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Building a Mill: 25 Years in the Making Part I

by Jonny King February 27, 2024 5 min read 5 Comments

Creating a new spinning mill from scratch is difficult, expensive and slow. In this series of blog posts, we’re taking you behind the scenes to show you exactly what goes into the journey to spinning our very own yarn in our very own mill. This instalment looks at how in reality, this project has been a quarter of a century in the making.
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Building a Mill: Why are we doing it?

by Jonny King January 14, 2024 2 min read 8 Comments

Creating a new spinning mill from scratch is difficult, expensive and slow. In this series of blog posts, we’re taking you behind the scenes to show you exactly what goes into the journey to spinning our very own yarn in our very own mill. In this first instalment, we’ll try and answer the biggest question of all: why on earth are we doing it?!
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#WoolWeek2022

by Emily Kemp October 04, 2022 2 min read 1 Comment

It's Wool Week, and we'd love to know what you have on your needles!
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Template Shawl Gallery

by Emily Kemp August 26, 2022 1 min read

Loving the Template Shawl? Here's a few more pictures for you!
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Introducing the Template Shawl

by Emily Kemp August 26, 2022 3 min read 1 Comment

The brand new Template Shawl is a free patter, designed to be a framework for your creativity using Preseli.
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While the Sun Shines: Our Hay Meadow

by Jonny King August 15, 2022 3 min read

Hay making is one of the seminal moments of the farming year, it's a tick in the calendar, and it shows we're ready for winter. Here's the first in a series chatting about our hay making, introducing you to some of the species in the meadow.
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Welcoming Friends

by Emily Kemp August 04, 2022 1 min read

We at Garthenor love to welcome new friends, make new connections and enjoy visitors to our Mill in Cardigan. Recently we had the opportunity to meet and greet visitors from Austria; offering a show and tell of our process at Garthenor, sharing our ethos and values face to face, working our machines, and opening our mill shop for some shopping.
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Greys of Ceibwr

by Freya Johns August 02, 2022 4 min read

We love the seemingly infinite shades of grey which can be found scattered across the bay at Ceibwr. From very pale sandstone to darker slate pebbles, the beach truly has every grey you can imagine. This week we took our grey shades out for a trip to the coast and colour matched them to Ceibwr so you can bring a little bit of the wild Welsh coastline into your home.
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Woollen vs Worsted

by Freya Johns August 01, 2022 3 min read

The secret of spinning. Did you know there are actually two completely different ways of spinning yarn? This arose from the inherent differences in staple length from a sheep’s fleece. Longer fibres go through a process called worsted spinning, whereas shorter fibres go through a process called woollen spinning.
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Cairngorm vs Number 1

by Freya Johns August 01, 2022 2 min read

This week we’re comparing Cairngorm and Number 1 - a laceweight match made in heaven. They’re spun to the exact same specifications, but Cairngorm is dyed and Number 1 isn’t. 
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Max The Knitter's Gradient Descent Shawl

by Freya Johns July 26, 2022 2 min read

Max knits for all. He’s a creative, passionate about colourwork, and dedicated to putting the fun in knitting. Last month he released his latest pattern, the Gradient Descent Shawl, knitted up in our Preseli yarn. Read all about Max’s inspiration, journey, and motivation here.
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Better business, not better buzzwords

by Freya Johns July 22, 2022 2 min read

This morning we’re running our electric machines in the Mill, which we drove 40 miles to get to, in a petrol car. What a shambles. Luckily we’ve offset double the carbon we’ve produced through a non-profit called Ecologi. Ecologi is an organisation which creates impactful climate solutions by planting trees and supporting carbon reduction projects.
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