John’s Mill Pub Quiz! ANSWERS

  1. Name 2 Songs with spin or spinning in the title A: Spinning Wheel, You spin me right round, and no doubt you fine folk will have thought of loads more too!
  2. What is the name of our rectilinear comb? And for a bonus point what does the comb do? A: The Machine with no name ……Clint, removes short fibres from our sliver.
  3. How long has JAT been going? A: 20 Years
  4. What yarn uses Devon Closewool? And for a bonus point what are the names of the colours taken from A: Appledore, West Country Apples
  5. Name 3 local Devon sheep specific breeds. A Exmoor Horn, Devon Closewool, Devon Longwool
  6. What process spins short staple fibre? A. Woolen
  7. What process spins long staple fibre? A. Worsted
  8. What process does JAT use? A. Worsted
  9. Name 3 shades in our Alpaca Supreme range. A: Here is a link to the page on our website to check.
  10. What are the two inspirations for Knit by Numbers range? A: Pantone and Paint by Numbers
  11. Where do we source our Merino wool from? A: Falklands
  12. What are the names of our two spinning machines? A: Butler & Kevin
  13. What is the name of the organisation that sells and markets British Wool? A: BWMB (British Wool Marketing Board)
  14. Who invented the knitting machine and for a bonus which century was it? A: Rev William Lee 16th Century (1589)
  15. Modern knitting machines can knit seamless garments, what hand knitting technique is basis for this technology? A: Knitting in the Round
  16. Name 3 shows we regularly attend both in the flesh and virtually? A: Unravel, Wonderwool, Woolfest, Fibre East, Yarndale and our Mill Open Weekend, of course!
  17. What is a top? A. Combed uniform rope of untwisted fibres
  18. What is the process called of combining spun singles together? A: Folding, Twisting or Plying
  19. What is the name for item we spin our yarn onto to form a single spun package? A: Cop
  20. What textile industry gave birth to the term “The Kiss of Death” and for two bonus points what was the item and the name of the  disease “The Kiss of Death” referred to? A: Weaving Industry, Loom Shuttle and Tuberculosis.
  21. In the nursery rhyme what craft does “Pop goes the Weasel” refer to. For a bonus what does “Pop goes the Weasel” mean? A. Spinning and a device for measuring out yarn which goes pop when a desired amount is achieved.
  22. Why is a Tank top called a Tank Top? A: the name of the original swimming top for swimming in tanks, the original name for a pool.
  23. What general area of the UK was once considered the centre of Hoisery and Lace knitting industry. For 3 bonus points name each County this industry was in abundance? A: Midlands and Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire
  24. What knitted textile garment was John Arbon Textiles originally connected with? A: Socks
  25. In spinning what is the direction of the yarn singles and combined singles yarn twist reffered? For a bonus point which directions of twist does JAT use in its yarn? S and Z – we spin Z and ply S here at the Mill.
  26. What does a Carding engine do? A: Detangle and partially aline fibres.
  27. What is a partially twisted narrow rope of fibre called? A: Roving.
  28. Name 3 members of the Mill Team? A: We are John, Juliet, Sonja, Frankie, Helena, Tash, Phil, Martha, Laura, Ginette, Daisy, Donna and Lilly.
  29. What Devon Town is our mill situated A: South Molton.
  30. What has a village in Norfolk have to do with what we do in our Mill? A. The village of Worstead. Where the term Worsted spinning originates.
  31. What do paper-sizes we use today have to do with sheep? A: The number of folds you can fold the old parchment, made from a sheep skin.
  32. How is the obsession of sending a message on modern phone or tablet connected to the art of weaving? A: words were said to be selected and then woven together to form a fine and delicate fabric and the Latin name for fabric is Textum altered to Textile and abbreviated to TEXT.



40-53: The Golden Fleece
30-40: Points Blue Faced Leicester
20-40: Points Exmoor Horn
0-20: Points Dag End of a Sheep