New fibre

Here is the yummy scrumptious fibre I purchased yesterday from John Arbon Textiles shop in Lynton…

Top left: Merino/silk called Toot Sweet

Top right: KBN (Knit by numbers)* Burgundy

Middle right: Harvest hues in Bracken

Bottom: each in its packaging.

The natural white is the fibre domination John uses for the Stanbury Walker socks. It’s merino, blue faced Leicester and nylon.

I tried to go for colours that I have less of which meant no ocean colours for once. I adore ocean colours  😃 I want to build up a collection of different colours of handspun for colour work.

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Lynton and Lynmouth

We have just come back from an outing over the moor. It’s not particularly cold today but it is dull and very windy. I got blown sideways a couple of times.

I’m very tired and a bit overwhelmed and happy to be back home so I haven’t edited the following images in any way so they show the day for what it is. Two or three images are from our last trip to Lyndon and Lynmouth.

Lynmouth nestles down in the river valley whereas Lynton sits on the hill above. There is a cable car that links the two together.

So the following are of Lynmouth…

And these are of Lynton…

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The best part of today’s trip was visiting the John Arbon Textiles shop in Lynton. I love this shop! John and Juliet are well known for the quality socks they produce but even more successfully so since the were featured on the BBC Countryfile tv programme two years ago. I’ve mentioned before how I visited their mill a couple of years ago as part of a national open mills weekend. I’m eager to go to the next opening which is to be held over 19 – 20th May this year.

I came away with a bag full of fibre to spin. Yay! I asked if I could take some photos of the shop to share with my blog readers. Again I have not edited the photos but I’m sure it gives a good impression of the treasure to be found there…

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I love the red Christmas stockings hanging as part of the Christmas window display. To get a better idea pop on over to here . John and Juliet’s business is a small, ethical and family run.

I’ll post pictures of the fibre I purchased in another post.