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!
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!
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.
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 ; – )
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.
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)
After 2 years of waiting, we have managed to locate the perfect fibre to produce a beautiful Devon bred and processed Bluefaced Leicester Top. And we hope you will agree it was worth the wait!
It has been selected from breeders on Exmoor and then graded and sorted at the South Molton Wool Board depot. Our wool agent, and close associate, Andrew Bowman of Wooltops, has then sorted the wool again removing 20% of unwanted kemps and inferior fibres.
The result is an exceptional BFL at 26 micron with superb lustre and a handle, unlike any other BFL on the market at the moment.
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.