Earlier this year we told you that Gillian had sadly suffered a stroke. We regret to inform you that Gillian is retiring due to this and that her husband Sam, is also leaving to care for her. I am sure you will join us in wishing them both our very best wishes for the future.
We would like to assure you that it is ‘business as usual’ for The Yarn Dispensary’, however, we are looking for a temporary manager until we can put a permanent manager in place. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please ask them to send a CV or email in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From The Team at The Yarn Dispensary.
New yarn by the wonderful Erika Knight, we are really excited to showcase this beautiful British 4ply yarn in store now.
‘From fleece to finished yarn in less than 50 miles, Wool Local is both authentically British and environmentally sustainable. Starting at the British wool auction in Bradford, the wool is scoured, combed, spun, dyed, steamed and hanked in the county of Yorkshire.
An intimate blend of luxurious Bluefaced Leicester and hardwearing Masham, in a fine 4ply weight, this is a truly local wool, with its roots in the heartland of British textile manufacturing.’
450m per skein
Ginkgophyte by Emily Greene
Adiantum by Kelly Ordemann
On sale 28th February.
On Friday 18th January our fabulous and exceptional manager Gillian collapsed at work. She has had a stroke which has resulted in a small degree of permanent damage.
With anti convulsion treatment, rest and rehabilitation she will recover well. The life changing consequences mean that Gillian for the time being will no longer have a full time role on the shop floor.
The person we knew is still there fortunately.
The shop is running with Sam, Gillian’s husband and colleague, in charge and knowledgeable staff to assist – we look forward to keeping you happily supplied and knitting.
Please check our slightly amended opening hours.
We are immensely grateful for your love and support.
Putting the Know How out there is Knit How from Pom Pom Press.Primarily aimed at newcomers to knitting, it’s also a solid resource for skills reinforcement and a clean, contemporary guide to getting it right.
As you’d expect from Pom Pom the collection of accessories and garments are want to make/want to wear designs so we can see this becoming as much of a go-to as a stitch dictionary for more seasoned knitters. There are times we just want a simple pattern for our chosen materials.
You did it! All of you lovely, lovely customers, supporters and suppliers cheered this fledgling business into (joint) first place in the British Knitting & Crochet Awards. We won Best Indie Retailer in the south east.
Congratulations to all the other winners and we’ll see you at the awards ceremony in London next month.
We’ve launched an exclusive colourway created for us by Travelknitter on a luxurious base of 50% baby camel, 50% silk.
TYD Fired Up Tanami 4ply 400m per skein
Hand dyed in East London
Indie dyer Larissa with her brand Travelknitter produces some of the most intense saturations of strong colour on temptingly tactile bases and we know you will adore her work.
Our Birthday, Everyday hat is available as a kit in the Birthday version with all its multi-coloured jollity, as a kit for Everyday in two colours or as a single pattern.
Birthday kit with pattern is £30.10
Everyday kit with pattern £14.10
Single pattern £4.50
Simple, clean lines in combinations of fine fibres and with multiple shades to harmonise or contrast, this collection from Helga Isager is a satisfying launch pad into garment knitting for newcomers or a superb set of wardrobe staples in uncomplicated designs for knitters of any standard.
The complexity comes from having to decide on your choice of colours from Isager’s beautiful palette.
Each design has a small swatch to knit, practising all stitches and techniques used in the pattern; once complete you place this swatch on top of the photo in the book – if it matches, you have the correct gauge and start on the project itself. Each project focuses on a technique from basic knit stitch with a few increases through to cables and simple eyelets. With garments and accessories there are small and more substantial items, the garments have varying shaping details with several construction styles so a great book to guide you along the road to knitterly achievement. Easy and encouraging.
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.
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
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
The Yarn Dispensary
6 Market Place Faversham Kent ME13 7AG
01795 597 700