Workshop Dates February – May 2019

Tickets on sale Friday 28th December

You can email from 9am Friday 28th December for invoicing via PayPal with in-store ticket sales from 10am that day for the following classes. We do not take bookings nor payment over the phone.

Knit How

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.

Pom Pom Quarterly – Issue 27 Winter

Christabel by Andrea Rangel

Willowwood by Caitlin Hunter

Knits About Winter

Persphone by Emily Foden

Snowdrift by Emily Foden

Winterberry by Emily Foden

Full Moon by Emily Foden

Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 27 Winter and Knits About Winter will be here and available for sale from Saturday 17th November.

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


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

 This talented quartet are teaching here over the next months (workshop list link in bio) with tickets on sale now - there’s only one space left in @kateatherleyknits Casting On & Binding Off class and two left for @kariebookish Mock Cables & Twisted Stitches but otherwise good availability. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #workshop #reneecallahan #eastlondonknit #annamaltz #sweaterspotter #kateatherley #kariewestermann #alwayslearning  In fine voice for the final Knit Night of 2018! The usual Rabble with the mellifluous delights of carol singers fundraising for the wonderful @pilgrimshospices As we said at the end of our newsletter today “Whether this time of year finds you excited, or exhausted, there is someone, somewhere walking in parallel. Be kind to yourselves and others.” #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knitnightrabble #knitnight #pilgrimshospices #notalone #bekind  Putting the Know How out there is Knit How from @pompommag 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 @pompommag 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. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #pompommag #knithow #knowhow #learning #solidifying #referencebook #cleanandcontemporary #bookshelfbuddy #knitting #knittersofinstagram  What’s on your pins? We’ve got @Fyberspates Vivacious DK in its supple, buttery, row column neatness and selection box of colours gorgeousness on the go for a @gudrunjohnston Nikka Vord sweater. Corrugated rib is one of our favourite things. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #fyberspates #vivaciousdk #gudrunjohnston #nikkavord #sweaterweather #fairisleknitting #corrugatedribbing  Powerful message from a talented friend. #Repost @rebecca_strickson_illustration ・・・ So pleased to be able to show you this! @hollytucker asked me to help her by designing a lovely lead illustration for her new wonderful #campaignshopindependent campaign to highlight the amazingness of small businesses. As a small business owner myself, shopping independent and small is my life! So this was something v close to my heart. Keep your eyes peeled for another colour way too... . . #illo #illustration #illustrator #artwork #drawing #draw #hollyandco #hollytucker #art #design #sketch #drawing #shopsmall #shopindependent #smallbusiness
 Three newly released shades of @baarameweknits Pip Colourwork bring the pick’n’mix selection to 18 shades for your 4 ply pleasure. They’re nestled in our upcoming range of fabric tubs in collaboration with @loop.lisajones #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #baaramewe #pipcolourwork #fourplyfun #screenprintedfabric #looplisajones #tubsandpots #joyofstorage #collaboration  Final restock of the year for our collaboration with @loop.lisajones and there’s a shelf full of the garment capacity project bags awaiting; lovely to give or keep and even better when opened to reveal the glorious potential of @isageryarn - it’s our favourite brand for fibre combining to achieve beautiful composite fabrics. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #looplisajones #collaboration #isageryarn #fibrefiend #happyknitting  Our winter face is ready to greet you until 4.30pm today and 11am - 2pm tomorrow. Many happy purchases of single chunky skeins for gift knitting and Aran and superchunky for cosy sweater projects - it’s been a pleasure to hear what you’re making! Time for a restorative cuppa here so cheers ☕️#theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #winterknits #youlotarebrilliant #ourcustomersareawesome #knitting #knittersofinstagram  Oh Firmament what a lovely little book you are, full of your dip stitch enticements and hats and cowls ‘of resting quality’ - like Mr Shakespeare himself @hunterhammersen is ‘constant as the northern star’ #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #hunterhammersen #firmament #swoon #shakespearesaturday #likecaesarourfateissealed #knittersreadalottoo #knittersofinstagram #knitting #knitknitknit  EMPORIUM 2018 opening in a few minutes - here’s a glimpse of what our super talented design buddies have been doing. Wonderful treasures from @rosedickinsonceramics @penandplant @loop.lisajones @antoinetteluckhurst Our wish list is growing by the minute! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #emporium #independentdesigner #mulledwine
 Shining the spotlight on our first trading day of 2019: Greeting you as you come in is this Nikka Vord sweater by @gudrunjohnston in the match-made-in-heaven combo of @fyberspates Vivacious DK and @coopknits Socks Yeah DK. Thanks for all your workshop ticket emails, we’re sending out invoices so look out for those if you’ve nabbed a space. See you soon. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #backtowork #sweatersuperstar #nikkavord #gudrunjohnston #theshetlandtrader #fyberspates #vivaciousdk #rachelcoopey #socksyeahdk #coopknits  Driving the admin bus and typing up 2019 workshop list for imminent newsletter. Subscribers get the info ahead of general release - you can sign up via the contacts page of our website. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #adminavalanche #whatpaperlesssociety #workshops #2019  It’s here! Our pals @thefibrecompany got the shipping container unpacked speedily and your patience has been rewarded, the Tundra box is restocked NOW! We’ll give you a free pattern for our Baltic Beanie with every purchase - perfect one skein project done in an evening for your knitworthy loved ones. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #thefibrecompany #tundra #balticbeanie #worththewait #perfectproject  Fair Isle Friday here with mitt number one from @emmaknitted for @knightkraft just cast off - this one was started at Knit Night last night and finished over a morning coffee. We opted for a stronger palette of @knightkraft Vintage Wool than the original design and knitted this one in House Red, Pitch, Flax, Milk Chocolate and Iced Gem. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #fairislefriday #emmawright #emmaknitted #erikaknight #vintage #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitknitknit  The Yarn Dispensary presents EMPORIUM Our much loved and eagerly awaited annual pop-up shop with @rosedickinsonceramics @penandplant @loop.lisajones @antoinetteluckhurst Emporium Launch, Thursday 22nd November, 7pm - 9pm (with our legendary mulled wine). Friday 23rd November, 11am - 3pm. Saturday 24th November, 9.30am - 6.30pm. Sunday 25th November, 11am - 2pm. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #emporium #independentdesigner #independentdesign #talentedfriends #mulledwine #jollynightout #weekendmooching
 So who’s at this stage of gift making then? Done bar the ends sewn. yarn is Starry Night BFL 4 ply from @riverknitsuk Pattern is Close to You by @letesknits David is one upholstered stool (don’t ask) from present completion which should be a breeze - have staple gun and all that! We close at 4.30pm and will be back again at 10am Friday 28th December with the first release of workshop tickets for 2019. See you soon; here’s to the tradition of sewing things up at midnight on the 24th 🧶 #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #deadlineknitting #knittersofinstagram #knitting  With a HUGE thank you to @kariebookish and this beautiful photo from the marvellous Victoria @edencottageyarns our Christmas knit project, the Swale hap, is sorted - this one has been on our Wish List for a while and is now available on @hi.ravelry so you know what to do! The wonderful medieval market town we call home is on the Swale and @kariebookish is family here so this one is a heartfelt knit. We’ve made our pattern purchase on ravelry, grabbed our 5mm pins and are off to choose which DK to cast on. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #swalehap #swaleestuary #medievalmarket #kariewestermann #knityourownfamily #victoriamagnus #alwayscredityoursource #happyknitting  Ignoring the rain washing through the town this morning we are more focused on other watery bodies nomenclature and opted for our latest delivery from @riverknitsuk to brighten the day. The last lot vanished so fast we didn’t get the chance to share its arrival as a stock line so here it is - dyed by Becci and Markus in their narrowboat dye studio on British Wool bases - it’s the knitterly equivalent of puddle splashing joy! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #riverknits #puddlejumpingjoy  Last Chance Saloon today for Emporium - open until 2pm. Thanks to the happy and supportive customers who get what ‘Shop Independent’ is all about. Our superstar makers @rosedickinsonceramics @loop.lisajones @antoinetteluckhurst @penandplant have excelled themselves this year and many considered purchases have been made. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #emporium #independentdesigner #knitting #knittersofinstagram  Tomorrow! We’re open from 9am for @pompommag and @violaemily love song to winter - a frost tracery beautiful publication. It’s not just the cold that takes your breath away. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #pompomquarterly #pompommag #violaemily #knittersofinstagram #knitting #emilyfoden #notjustthecoldthattakesyourbreathaway


The Yarn Dispensary
6 Market Place Faversham Kent ME13 7AG
01795 597 700