Susan Crawford Visits the John Arbon Mill

Lovers of vintage knitting patterns may already know Susan Crawford, but for those of you who  don’t: Susan is an expert on vintage knitting patterns. She has written several pattern books in which she not only manages to convert old patterns to modern sizes, but at the same time educates the knitter on period style features and how they came about. Susan is a big supporter of British woollen yarns, and will endeavour to use these for her patterns wherever she can. To enable her to use British wool to an even greater extent in her work,  she developed her own range of yarn, Excelana – a 100% British wool yarn from a blend of two British sheep breeds, which she wrote about for Wovember 2011. Here at Wovember we can exclusively reveal that she is now working on a range of 2-ply British wool yarn in a range of 17 colours. We can’t say too much about it as yet, but the suggested shades she has sneakily shared with Tom looked absolutely amazing. This yarn is currently at the Dyers in the Borders of Scotland but should be available in the very near future.

Susan gets her Excelana spun up by John and Juliet Arbon at their mill in North Devon. They have recently moved to a new mill, and Susan paid them a visit earlier this year. The following blog post appeared earlier on Susan’s own blog. All pictures are ©Susan Crawford and used with her kind permission. Susan said:

We spent a lovely few days down in Devon visiting our good friends John and Juliet Arbon who run and own John Arbon Textiles where Excelana is made. The mill has recently moved to new premises and so I paid John a visit to see the new mill in action. I get very excited by machinery, particularly old machinery like at John’s mill so thought I would share some of my favourite ‘machinery and related paraphenalia’ photos – now that is not a phrase you’ll hear from me very often!













And finally, here’s John in action


Thank you Susan for sharing these beautiful pictures with the Wovember readers!

This entry was posted by tomofholland.

3 thoughts on “Susan Crawford Visits the John Arbon Mill

  1. great photos. I’ve purchased the wartime tank top – I knitted my husband a fair isle one from an original 1930’s pattern and undid it 3 times to get the sizing right! So this one should be much easier – thank you!

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