Things have been rather bustling here in woolly John Arbon Textiles land. It’s hard to believe it has already been a month since returning from Yarndale.
There have been lots of things keeping us busy…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Tis that time of year again when all the festive merry-making has begun… and, to coincide, you should now all have a copy of our latest John Arbon Textiles catalogues – 2 this year, one just for our lovely Socks and the other full of Yarny things (these accompany our up-dated website).
We are home and unpacked from the first ever Nottingham Yarn Expo! Thanks so much to everyone who came and visited the stand. We had a great weekend, and we loved the venue of Nottingham Uni. Frankie had a successful first solo show selling all her patterns alongside us – it was lovely to have her there.
We particularly loved the string quartet and harp playing over the weekend – a lovely touch.
Oh, and we had a great curry one evening – it was amazing and they even produced real hot towels at the end of the night!
We are now busily packing up for our next show, Bath Christmas Market. This is all about the socks and cosy feet. It is that time of year already! We are looking forward to being cosied up in our normal chalet on York Street (no.114 – near the end where York St meets Stall St).
Last week was a flurry of organising and tidying in the Mill before the arrival of two special Italians! One was human, and one, not so much.
So, without further ado, let us introduce you to out newest member of the team… GINO! He is the non-human Italian and is our first ever brand new piece of machinery (all the others being 2nd hand and re-furbished). Gino is a lovely and shiny new cone winder. He goes super fast and is very clever. And he came with the human Italian – an engineer who came to install Gino for us and teach us all the finer points on how to use him to his utmost! We have let the human go now (thanks Massimo!) and Gino is now settling in quite nicely.
So, here are some photos of him being moved into his new home.