New Knit by Numbers shade

We are starting to pack for this weekends Wonderwool extravaganza! Both Butler and Kevin (our 2 spinners) are working ten to the dozen to get all the yarn finished.

But luckily they managed to fit something new for us to bring! ANOTHER new Knit by Numbers shade!! This time we have gone for Teal – a gorgeous Jewel shade blended from other Knit by Numbers shades.

We will have it available in 4ply and DK this weekend at Wonderwool Wales. The remainder on our return from Wonderwool will then go onto the secret Mill Members page for a limited time and then become available to all.

Here is a photo of the finished yarn to wet your appetite! Yum!

Please note, the shade is slightly brighter and more peacocky in person.

We will see you this weekend on stand M5, with a whole load of spinning Tops and plenty of Yarn and Socks for all … including our brand new yarn Devonia in 4ply (if you haven’t heard about it already find info about our glorious new range HERE).

See you in Wales…

Wonderwool 2017

This weekend we will be in Wales, at the Fabulous Wonderwool Wales show!

This show is an awesome show for all the spinners, felters, and fibre fondlers out there! We always dedicate a big portion of our stand just to Tops and Fibre.
But, never fear all you knitters and crocheters and yarn fanatics out there, we will also be bringing loads of lovely yarns too … including our Knit By Numbers full range in 4ply and DK (so many colours) and the gorgeous brand new Devonia in 4ply in all its 14 different glorious shades.

At the show, John stands proudly in his element in the middle of a million fibre cans! We will be bringing the usual suspects including Organic Merino, Polwarth and lots of lovely natural colours, along with the popular Harvest Hues, a mottled blend of Merino and Zwartbles … as well as our brand new Tops (to accompany the yarn) Devonia made from all Devon bred fibre (Exmoor Blueface, Bluefaced Leicester and Devon Wensleydale – it’s super special and we have worked on a colour range inspired by the work of French tapestry artist Jean Lurcat.

Plus, not forgetting, loads of luscious socks in all ranges, colours and sizes.

We look forward to seeing you there, and we will be making a quick stop at the scotch egg stand before show time!

Here are some photos of the divine Devonia Yarn and Tops to wet your appetites! (Yarn and egg-wise!)

Mill Open Weekend 2017

It’s time to invite you, our lovely customers and all people interested in vintage working machinery, to our annual Mill Open Weekend.

This years open weekend will be held on the 10th & 11th of June. 10am – 5pm both days. Entry is free. It is, of course, being held at our Mill (FIBRE HARVEST) at Unit 6, Hacche Lane Business Park, Pathfields Industrial Estate, South Molton, Devon EX36 3LH.
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Return from Edinburgh

We are now catching up spinning yarn after so much went to new homes at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Wow, what an amazing show.

We would like to thank Jo and Mica for putting on such a great event and being such good dance partners! We had a ball at the Ceilidh – we danced as much as our little feets allowed – not also the correct steps I suspect, but we were full of enthusiasm!

Edinburgh Yarn Festival at Edinburgh Corn Exchange; March 2017; photographed by Malena Persson.

A photo of us and Mica from the Ceilidh, full of food, beer, and cheer. by Malena Persson.
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Welcoming Devonia at Edinburgh Yarn Festival

We are now making ready for the long drive from Devon to Edinburgh Yarn Festival (very excited)!

We are in pre-show busyness – preparing and packing Tops, Socks and Yarns.
And we are adding the finishing touches to something very special to be unveiled at Edinburgh… our brand new yarn DEVONIA (more about that in just a mo’ but here is a photo to wet your appetite).

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Unravel this weekend!



This week we have been able to whip up some coloured Devonia Tops in blends we have been busily working on behind the scenes. We are coming to the final stages of our colour sampling and swatching, all of course influenced by Jean Lurcat, an incredible French Tapestry artist. We cant wait to share our process and start spinning the yarn!

We will be bringing FIVE of the blended Tops on their first ever outing to Unravel this weekend, the blend is from three of our local sheep, 50% Exmoor Blueface, 30% Devon Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Devon Wensleydale.
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Preparing for Unravel 2017.

It’s February which means its time for the eagerly awaited first show of the year!

Unravel, in Farnham, is a fabulously wonderful show full to the brim of Yarns, Wool and Tops.

You can buy tickets and find more information about it here.

It will be a first for us at Unravel to show off our new cabinets of Knit by Numbers DK and also the 4ply. We have been busy spinning up a fresh batch of the Knit by Numbers in all colours (91 in total!). We can’t wait for you to see them all in their glory!

Here are a couple of photos of us whipping it up at the mill….

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Happy 2017!

Hello woolly lovers and welcome to 2017!!
We have been very busy at the mill so far this year … we have started the year tweaking a couple of naughty machines (they are feeling much better now) and are at this moment in full production spinning up a fresh batch of Knit by Numbers ready for Unravel and Edinburgh yarn festival.
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Unravel is the first show of the year and we are excited to get back into show season. You can find more information about it here.

We will bring you more info about Edinburgh Yarn Fest over the next few weeks!

But for now, we had a lovely weekend at the York Guild of Spinners Weavers & Dyers (21st Jan). John gave a talk about what he gets up to at the Mill (and told some impromptu jokes as well!). Of course we took along plenty of yarns and tops! And had a wonderful time. Thank you to all the Guild members for looking after us so well.

Hope to catch with all you woolly folk at a show / event during this year and hope your New Years have started with a little less machine craziness than ours!

Thank you Bath, and Hello Pom Pom Party!

Merry Socktasticness!

With just over a week to the big day we are busy as little elves getting socks out to one and all!

But we have just spent 3 weeks in Bath for the quaint and delightful Christmas Market! It was lovely to spread the festive cheer throughout and send many new people home as woolly sock converts! And the residents of Bath who we met last year and came back again this year, thank you.

We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New year and we look forward to seeing you in the near future. Juliet and the ladies in the shop will of course be working very hard to get all your orders out till as late as they can!

Now we’re off to sip Mulled wine and eat loads of mince pies whilst we get ready for the PomPom Christmas party tomorrow, Friday 16th December!

Frankie will be there at the PomPom representing us (wish we could make it too) and herself with her fab patterns. She will be taking along a small selection of yarn including Harvest Hues (used for her latest pattern Gilt Wood), Alpaca Supreme (used for Lemel in the beautiful winter edition of PomPom) … and you will be able to see her samples here too! You can find Frankie on Ravelry Here. Follow her on Instagram @francescahughesknitwear.
The PomPom Chrsitmas Party will have a live band, grub, and of course loads of knitters in the same room! A fab raffle which will include the chance to win 4 skeins of our Zwartbles dk yarn and a skien of Harvest Hues, which is enough to complete Frankie’s next pattern for us next year!
We hope to see you there! Tickets are available here.

Lots of love,
The John Arbon Textiles Team X

Behind the scenes…

On this very chilly winter day we thought we would share with you some of the extra photos from our beautiful summers day sock photo shoot for our catalogue.

Photos shot by Ray Burmiston in lovely locations in and around our home, Lynton.

This first selection of photos was shot on Lee Bay beach … a typical North Devon Exmoor beach – all rugged and sharp looking with crashing waves and lots of rocks and pebbles! There is plenty of fishing and lobster potting to be done round here. And sometimes you may spy a Dolphin! Or even John on his kayak!

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