Yarndale around the corner!

Hello fellow fibre lovers,

As we have now officially entered knitting season we can start to get very excited about sweater weather! Although the weather outside is making us want to wear anything but a sweater. But how quickly the colder nights draw in! (Phew this has changed in the last couple of days!)

It also means that it is that time for Yarndale! We are very excited! We will be off on our merry travels to Skipton next week preparing our stand for every one to come and say hello!

This week we have been busy rustling up yarns and Tops for you all! Becky has been working on a very special blend of our incredible local Blueface Leicester (from Exmoor) blended with super slinky A1 Mulberry Silk. She and John have made up a limited edition run of this and it will be premiering at Yarndale (70% Blueface Leicester / 30% A1 Mulberry Silk)
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Beautiful Bluefaced Leicester & Fibre East

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After 2 years of waiting, we have managed to locate the perfect fibre to produce a beautiful Devon bred and processed Bluefaced Leicester Top. And we hope you will agree it was worth the wait!
It has been selected from breeders on Exmoor and then graded and sorted at the South Molton Wool Board depot. Our wool agent, and close associate, Andrew Bowman of Wooltops, has then sorted the wool again removing 20% of unwanted kemps and inferior fibres.
The result is an exceptional BFL at 26 micron with superb lustre and a handle, unlike any other BFL on the market at the moment.

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Shows and treats…

We had a busy time between us at the beginning of July here at John Arbon Textiles… John and Juliet went up to Durham Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, whilst over the same weekend Becky went to the Exeter Guild who were hosting their annual fleece fair (she is a member of the guild but this month she took lots of treats in the form of fluff!) Becky was exhibiting with lots of other talented Devon fibre crafters and John was giving a talk to the guild in Durham, explaining how he began his life in the textiles industry and eventually became the master of spinning at his Mill that he is today. A lovely weekend at both ends of the country.

Other exciting things … new to our secret Mill Members page on the website we have the natural Brown Corriedale Top, and also a new Top which is a blend of said natural Brown Corriedale with 20% Mulberry Silk which makes a super classy, silky, dreamy Top. They are currently only available to Mill Members, however will make their way over to the main website after a period of time when a new run is made up at the Mill.
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OK, so we are currently busy preparing lovely woolly things for Fibre East, our next show at the end of July.

Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2NU – 30th and 31st July 2016
Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 10:00-16:30

Find there website here!

We hope to see you there!

Raffle enteries!

After inviting everyone to come along to our Open Weekend with something crafted from our fibre or wool, it was great to see lots of entrants to the raffle to win a goodie bag.
We had some amazing things entered! From felted sheep, to experiments gone wrong with knitting then felting! And everything in between! It was lovely to hear the stories of creations also, from companionship in hospital to whipping something up on the journey to the mill. Again, we love seeing what you have made … we have a group on Ravelry dedicated to showing off your finished objects here.

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Thank you Open Weekend!

Thank you to every single person who came to visit us at our Mill Open Weekend … it seemed to be a great success and we have had lots of positive feedback.
We hope you had a fab time being shown around the mill and have more of an idea about what goes on behind the scenes here!

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There was tea and cake aplenty! We were very lucky with the weather, and it was great to see lots if happy knitters, spinners and crocheters not only visiting but enjoying the sunshine outside the marquee whilst partaking of their crafts. Thank you.

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Lovely guild member’s Brenda and Jean spent the weekend spinning up our fibres on their wheels and answering many a spinning query!

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John and Sara did an amazing job of showing everyone around the mill and letting people in on a few secrets! I’m sure the biggest gasps come with the splicer demo – it’s like magic, not a knots in sight!

Here are some photos of John giving tours and explaining how the fibre process works…

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John shows how the machine with no name works…. Clint is working on the Daughter of a Shepherd yarn, Hebridean with a hint of Zwartbles.

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Going on to explain how Ralph works, he is working on blending The Little Grey Sheeps Gotland yarn. Yum!

We had lots of entrants to the goody bag raffle! We look forward to sharing the photos of the entries with you! Everything was spectacular! The winners will be drawn when John and Juliet return from there holidays, so keep your eyes peeled and we will let you know if your a winner!

A special thank you to the mill folk who made the machines look so sparkly and were willing to share some of the their tips! And also a big thank you to the extra helpers we had come along (you know who you are)! And to Andy of Wooltops who came along to share his undyed white yarns. And for Amanda Perkins for putting 2 of her beautiful crochet blankets on display for all to see.

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We had such a lovely weekend sharing our Mill with you all … and are now feeling more inspired than ever, so lets get spinning!

Lots of love, The John Arbon Textiles weekend team!

John, Juliet, Frankie, Daisy, Sara, Becky, James, Lorraine, Judi, Ginette, Sandra, Pat, Alan, Rowan, Julia & Lewis. X
And thanks to Amanda, Andy, Pauline, Amy, Brenda & Jean! X

Open Weekend 2016

Our 3rd Mill Open Weekend is now just around the corner (Sat 14th and Sun 15th May)!

We are busily polishing our most prized machines – they will be standing proud waiting to show you what they’re capable of!

Here are a few photos of our machines in action to wet your appetite!

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Thank you Wonderwool

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Wonderwool Wales was the very first outing of our brand new Knit by Numbers 4-ply. We took it along in it’s beautiful new display cabinets (hand made for us by the joiners down the road from the mill in South Molton).
Having the huge range of colours in DK and 4ply side by side on our stand looked amazing … 91 different shades of each creating a glorious colour experience!
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Thank you Edinburgh Yarn Festival!

We have now landed back to reality after a spectacular woolly show in Edinburgh followed by a few days exploring the beautiful city!

Edinburgh Yarn Festival was a roaring success and we had an amazing time. Thank you again Jo & Mica for putting on such a fab event, and to add to the fun was the Ceilidh – an evening of traditional Scottish dancing and music (a splendid night of fun, frolics and many an interesting dance move from exhibotors and visitors alike).

If you were not able to make it to the show here are a few pics of our stand!

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Edinburgh Yarn Festival

We are now on the final run up to Edinburgh Yarn Festival! Over the next few days we will be organising our yarn stash, whipping up some tops and pairing our socks!

We are getting ready to embark on the long drive up to Scotland from North Devon and cannot wait!

On the stand, as well as our normal array of yarns including Knit by Numbers, Viola, Alpaca 2-3 ply, etc, we will be bringing along a very lovely run of a new Knit By Numbers DK colour – Mustard, in 6 lovely shades! …going from a lovely Dijon coloured Mustard through to a light hint. … And, you will of course be happy to know, we are making good progress on the 4-ply!! Shh! … this will be available later in the year.

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