Blacker's newest yarn, Jacob 4ply, is available in 4 natural shades and 8 dyed shades.
The striking two-colored coats of Jacob sheep inspired Blacker to create this unique yarn, with four distinct bases using the natural fleece colors.
When the fleeces arrive at Blacker's mill, they are hand sorted by color and selectively blended to achieve four undyed shades. Traditional marls are created by plying two shades together but they've combined shades in the spinning process to create subtle and contemporary marls. The glorious gradient of natural shades - Clay, Marlstone, Granite and Basalt - are dyed in the same colors, so the transition from light to dark comes from the fleece itself.
Even from the same sheep, the pale and dark Jacob fibers have different textures. The lightest shades have wonderful drape and a subtle sheen, whereas the darker shades are more bouncy. This subtle variation is one of the many joys of working with wool sourced directly from British producers.
The yarn is worsted spun giving it a smooth handle and wonderful stitch definition, making it idea for garments and shawls. Despite its smoothness, Jacob is also hardwearing enough for outerwear and accessories, even socks!
The breed is believed to have come to the UK from the Middle East, possibly via Spain. Spotted Jacob sheep can be seen Egyptian wall paintings dated to 1800 BCE, making them one of the most ancient sheep breeds. How wonderful to think that their fiber is still being used almost 4,000 years later!
Made in UK. 100% Pure New Wool.
- BREED 100% Jacob sourced from British producers
- WORSTED OR WOOLLEN SPUN? worsted
- BALL/SKEIN LENGTH DK approx. 50g/190 yards
- YARN THICKNESS 4ply/fingering
- PACKAGE approx. 50g balls
- HANDLE medium
- CARE hand wash, dry flat. do not tumble.
Please remember that every effort is made to show the colors accurately but that monitor settings vary
For a helpful review on Blacker's new yarn, Jacob, and also a quick discussion about the differences between woollen and worsted spun yarns watch Fibertrek below. (It will start just before the review.) Thank you Sarah for allowing me to share this.