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Immortal Fibre

by Freya Johns June 08, 2022 2 min read 1 Comment

We couldn't be more delighted to work with one of the most versatile, adaptable, and healthy fibres ever created, here’s why… It is the natural, snugly fibre which you'll find on the backs of sheep, but it's also completely renewable, biodegradable, breathable, fire resistant, and most of all, versatile.
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A Visit to British Wool

by Jonny King May 27, 2022 4 min read

The behemoths of the wool industry, who collect, sort and sell over 80% of UK wool. We visited them in Newtown at their second biggest depot to see the process and chat to Andrew Hogley, CEO of British Wool.
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A Fibre Forward Approach

by Jonny King May 26, 2022 5 min read

Designing a yarn is a strange process. It’s a combination of skill, experience, and luck - and it all starts for us with the fibre.
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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 3 Comments

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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