Coronavirus Update 25 March 2020

Although our retail shop is now closed until further notice, we are still sending out orders received online, by email or over the phone.

We are finding it difficult to send out orders as quickly as normal due to reduced hours at our local post offices, but please continue to buy from us.

Free Postage

Royal Mail is increasing its prices from 23 March 2020 and we have taken the opportunity to review our postage.  Because everyone is staying at home where they can, we are offering free postage on UK orders over £35, over £50 to Europe and £75 to the rest of the world.

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