Exciting Autumnal Happenings

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…

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KBN Minis & a brief Knit by Numbers history

Our Knit by Numbers range is what we would consider our most show stopping display. We are, therefore, going to share a brief history of KBN before we tell you the really exciting news, (by the way, it’s small and cute.)

A small idea with big potential created by John almost 7 years ago. The Knit by Numbers range is named after one of John’s fun pastimes when he was a child – Paint By Numbers, whilst at the same time being a homage to the celebrated Pantone colour charts.

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Beautiful Bluefaced Leicester & Fibre East

Drum roll!

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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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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Thank you Unravel!

We have been crazy busy since our return from Unravel, so this blog is a little late …apologies!

We had a fab time as always in Farnham at Unravel celebrating knitting, wool, fibre and all things crafty!
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We took along some new yarns and a new pattern!
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ContryFile continued

Wow….

EXMOOR BLUEFACE SHEEP

What a response we have had to our Stanbury Walker socks featured on BBC Ones’ Country File episode in January – we are so thrilled to be sharing our woolly world of yarn making, sock knitting and fluff.
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BBC’s CountryFile came to visit.

A week or so ago we had some very special guests pop into the Mill in South Molton… the BBC’s Countryfile team.

They had heard tales of our Stanbury Walker socks and wanted to learn more…
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Happy New Year!

We are now officially back to work, both here at the shop, and in the mill.

After a lovely bit of festive time off doing jigsaws, finishing knitting projects, enjoying the fire (when it was needed!) and catching up with friends, we are ready to go in the year 2016 with gusto!

We are very excited for the year ahead.

With a few shows confirmed for 2016 already we have lots of spinning to do!

We will give you lots more information about these shows over the next few weeks. Including information about our third annual Mill Open Weekend (dates confirmed now for 14th & 15th May)!

You can also keep up with this information in our Ravelry group, which you can find here.

Each New Year brings new resolutions, so you will be glad to hear ours is to make more & more yarn and lovely tops!

A few things to tickle your fancy will be the 4-ply Knit by Numbers range. We will give you more information about the top-secret grand unveiling of this nearer the time.

So for now, we would just like to say … Happy New Year!

The lovely Bath Christmas Market

We have now returned from Bath Christmas Market, and are busily unpacking.
We had such fun in Bath … sharing our warm cosy socks with all that visited, from local Bath people to visitors from all over the UK and beyond.

The whole experience was lovely, many of the stalls were fab and full of homely Christmas gifts and useful trinkets, locally made and produced. And luckily our stand was opposite one of the many caramelised nuts and mulled wine carts. Yum!
Bath is a beautiful city and is host to many good eating and drinking places. We seriously enjoyed the indulgent hot chocolates, bratwurst, carol singing and all things Christmassy.

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Bath Christmas Market

Those of you who have received our new catalogue you will know that we are having a chalet at Bath Christmas Market. And would have also have received the 10% off flyer for anything purchased at said chalet that can be found inside the catalogue. If you haven’t had one yet, please request one HERE.

We are so excited to get snug in our chalet (number 93 in York St, near the Stall St end). We will be filling it full to the brim of all our lovely socks and making it all Christmasy.
Bath Christmas market is fantastic … loads of wonderful chalets and tasty foods. We will be coming along with loads of Seasonal Cheer to share.

Over the last few weeks we have been enjoying planning how to line the walls top to bottom with all our cosy socks! We will be bringing all our staple sock styles with us…

We will be proudly showing off our brand new re-designed and extra soft Alpaca Bed Socks in the lovely new pastel colours… this will be their very first outing. They have been revamped with more colour choices and redesigned for a more cosy fit. We also now have certain pastel colours available in size 8-10 as well as the usual size 4-7!

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