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.

The Natural Knitter in Northallerton now stocks my yarns.


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.



Yew Tree Barn Christmas Fair

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.

Yew Tree Barn

Fleece Buying Season

This is the peak of the fleece buying season for me.  Shearing is mainly over and if I don’t snap up the best fleeces now, they’ll be gone.  Sorting and blending the fleece happens throughout the year, so it helps that I’ve got plenty of cold, dark old barns to store it all.

I’ve bought a lot of Suri alpaca fleece this year which I’m going to blend with Blue faced Leicester wool.  The first batch of Blue Faced Leicester from my neighbour’s sister has been delivered, but we don’t collect the majority until later in the year.

Unlike most yarn producers, I buy my fleeces directly from the farmers and sort it myself.  The only exception to this is my Alpaca with Falklands Merino and Silk.  I just can’t source enough top quality British alpaca so I buy Peruvian alpaca tops (fibre which has been washed and combed into long untwisted, fat ropes ready for spinning).

Bags of fleece