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John Arbon

John Arbon

John Arbon Textiles & Fibre Harvest snug in the heart of North Devon is one of only a handful of specialist small scale Worsted Mills, still operating in the UK.  It is a creative den of fine quality yarn and top making and luxury sock design.

Their production concept is simple – a return to the old style of textile manufacture … sourcing raw fibre (locally wherever possible) & converting it in Britain into high quality hand knit yarns & the very sock yarn used to knit their luxury British made unisex socks.

Alpaca 2-3ply Lace – a soft, lightweight and durable yarn, spun to a heavy lace weight. The natural drape and halo of alpaca lends itself to intricate lace projects.


Alpaca 2-3 ply lace


Fibre:  90% Alpaca, 10% Nylon

Weight:  100g

Length:  600m/654yds

Needle Size:  2.5mm

Tension: 31-32sts x 38-40rws

Care:  Cool Handwash



Devonia 4ply & DK – is a beautiful blend of 3 Devon breeds – Exmoor Blueface, Devon Bluefaced Leicester and Devon Wensleydale. The Exmoor Blueface is their local sheep and brings its wonderful springy nature, the Bluefaced Leicester lends its outstandingly soft handle and lustre to the yarn, whilst the Wensleydale adds its qualities of a beautiful golden sheen and fineness of fibre.

Each shade is inspired by the work of renowned 19th century French tapestry artist Jean Lurcat. There are 14 in total and each is made up of up to 5 blended pre-dyed fibre tops to create a rich melange of colour in the spun yarn. It is lovingly worsted spun at the Mill.

IMG_6123Fibre:  50% Exmoor Blueface, 30% Devon Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Devon Wensleydale

 Weight:  100g

Length:  388m/424yds

Needle Size:  3mm

Tension: 24-28sts 

Care:  Cool Handwash



Exmoor Sock – a lightweight and hardwearing blend of our local sheep, the Exmoor Blueface, with nylon. Ideal for sock knitting, fine work, lace and accessories.


Exmoor sock yarn


Fibre:  85% Exmoor Blueface, 15% Nylon

Weight:  100g

Length:  400m/437yds

Needle Size:  2.5mm

Tension: 32-33sts x 40rws

Care:  Cool Handwash



Knit By Numbers DK – an exciting range of double knit 100% Merino in 91 shades. The yarns are worsted spun in their Exmoor mill in an innovative colour palette that aims to provide designers and knitters with the precise shade they require. Each colour range is available in 6 shades – going from dark to light, and each colour is given a unique number reference, rather than a name, hence the range being called Knit By Numbers.  We stock 15 of these glorious shades.


IMG_4948Fibre:  100% Merino

Weight:  100g

Length:  250m/273yds

Needle Size:  4mm

Tension: 20sts x 20rws

Care:  30°C Handwash