Tamar is a lustre blend yarn with a fluid sheen, reminiscent of lowing water and is named after the River Tamar. Each shade in the collection is named after a tributary of the river as well. We carry the full colour spectrum of Tamar in the 4 ply weight, which is perfect for shawls, socks and more.
Tamar is made from historic Wensleydale, Teeswater, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool, which are amongst the most distinctive British breeds. Tall and elegant with long lustrous ringlets of wavy fleece, their fibre is smooth and sleek with a distinctive silken sheen. Pure lustre blend yarns may be rather lean and lack ‘give’; as such, 30% Cornish Mule has been added to Tamar, helping the yarn retain that characteristic woolly bounce. Mules are a crossbred sheep and can be found on most British farms. The baby-soft Cornish Mule creates a fine cloud of delicate fibre which perfectly complements the long staple of the lustre breeds creating a yarn which is durable, yet velvet soft. Due to the long fibre length this yarn will get softer and softer with every wash.
Despite their glorious fibre Teeswater, Wensleydale, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool are all listed as either ‘at risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The fibre used in Tamar has been bought directly from UK based small producers, who are working to preserve these lustre breeds.
We now have colour cards available for purchase here.
Tamar is sold as a skein. We are happy to wind the skein into a ball for you (just leave us a note to do so in the comment box). Please note that all skeins once wound into a ball are non-refundable.
Please note we are unable to re-order this yarn. Please order enough for your project.