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Traditions Revisited - Estonian Knitwear by Aleks Byrd

by Freya Johns May 18, 2022 2 min read

We couldn’t be prouder to announce the much anticipated arrival of Aleks Byrd’s book ‘Traditions Revisited: Modern Estonian Knits’. A love letter to both Aleks’ heritage and knitting itself, Traditions Revisited is a collection of 19 beautifully crafted designs and hand drawn illustrations to guide readers through Aleks’ favourite traditional Estonian knitting techniques.
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Hanging on by a thread

by Freya Johns May 17, 2022 2 min read

Our industry is hanging on by a thread. The textile industry cannot continue producing, manufacturing, and processing what it currently does. It is beyond unsustainable, its terminal.
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A Wonderwool Wales Debrief

by Freya Johns April 29, 2022 2 min read 1 Comment

It's been a few days since Wales’ largest wool festival and we’re unpacking the trailer so I thought I’d write up a little debrief too. I loved seeing you all of your faces and hearing about your projects - especially when they involve jumpers for hedgehogs!
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Our 5 Sustainability Suggestions

by Freya Johns April 26, 2022 3 min read 4 Comments

As we round up earth week, we’re taking time to reflect on what we can all do better. We’ve put together a list of our top 5 ideas for helping our planet, so that we can all do a little bit better than we were yesterday.
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The Magic of Making a Yarn: Part Two

by Jonny King April 20, 2022 4 min read 3 Comments

Yesterday we spoke about the process of creating a yarn, and got as far as the woollen and worsted spinning to a single ply. Today, I’ll cover what we call the finishing process, from dyeing right through to labelling.
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The Magic of Making Yarn: Part One

by Jonny King April 19, 2022 3 min read 1 Comment

What goes in to making a great yarn? Healthy, happy sheep are crucial, as they grow the fibre. Beautiful machinery that carefully processes the fibre is essential too. The magic ingredient though is the people involved. Without the knowledge, skill and care of all of those in the industry, our yarn simply couldn’t exist. Here’s a peek at the story of our yarn.
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A chat with Sally, our Founder

by Jonny King April 18, 2022 3 min read 3 Comments

To kick off Earth Week, I sat down with Sally, founder and managing director of Garthenor Organic (and also mum!) to get some insight into why she started the company, and what’s been the driving force behind building a sustainable, ethical and organic yarn company.
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Sustainable Packaging

by Freya Johns April 12, 2022 2 min read 2 Comments

Something we’re super proud of here at Garthenor is how we package our orders. It's one thing to say we don’t use plastic packaging but it's quite another to have considered every tiny detail of how our products are packed up and sent home to you in the most eco-friendly way possible.
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Beacons In The Beacons

by Freya Johns April 11, 2022 3 min read

This week I’ve been on an adventure to the namesake of one of our most popular yarns... on Sunday I headed up to the Brecon Beacons with a few friends in tow for a 3-peaks, horseshoe shaped day out.
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FSB Awards, a Family Affair

by Jonny King April 06, 2022 2 min read 2 Comments

Here at Garthenor we’re delighted to announce that we've been nominated as Family Business of the Year by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). This means that we were judged against other businesses and placed as a finalist… we’re unbelievably proud.
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To loop or not to loop? A look at our Yarn Loop

by Freya Johns April 05, 2022 2 min read

A question we've faced for many years in the yarn industry: the yarn loop. Simply put, it's a little eyelet on your yarn label which you can thread an end of the yarn through, so as not to forget the colour, weight etc of the yarn you ordered.
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The Colours of Poppit

by Freya Johns March 30, 2022 5 min read

Our local beach is the picturesque Poppit Sands - yes it really is as cute as it sounds! Our Mill is just 3 miles from the shore, making it our nearest (and dearest!) beach. We love that the sea seems to stretch until the end of the earth from Poppit, and that on a warm summer’s evening we can watch the sunset over the headland.
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