Thursday 23rd November
7pm – 9pm
Our annual sample sale with fellow designer makers creating a twinkly pop-up shop: Antoinette Luckhurst Silversmith;
Dark Horse Ornament; Pen & Plant Illustration; Rose Dickinson Ceramics – taking over our workshop room now and for select weekends this winter. The legendary Emporium mulled wine will be on offer as usual.
NO KNIT NIGHT ON THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER.
Slightly different format this year with each weekend hosting one or two designers.
Featured Designer: Antoinette Luckhurst Silversmith
Saturday 25th November
9am – 8pm
Open as usual plus late night shopping to coincide with the switch on of Faversham Christmas Lights and the twice yearly delicious event that is the Night Food Market with its aromatic temptations, live music and bustling atmosphere.
Sunday 26th November
11am – 2pm
EMPORIUM with Antoinette Luckhurst Silversmith
Running alongside the first Christmas Market we’ll be open at The Yarn Dispensary from 11am – 2pm.
Our featured designer for this weekend is unable to attend due to a family emergency.
The Yarn Dispensary will be open:
Saturday 9th December
9am – 5pm
Sunday 10th December
11am – 2pm
Featured Designers: Antoinette Luckhurst Silversmith and Rose Dickinson Ceramics
Saturday 16th December
10am – 4pm
Sunday 17th December
11am – 2pm
Last Sunday shopping day and food market for 2017
Saturday 23rd December
9am – 5pm
Last pre-roast-dinner-induced-food-coma trading day for gifts, knitting supplies and accoutrements.
Friday 29th December
10am – 5pm
Come on in and spend your happy tokens, restock your stash or find a new project because you’d like to indulge in a bout of cast-on-itis to stop yourself eating all the cheese (guilty and not apologetic!)
Saturday 30th December
9am – 5pm
Open as usual.
Available from 7-9pm Thursday 30th November 2017
It’s with bittersweet emotions we bring to you this beautiful wool: limited edition single breed yarn from Jean Adams beloved Wensleydales.
Jean established the Marley Flock in 2006 to help preserve and protect a rare breed. A kind woman whose smile echoed the gentle roll of the Kent Downs, who shone with the same lustre as the fleece of ‘her girls’ – it was a chance meeting at a farmers’ market that led to us first working together a decade ago.
Last year, with the arrival of the rarest of the rare, a few black Wensleydales, we embarked upon this project to produce a silvery grey 4 ply spun by Diamond Fibres. We talked sheep, yarn production, ethics (a no-kill flock, said Jean) and future plans (knit lovely things with traceable British wool, said I) with the goal that the flock pay for their keep, development and wool production. Sustainable and satisfying.
A blend of 20% white fleece and 80% of the black was decided for the colour we sought. It’s perfect. Almost. Jean didn’t live to see her yarn come back from the mill.
Her family and I are carrying out her wishes: look after one another; continue with the farm; have the flock pay for themselves; continue Jean’s work to get Wensleydale off the Rare Breeds Survival Trust ‘At Risk’ watchlist and into the hands of knitters. Many tears have been shed at every stage including the forming of the heartbreakingly inadequate wording for this post.
The yarn is beautiful. I wish Jean had been here to see it off into the world.
Flock established by Jean Adams in 2006
Thank you Jean, it has been an absolute privilege.
Saturday 4th November 9am
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.
This edition is packed with strong geometric and textural designs alongside the expected collection of interesting articles. There’s a hot toddy recipe to make and quaff as you curl up on the sofa to lose yourself in the distinctly autumnal palette within.
The patterns vary from 4 ply to DK in weight so good layering possibilities as the air cools.
We know a lot of folk bemoan the lower temperatures but we embrace the knitwear opportunities!
Privileged to be the only retail outlet for the mesmerising colour alchemy of UK indie dyer Lottie Knits.
In store now
Desert Rose 4 ply 400m per skein 50% baby camel 50% silk
Silken Singles 400m per skein 70% superwash merino 30% silk
Little Bird Sock 365m per skein 80% superwash merino 20% nylon
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.
Newest publication in the house
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
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…..it’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.
112m per skein
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!
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.
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
6 Market Place Faversham Kent ME13 7AG
01795 597 700