This is really, really special fibre. It’s produced by John Arbon Textiles from locally farmed Devon flocks. The blend is inspired – the Exmoor Blueface is beautifully strong and has a lot of softness as well as an open hand and beautiful texture. The Devon-bred BFL is some of the finest I’ve ever come across – soft, lustrous and bouncy. Finally, the Wensleydale gives it strength and a silky lustre. I love that all these fibres can be traced back to local flocks. It’s perfect for socks, thanks to its strength and softness, and will also make wonderful garments including hats, gloves and sweaters.
This is part of the World Book Day collection, and is inspired Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, set in a dystopian future in which the burning of books by the authorities is no longer enough – now if a house is found to contain a book, the whole thing must be razed to the ground. The book appears to be, on the surface, an indictment of government censorship, and as it was written during the era of McCarthyism in the US it was widely believed to be so. Bradbury himself, however, meant it as a commentary on how TV is sapping our desire, as a society, to seek out information and challenge ourselves (as long as it didn’t mean disagreeing with him, being politically correct or being a member of any other group than a white, heterosexual man).
The colours represent the soft fawn of parchment, and the violet, red and orange of the flames that burn the books, and the houses they are found in.
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