|Cornish Tin II in all its glory.|
BritYarn is delighted to be stocking this amazing yarn in both 4 ply and DK. The yarn comes in 100g skeins (350m for 4 ply and 220m for DK). This time there are seven rich dyed shades and one undyed natural grey all named after Cornish Tin Mines.
The 11th Birthday Blend has been created by blending together Alpaca, Portland, Saxon Merino, Gotland, Jacob, Shetland, Black Welsh Mountain, Mohair, and English Merino. All the sheep live in the UK and come from Blacker Yarns favourite small producers.
I was very lucky to be sent a little sample to have a play with before the big boxes started arriving at BritYarn.
To the squish the yarn feels very bouncy and has a silkiness to it but not a squishy soft silkiness (if that makes sense!). As different fibres (and their natural shades) react differently to dye the seven dyed shades have lovely subtle variations and you can still see some of the amazing darker fibres. The undyed Levant Grey is a stunning silver shade with lovely hints of lighter and darker fibres.
|My little skein of Poldice Pink.|
The yarn was a real pleasure to work with. It flowed through my fingers really smoothly (the 10th Blend had more of a rustic and sticky feel to it). While knitting the yarn felt substantial and strong and I am sure it would love being ripped out!
The stitches in my unblocked swatch look wonderfully defined and sit nicely together making the yarn brilliant for colourwork projects. My unblocked swatch was noticeable softer then my precious blocked 10th Birthday Blend swatch. There was a slight halo to the swatch and it had a lovely drape. I should add my yarn was DK and I used 4mm needles.
Cornish Tin II would be amazing for pretty much everything. It would be great for open work, colourwork and cables. It would equally be just wonderful in relaxing garter or stocking stitch projects. Accessories would be amazing such as hats, shawls, gloves. It would also make a very special garment. I am thinking jumpers and cardigans by Tin Can Knits especially. The only thing I personally would not use it for is socks..... why you ask? Because this yarn just needs to be shown off to the world and not hidden in shoes and boots!
Cornish Tin II 11th Birthday Blend goes on sale Tuesday 20th September 2016. Remember this yarn is limited edition and will only be made this once.
If you are thinking about using Cornish Tin II with perhaps Tamar or Classic 4 ply I highly recommend you check out the amazing blog by Erika Eccles.