The Yarn Dispensary 
presents EMPORIUM

EMPORIUM LAUNCH
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.

Antoinette Luckhurst Silversmith

Dark Horse Ornament

Pen & Plant Illustration

Rose Dickinson Ceramics

EMPORIUM WEEKENDS
Slightly different format this year with each weekend hosting one or two designers.

WEEKEND No.1
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.

WEEKEND No.2
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

WEEKEND No.3
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.

CLOSED UNTIL…
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.


This Thing of Paper – Karie Westermann

Available from 7-9pm Thursday 30th November 2017


Marley Yarns

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.

Marley Yarns

Flock established by Jean Adams in 2006

Thank you Jean, it has been an absolute privilege.


Qing Fibre

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.


Pom Pom Quarterly – Issue 22 Autumn 2017

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!


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 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

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…..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.

Ten colours
112m per skein
£5.75

 


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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

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The Yarn Dispensary on Instagram

 ‘It’s the season for Parcelfarce delivery anxiety, but fret no more luxury fibre lovers - 10 kilos of @lottieknits Desert Rose is now safely here. 50% camel + 50% silk = 100% gorgeous Dear Santa, we’ve been intending to be really good so how about a skein or two of buttery soft, hand dyed beauty? #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #lottieknits #desertrose  Trunk show from @pompommag with us for a few weeks: Knits to give or keep with a lovely mix of garments and accessories PPQ does it again! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #pompomquarterly #trunkshow  Day 27 of @yarninthecity #wovemberinstachallenge and the word is waistcoat Followed by the words: languishing; in; a; bag and eventually. Great waistcoat pattern by @westknits Appalling number of WIP (er, um, mutter mutter, 16) all c/o @theyarndispensary #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #yarninthecity #wovember2017 #wearwooleveryday #wearwoolforwovember #westknits #caldwell #anybodygotmoreknittinghoursinthedayinstock  #Repost @verone_dc ・・・ This is what I have found @theyarndispensary as they have many ideas for knitting. This is a beautiful shop where you can not only look around but receive really good knowledgeable information on the different yarn @baarameweknits #happy @pompommag #blackfriday #knittersofinstagram #finstagram #yarnporn #handyedyarn #labienaimee #ravelry #julieknitsinparis #knittingaddict  #Repost @knittingimage ・・・ Yesterday I visited @theyarndispensary in the very quaint town of Faversham (UK). I have been to many yarn shops, but this shop has stolen my heart. I could write on about the enormous collection of well respected books. The walls of yarns which one would only expect to find at a yarn festival. Then it hit me, it felt like a bricks and mortar yarn festival, I could browse for hours, comfortably. I was spoilt for choice with yarn to squish and the staff were like instant friends. After a lengthy perusal, this gorgeous skein of @lottieknits yarn came home with me. Treat yourself, take a trip to @theyarndispensary pop across the road to Havershams tearoom and thank me later  #enabling #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knittersofinstagram
 Newsflash: unfortunately our featured designer this weekend @penandplant can’t be here so it’s business as usual for all things woolly. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #newsflash  Wool people - Topic for the final day of #wovemberinstachallenge from @yarninthecity As it’s also St. Andrew’s Day we’ve gone for the Scottish connection and one of our favourite wool people @kariebookish who’s based in Glasgow Karie’s book This Thing Of Paper launches this afternoon in Edinburgh and will be available from us (and your LYS Scottish manager @fankled just to keep up the tartan quota!) at Knit Night and late night shopping tonight 7pm - 9pm Thanks to @yarninthecity and @wovemberwool for a month long woolfest #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #woolpeople #wovember2017 #wearwooleveryday #wearwoolforwovember #proudscot #slaintemhath  Day 26 of @yarninthecity #wovemberinstachallenge - weave Not a loom in sight but a view of the woven contentment of our Sunday evening after a long week at work; huge thanks to everyone who supported our Emporium launch on Thursday night and our featured designer @antoinetteluckhurst all weekend. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #yarninthecity #wovember2017 #wearwooleveryday #wearwoolforwovember #antoinetteluckhurstsilversmith #emporium #fyberspates #vivaciousdk #gingercatsofinstagram  Catching up with #wovemberinstachallenge as we’ve been too busy to play. Handmade is the choice from @yarninthecity for today’s word: Squidgy garter stitch in @tincanknits Grain Shawl knitted in @baarameweknits Dovestone Chunky. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #yarninthecity #wovember2017 #wearwooleveryday #wearwoolforwovember #baaramewe #tincanknits  Our annual event, EMPORIUM launches with our sample sale, designer-makers and our legendary mulled wine on Thursday night 7pm - 9pm then selected weekends thereafter. First weekend coincides with Christmas lights switch on, live music and night time food market with our pals @favershammarkets Full details on our website. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #emporium
 Customer show and tell “Oh no, there’s ends still to be sewn in!” because we thought this was beautiful: @fyberspates Cumulus ‘Plum’ @theknittinggoddess Britsilk ‘Blackened Rainbow’ Pattern ‘Birds of a Feather’ @dreareneeknits #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #fyberspates #theknittinggoddess #dreareneeknits  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. Marley Yarns Flock established by Jean Adams in 2006 Thank you Jean, it has been an absolute privilege. G x  We HAD to add this to @yarninthecity #wovemberinstachallenge for snuggle @hannahwhiskin1994 came to show us her finished shawl in @debbieblissknits Angel - it’s beautiful and what an impressive piece of work from Hannah who’s only been crocheting for 18 months. Wow! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #yarninthecity #debbiebliss #ourcustomersareawesome  Countdown to Emporium o’clock. It’s all looking and smelling tantalisingly good. Thanks to @mightyfinethings for saving the day with their catering urn. See you soon! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #emporium #darkhorseornament #rosedickinsonceramics #antoinetteluckhurstsilversmith #allthegoodthings #ourlegendarymulledwine  Source - word for today ‘s #wovemberinstachallenge with @yarninthecity @wovemberwool Local Wensleydale from a no-kill flock is the source for an on our doorstep yarn. We know where and how it’s grown and shorn, spun at Diamond Fibres and The Natural Fibre Company. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #yarninthecity #wovember2017 #wearwooleveryday #wearwoolforwovember #wensleydale #source #homegrownshornandspun
 #Repost @misswoodsunwinds ・・・ I am so enjoying my advent calendar and seeing everyone's excitement about their calendars on Instagram. My husband bought me my lovely #lottieknitsadventcalendar2017 as a surprise with a little help from the lovely folks @theyarndispensary. I'm a super lucky lady and have lots of plans #knitting #knittersofinstagram #crochet #crochetersofinstagram #adventcalendar #theyarndispensary #lottieknits #needmoreknittingtime #yarnaddict  Day 28 @yarninthecity #wovemberinstachallenge Independent Cannot think of a more fitting depiction of the word than @kariebookish - the woman she is; unwaveringly independent herself in thought and supportive of independent businesses like ours. Tonight I have caked yarn, Arranmore Light by @thefibrecompany to cast on #MarginaliaJumper from Karie’s considered, well crafted and intelligent new book This Thing Of Paper. I can hear her in every word: from her heart and head to my hand; scribing each stitch. Beautiful. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #yarninthecity #wovember2017 #wearwooleveryday #wearwoolforwovember #kariewestermann #thisthingofpaper #wordsmith #independentwoman #independentthinker #independentdoer  Today’s word with @yarninthecity @wovemberwool #wovemberinstachallenge: snuggle Karly stopped in (before going out to play festive music for the great Christmas lights switch on and night food market @favershammarkets ) to show us her finished hat - definitely a head snuggle! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #wovember2017 #yarninthecity #wearwooleveryday #wearwoolforwovember  As has become our tradition - festive window being done in time for Emporium tomorrow night. This year our big window is ‘How snowflakes are made at The Yarn Dispensary’ Love doing our windows. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #emporium

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