The Woolly Thistle is very pleased to offer Blacker Yarn's 2020 Birthday Yarn, COVE range in 7 shades (one natural grey) and two weights (4ply and Chunky).
In Cornwall, the smaller, sheltered beaches are often called coves and Blacker has chosen this name for their 2020 birthday yarn: COVE. The Cornish word for cove is Porth, while for beach it is Treth. There are 6 dyed shades (and one natural grey) within the color palette, and they are named after features of the typical Cornish seaside, Blacker has also embraced the Cornish language within the shade names.
Made from a blend of sheep breeds that Blacker has chosen for softness, light natural color and some bulk include around 7% English Merino 36% each of Norfolk Horn, a listed rare breed from a single flock, and Shetland from seven small flocks, with the balance made up with the favorite Blue-faced Leicester, also from a single flock. Of these, the Norfolk Horn is a bit more robust to give strength to the blend, while the Shetland and Merino provide softness and bulk and the Blue-faced Leicester also adds luster and softness, as well as slimming the yarn down a bit and adding to the drape.
The yarn base is an overall pale, heathered ivory – or South Cornish sandy, pebbled color, not dissimilar to the natural Norfolk Horn. Over this Blacker has added a deep gold, more reminiscent of the north Cornish beaches and a glorious sunny day. Next they decided to include a pinkish grey which picks up the pebbles, rocks and cliffs on a warm summer’s sunset. Then naturally the other component of a Cove is the sea itself and they have chosen no less than four sea and sky shades: a pale blue for the almost colorless sky on hot Cornish days and two deeper sea blues, shading from a pale calm turquoise to a deeper stormy teal. This special color palate transports us to the Cornish beach and coast!
From Blacker Yarns:
Importantly, for the yarn specification, we have, as ever, chosen a woollen spun base to add a longer life and more character. We decided to focus on two yarn weights, the ever popular 4-ply plus a lovely bulky version. Each of them will work to the normal, recommended needle size. However, if you give them a little freedom with an extra 0.5mm, they become softer and with more drape. Therefore, we would recommend taking the needle and crochet hook sizes up one or even two levels to get the best from this yarn.
||Blend of 7% English Merino, 36% single flock Norfolk Horn, 36% small flocks Shetland, 21% single flock BFL
||Approx. 332 y/100g
||4ply / fingering
25sts/4" on US4
||Approx. 100g skein