Eathie Shawl

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

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!

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 Cheviot Blend – Gingersnap Mittens

I’ve been very remiss in not posting these mittens sooner.  My lovely Auntie Lorna knit a beautiful pair of Gingersnap Mittens (a free pattern by Prairiesque) as a sample for me.  She’s very kind!  Auntie Lorna adapted the pattern significantly, changing it to two 3×3 cables and reducing the size considerably.  Much as I’d love […]

Black Isle Yarns Zwartbles Alpaca Blend – Romney Kerchief

I’ve recently finished this second sample in my Autumn 2016 Zwartbles~Alpaca Blend.  I wanted to knit a shawl that showed off the beauty of this yarn – it’s squishiness and texture – and settled on a simple triangular kerchief design (the Romney Kerchief by Jared Flood). The pattern itself is simple and straight-forward and I […]

Black Isle Yarns Zwartbles Alpaca Blend – Reminisce Hat

I chose a favourite hat pattern for this sample using the Autumn 2016 Zwartbles~Alpaca Blend – the pattern is Reminisce by Libby Jonson of Truly Myrtle.  I’m not one for anything too fussy and this hats fits that bill perfectly, a little detail to stop it being boring but nothing over-the-top. The Zwartbles~Alpaca is lovely […]

Black Isle Yarns Zwartbles and Zwartbles Blends Autumn 2016

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 […]