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Cornish Tin II

Today Cornish Tin II from Blacker Yarns is launched!

This special, limited edition yarn has been created to celebrate Blacker’s 11th birthday and the blend of wool and fibre contained in this woollen spun yarn is 100% UK based fibre. The natural steely grey colour of the fibres have been dyed in 7 shades and are all named after Cornish Tin mines. The fibres include Saxon merino, Shetland, Portland, mohair, Jacob, Gotland, English merino, Black Welsh mountain and alpaca.  The yarn will be available in DK and 4ply and its what I call a very luxury workhorse yarn on the latest episode. You can listen to me review this yarn on episode 66 of the podcast.

Also launching today is a pattern, designed by Sonja Bargielowska, specifically to celebrate this limited edition yarn. The Polgooth socks use three shades of the DK and don’t they just look the comfiest cosiest kinda socks?!


Do not forget to visit Blacker, if you are heading to Yarndale this weekend – where you can scope out this yarn and the new St Kilda, dyed by The Knitting Goddess.

To celebrate the launch of Cornish Tin II, I am going to give a skein away! I have a skein of the Poldice Pink, in DK, kindly gifted by Sonja.

To be in with a chance of winning please leave a comment here telling me what pattern you would cast on in Tin II and WHICH colour/s?*. As I am going to be busy over the next couple of weeks I shall keep this open until 12pm (UK time) on 7th October and reveal the winner soon after. Good luck!


 *  Only comments which answer this question will be entered in to the draw. Please do not say “Oh! I don’t know?! All the things?”, or something similarly vague, as that is not what you are asked to do.

Louise Scollay, strict with giveaways since 2013



Random number generator picked entry 10 – Isa! I’ll be in touch soon, Isa! well done!



  1. I have three lovely skeins on the way and I am planning to knit a three colour version of Louise Tillbrook’s Hebridean Hap. I think this yarn is just absolutely perfect for a big cosy knitted hug!!

  2. Freyalyn says

    Quite right – you be strict with these things. i shall enter because I don’t like pink.

    And I’m going to be at Yarndale so I shall fondle there. I shall go and harrass Sue & Co while they’re setting up!

    • louise says

      You don’t strike me as a pink fan, mind you this pink is pretty nice

  3. Janet Langford says

    I put 3 skeins in my basket this morning to knit the Polgooth socks. Then I had second thoughts (or cold feet haha) – £50 for socks is out of my price range I’m afraid. However, if I were lucky enough to win a skein, I promise faithfully I will buy the rest to knit this lovely pattern.

      • Janet Langford says

        I really liked the blue, turquoise, orange combination from the pattern but I reckon a pink contrast toe would be very lovely too.

  4. I ordered a skein of Wheal Rose Red early this morning before I’d even had my first cup of tea….. I’ll be casting on an Ishbel shawl by Ysolda as soon as it arrives as there’s a bit of leeway in the pattern to tinker until almost all the skein is used up.

  5. I would love a jumper quantity in dolcoath teal to knit the Aislinn cardigan by Amy Herzog. With one skein of poldice pink, I’d knit the rose water tam by tincanknits

  6. Victoria says

    I ordered a skein of the orange colour in the DK weight to make a Quadri hat by Michelle Wang.


    I will try a snood in bands of all the colours shown here. Probably having more of grey background.

  8. Lizzie says

    I am very keen to cast on Docks by Trin Annelie in Dolcoath Turquoise, popped with Wheal Kitty Orange. Nom, nom!

  9. Elouise Kevern says

    I’m planning an Ishnana cardigan by Ysolda in the 4ply weight, in the Ding Dong Purple, which I luckily have winging its way to me. I love the idea of showing off this yarn with a mix of cables and lace. I’ve knitted this cardigan before as a gift and really wanted to make one for myself, Tin 2 sounds like the perfect yarn.

  10. I would love to get my hans on some skeins of DK levant grey. I would knit a lovely Aidez cardigan.

  11. I like the Hut 8 cardigan from the Bletchley Collection - – and would knit it in 4ply Dolcoath Turquoise. I love the colour Poldice Pink that you’re giving away too and would use that to knit a pair of gloves – probably this pattern on Ravelry – Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Anna Sharp says

    The teal is lovely- would make a lovely hat, or maybe mittens…

  13. Elspeth May says

    I just bought a hank of the Cornish Tin II Poldice Pink DK today to knit the pretty Kaali mittens by Fiona Alice from Pom Pom Autumn 2016. I think the yarn will be beautifully showcased in this simple yet lovely pattern.
    So, since I will soon have my own hank of the Poldice Pink, please don’t give me yours. I’m sure someone else would cherish having one.

    Best wishes, Elspeth

    • louise says

      Dear Elspeth, I love how you commented to say this. Enjoy your yarn!

  14. Gwindra Shaw with Ding Dong purple as the main colour and Gorland Grey as the contrast..
    (must leave that website now… last time I stayed there for more than 2 minutes, I ended up with yarn for 3 sweaters and half a blanket heading my way!!!)

  15. Lorna Parsons says

    I love pink – and I’d like to knit an akin hat for the winter.

  16. Rocquaine by Christina Danaee ( in the autumn pompom mag) in the undyed Levant grey DK. The yarn will work well with the textured stitch pattern

  17. Susan Hobkirk says

    I would cast on Triplicity by Michelle Hunter. My winter coat is flannel grey so the pink would look great against it.

  18. I’ve finally decided! With my 3 skeins I’ll knit Fair Isle Tea Cozy by Kristen Orme in Polgooth Blue, Wheal Rose Red and Levant Grey. I will look lovely with my Ancestral tea cups.

  19. Oh, I think it has to be a Loch Hat from Tin Can Knits. I’ve made one in cashmere, which is glorious, but I’d love to try knitting it up in something sturdier and I bet the patterning would look amazing with Tin II, looking at the stitch definition in the socks. Especially in Levant Grey, showing off all that lovely natural colour depth and warmth.

  20. Gillian B says

    I would have to choose the beautiful turquoise, and make a hat so that I could show off the colour all winter. I think Woolly Wormhead’s amazing Arbacia beret would be perfect.

  21. Michelle says

    If I were made of money I would buy enough of the Wheel Kitty Orange to make Arrow by Megh Testerman. Totally not my color, but that orange is so bright and warm and happy.

  22. Carol Gresham says

    It would have to be Ella Gordon’s hap, I’ve been dreaming of it since she released it last week. ????

  23. Miranda says

    I would use Gorland grey, poldice pink and dingdong purple for Quill by Helen Stewart.

  24. I am planning to knit Veronik Avery’s League sweater using Levant grey for the body, Gorland grey for the sleeves and the final decision for the shoulder pieces will be Wheal Kitty orange/Poldice pink or Dolcoath turquoise (a nice dilemma to have such wonderful colours) I haven’t knit with Blacker yarn before so I am very excited

    I have downloaded the sock pattern as I love these too!

  25. The grey, either since both are lovely, would make a great base for the polgooth socks. Love the look.

  26. Julie Abbott says

    My daughter loves pink and I have promised her a jumper so I would probably use the pink with gorland grey and ding dong purple and make her the band of hearts jumper.

  27. Jane Dale says

    Well I was trying to resist buying Cornish Tin 11 until I happened to be in Kathys Knits on Tuesday – I came out with enough of Dolcoath Turquoise 4ply to knit a very simple cropped raglan cardigan using a vintage Jaeger pattern – much tried and tested!
    One skein of the DK would make a lovely Peppermint Leaves hat by Clare Devine.

  28. Gillian W says

    My favourite colour is Wheal Kitty Orange and I think it would look lovely in a Lush cardigan by Tin Can Knits. If I was the lucky winner of Poldice Pink I would fancy knitting Woodland Tales mittens from Pom Pom.

  29. Oooo, I think it would have to be Carol Feller’s Montbretia from the Book of Haps with Ding Dong Purple as the main colour, and Poldice Pink and Leviant Grey as the contrasting colours.

  30. I absolutely love the Poldice Pink colour. In the 4 ply I would make a Hitofude and in the DK I would make Wavedeck by Kate Atherley.

  31. For Melanie Berg’s Rheinlust I’ve ordered 3 skeins 4ply in Polgooth Blue. Thank you for the chance to win.

  32. I’d pair the pink with the Lelant Grey, and knit the Hebridean Hap that’s been in my Rav queue staring at me since May.
    Of course if I was fickle I might knit a not matching pair of Air Quotes Socks….decision making where knitting is concerned is not my forte. 😀

  33. I’d knit the Ursula cardigan by Kate Davies – with the undyed shade as a main colour, and the turquoise and orange as contrast. Maybe the purple too, but I’m not sure.
    Love your strict giveaway rules!

  34. Lesley Bambridge says

    I am always on the lookout for gorgeous new designs by theknittinggoddess on Rav. I am torn between her Ruffle shawl in Mullach shade, or using the Lush Levenish in an upcoming kal in my Ravelry group which will be to design your own pattern. These yarns would give me complete confidence that whatever I decide, it will be loved and worn to death.

  35. Sophie says

    I want to order a couple skeins of the undyed Levant Grey to knit a Houlland hap!

  36. Francesca says

    Stunning colours and beautiful yarn! I would knit the Mellit mitts by Clare Devine in Polgooth blue and Poldice pink, or blue and orange.

  37. Shelley says

    Your “strict rules” just sent me on a lovely sojourn thru the Bleeker yarns and patterns. Ah, to dream! It is a wonderful thing! I would choose this “Beanie & Mitts” pattern, free from Bleeker yarns actually, because I’m practical that way, but also because I LOVE, love, love the braid on the hat brim and glove cuffs. Poldice Pink would be my first choice, as I think the dreamy pink color is perfect for this set. With an additional color, I’d add Wheal Rose Red into the mix, figure out how to intertwine the two colors into the braid, maybe add a bit of Fair Isle or some other color work detail on the main body of the gloves.

    Here is the pattern, isn’t it pretty?

    Thank you for your lovely giveaway, and inspiring me to dream!

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