Blacker Yarns Tamar 4-Ply - 100g
Tamar is a lustre blend yarn with a fluid sheen, reminiscent of flowing water and the Cornish river which gives this blend its name. This luxurious lustre yarn has been worsted spun to enhance the fibre’s inherent drape and shine.
Tamar is made from historic Wensleydale, Teeswater, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool, which are amongst the most distinctive British breeds. Tall and elegant with long lustrous ringlets of wavy fleece, their fibre is smooth and sleek with a distinctive silken sheen. To give the yarn extra body and bounce, Blacker has added 30% Cornish Mule to the blend. Mules are crossbred sheep, and for Tamar Blacker have selected only the finest local Cornish lambs’ fleece. This baby-soft fleece creates a fine cloud of delicate fibre which perfectly complements the long staple of the lustre breeds, creating a yarn which is durable, yet velvet soft. Due to the long fibre length, this yarn will get softer and softer with every wash.
Using different ratios of Black Leicester Longwool, Blacker has hand blended two natural shades and added a beautiful palette of colours, all named after other Cornish rivers.
Despite their glorious fibre Teeswater, Wensleydale, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool are all listed as either ‘at risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. These breeds are an important part of our heritage, with Cotswold and Leicester Longwool dating back to the 13th and 17th centuries respectively. The fibre used in Tamar has been bought directly from UK-based small producers, who are working to preserve these lustre breeds.
Country of origin: UK
Fibre: 100% Wool (30% Cornish Mule, 18% Teeswater, 18% Wensleydale, 17% Leicester Longwool, 17% Cotswold)
Length: 350m / 380yds
Needle size: 3 - 3.5mm
Gauge: 28 sts x 34 rows = 10cm