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Blacker Swan Falklands Merino Blend DK knitting yarn

Softness (of 1-3)*
soft
Fibre: fine
fine

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Blacker Swan, launched in 2012, was originally based on a partnership between Blacker Yarns and Andrez and Ali Short from Swan Inlet Farm on the Falkland Islands. Andrez and Ali then retired and handed on the flock to Mike and Donna Evans at Spring Point Farm. Like the Shorts, the Evans have continued breeding specialist Dohne merino sheep, which are easier to maintain and shear than traditional merino. We have continued to source these fleeces, which are of both high quality and high welfare, like all Falklands merino wool. When we buy from the Falklands we are able to source from individual farms, so the chain from the field to the yarn is identified, so we can spin the fine wool into luxurious worsted spun single flock yarns.


In order to enhance the base shade and reduce the tendency of Merino to pill, we also add 8% Shetland and dark Blue-faced Leicester wool to our Pale Maiden base yarn and 15% to the Stone and Sand bases. The small amount of dark fibre increases the depth of dye shades and enhances the special Swan palette. The natural white Dusty Miller is pure Merino alone.


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


Fibre fine
Breed Falkland Island Merino with Shetland
Ball/skein length DK c.50g c.110m (c.119yds)
Yarn Thickness DK
Finish: woollen or worsted Worsted
Package approx. 50g balls
Handle fine

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Blacker Swan, launched in 2012, was originally based on a partnership between Blacker Yarns and Andrez and Ali Short from Swan Inlet Farm on the Falkland Islands. Andrez and Ali then retired and handed on the flock to Mike and Donna Evans at Spring Point Farm. Like the Shorts, the Evans have continued breeding specialist Dohne merino sheep, which are easier to maintain and shear than traditional merino. We have continued to source these fleeces, which are of both high quality and high welfare, like all Falklands merino wool. When we buy from the Falklands we are able to source from individual farms, so the chain from the field to the yarn is identified, so we can spin the fine wool into luxurious worsted spun single flock yarns.

In order to enhance the base shade and reduce the tendency of Merino to pill, we also add 8% Shetland and dark Blue-faced Leicester wool to our Pale Maiden base yarn and 15% to the Stone and Sand bases. The small amount of dark fibre increases the depth of dye shades and enhances the special Swan palette. The natural white Dusty Miller is pure Merino alone.

The handle is very smooth, soft and luxurious: possibly the best knitting yarn in the world! Being worsted spun, the yarn has a bulky, drapey quality and good stitch definition, 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.

Reviews

Customer Reviews (2)

mixed feelingsReview by LGR
this review refers to the naturally coloured gray DK yarn.

It has a beautiful colour, and a very nice stitch definition, yet it is not as buttery as one would expect from many reviews of the dyed version of the yarn. Most likely this depends on the black natural wool used to give the yarn the natural colour. In my opinion the result is somewhat disappointing. (Posted on 02/04/2015)
So soft Review by Chris
I saw your stand at Unravel and couldn't believe how super soft and lofty this yarn is. I have been knitting for over 40 years and this is the softest yarn I have ever found. Amazing! (Posted on 28/12/2014)

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