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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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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Goodbye Fibre East and Hello Yarnfolk!

We had such a blast at Fibre East.  We loved meeting all the folk who popped by our stand and particularly all the splendid spinners who will be joining in with BritSpin later in the year.  It was Jack’s first show with us and he was a marvel – thank you to him and all those who welcomed him to the world of woolly shows.

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#LoftAlong with Fay Dashper-Hughes!

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!

Fay is not only a designer, but also host of the Crochet Circle Podcast (click to see the latest episode on YouTube or hear it on Podbean).

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.

The Loft shawl designed by Fay Dashper-Hughes

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Welcoming Devonia at Edinburgh Yarn Festival

We are now making ready for the long drive from Devon to Edinburgh Yarn Festival (very excited)!

We are in pre-show busyness – preparing and packing Tops, Socks and Yarns.
And we are adding the finishing touches to something very special to be unveiled at Edinburgh… our brand new yarn DEVONIA (more about that in just a mo’ but here is a photo to wet your appetite).


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Preparing for Unravel 2017.

It’s February which means its time for the eagerly awaited first show of the year!

Unravel, in Farnham, is a fabulously wonderful show full to the brim of Yarns, Wool and Tops.

You can buy tickets and find more information about it here.

It will be a first for us at Unravel to show off our new cabinets of Knit by Numbers DK and also the 4ply. We have been busy spinning up a fresh batch of the Knit by Numbers in all colours (91 in total!). We can’t wait for you to see them all in their glory!

Here are a couple of photos of us whipping it up at the mill….

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Behind the scenes!

We thought we would share some behind the scenes photos of our catalogue photo shoot with you!

With massive appreciation to Juliet who organised like a busy thing and brought the whole catalogue together.

Ray who took the stunning sock photos and great mill shots.

Cicely who came to be our assistant for the 2 day photo shoot (and turned out to have a great eye for lighting!)

Frankie for yarn, top and mill photos. And for being sock model extraordinaire.

And to Adrian for doing all the wondrous graphic design and layout!
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Gino!

Last week was a flurry of organising and tidying in the Mill before the arrival of two special Italians! One was human, and one, not so much.

So, without further ado, let us introduce you to out newest member of the team… GINO! He is the non-human Italian and is our first ever brand new piece of machinery (all the others being 2nd hand and re-furbished). Gino is a lovely and shiny new cone winder. He goes super fast and is very clever. And he came with the human Italian – an engineer who came to install Gino for us and teach us all the finer points on how to use him to his utmost! We have let the human go now (thanks Massimo!) and Gino is now settling in quite nicely.

So, here are some photos of him being moved into his new home.

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Yarndale antics

Now back and unpacked from Yarndale we are trying to comprehend the amount of Knit by Numbers cubby holes we have to fill! We had an amazing show and really enjoyed it, even with the trauma of not being able to open our very stuck trailer door on arrival, (See the photo of John wrestling the sign in on our Instagram here.) without the aid of a shepherd’s crook and the lovely duo that are Freyalyn Fibres!
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Thanks to everyone that came to visit us over the weekend. We always have so much fun talking to people about the yarns they are choosing for their latest projects, whilst weighing out Tops that are destined to be spun up or felted. It’s fab to meet so many people learning new skills and trying out new crafts. A special thank you to the lovely organisers for all their hard work and splendid young men for helping us pack all our stuff up and Freyalyn Fibres for helping sort our trailer.

We were so humbled and excited to see how well the Knit by Numbers in 4ply was received. The new Grape range is almost all gone, but we still have a special stash of each colour available via the Secret Mill Member page. And, on this secret Mill Members page, you can also find the beautiful Devon bred Bluefaced Leicester with Silk tops that are so beautifully scrumptuous.
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Some of you may have seen, and even bought, some of our new Devonia Top – a gorgeous blend of Exmoor Blueface, Devon Bluefaced Leicester and Devon Wensleydale. A real home grown blend … and I am sure John told some of you the story of this, but, if not, more on that soon ; – )
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Anyway, our next show we will be a slightly different affair … Frankie will be going to Yarnporium in London with some carefully selected yarns and brand new patterns! Keep your eyes peeled for more info over the coming week.

Yarndale around the corner!

Hello fellow fibre lovers,

As we have now officially entered knitting season we can start to get very excited about sweater weather! Although the weather outside is making us want to wear anything but a sweater. But how quickly the colder nights draw in! (Phew this has changed in the last couple of days!)

It also means that it is that time for Yarndale! We are very excited! We will be off on our merry travels to Skipton next week preparing our stand for every one to come and say hello!

This week we have been busy rustling up yarns and Tops for you all! Becky has been working on a very special blend of our incredible local Blueface Leicester (from Exmoor) blended with super slinky A1 Mulberry Silk. She and John have made up a limited edition run of this and it will be premiering at Yarndale (70% Blueface Leicester / 30% A1 Mulberry Silk)
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