over-dyed orange Hawkweed DK knitting yarn (Yarns)

Blacker Swan over-dyed orange Hawkweed DK knitting yarn

Regular Price: £6.78

Special Price: £4.80

Blacker Swan over-dyed orange Hawkweed 4-ply knitting yarn (Yarns)

Blacker Swan over-dyed orange Hawkweed 4-ply knitting yarn

Regular Price: £6.78

Special Price: £4.80

Blacker Swan over-dyed soft green Tussac DK knitting yarn

Blacker Swan over-dyed soft green Tussac DK knitting yarn

Regular Price: £6.78

Special Price: £4.80

Blacker Swan Over Dyed Sunset (deep pink) DK Yarn

Blacker Swan over-dyed guava pink Sunset DK knitting yarn

Regular Price: £6.78

Special Price: £4.80

Blacker Swan Over Dyed Penguin (black, dyed) DK Yarn

Blacker Swan over-dyed black Penguin DK knitting yarn

£6.78
Blacker Swan Over Dyed White Grass (green jade) DK Yarn

Blacker Swan Over-Dyed White Grass DK knitting yarn

Regular Price: £6.78

Special Price: £4.80

Blacker Yarns Group Shot

Blacker Swan Falklands Merino 4-ply knitting yarn

£6.78
Blacker Swan DK Group Shot

Blacker Swan Falklands Merino DK knitting yarn

£6.78
Blacker Swan Over Dyed Earth (brown) DK Yarn

Blacker Swan over-dyed brown Earth DK knitting yarn

Regular Price: £6.78

Special Price: £4.80

Blacker Swan Over Dyed Sunset (guava pink) 4-ply Yarn

Blacker Swan over-dyed guava pink Sunset 4-ply knitting yarn

Regular Price: £6.78

Special Price: £4.80

Blacker Swan Over Dyed Earth (brown) 4-ply Yarn

Blacker Swan over-dyed brown Earth 4-ply knitting yarn

Regular Price: £6.78

Special Price: £4.80

Blacker Swan Undyed Pale Maiden (ivory) Chunky Yarn

Blacker Swan natural ivory Pale Maiden Chunky woollen spun knitting yarn

Regular Price: £6.50

Special Price: £4.20

Blacker Swan Colour Card

Blacker Swan Colour Card

£2.40

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