We are thrilled to be welcoming Mr Hugzzz to The Yarn Dispensary for a short residency as he comes to experience the the wonderful shop and of course our fabulous Faversham. He is coming to us from Canada via Woollinn and Paris and we have some very special events to invite you along to, but don’t delay – places will book up quickly!
Interactive Seminar: 15 Things Every Knitter Should Know
Friday 21st June 2019
Hello, I’m Steve Malcolm (@MrHugzzz) from It Takes Balls To Knit and I’d like to invite you to a little chat.
The road to becoming a knitter can be daunting with challenges or smooth as silk depending on the path you choose. With the influx of videos available online, and the numerous groups and organizations available to knitters everywhere, it’s easy for new knitters to get lost in a rabbit hole of website urls and knit-a-longs. I’d like to invite you to an evening of telling my story and dispensing some advice on 15 things I think every knitter should know. While there are many things every knitter should know, I’d like to tell you the first 15 things I’d like to have known when I first became a knitter.
Please feel free to bring along some yarn an appropriate needles. I would recommend circular needles with the longest cable you can find. It is an interactive chat.
The talk will take place on Friday 21st June at 8pm. It will last for 90 minutes and will cost £25.
Places limited – email email@example.com to book your place.
Mastering Cables Workshop: Sunday 23rd June 2019
Join Steve Malcolm (@MrHugzzz) for a morning spent untangling the
world of cables. After this 3 hour workshop you’ll realize that cables
are not as mysterious as they appear and you’ll have the confidence (and
ability) to not only knit them up easily, you’ll be able to modify
existing ones and be able to create your own!
In this workshop you’ll learn how to: knit cables with AND without a cable needle read charts (especially for cables) modify existing cables place cables in your patterns learn the difference between cables, traveling cables, and braids count rows between cable crosses without using stitch markers … and more This class is interactive and you will get the opportunity to create your own cables in class where you will also be able to get assistance as required and ask questions relating to the topic. As an added bonus, all paid participants will get the pattern for the Barrington Sweater, top, (yes, that’s me wearing it) or the Angel 2.0 shrug, below, (modelled by Darby). Materials required for the workshop are: aran weight, chunky weight, or worsted weight yarn in a light colour appropriate needles for the yarn stitch markers pen and paper for additional notes (notes will be provided) The cost of the class is £60 and will be on Sunday 23rd June at 10.00am
15 places – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
We are thrilled to be welcoming Larissa, AKA Travel Knitter, back to The Yarn Dispensary for a one day trunk show. Come along on Saturday 11th May to see her stunning hand dyed yarns and get a fabulous chance to buy some special skeins, including her gorgeous exclusive yarn dyed just for us!
In this post:
1) Introducing the new manager
2) What’s in store for The Yarn Dispensary
3) Knit and Stitch Night
4) Local Yarn Shop Day
5) New Opening Hours
April 20th, 2019
Hello everyone. My name is Gemma and I am delighted to be able to introduce myself as the new manager of The Yarn Dispensary. You can read my full editorial by clicking here, but for now I’ll just share a little about myself and the exciting things we have coming up at The Yarn Dispensary as we continue to build on the success of the past three-and-a-half-years.
My whole life I have been surrounded by yarn, knitting, crochet and creativity. My grandma had a yarn shop when I was a little girl and I used to sit in my pram, greeting the customers as they came in. She taught me to knit at age 5 (does anyone else recall knitting garter stitch with brightly coloured yarn and yellow plastic Pony needles?) and I’ve been knitting ever since. When I was 15, Grandma taught me how to crochet. It took me a while to get used to the new movements but I was immediately hooked, if you’ll pardon the pun. I’m now crocheting garments too and having so much fun.
Some of you may already know me as the director of The Project Bag (my hand-dyed yarn company) and hostess of The Project Bag Podcast. At the start of 2018 I left my teaching career and embarked on a new venture as an indie-dyer, designer, tutor and podcaster. It’s been enormous fun and lots of hard work but it is paying off and I’m looking forward to vending at my first big festivals this year, as well as embracing the challenges and joys that managing The Yarn Dispensary will bring
So what’s next for The Yarn Dispensary? Well, you will be happy to know that the ethos and vision Vanessa and John had for the store remains the same: welcoming, community-focused and design-led; stocking high-quality yarns with a focus on natural fibres from a range of sources. Your favourite yarn store is here to stay and we have so many exciting events planned!
Knit and Stitch Night – Thursdays 7-9pm
On the 2nd May, Knit and Stitch Night will resume. All fibre crafts are welcome, so bring your knitting, crochet, macrame, hand embroidery, cross stitch, e-spinners, or whatever fibre craft you’re working on and join us for an evening of fun, crafty chat and – of course – some late-night shopping!
Local Yarn Shop Day – April 27th 2019
Please join us for cake and crafting as we celebrate our wonderful bricks-and-mortar (or lathe and plaster) yarn store. We will have exclusive knitting and crochet patterns to give you, courtesy of Let’s Knit, and we can’t wait to see you
New Extended Opening Hours
From the 30th April, we will have new opening hours:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10am – 5pm
Wednesday – 10am – 5pm
Thursday – 12pm – 4pm. 7pm – 9pm
Friday – 10am – 5pm
Saturday – 9am – 5pm
Sunday – closed
So those are the highlights, everyone. Please do sign up for the monthly newsletter to keep abreast of all the upcoming goings-on, including important dates for your diary regarding trunk-shows, events and classes, by clicking here. And do make sure you’re following us on social media including Facebook and Instagram too!
We thank you all for your continued support of The Yarn Dispensary and look forward to seeing you very soon.
With best wishes,
on behalf of Vanessa, John and the team.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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