Hermes Delivery option

We have decided to suspend the Hermes delivery option at the moment.  We have had a lot of problems with parcels not being delivered.  In addition, their new website has not been working properly, taking up a lot of everyone’s time.  We have added a Royal Mail 2nd class option as an alternative and we will review the situation after Christmas.

Our New Cumbria Sock Yarn

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…..

Blue Faced Leicester wool

Blue Faced Leicester sheep wool

White alpaca fleece

White alpaca fleece

Cumbria sock being spunAlpaca tops being spunCumbria sock yarn on cones

New Whitbarrow colours for 2018

Some wonderful new colours have landed here at Town End from the dyer in Scotland. They range from bright Ivy green to the more subtle Lady’s Smock. We now have 29 different Whitbarrow shades to choose from. This fingering weight yarn is blended from alpaca, Merino and silk and is perfect for knitting up shawls, scarves, lightweight cardigans and tops.

We have tons of work ahead, washing it all, winding it into 100g hanks and labelling up. Look up the Whitbarrow yarn on the products page & I challenge you, with that many different ones, to not be able to find a colour to get knitting with!


UK Wool Alpaca Sock Yarn

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.