Designer Residency: Kate Atherley

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October
Back by popular demand so maybe we should twin Faversham with Toronto?
Very limited availability, full workshop details hear.

British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018

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.

Birthday, Everyday

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

Pom Pom Quarterly – Issue 26 Autumn

The Moon Issue – on sale 23rd August.

Sky Map by Emily Foden

Sina by Amy Philip

Moondust by Melanie Berg

Moondust by Melanie Berg

Cerridwen by Fiona Alice

Workshop Dates

September 2018 – February 2019

Tickets available 10am Tuesday 21st August for the following classes. Come in to book and pay in person or email and we will invoice via PayPal. We do not take bookings nor payment over the phone.


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.

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

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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

 Thanks to Kate on behalf of us and our customers. How wonderful to get to work and play with a friend for four days - wish @kateatherleyknits lived closer as we always run out of time (but never out of things to say!) Lovely sunny Sunday, good job done and let knitting time commence. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kateatherley #businessandpleasure #untilthenexttime #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitknitknit #knitstagram  ***KateFest Klaxon*** Designer Residency this weekend with @kateatherleyknits in the house. Ace designer/tutor/tech editor was so popular with you earlier this year we have invited her back for more and with a different selection of topics for your knitter lye edification. Friday 19th 10.30am - 12.30pm Short Row Savvy one space left 1.30pm - 3.30pm Crochet for Knitters one space left Saturday 20th October 9.30am - 12.30pm Garment Skills two spaces left 1.30pm - 4.30pm Lace Knitting two spaces left Sunday 21st October 11am - 2pm Soxpertise - The Yarn Dispensary Shop Floor Special - Tuition & Private Shopping Places available Link in bio for full workshop classes specifications. Come on over, we have Kate’s excellent classes, gorgeous yarn, tea and Tunnock’s @tunnocksuk for all our workshops. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kateatherley #kateatherleyknits #workshops  Super Stuff Saturday with new arrivals unpacked and waiting for you. First up is the gleaming new collection of colours in Scrumptious 4 Ply from @fyberspates #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #fyberspates #scrumptious4ply #superstuffsaturday  Smiley and curly knitwear designers at the helm today. Sarah @hattonknits is in charge of the workshop room until 4pm hosting a class in Professional Finishing Techniques. One of my favourite industry buddies and ex-colleagues, Sarah is so passionate about knitting and knitters that our students are in for a superb day filled with skills, techniques and some challenges to provide them with confidence and greater ability in their making. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #sarahhatton #knitweardesign #professionalfinish #curlygirls #knittersofinstagram #knittingfriends #supersaturday  It’s almost @travelknitter day! What’s on your shopping list - I am after a garment worth of Uluru orange and a tin if there are any left. Let us know if there’s anything particular you’re looking for and @travelknitter will pack what she can. #theyarndispensary #lys #faversham #knittersofinstagram #handdyedyarn #yarnporn #travelknitter
 Aiming for a better socks life. Can’t get everybody in the photo but here’s a snapshot - Shop Floor Session (lock-in in a yarn shop so they’re all happy!) with the Sock Guru @kateatherleyknits Part way through a brilliant class enhancing our Soxpertise. Feel like a VIP afterwards with private shopping, what a lovely Sunday. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kateatherley #soxpertise #improvingoursockslife #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitknitknit  Super Stuff Saturday. Final one brightening our morning, happy colours of get a grip assistance in KnitPro Rainbow Blockers. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knitpro #rainbowblockers #superstuffsaturday  WINNERS! Representing southern LYS with Anna @wildandwoollyshop and Lois @jennywrensyarns at last night’s awards ..... fabulous women working hard and standing up to be counted in a room full of talented folk. Great fun at our table with Kit, Nell and @debbieblissknits (roping me in to mischief AGAIN  - speak to you later!) and the legendary Dame Hilary from @knitforpeace Great to catch up with associates old and new with @letsknitmag and all the other award winners thanks to public votes and awesome customers. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #awardwinning #weareallknitters #ourcustomersareawesome  You know that ‘happy accident’ thing? The shelf in our lay-by cupboard came off its runners (an easy fix - there aren’t many of them in a beautiful building built in 1240!) and this is what we found on the underside. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #meanttobe #happyaccident #knittersofinstagram #sheep #sheepdipping  The always charming Angus the whippet is dressed for a party. He and the Knit Night Rabble are in full swing celebrating our birthday month - we adore our customers and have thanked this lot tonight for their part in this wee business passing that 3rd year hurdle; wish we could fit you all in one space to have the yarniest party of them all. #theyarndispensary #knitnight #lys #faversham #knittersofinstagram #knitting #yarn #whippetsofinstagram #whippet
 It’s important to us that the ‘residency’ part of a designer residency leaves our tutors feeling valued, looked after and ready for doing what they do so wonderfully. Our workshop participants yesterday loved their learning and Kate will be sharing her knowledge in two classes today and a shop floor special tomorrow Soxpertise from 11am - 2pm and private shopping too as we’re closed to the public so it’s a lock-in in a yarn shop! #Repost @kateatherleyknits ・・・ The instructor accommodations at @theyarndispensary are pretty amazing. Also that ceiling makes me want to design a colourwork hat. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys  Super Stuff Saturday. The ultimate luxury and adored by shawl knitting customers is Desert Rose from our darling @lottieknits 400m per skein of 50% baby camel 50% silk #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #lottieknits #desertrose #swoon #superstuffsaturday  Working on the move. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #awardwinningdayout #worktobedone  Cheesy grin club: the @travelknitter edition. The awesome Larissa is here with her own section of the shop piled high with jaw dropping colours and fibres - every shade of her baby camel and silk base is in the house (although there’s been several pounced on, purchased and danced out the door already!) Stunning. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #travelknitter #allthegoodstuff  We are excited about introducing you to our exclusive colourway in collaboration with @travelknitter TYD Fired Up launches at 10am on Saturday #Repost @travelknitter ・・・ Who's *fired up* for my popup trunk show at @theyarndispensary on Saturday? I'll be bringing an exclusive colourway, TYD Fired Up, and I can't wait to share it! (Please forgive me for the terrible joke!) I'll be there from 10am to 3pm and I have a feeling it's going to be a very fun day. ... #haveyarnwilltravel #faversham #knitters #newyarn #ukknitters #handdyedyarn #indiedyedyarn #dyersofinstagram #imarealknitter #theyarndispensary #knittersofinstagram #lys
 Standing room only with the Knit Night Rabble - definitely indicative of cooler air and darkening skies - they are a beautiful, brilliant racket and we wouldn’t be what we are without them. 24 people plus @kateatherleyknits and a whippet - can you guess who’s the best behaved? #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knitnight #rabble #welovethem #jetlaggeddesignersofinstagram  Super Stuff Saturday. In the style of your best Cockney trader “Get your cute kitten stitch markers ‘ere. By the bagful. C’mon, get ‘em while they’re fresh!” #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #stitchmarkers #decorativeanduseful #superstuffsaturday  TYD on the road/rail to @theknittingandstitchingshows at Alexandra Palace for a mooch ahead of The British Knitting & Crochet Awards with @letsknitmag and with heartfelt thanks to you wonderful lot we’ll be collecting our Best Independent Retailer award. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #britishknittingawards #letsknitmagazine #knittingandstitchingshow #travelknitting #knittingontrains #knittersofinstagram  The first few of many cases full of yarn for @travelknitter pop-up shop today from 10am and launching our exclusive colourway TYD Fired Up. Hold on to your needles for this snippet of info...... EVERY shade of Tanami will be available today; Larissa has brought the lot! See you soon. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #travelknitter #popupshop #indiedyer #tanami #barelycontainedexcitement


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