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…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
John and the Mill folk are at this moment prepping for Fibre East – which means whipping up oodles of delectable tops (to accompany our yarns). This show, more than any other, is much about the tops – which we love… John has loaded up his woolly tubs of joy, so there’ll be enough fluff to go round! And, as always before a show, we’re looking forward to having a good ol’ woolly natter with lots of splendid folk.
Here at John Arbon Textiles, we love Fay Dashper-Hughes‘ approach to design – frequently offered in both crochet and knitting versions. We are amazed and enthralled at the way she creates magic using both techniques!
She is also a fantastic person – it is rare that a yarn show goes by without Fay popping round for a natter, and often with homemade cake which is a welcome gift!
So when Fay told us she was planning a Crochet / Knit Along (see below for the full info on this C/KAL rules) for her latest design, Loft – we couldn’t resist joining in the fun! Loft (pictured below) is just gorgeous – and we hope you’ll think about joining Fay and us in making your own version.
We spent the weekend up at Woolfest, chatting to lovely folk and inhaling the yarn and fibre fumes. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by our stand, we had a blast. It was a wonderfully sunny weekend up in Cumbria and a splendid drive through the beautiful countryside – and we even managed to fit in two World Cup matches on the way up!
We had all our usual goodies on display, with an abundance of delightful yarn and tops.
Firstly, thank you to everyone who came to our 2018 Mill Open Weekend and for making it such a success. We had a ball over the weekend, and it was fabulous to spend the days leading up to it polishing and sprucing, so each machine could be as proud as punch to show itself off to all the interested visitors.
You came from far and wide – from just down the road, from further up the road and even from Italy! Over the course of the weekend we gave 18 mill tours (9 a day) to 350 people, with over 1000 people visiting total! And we all ate about a million local homemade cakes accompanied by made many cups of tea.