Pantone Colour of the Year 2019

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 22-02-2019



Yarn and colour just go together hand in hand, don’t you think? Whatever shade range catches your eye, when it comes to choosing yarn colour is up there as a BIG (and fun) decision to make when starting something new.

As we are still in the early months of 2019 it made sense to talk about the Pantone colour of the year 2019. You may have heard of pantone colour charts? Pantone create colour charts that are used by various industries, mainly for printing, so that colours are universally matched. Every year they release their colour of the year. This trend forecast will go on to influence fashion, packaging, homeware and many other areas of design. This year it is the juicy shade of ‘Living Coral’. It could even go on to influence our next knitting and crochet projects. What do you think?

A description below taken from the Pantone website
“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”.

After having a peruse of the Craft Barn here are the varying ‘Living Coral’ esq shades that were discovered.

Such a versatile shade that you could add into so many colour palettes. It has got the creative juices flowing and sparked a basket filling frenzy. Once you get started you realise how coral can work well with all sorts of colours.

How about blue and turquoise? Feeling summery with this choice.

Or pinks and purples? Quite a bold mix of strong colours. I like it!

It’s like Rico were already onto Pantone colour of the year 2019 before it was announced. Their Rico Creative Soft Wool Aran comes in a great selection of colours, that all work together harmoniously. With an emphasis on pinks and corals.

Perhaps you could add just a splash of coral into a neutral palette. Grey, nude or beige would work.

You could even go for an autumn feel, mixing in rust and brown.

Finally, a spring fling with denim blue, navy and yellow.

Have a play with adding coral yourself and see what works for you. The options are endless! If you are thinking of making something like a blanket then choosing a yarn with plenty of shades is always something to consider, Stylecraft Special DK or Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed would be a good starting point.
When you focus on one colour you will surprised where you will see it popping up. We have also added some ‘Living Coral’ pins to our Colour Inspiration board on Pinterest. There are some really lovely shade cards and imagery out there to inspire your coral themed colour palette.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 16-02-2018

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Quite a few blog posts have fell into the miscellaneous category of late. I wasn’t sure where talking about Pantone Colour of the Year should fit? Perhaps a “colour” category is what is missing from our category list?

Talking about colour when it comes to yarn is a fun subject to write about. Whether you knit, crochet or weave, colour always plays a huge part in what you create. The combination of various colours you put together or the one colour you choose for a project can make such a difference to the finished outcome. If you knit a jumper and only realise once it is all sewn up, actually it really doesn’t suit me, it can be so disheartening and disappointing. The good thing is, if you are making a blanket or cushion you won’t be wearing it so you can play with colour til your heart’s content. I find choosing a colour for a project lots of fun. It’s not like going into a clothing or homeware store and only having the options in front of you. The options are endless! I enjoy playing with colours, lining up balls of yarn and eliminating ones that aren’t quite right until I reach the perfect combination.

Pantone Colour of the Year - Black Sheep Wools

Every year Pantone release their Pantone colour of the year. This year it is Ultra Violet. Pantone share the colour trend forecast for the year ahead for designers and brands to follow in their work.

A description of Ultra Violet taken from the Pantone website
“A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” 

I went on a hunt around the Craft Barn to find a selection of yarns on the Ultra Violet shade spectrum. These included Scheepjes River Washed in Yarra, Sirdar Wild in Luxe, Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky in Ultramarine, Vinni’s Nikkim in Dark Purple, King Cole Tinsel in Sparkler and Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK in Pip Squeak Purple.

Pantone Colour of Year - Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet is a great base to build a strong colour palette around. It is surprising what colours can be combined once you start trying different options. I started with a strong purple / ultra violet shade of Rico Essentials Cotton DK and tried out the following.

Pastel shades – Peach 52 and Jade Green 47

Jewel shades – Dark Green 67 and Royal Blue 36

Pantone Colour of the year

Earthy shades – Olive Grey 81 and 53

Pantone Colour of the year

If you prefer a tonal gradient then why not combine both Scheepjes Softfun and Scheepjes Softfun Denim for a blast of the Pantone colour of the year.

There are endless possibilities with ultra violet, a colour that is both wearable and perfect for homeware items. Will you be choosing it for your next knitting or crochet project?
Pantone Colour of the year - Scheepjes Softfun



Matchy Monday

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 26-01-2018



Over the past 12 months or so on social media we have been sharing ‘Matchy Monday’ yarn colour matches with random every day items. Sometimes you will find that you are drawn to a particular colour whether it’s yarn or a new teapot! Do you find the same colour popping up in all aspects of your daily life? If you are wondering what shade to knit or crochet with take a look around you, what shades catch your eye? The colour combination of something like a bouquet of flowers could be just the inspiration you need for your next project.
On various Mondays we have shared our #matchymonday spots. It was fun finding the perfect yarn match for all sorts of household objects, fabrics, nail polish and more. If you do have a colour that you love or have a swatch of fabric to match up, chances are there will be a shade of yarn out there to partner up.

If you have come across an occasion where you are knitting (or crocheting) away with your latest ball of yarn and can see the colour blending in with your mug, cushion or even shoes, whatever it might be then please share a photo with us.

Here are a selection of the Matchy Monday moments we have shared so far. Keep an eye out on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more coming soon.

Matchy Monday

Gorgeous lilac with a lilac shade of Vinni’s Colour Nikkim.

Matchy Monday

Stacey’s bikini and Scheepjes Cotton 8 colour combination to make a crocheted beach dress from Scheepjes Sea issue bookazine.

Matchy Monday

Stylecraft Head over Heels sock yarn was a mesmerising match for Tula Pink fabrics.

Matchy Monday

Caron Simply Soft fluorescent yellow shade (9773) is game, set and match for a tennis ball.

Matchy Monday

Shades of Rico Essentials Cotton DK were just the colours for my nail polish.

Matchy Monday

Lucy knitted a lovely hat in Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock. This spray of foliage was just the match.

Matchy Monday

King Cole Cottonsoft DK in coral is just the colour for this sunglasses case.

Matchy Monday

Another floral display this time with Scheepjes Catona.

Matchy Monday

A selection of Rowan yarns in shades of green compliment Barbara’s tea set.

Matchy Monday

A vibrant blue nail polish to match Stylecraft Special DK in turquoise. I wonder if there is a nail polish colour to match every shade of Special DK? Now that would be a challenge for Matchy Monday.

Matchy Monday

A yellow raincoat to match this yummy shade of Baa Ram Ewe Titus. The shade is called Brass Band.

Please share your photos on social media @blacksheepwools #matchymonday.



Woollen Woods – Devon

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 04-05-2016


Have you heard of the Woollen Woodlands project? It is project in association with the Voluntary Arts and National Trust. This autumn there is going to be a magnificent array of yarny creations on display at Arlington Court in Devon. All of the items on display will be knitted, crocheted or felted. Woodland themed bits and bobs all made of one of our favourite things – yarn!


The creations to be displayed are all kindly donated by members of the public. As knitters and crocheters we all have plenty of yarn oddments dotted around our homes ready for this type of stash busting projects. The Woollen Woodland was extremely successful during the summer months of 2015 and encouraged lots of visitors to explore the area and follow a trail to find various creations along the way.

WoollenWoods at Arlington Owls (2)

Woollen Woodland organisers at Arlington Court are looking for new makes to add into their display for autumn. Natalie Savage, Visitor Services Manager for the National Trust at Arlington Court said, “All the creations from last year have been gently washed and stored over the winter, ready to begin the display in 2016. However, with this year’s exhibition taking place over September and October, we’re keen to have some more autumnal entries, such as acorns, fungi and dahlias.”

Woollen Wally Squirrel

In 2015 wolllen items were sent to Devon from all over the UK, the youngest contributor being seven years old and the oldest well in her nineties. Each crafter is asked to send in their name, age and town where they live with their creation, to show who has contributed and how far they’ve been sent. All items should be sent to ‘Woollen Woods, Arlington Court, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4LP’ by 1 August at the latest.

Find more information on the National Trust website and on the Voluntary Arts website.

We have gathered together a couple of patterns that fit the brief –


Knit a squirrel or hedgehog with this King Cole pattern.


Perhaps a crocheted Ollie Owl?

The latest craze for your pooch…..knitting!

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 01-04-2016


Sara has been busy recently, teaching her adorable dog, Poppy to knit. After reading about the latest craze for your pet pooch Sara couldn’t wait to teach her canine companion. She has really taken to the craft and enjoys settling down by Sara’s side of an evening practicing her new skills. Sara has said that she is already part way through knitting a snood to stay warm on chilly morning walks.


This photo was taken after she had dropped a stitch and lost a bit of patience!


Mr.Reindeer explores the Craft Barn

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 24-12-2014


Mr. Reindeer has been taking a tour around the Craft Barn over the past few days. Since early November he has enjoyed posing in our Christmas display, but felt it was time he stretched his legs and discovered the delights of the Craft Barn. To let everyone know what he’s been up to and share his findings with the world, we have been taking photographs each day. Up until now he has been sharing these photos on Instagram. For those of you who don’t follow us on Instagram, we thought it would be nice to write a blog post starring Mr. Reindeer. As you read this he is on his way back to the North Pole to help with preparations for the big day. Hopefully he will be back in the New Year. Here are some of the photos from his travels.

sirdar baby crofter dk

Recognising the stripes and colour of Sirdar Baby Crofter Dk.

Coats christmas fabric

What a good idea, decorating the wall with embroidery hoops of Coats Christmas fabric.

juniper moon farm herriot

Ah the luxurious alpaca yarn – Juniper Moon Farm Herriot.

noro yarn

Entranced by the rainbow shades of Noro yarn.

still by kim hargreaves

He fell in love with the ‘Dark’ sweater from Still by Kim Hargreaves book.

crochet christmas tree

Just admiring the Craft Barn Christmas tree, especially the crocheted angel.

Nel whatmore merry go round fabric

Mr Reindeer went for a lie down on the Merry Go Round Octagon quilt in the Nel Whatmore Merry Go Round fabric.

Find more photos of Mr.Reindeer on Instagram now, along with many other behind the scenes pics from Black Sheep Wools HQ. If you would like to knit your very own reindeer you will need a couple of balls of Sirdar Cotton Dk and Sirdar book Friends Forever 2.

Glitz, sparkle & dancing

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 18-12-2014

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It’s the final of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend and we are all getting very excited here at HQ. Every week there is a so much glitz and glamour to behold, not to mention impressive dance moves. We thought it would be nice to celebrate with our top ‘seven’ (or as Len Goodman would say, severrrrrrn) dance themed products. Take a look below and add a sprinkle of sparkle to your day with our strictly treats.

Let’s kick things off with the dazzling King Cole Cosmos

king cole cosmos

Could this be your favourite dance? A dancing cross stitch kit from Heritage by John Clayton – American Smooth


What glamourous dress would be without an elegant wrap? Knitted in the luxuriously soft Sublime Lace yarn the Heroine wrap will keep you warm.

sublime lace wrap

There’s lots of glitz in Louisa Harding Simonetta!

louisa harding simonetta

This looks like it could be a moody argentine tango, what do you think? Midnight Dance cross stitch kit by Dimensions.

midnight dance cross stitch

A lace skirt in Juniper Moon Farm Findley to whirl around while practicing your dance moves.

lace skirt

And finally a smattering of beads to add that finishing touch. Debbie Abrahams does the most exquisite selection.

debbie abrahams beads