We’re terribly excited to be all packed and ready for this year’s Edinburgh Yarn Fest. We’ll be bringing oodles and oodles of Yarn, Tops & Patterns for your delectation. It is always such a joy to leave our little corner of Devon and meet so many wonderfully woolly folk!
It’s almost showtime! Behind the scenes, John and the Mill folk have been especially busy getting everything ready for the first show of 2019… yes it’s Unravel. We can’t wait to see you there and share our lovely woolly wares with you in person and have a good ol’ natter.
Our re-vamped Exmoor Sock Yarn has landed and we’re so thrilled with all your excitement and enthusiasm and support for this new woolly treat. To accompany the yarn, we have launched 6 glorious new patterns created by splendid indie designers. So we thought what better way to celebrate the launch of this scrumptious yarn and abundance of glorious patterns than with a KAL! All designers will be joining us in hosting this over in our Ravelry Group (read on for more info and KAL rules).
It is rather chilly at the moment, so it feels like the ideal time to whip up a few pairs of socks and gloves to keep those finger’s and toes nice and cosy.
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).
Happy Wovember wool lovers!
With each November, comes Wovember … and Wovember is about celebrating all things WOOL.
Instigated by designers Kate Davies and Felicity Ford, the movement celebrates real wool, whilst highlighting the misuse of the term wool in product labeling – campaigning for clear and non misleading terms, such as wool rich, and adopting clear and concise compositions.
At John Arbon Textiles we love to use pure wool. There is no substitute for it. We produce lovely knitting yarns and fibre for spinning, felting and other crafts from wool. We also have our sock range using yarn we spin, made here in the UK. Our production concept is simple – a return to old style textile manufacture sustainably sourcing raw fibre locally wherever possible and converting it in Britain into high quality tops, yarns and textiles.
We support our local community by using the Exmoor Blueface Sheep fleece in some of our hand knit yarns – Excelena, a yarn created by John and used by designer Susan Crawford and our Exmoor Sock yarn, and 3 of our sock ranges – the hard-wearing, cushion soled Stanbury Walkers, the everyday Exmoor Socks, and the knee-length Exmoor Country Hose. We also use our local Zwartbles sheep in a few of our yarns!
Its official, we are now well into the run up to Christmas and festive cheer is starting to bubble…
With the unveiling of our updated website this morning and the impending arrival of our new catalogues on your doorsteps
…We are getting very excited here and are now starting to prepare for our next show – Bath Christmas Market!
On our up-dated website and in our new catalogue you will find a number of new scrummy things!
In sock world we have brand new and improved Alpaca Bed socks! A more snugg and cosy fit in lovely new colours, these socks are perfect for wearing when relaxing (or knitting) in front of the fire and or cosy in bed. The new colours are available in size 4-7, and select colours are also available in size 8-10 too.
We were lucky enough to visit Laurel again recently … she is a sock loving and rather beautiful fox terrier and belongs to some very dear friend of ours.
Laurel just loves socks so much, she snuffles them around and hides them in all sort of nooks and crannies of her home and then brings them out again when she feels the time is right.
When we last visited her she had been feeling a little under the weather so we decided to throw her a sock party!
Well, we can confirm she was absolutely thrilled and didn’t know quite what to do with herself in sock heaven…
Here are some fabulous photos of all the happiness and socktastic fun Laurel had!
At our Mill Open Weekend we asked people to bring along things they had made out of any of our products (ie: yarn spun from our tops or textiles knitted with our yarn or animals made with our socks, etc, etc).
Each person who brought along something was given a raffle ticket and entered in the prize drawer, with the winners (10 from each day) getting a Free Mill Membership.
We were so overwhelmed with all the lovely things you brought along, that we decided to pick 11 winners from each day (so 22 in total).
John and Becky drew the raffle tickets out of a fibre can a couple of days ago…
Firstly, thank you so very much to everyone who came to our Mill Open Weekend and made it such a special event! We all had a fantastic time and hope you all did too…
It was so wonderful to be able to spend a couple of days letting you lovely folk have a look around the Mill where all the magic yarn and top making happens! We hope you had a fabulous time and got to know a bit more about our process and some of our fibre secrets!
We are now back into normal Mill mode. After having a tidy up and finishing off the cakes, we are prepping for Proper Woolly, our next show in a couple of weeks!
Anyway, here are a selection of images from the weekend.
Here is John, surrounded by a group of eager top lovers first thing in the morning!