Brand New KBN Patterns!

If you have seen us at a show in the past, then you’ll definitely have met our gloriously giant wall of Knit by Numbers. This delicious rainbow of yarn is available in a whopping 109 shades from bright pops of colour and rich jewel tones to subtle mid tones and delicate pastel shades – and everything in between! Plus every colour is available as both 4ply and DK in either 100g skeins or 25g minis. And we’ve just launched four fab new KBN patterns today, so if you haven’t tried this lovely bouncy organically farmed Falklands Merino yarn before, then this is the perfect opportunity to give it a go.

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Wonderwool – it’s been a blast!

We have just come back from a fabulous weekend at Wonderwool where we chatted up a storm about all things woolly! Wonderwool is one of our favourite shows as we get to venture into the gorgeous Welsh countryside and see all you lovely people with your amazing creations, which never fail to impress us.

To add to the show excitement, there was also a veritable abundance of wildlife just outside our lodgings … Nothing like waking up to the sound of frolicking bunny rabbits and a meandering stream.

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So Many Goodies Coming to Wonderwool, including the Annual!

Wonderwool Wales is only a few days away and we are happily bustling about the Mill preparing lots of sumptuous Tops and fab fibre blends, as well as skeining up oodles of delicious Yarn.

We will be on our usual stand of M5 and will be filling it the rafters with Yarn, Tops, Patterns and Samples!

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Wooltastic Unravel Prep

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.

Exmoor Sock 4ply being spun and skeined

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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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Cheering on our BritSpin teams

One of our most favourite things about the woolly world are all the wonderfully vivacious, colourful, inspiring folk who populate it. The fibre community is a fab place brimming with some serious talent and many smashing events. One of the newest and biggest events in the UK hand spinning calendar is BritSpin.

As some of you know, the British Wool Spinning Marathon (or BritSpin) is a 4 day challenge event taking place from this Thursday to Sunday. The participants spin up as much yarn as possible during the challenge. All the proceeds go to the UK Association of Air Ambulances and it is a wonderful way of highlighting the many varieties and joys of British wool. And we are lucky enough to be sponsoring two teams this year: the Arbonites and the Arbonistas.

John with Marilyn and Hilary when they visited the Mill earlier this year. They had a right laugh and are giving him fibre horns in the photo!

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Frankie is hosting her first ever KAL!

Francesca Hughes (or Frankie as many of you may know her) is a rather fabulous soul. Back along she could be found alongside Gillian the skein winder and Butler the spinner at the Mill and, although she is currently residing in London, she’s still very much a part of our woolly family and can often be found on our show stand…

As you’re no doubt aware, Frankie is not just a groovy woman but also a talented and unique knitwear designer. She’s had garments in many marvellous knitting publications from Pom Pom Quarterly to Knitting Mag. Click here to view all her designs on Ravelry… Happily, she has often chosen our yarn for her designs – she knows them quite well, afterall, she did give John a helping hand creating some of them.

So when Frankie told us she was mulling over the idea of hosting a Knit Along (a KAL) – we just had to get involved! We are such huge fans of her glorious designs. We really hope you’ll be joining in the fun too! Please find all the rules (a cheeky discount code) – and an abundance of pattern inspo from Frankie’s back catalogue – below.

Just a smattering of the possibilities – Clockwise from Top Left: Jamboree, Vellamo, Syrup Waffle, St. James Hat and Gilt Wood Shawl.

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Come see our cosy & colourful Yarndale stand!

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!

Amy Goodwin, painting our new signs in her studio

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New Harvest Hues Patterns!

With autumn well and truly upon us, it’s time to start thinking of reacquainting ourselves with those trusty woollens in our wardrobes and – maybe even – preparing to cast on some new ones! To celebrate tomorrow we’ve got some delightful new Patterns launching along with our expanded Harvest Hues colour palette.

Here in Devon, the arrival of autumn is always something to be celebrated. Autumn here is awash with gently fading splendour: bracken and seadpods are slowly tinged with gold and the moorlands become dusted with gentle purple heather blossom. All the punchy, bright shades of summer soften and become more muted. This changing of the seasons is the inspiration for our Harvest Hues Yarn and Tops range.

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Coronis by Emily Ringelman

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!

Photo Credit – Emily Ringelman in her Coronis

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!

Image Credit – bliink on Ravelry

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