CH 112: with Sonja and new Blacker Yarn Tamar

Helen —  February 19, 2016 — 3 Comments


I absolutely love diving deep into the specific, nerdy details of yarn and yarn production, and judging by the response to Ch 103 where we interviewed Sue from Blacker Yarn, you feel the same! So I’m delighted to welcome Sonja Bargielowska, also from Blacker Yarn this week for another intensive discussion about British breed-specific wool and blends, especially the wonderful new Tamar lustre yarn, which will be launching on the 3rd of March.

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The different Blacker yarns and sheep breeds that Sonja discusses:


Tamar DK

Blue Faced Leicester (BFL)


The long coat of a Wensleydale sheep:

Photo Credit: Amanda Slater, from under a Creative Commons Licence

Photo Credit: Amanda Slater, from under a Creative Commons Licence

Some photographs of the beautiful, free patterns that Sonja and Sue have designed to showcase Tamar (they will be launched next month, with the yarn:

Trevithick Cowl by Sonja Bargielowska & Sue BlackerTrefusis Shawl by Sonja BargielowskaMorwenstowe Socks by Sonja Bargielowska

Pisky Mitts by Sue Blacker


A big thanks to Sonja for joining us today. She and Blacker Yarn will debut Tamar at the The Edinburgh Yarn Festival, March 18 to 19, 2016. They are sponsoring the podcast lounge, giving a workshop, and sharing those amazing free patterns. I’ll be there as well, and I hope to see some of you! Until next week, happy knitting!

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