The post arrives.
‘More yarn!’ my husband calls to me from downstairs.
Launceston is home to The Natural Fibre Company and Blacker Yarns. I’ve just finished using Blacker Swan for a new design and oh my goodness, it is a beautiful yarn! I can see why so many designers call it a favourite!
But this package was a new yarn sent for me to have a little play with and review. Reviewing new things is both exciting and scary! I love checking out the new things but reviewing is daunting because of course I want to love it -but what if I don’t?! I have to admit I did have a little moment of concern when I opened the postal bag and the tissue paper package inside was tied with a coarse yarn -but then I saw the helpful label, ‘seasonal string’. Phew! Maybe not great to knit with but gorgeous for adorning gifts. It comes in a range of colours and is also used as garden twine.
Inside the beautifully presented package was Lyonesse, a new linen blend that comes in DK or 4ply. Soft and smooth, of course I loved it!
I took the yarn out with me for a relaxing knit on the beach. It was a bright, beautiful day and the knitting looked so pretty against the sand! The range of colours perfectly suit summery knits, ideal for a linen blend. I love that Blacker Yarns include natural shades as well as the dyed shades.
I liked both sides of the knitting equally, knit and purl side. I think Lyonesse would work very well with textured stitches. As I knit I found myself wanting to design with the yarn. I have some ideas in mind. So perhaps for next summer…
In the meantime I’ve found some suggestions for patterns that are already available and might work well with Lyonesse. I did a search on Ravelry for designs that use in linen in 4-ply or DK. Here are some favourites of mine:
A lovely simple t-shirt Linum Tee by Briston Ivy
An adoarble little cardigan with some texture and colourwork Yarrow by Martin Storey
A beautiful shawl in two colours Sunburst by Rachel Henry
How about a dress! Which do you choose by Jill Stover
The yarn will be released on 1st May and will be £5.75 per ball. You can purchase colour cards now and read more about the yarn here.