Our highly anticipated shipment of Black Elephant yarn has arrived! We love the colorways of the superwash DK and Sock weight yarns and exclaimed over each one as it was pulled out of the shipping box! Black Elephant yarns are hand dyed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK. Ten years ago Petra Schwarcz moved to England from Slovakia. She learned to knit as a child but wasn't serious about it until she arrived in Sheffield which is colder than Slovakia! She wanted hand knits to keep her warm and cozy. Petra found that there were no video tutorials in the Slovakian language so she had to relearn how to knit in English. Imagine! It occurred to her that maybe there were other Slovakian knitters who would like some video tutorials in their own language. She started a blog and posted some! She was bowled over by amount of knitters who appreciated them and clamored for more!Soon after, she discovered hand dyed yarn. That was the beginning of her fascination with fibers of all sorts; wool, alpaca, angora, cashmere, silk, she wanted it all! Of course the name Black Elephant has a story behind it! One Christmas her mother gave her a special notebook to be used for her knitting ideas. There was a darling little elephant on the front cover. Petra's last name means black in German and some of her friends used that as a nickname for her. She put those two names together for her company.Black elephants do exist and, according to Hindu thinking, elephants are revered as symbols of good luck and good fortune so Petra's choice is excellent!Come into the shop to see this whimsically colored yarn in person! We have many more colorways than are shown in these photos. When you hold it in your hand, think about Petra and her story and know that this is a special yarn indeed.