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…
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.
We are finally unpacked from Yarndale, and what a fab show it was! We love Yarndale and the beautiful Skipton countryside.
We took along brand new yarns and tops to show you lovely folk… our new Merino / Zwartbles colour blended tops, with samples of the brand new yarn range of the same fibre blend family ‘Harvest Hues’. It is designed by Frankie of the mill (Francesca Hughes) and the small initial run is currently only available to Mill Members, on the secret page. However it does feature in the new catalogue (coming soon) and will be on the website for all to have a look at come early November.
We just wanted to let you know, we have added a new page to the website.
It is called named ‘Coloured Top’ and on it you will find lots of beautiful colourful tops here…
This includes our exclusive Knit by Numbers, solid colour 100% Merino Tops! In this range are also the new up and coming Knit by Numbers colours we shall be making into yarn in 2016… Grape and Teal.
If you have managed to get your hands on the latest POMPOM Quarterly magazine (the Autumn issue), you may have noticed that they came to visit us at the Mill and also our home town of Lynton recently. We had so much fun when Lydia, Meghan, Amy and Agnes came and they have written an amazing article about their 24 hour action packed fun Friday with us. Photos are by “Agnese Sanvito for Pom Pom Quarterly.
With Fibre East (25th & 26th July) just around this summery corner we are busy preparing goodies…
Here is just a glimpse of what we will bringing for you!
The launch of our Mill Membership is complete and the first Membership packs have been sent out in the post.
So we hope all you Mill Members have received your packages, with your special John Arbon Textiles needle gauge Membership card that has your Mill Membership number on the back … hope it made you smile!
And we had our first Mill Members come and visit the brand new show room AND have a mill tour! A couple of those visiting had even won their free membership in the raffle at the Open Weekend. A group of splendid ladies and one lovely man, who were on a camping holiday and they had all brought their spinning wheels along for a grand spin-along around the campfire. (HOW GREAT IS THAT!?)
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!
our Open Weekend is almost upon us!
Just a reminder of the exciting things we have in store…
We have our MILL MEMBERSHIP LAUNCH!
So don’t you forget your fibreous goodies made from any of our products to enter into the lucky dip for a chance to win a free life time Mill membership.
Be it a spun yarn, a made garment, a sock animal transformed from an old pair of socks, or even a needle felted John Arbon figure, etc etc, we would love to see it all!