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Canisp Jumper - by Emily Williams


Canisp is an adventure in unorthodox construction, with the deceptively simple striped front revealing itself on a closer look to be anything but ordinary.

Narrow stripes highlight the contours of bias-knit sleeves; wrapping organically around the shoulders to meet the back in an unexpected raglan seam. The geometry is perfectly pleasing; the wide, boxy style modern and eminently wearable. The wonderful British wool Devonia (a blend of three fine breeds) brings unbeatable drape and lustre, making this a key wardrobe piece as well as a rewarding knit.

Yarn: John Arbon Textiles Devonia, 4ply (50% Exmoor Blueface, 30% Devon Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Devon Wensleydale; 388 metres per 100g)

MC: Dark Skies, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins.

CC: Pollen Gold, 2 (2, 2, 2, 3) skeins

Needles: 2.75 mm circular needles & 3.25 mm circular needles

Notions: Tapestry needle, Waste yarn or stitch holder, Bulb safety pins or wonder clips to pin seams

Gauge: 27 sts and 35 rows over 10 cm / 4 in, in stocking stitch with larger needles, knit flat, after blocking.

Garment Bust: S (M, L, XL, XXL)
Finished bust circumference: 97.5 (112.5, 127.5, 142.5,157) cm / 39 (45, 51, 57, 62.75) in
The sweater is shown in size XL, modelled with 22.5 cm / 9 in positive ease at full bust.

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John Arbon Textiles & Fibre Harvest - British makers of yarns and fibres

Welcome to John Arbon Textiles' website, every page adorned with our luxury Yarns & Fibre Tops, a fine array of woolly wonders.

Nestled in the heart of North Devon, our Mill is one of only a handful of small-scale, specialist worsted processing & spinning Mills still operating in the UK. Full of refurbished machinery John has rescued over the years, with some newer additions along the way, the Mill is where we create, develop and make all our Yarn & Fibre Tops ranges. The new Mill arrival, Italian cone winder (Gino) has settled in splendidly, whilst Gillian the skeiner (one of our oldest machines at over 100 years of age) has had a re-vamp & is running smoother than ever.

Some of our ranges are... Knit by Numbers (100% organically farmed Merino in over 100 gradient shades), Exmoor Sock (our newest addition), Exmoor Zwartbles 4ply & DK (wonderfully woolly & hardwearing), Harvest Hues (bouncy with deep, rich shades), and Devonia (brimming with drape and lustre). Many of these glorious ranges are made using sheep reared and sheared on our doorstep in Devon, as it is important to John to incorporate local & rare breed fleeces wherever possible.

This last year has been a rollercoaster of woolly excitement - we passed the sock side of our business onto Kim Kearney (Arbon Socks) in order to focus wholeheartedly on producing our specialist Yarn & Tops. Our South Molton Mill folk, led enthusiastically by John, are Helena, Jack, Phil, Tash & Frankie (who's come back to the fold proper) - a fantastic team of woolly magicians. Generous amounts of backup comes from Juliet & Sonja (an invaluable new addition) based at our Lynton shop & office, which steadfast assistance from Judi & Ginette.

2019 sees our 5th Mill Open Weekend & Sale on 8th & 9th June, whilst we look forward to attending shows such as Unravel, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Wonderwool, Woolfest, Fibre East & Yarndale.

Thanks to all our loyal customers for your warm wholehearted support & encouragement. We couldn't do it without you.

All the best indeed

John & Juliet


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