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’re bundled up in woolly garb and sipping hot chocolate because the Autumnal chill has started (as it is now the end of September, don’t you know), but, happily that can only mean one thing – Yarndale is just around the corner. This marvellous Yorkshire show is one of our very favourites. For one weekend the Skipton auction mart is bedecked with woolly bunting and transformed into a haven of textile delights..
We’re particularly looking forward to this specific Yarndale because here we will unveil our swanky new show signs. Cornish artist and fairground sign writer extraordinaire, Amy Goodwin, has created some spectacular Mill inspired hand painted signs for our show stand. Please find a sneak peak of Amy’s work in progress below and click here to take a look at her website… for those of you unable to attend the show, we’ll make sure to take some photos to share with you next week!
Our Knit by Numbers DK makes wonderfully cosy and comfortable jumpers. And now that it’s August, our thoughts are starting to turn to colder weather and bundling ourselves in marvelous wool once more. It may not yet feel like it, but that crisp autumn weather is just around the corner! If, like us, you are starting to ponder new knits for autumn then, why not opt for Emily Ringelman’s gorgeous Coronis jumper? This pattern was originally the cover girl of Pom Pom Quarterly issue 10, and we’re now thrilled to have this fun knit on our website!
Coronis is a fun cropped pullover with slip-stitch stripes. Wear it with some positive ease for a comfy weekend piece, or go with negative ease for more of a vintage, bombshell look. This cropped pullover is worked from the top down totally seamlessly with a circular yoke. Not into cropped silhouettes? Simply knit the body to the length you want – it’s so easy to do with a top-down design. The same applies for the sleeves. Make them long or short – it’s up to you!
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!
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.
Occasionally we like to do a blog showcasing items our talented customers have shown to us…
Here are just a few fab things…
RandiKN on Ravelry has knit the Tambourine cardigan by Julia Farwell-Clay from a past issue of Pom Pom Magazine. Randi used our Viola yarn in English Mustard. We just love this colour and fabulous pattern. Here is a picky of her sporting her lovely new cardi. Photos belong to RandiKN.
After much deliberation of what to call our new Merino/Zwartbles browny/green top, made exclusively for the secret Mill Members page…
…it is now called SYCAMORE… we felt Spinach did not do it justice, it will be available on the secret Mill Members page imminently.
Do we think Sycamore works the best?
To find out more about becoming a Mill Member, click HERE.
Hello woolly folk!
We thought we would share some info about the goodies on the secret Mill Members web page at the moment.
One of the perks of being a Mill Member is you get first look at our new scrummy fibres and luscious yarns.
On the secret Mill Member web page we have two new wondrous tops, and two limited edition yarns, exclusive to our Mill Members.
We are now back from Woolfest and unpacking. What a great show. We always enjoy Woolfest and we stay on a lovely little smallholding where there are shetland ponies, horses and a dog named Belle!
We launched a brand new Knit by Numbers colour at Woolfest – a bright raspberry pink base, down to the lighter gradients.
It is now available on our website as well.
And if you have a shadecard without these colours, no.62, 63, 64, 65, 66 and 67, and would like a strand to make your shadecard complete please e-mail Juliet and let her know and she will send the shades out free of charge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here are a few images of our stand at Woolfest if you didn’t make it. It was great to see lots of returning folk and meet some new people there too.
This lovely lady brought over her hand spun and hand knitted shawl she is working on. The fibre was our Alpaca Supreme in fawn…
…She was one among many who come to show us what they have been making with our fibre/yarn.
We do love seeing the creative things you have come up with, so always bring them along and show us!
A Special thank you also to the splendid lady who brought us 2 days’ worth of delicious cake! So many different types of cake and so little time! Sorry to the customers who caught us red handed with mouthfuls of yummy cake!
Towards the end of the show the organises came round and awarded us with a rosette of loveliness! We were chuffed, so thank you!
We are next at Fibre East, so we hope to see you there!
…What a fab time we had at the brand new show in Devon, Proper Woolly.
Here are some photos of the lovely local show we exhibited at!