We are packing up to move on 30th May. We hope to be able to send orders out again by the first week of June.
We have unfortunately had to pull out of Festiwool, Watford on the May Bank Holiday and The Wool Monty in Sheffield on 15 & 16 June. This is because we are now moving home and business from Town End in the last week of May.
Cumbria Alpaca Sock Yarn
This yarn is being unveiled at unravel 2019 at the Farnham Maltings next week. This yarn is a blend of 47% British alpaca with 43% Blue Faced Leicester wool blended with 10% nylon.
We buy the Blue Faced Leicester wool from farms around the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria, so this really is a local yarn. We carefully skirt and grade each fleece at Town End. This wool was then blended with white and coloured British alpaca fleeces which we clean and grade on a wire mesh over an old table tennis table. The fleeces are mainly white but about 15% are black, fawn, brown and grey. The resulting natural oatmeal colour is a great base for the eight dyed shades:Aubergine, Turquoise, Pink, Olive, Mustard, Midnight, Grey and Rust.
After scouring (washing), carding, combing with the nylon and dyeing, all in West Yorkshire, the fibre was finally spun. We have plied and hanked a small amount for hand-knitters – the rest is being knitted into socks for Arbon Socks…..
Festiwool in Hitchin
We have a stall at Festiwool 2018 which is at the Hitchin Grammar School on 10 November. We will be bringing yarns and patterns, but probably won’t have enough room for socks as well.
If you have been waiting for the small Alpaca Dress Sock in Sage Green or the medium in Royal Blue, some have just arrived from the knitters.
Woolfest is the Original British Festival of Wool
Arbon Socks is sharing a stand with Town End Yarns at Woolfest which is held in Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria. We will be bring our full range of socks as well as our luxury alpaca knitting yarns.
UK Wool Alpaca Sock Yarn now in web shop
Our new No-Nylon Blue Faced Leicester and Alpaca Sock Weight Yarn
This No-Nylon UK wool and alpaca sock yarn is a soft, bouncy blend of 90% Blue Faced Leicester wool and 10% alpaca. We buy the fine Blue Faced Leicester wool from farms around Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. The alpaca fleece is purchased from breeders in the UK and the fleeces are sorted and blended on our farm in Cumbria. The fleece is scoured in Yorkshire before being spun for us in Cornwall. The yarn is then dyed in small batches on the farm. So, this yarn is 100% grown, spun and dyed in Britain.
EDINBURGH YARN FESTIVAL
We have joined the exhibitors at this years Edinburgh Yarn Festival. The event runs from Friday 10 March to Saturday 11 March in the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh. This is a busy, urban show, very different to the more rural shows we go to in auction marts and very focused on yarn.
A new Town End Alpaca Yarns stockist
Last week, I had a trip out to North Yorkshire and made my first delivery to The Natural Knitter Wool Shop in Northallerton. Caz and her group of knitters had bought some of my yarns on their weekend away at Woolfest and so she contacted me to arrange to stock them.
As well as selling a wide range of knitting yarns focused on natural fibres, Caz individually designs and makes models of hares from felted fibres and teaches needle felting.
The shop now stocks the range of Town End Pure Natural Alpaca, Alpaca with Shetland and Alpaca with Merino and Silk yarns as well as True Brit knit and Town End Designs printed patterns.
Our final event of 2016 is the Christmas fair at Yew Tree Barn. These vast, old barns off the A590 in High Newton, are beautifully decorated for Christmas and will be full of great gifts. Last year, the event was severely impacted by the Cumbrian floods as the roads around were closed by flood water. This year the fair will be open from Friday afternoon on 2 December through to Sunday 4 December.