Friday 9 October 2015

Last Chance To Buy Blacker Yarns' Cornish Tin

Cornish Tin image courtesy of Blacker Yarns
No-one likes to arrive late at the party and miss out on what everyone else is talking about. Sadly by the time I tried to buy Blacker Yarns' 10th anniversary special edition yarn Cornish Tin, the door had shut, the empties were in the recycling bin and everyone had gone home. Yes, special edition really did mean what it says and, probably due to the buzz surrounding the yarn in the knitting press and a wow appearance at Yarndale last month, Cornish Tin didn't take long to sell out.

There is, however, still hope for us late birds. On 23rd October Blacker Yarns will release the final few skeins left of Cornish Tin on their website. It's the truly final chance for knitters to get their hand on this Cornish-spun yarn. So why is it so special?

Available in both 4ply and DK weights, the yarn is a blend of the following high-quality British fibres: Alpaca, Gotland, Jacob, Shetland, Black Welsh Mountain, Mohair and English Merino. Thankfully Blacker Yarns gave me small sample of the 4ply to knit for myself and judge its merits. I made a headband and found the yarn really easy to knit up, with no splitting or fluff. It's soft to the touch but sturdy enough to be warm, gives great stitch definition and the five shades are stunning, carefully selected to complement each other.

The colours, all named after Cornish tin mines, are:

  1. Levant Grey
  2. Penguin Green
  3. Botaliack Blue
  4. Dolcoath Turquiose
  5. When Rose Red

Here's my very warm if hastily-knitted moss stitch headband:

Blacker Yarns have provided three patterns to support Cornish Tin. I'd love to knit the Azurite Mittens if I can get my hands on a skein of grey and turquoise. Each skein is 100g and costs £12.90.

Please, please, Blacker Yarns, can you do a Kathy Beale in EastEnders and resurrect Cornish Tin from the dead? That would please many a customer, including me.

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