Vote for The Yarn Dispensary in The British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018

The British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018

We are so touched and thrilled to have been nominated by you for the British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018 – the support of lovely knitters and crocheters has resulted in us making the final for Best Local Independent Yarn Store, we are humbled and grateful for you cheering us on in our endeavours. You make our job a pleasure.

Voting is open and will close on 30th August 2018.

Vote now

If you enjoy what we do, you can vote and get yourself in with a chance of a prize thanks to Let’s Knit magazine.

The winners of the British Knitting and Crochet Awards will be announced at the end of September.

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Thank you so much for including us amongst some of this industry’s favourites and congratulations to everyone else in the finals.

Pom Pom Quarterly – Issue 25 Summer 2018

Anni by Gina Röckenwagner

Bayadere by Lori Versaci

Herrera by Paula Pereira

Leiden by Natalie Selles

Macklin by Susanne Somme

Riley by Amy Christoffers

Tarmac by Anna Maltz

Vasarely by Julie Dubreux

Pom Pom Quarterly Trunk Show – Issue 25 Summer 2018

The garments from the Summer issue will be with us until the 6th July.

On sale now.

Qing Fibre

Our dazzling display of 20 shades of Qing Fibre Merino Singles will be available from the moment we open.
There aren’t many stockists of this yarn and it understandably doesn’t stay in stock long.

We placed our order at the start of the summer and met up with Layla, the talent behind the dyepots, in July to have a chat about what we’d like – that delivery arrived the other week and will be all yours this weekend.

London based Layla Qing is the artistic genius behind the indie dye label Qing Fibre. Originally from Beijing, Layla established her dancing colours on ethically sourced South American yarn bases in 2016 and has become one of the most coveted brands for a smile-inducing palette of vibrant hues.

Lottie Knits – Worldwide Exclusive

Privileged to be the only retail outlet for the mesmerising colour alchemy of UK indie dyer Lottie Knits.

In store now
Desert Rose 4ply 400m per skein 50% baby camel 50% silk
Silken Singles 400m per skein 70% superwash merino 30% silk
Queen Bee 4ply 400 metres per skein 55% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester 45% Silk
Unicorn Tweed Sock 400 metres per skein 85% Superwash Merino, 15% Donegal Nep
Little Bird Sock 365m per skein 80% superwash merino 20% nylon

Breathtakingly beautiful.

Creative and with a love of bright colours from a young age, Lottie has been obsessed with yarn and knitting since she taught herself to knit and design patterns to fill the void left by having to leave university due to illness.
A decade later, she has been working in the yarn industry for over seven years and her thirst for yarn and knitting knowledge is undiminished, so creating her own yarns seemed almost inevitable once she’d learnt to dye.  Lottie lives near Chester with an increasingly unfeasible amount of yarn and a desire to knit all the things.

Rib No. 1 and No. 2

Newest publication in the house
rib magazine
A handsome collection of patterns and articles for men who knit and those who knit for them.
Edition 1 | Patina
Edition 2 | Navigate contains article on the Visible Mending Programme by Tom van Deijnen
£18.99 per book

Socks Yeah! DK

Launched at The Yarn Dispensary by Rachel Coopey.

The latest yarn from designer Rachel Coopey and (it’s too hard to resist the inevitable pun) comes hot on the heels of the success of the finer gauge Socks Yeah!

This latest collaboration with Fyberspates is a 75% fine superwash Merino wool/25% nylon blend so is robust, soft and machine washable on a 30 degree wool cycle – very user friendly.

The stitch definition is especially clean and pleasing in stocking stitch which makes it a great choice for garments as well as for socks.

We knitted the simple stocking stitch sweater with rolled edges from Erika Knight’s Knit for Baby leaflet to give the yarn a bit of a workout and were delighted with the results…’s available in the shop for you to see for yourselves.

If you’re a sock knitter, Rachel has designed a free pattern for you to give her new yarn a go: Bob (Friend of Dave) has a stocking stitch foot with textural columns on the cuff to show off the strong vertical definition of the fibres and can be found on ravelry or in store with a purchase of the yarn.

Ten colours
112m per skein





Hedgehog Fibres

31 shades of Skinny Singles and all 30 shades of Sock Minis were added to stock; the Skinny Singles are selling so rapidly that a few shades are sold out already.

It’s been worth the wait as the colours are outstandingly good, the handle of the yarn is glorious and it’s great watching your inventive colour combining of Skinny Singles with shots of contrast in the form of a Sock Mini (or two. Or three. Or ………)

All we need now is a huge delivery of extra hours in the day and more knitting time please!

Happy Birthday to us

Thursday 1st September 2016

Can you believe we’ll be celebrating soon? What a year it has been and all thanks to the extraordinary support of you lovely lot.
We will be kicking off a month of jollity by being open for a bit during the day (1pm – 5pm) as well as our Knit Night from 7pm – 9pm.

Limited edition custom dyed Birthday yarn

To celebrate the best way we know…with yarn…we have worked with the magicians at SweetGeorgia Yarns to create a unique colourway of handpainted Superwash DK that echoes the hues of The Yarn Dispensary.
This custom shade launching in September will be exclusive to us and available in a limited quantity this year alongside semi solid shades to allow you to scheme and dream to your heart’s content.

The Yarn Dispensary Birthday Blend No.1
on a 234m per skein 100% superwash merino dk base; it echoes the colours of the shop from the rich blue pigeonholes, the bone white walls, the warm oak beams to the dusky grey of our frontage and the burnished gold of the pestle and mortar above the doorway.

One hundred skeins only
£24 a skein


The Yarn Dispensary on Instagram

 All the stripes in store as the @pompommag trunk show has landed. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #pompomquarterly #trunkshow #stripes #summerstripes #getyourkniton #knittersofinstagram  Designer Residency No.2 with @kariebookish is a wrap. Bright, brilliant, engaging and with a ‘please tell us when Karie is coming back’ list from this weekend’s workshops - always a good day with this wonderful woman I am honoured to call friend. Love her to bits. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kariewestermann #karieontour #designerresidency #knittersofinstagram #knitting #knitstagram #getyourkniton  Who’s coming out for an alfresco get together for World Wide Knit In Public Day @wwkipday tomorrow? Join us from 10am - 2pm in a jolly gazebo provided by our brilliant pals @favershammarkets It’ll be opposite the shop and beside Richard’s Garden Plants. Bring a project, find plenty of encouragement and grab some tasty snacks from local traders, sit down and enjoy some open air time out. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #wwkipday #favershammarkets #playingnicely #alfresco #knithappens  So lovely to see the smiles of @beckystrick and @mrspip today, really looking forward to see what @mrspip makes with the @coopknits socks yeah! and the divine @lottieknits desert rose #theyarndispensary #faversham #knittersofinstagram #lys ・・・#Repost @mrspip ・・・ Such a lovely end to our holiday with a pilgrimage to @theyarndispensary with @beckystrick - thanks Sam for the tour, Will is asking if we can have a trap door in our house now   Don’t get your knitting in a knot, come to learn and master Two-Handed Colourwork with @kariebookish on Sunday 10th June 11am - 2pm #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kariewestermann #twohandedcolorwork #strandedcolourwork #knittersofinstagram #workshopclass
 Saturday show and tell with Sam @auroraknit resplendent in True Colours wrap by @mairlynd using @coopknits SocksYeah! @lottieknits Little Bird Sock Advent Calendar mini skeins and @mintbeeyarn from stash. Swipe for full glory of the wrap and @letesknits Este top knitted in the delicately delicious Silken Singles by @lottieknits #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #saturdayshowandtell #showusyourwoolly #knittersofinstagram #auroraknitsblankets #lottieknits #coopknits #socksyeah #melanieberg #truecolours #littlebird #mintbee #letesknits  #Repost @kariebookish ・・・ The agenda for today at @theyarndispensary ❤ #theyarndispensary #faversham #kariewestermann #knit #knitting #knittersofinstagram  Voting is live! Link in bio and thanks for cheering us on. Please spread the word. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knittersofinstagram #knit #crochet #knitaddict #knittinglove #britishknittingawards #knittingandcrochetawards #letsknit #awards #ourcustomersareawesome #heartfeltthanks  It’s as dark as the Earl of Hell’s waistcoat here today with thunderstorms reverberating round the Market Place. Makes us want to knit an armful of squidgy bunnies in @knightkraft Gossypium Cotton and build a blanket fort (hand knitted in natural fibres of course.) Two balls of cotton, a free pattern, an easy knit and you could have a den buddy or five too. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #erikaknight #gossypium #blanketfort #getyourkniton #knittersofinstagram  We’re beginning to see some finished projects in our newest yarn line @isageryarn as our awesome customers pop in for show and tell. #Repost @valerie7foster ・・・ Just for you @theyarndispensary as we forgot yesterday the beautiful blouse using the fabulous @isageryarn @helgaisager
 Altogether now “Summer breeze makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind......” 1. Buy two skeins of @knightkraft Studio Linen 2. Get free pattern 3. Pour long cool drink 4. Sit outdoors and knit #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #erikaknight #studiolinen #summerbreeze #earworm  All over for another year and thank you to the steady stream of participants - what a superb bunch of human beings you are. We are very lucky to have you supporting what we do. To the always wonderful hardworking staff and traders of @favershammarkets - thanks for including us and being such an asset to our town. You’re at the heart of it. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #wwkipday #favershammarkets #alloverforanotheryear #thankyou  #Repost @kariebookish ・・・ Summer in Scotland ☀️ Today my weekend starts & I am relaxing at home with a good book. HOWEVER, this Saturday & Sunday I am taking up residency at @theyarndispensary - cannot wait to see everybody, so pop along! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knittersofinstagram #workshopseason #karieontour #scottishsummer #misty #minibreak #kariewestermann  Led astray - not a long journey to be fair - by several customers who were choosing yarn for projects from the Summer Stripes Issue of @pompommag top pick so far is the Judoka bag by Lia Moya using Mondial Basic Lux Fine. At £2.50 a ball and 25 colours in store it’s a lot of happy knitting. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #pompomquarterly #pompomsummerstripes #judoka #liamoya #ledastray #knittersofinstagram  #Repost @annanikipirowicz ・・・ Lovely, lovely mosaic knitting class today @theyarndispensary Such happy knitty ladies  It was a such a good last working day before my holidays, off to Italy on Monday 🇮🇹 !! Whoop wool!! #teach #learn #knit #mosaicknitting #knittersofinstagram #knitaddict #loveknitting #workshop #colourknitting #theyarndispensary #lys #faversham
 Beautiful light, sunshine and warm air this morning - our little lamb in the window is smiling. Don’t be baa-shful, come on in we are here until 5pm. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #glorious #happylamb #thesunhasgothishaton  Ready for you from 10am for @wwkipday Thanks to the endlessly superb @favershammarkets for the gazebo and tables - we love working alongside you. Happy plants from Richard’s Garden Plants (as always!) See you soon for alfresco social stitchery or indoors if you’re participating in @kariebookish Shetland Hap Shawl class. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kariewestermann #karieontour #favershammarkets #wwkipday #alfresco  This time next week we’ll have the absolute pleasure of hosting @kariebookish Designer Residency Weekend: Karie Westermann Saturday class sold out. Sunday class for Two Handed Colourwork has a few spaces available. AND it’s our alfresco jolly in a gazebo opposite the shop for World Wide Knit In Public Day @wwkipday with our pals at the marvellous @favershammarkets 10am - 2pm Come hone those post-apocalyptic making skills and beat the electronic meltdown! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kariewestermann #designerresidency #workshop #wwkip #getyourkniton  It’s @pompommag day! The Summer Stripes Issue is out and we’re ready with a vibrant basket of Zooey to cast on Anni by @ginarockenwagner #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #pompomquarterly #summerstripes #whatasuperbcollection #ppq #annitop #ginarocks #zooey #cottonlinen #whattocastonfirst #knittersofinstagram


The Yarn Dispensary
6 Market Place Faversham Kent ME13 7AG
01795 597 700