Eathie Shawl

Eathie Shawl - simple lace knitting

The striking Eathie Shawl was designed by my friend Emily Williams. Designed especially for the limited supplies of yarn from Horse, Frankenstein and Monkey Face the pattern only needs 60g of each beautiful natural shade (Double Cream, Rugged Grey and Hazy Charcoal) – but because of the lace design it makes a generously sized shawl […]

Introducing the farms and sheep behind Spring 2017, Batch 2

Meadows Flock

Hello and Happy Spring (although it’s rather cold here in the Highlands!) Last post I introduced the yarns in my new batch, Spring 2017, and promised I’d be back to share information and photos of the farms and sheep that grew the wool.  It has taken a while to get round all three farms – […]

Spring 2017 – Batch Number 2!

shetland wool spring 2017

Hello and happy March – my goodness time does seem to be flying by! I’m so pleased to let you know that the second batch of Black Isle Yarns is ready (I think it will be referred to as Spring 2017).  I picked it up from Juliet and John of The Border Mill in Edinburgh […]

Black Isle Yarns Zwartbles and Zwartbles Blends Autumn 2016

Zwartbles blends clockwise from top left ~ cheviot, alpaca, mohair and pure zwartbles

Introducing our Autumn 2016 batch of Zwartbles and Zwartbles blend yarns: Zwartbles sheep originate from the Netherlands where they’re an uncommon breed.  They were developed as a multipurpose breed and are valued here in Britain for their calm manner and as lovely mothers with good growing lambs.  Their fleece is dense and bouncy and a […]

Black Isle Yarns Gotland Autumn 2016

gotland-white-silver-grey-light-grey

Introducing our Autumn 2016 batch of Gotland yarns: Gotland is an uncommon breed here in Britain with only around 1500 in the country altogether. They are an old breed of sheep having been developed on the Swedish island of Gotland over 1000 years ago.  Fearniewell Croft’s Gotlands have a ‘hint of Shetland’ thanks to a […]

Tansy yellow and natural grey Hill Top Shawl

hilltop-shawl-undyed-gotland-and-naturally-dyed-tansy

I have been keen to try both Shilasdair’s naturally dyed yarns and Chopped Ginger Wool Project single farm Gotland for a while now.  When Helen Stewart released her Hill Top Shawl in the spring I thought it would be the perfect pattern for combining these two quite different yarns.  The pattern was straightforward to knit […]