New Harvest Hues Patterns!

With autumn well and truly upon us, it’s time to start thinking of reacquainting ourselves with those trusty woollens in our wardrobes and – maybe even – preparing to cast on some new ones! To celebrate tomorrow we’ve got some delightful new Patterns launching along with our expanded Harvest Hues colour palette.

Here in Devon, the arrival of autumn is always something to be celebrated. Autumn here is awash with gently fading splendour: bracken and seadpods are slowly tinged with gold and the moorlands become dusted with gentle purple heather blossom. All the punchy, bright shades of summer soften and become more muted. This changing of the seasons is the inspiration for our Harvest Hues Yarn and Tops range.

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John & Juliet’s Adventures in Ireland!

Kinbane Castle

John and Juliet have long been yearning for an excuse to visit Ireland’s dramatic coastline, so when they heard about the Yarnfolk Festival of Wool in Whitehead they began hatching plans to combine this lovely show with a bit of sight seeing.

Yarnfolk, which is organised by the lovely Louise of Lighthouse Yarns, has just had it’s second year and is going from strength to strength. This one day show takes place in a handful of different locations in Whitehead.

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Coronis by Emily Ringelman

Our Knit by Numbers DK makes wonderfully cosy and comfortable jumpers. And now that it’s August, our thoughts are starting to turn to colder weather and bundling ourselves in marvelous wool once more. It may not yet feel like it, but that crisp autumn weather is just around the corner! If, like us, you are starting to ponder new knits for autumn then, why not opt for Emily Ringelman’s gorgeous Coronis jumper? This pattern was originally the cover girl of Pom Pom Quarterly issue 10, and we’re now thrilled to have this fun knit on our website!

Photo Credit – Emily Ringelman in her Coronis

Coronis is a fun cropped pullover with slip-stitch stripes. Wear it with some positive ease for a comfy weekend piece, or go with negative ease for more of a vintage, bombshell look. This cropped pullover is worked from the top down totally seamlessly with a circular yoke. Not into cropped silhouettes? Simply knit the body to the length you want – it’s so easy to do with a top-down design. The same applies for the sleeves. Make them long or short – it’s up to you!

Image Credit – bliink on Ravelry

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Goodbye Fibre East and Hello Yarnfolk!

We had such a blast at Fibre East.  We loved meeting all the folk who popped by our stand and particularly all the splendid spinners who will be joining in with BritSpin later in the year.  It was Jack’s first show with us and he was a marvel – thank you to him and all those who welcomed him to the world of woolly shows.

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Topstastic Fibre East

John and the Mill folk are at this moment prepping for Fibre East – which means whipping up oodles of delectable tops (to accompany our yarns).   This show, more than any other, is much about the tops – which we love… John has loaded up his woolly tubs of joy, so there’ll be enough fluff to go round! And, as always before a show, we’re looking forward to having a good ol’ woolly natter with lots of splendid folk.

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#LoftAlong with Fay Dashper-Hughes!

Here at John Arbon Textiles, we love Fay Dashper-Hughes‘ approach to design – frequently offered in both crochet and knitting versions. We are amazed and enthralled at the way she creates magic using both techniques!

Fay is not only a designer, but also host of the Crochet Circle Podcast (click to see the latest episode on YouTube or hear it on Podbean).

She is also a fantastic person – it is rare that a yarn show goes by without Fay popping round for a natter, and often with homemade cake which is a welcome gift!

So when Fay told us she was planning a Crochet / Knit Along (see below for the full info on this C/KAL rules) for her latest design, Loft we couldn’t resist joining in the fun! Loft (pictured below) is just gorgeous – and we hope you’ll think about joining Fay and us in making your own version.

The Loft shawl designed by Fay Dashper-Hughes

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Thanks Woolfest!

We spent the weekend up at Woolfest, chatting to lovely folk and inhaling the yarn and fibre fumes. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by our stand, we had a blast. It was a wonderfully sunny weekend up in Cumbria and a splendid drive through the beautiful countryside – and we even managed to fit in two World Cup matches on the way up!

We had all our usual goodies on display, with an abundance of delightful yarn and tops.

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Raffle entry teasers!

One of the main events at our annual Mill Open Weekend is Show & Tell.

We invite all our lovely Mill visitors to bring along something they have crafted in our Fibre or Yarn. This year’s entries were amazing as always. The crafts span from felted books and embroidered structures to the finest hand spun yarn and beautiful knitting, crochet and weaving work.  We spent the weekend taking photos of the lovely projects you brought in which we are delighted to share here…

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