All the fibre in the Appledore range is sourced from the West Country in England and consists of a palette of unusual heathered shades. Appledore is steeped in English fibre heritage (all hail those vintage machines). Appledore is a blend of Devon Closewool, a moorland breed with rustic and grippy fibre, with lustrous and characterful Romney, and the gloriously bouncy Exmoor Blueface. The resulting blend is packed full of woolly bounce and a smattering of lustre, the perfect canvas for Appledore’s range of playful modern shades.
When creating Appledore’s palette, John Arbon Textiles was drawn to the depth of tone found in traditional tweed textiles. Many of the shades in Appledore’s orchard of delights have been blended using four or five different base shades, creating a sublime richness to the colours. The shades are all named after different varieties (or cultivars, if you want to get all fancy) of apples found in the West Country. Some of them are rather puntastic as we love a good chuckle round here…
This yarn is a loosely spun DK, with a distinctive rustic halo (the handle is a little reminiscent of a Shetland yarn). The resulting fabric has wonderfully warm woolly halo and a full-boddied texture. Because of this halo and it’s two ply nature, the resulting Yarn can be worked at both a tight and looser gauge, as the halo of fibres will simply expand to fill in any gaps around the stitches. With Appledore, John Arbon Textiles has created a durable workhorse yarn which is pill resistant and ideally suited for everyday wear – be that in garments or accessories.
Although all worsted spun yarns have a lot of drape, this blend has slightly less than the majority of John Arbon yarns, giving it a cosy heirloom feel.