CH 169: Chatting with Sonja from Blacker Yarn about Samite

Today’s episode is a wonderful conversation with Sonja Bargielowska from Blacker Yarns as she tells us all about the orgins of their new ethical silk blend, Samite. It’s such an engrossing story, full of romance and delightful yarny details. Who knew that the process of developing a new yarn could include Authurian legends, Pre-Raphaelite artists, and Victorian poetry? I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!

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Love Your Yarnshop Day at Countess Ablaze

  • Manchester, Saturday 6th of May from 10am to 5pm

Featuring vendors like: BritYarn, Whistlebare, Little Grey Girl

PomFest with Pom Pom Quarterly

  • London, 14th to 15th of July from 10am to 5pm

Featuring Loop London, Fig Tree Yarns, Viola Yarn

Wonderwool Wales

  • Builth Wells 22nd to 24th of April

Apple Blossom Socks

A Homespun House Harry Potter and Charm Yarn Club

Harry Potter KAL hosted by Inside Number 23

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash KAL hosted by the Grocery Girls Podcast

The Yarngasm Curious Handmade KAL is happening over on the Yarngasm Ravelry group!

Interview with Sonja Bargielowska from Blacker Yarns

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Blacker Yarns

Samite silk blend from Blacker Yarns

The Woolly Thistle stocks Blacker Yarns in the US, including Samite

Free pattern: Coppersmith Scarf

Free pattern: Burnished Knight Shawl

Blacker will be at several events in the near future, including Wonderwool and:


  • Cockermouth, Cumbria, 23rd and 24th of June


  • Skipton, North Yorkshire, 23rd of 24th of September

That’s all for this episode. I’ll talk to you next week, and until then, happy knitting!





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