Introducing two new farms for Batch IV

Icelandic ewe and lambs

I am delighted to have worked with two new flocks, in addition to ones used previously, for Batch IV.  They have very different characteristics, terrain and sheep. The first new farm is South Muirnich where Glenda and Ian are bringing an old croft back to life.  It is a wonderful wild spot to the south […]

Autumn 2017 Batch III Yarns

Cotswold Wensleydale Blend

John and Juliet from The Border Mill, who once again spun the yarn, very kindly took a wee detour on their holiday to personally deliver the boxes containing this latest batch. The yarns in this batch (Batch III) come from two local crofts, both of which I have talked about before and you can read […]

Comfort Shawl

ComfortShawl-8

The beautiful, cosy and stylish Comfort Shawl was designed by Sarah Hazell. Sarah is a very talented (and lovely too) designer with a vast amount of experience. So when she suggested working with my yarn I was bowled over and followed up her offer pretty quickly! After swatching with Batch Number 2’s Shetland, Shetland~Cheviot Blend […]

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!

Undyed Shetland Wool

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 […]