Kate Atherley residency at The Yarn Dispensary
Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th March

It is our privilege to be hosting Kate for two workshop sessions on the Saturday and two shop floor talks on the Sunday. Full details of ticketed sessions hear.

Time for the Friday ‘Meet and Greet’ to be confirmed.


Pom Pom Quarterly – Issue 24 Spring 2018

Pom Pom Quarterly – Issue 24 Spring 2018, out now.

Workshop Dates January – April 2018


First batch of workshop classes for 2018 listed here. Tickets available for January to April now – buy in store or email to purchase. Go!

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.

This Thing of Paper – Karie Westermann

Available from 7-9pm Thursday 30th November 2017

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





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


The Yarn Dispensary on Instagram

 The clear sunlight today has our thoughts turning to projects for warmer days and what better than @knightkraft Studio Linen. With five new shades the palette is now seventeen decisions wide. New patterns to come in April but for us it’s the Sienna t-shirt all the way. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #erikaknight #studiolinen #siennatshirt #getyourkniton  Knit Night cancelled. Much as we all enjoy it, we don’t want to encourage any of you to travel in this. Please share if you know of anyone who’s thinking of coming along and doesn’t use social media. Admin day for us with a newsletter coming out to subscribers later today. Sign up via the contact page at www.theyarndispensary.co.uk #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knithappens  Spring edition of our favourite @pompommag now in store #theyarndispensary #lys #faversham #pompomquarterly #spring2018  Tote bags now in stock as we become even more responsible about our choice of materials. Water-based eco friendly inks used in our printing. We’re joining in with @plasticfreefav #noplasticweek 18th - 24th Feb #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #plasticfreefav #consideredchoices  Marginalia Sweater from This Thing Of Paper by @kariebookish Yarn: @thefibrecompany Arranmore Light MC is Ciaran, CC is Kinnego Bay Images show front, back, entrance to yarny goodness and close-up detail of slip stitch section showing off the flecked magnificence of the yarn. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kariewestermann #thisthingofpaper #marginaliasweater #thefibrecompany #arranmorelight #fankled
 Needles in the air if you’ve been waiting for some darkly delicious colour ways from @lottieknits to be restocked - they’re back! Spaces still available for @kateatherleyknits - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Working With Hand Dyed Yarns - shop floor talk on Sunday 25th March 10am - 11am £10 per ticket #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #lottieknits #kateatherley #indiesoftheworldunite #handdyedyarn #getyourkniton #yarnlust  MAKE GLOVES NOT WAR Dear Customers, We’re open from 10am but please don’t drive to see us - if you can get to us by the mode of transport in the photo or by train (good luck with that!) that would be fine. Local roads are not in good shape, it’s snowing still with more to come. Stock count for us to keep us out of mischief. We’ll close at 3pm today. If you can’t get to work and NEED more yarn or a new project, you know where we are..... #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #snowday #nodrivingmoreknitting #allyouryarnyneeds #timeforanewhat #wegottherecipeandingredientsforthat #makeglovesnotwar  Arrived ready for launch day tomorrow - Marlisle the new book by @sweaterspotter It’s a corker! We open at 9am. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #marlisle #sweaterspotter #annamaltz #whattoknitfirst  Socking it to the midweek hump with magnificent (and, admittedly, kayak cover sized socks) in @lottieknits outstandingly good Little Bird Sock. Got a pair of size 11 - NOT a typo - out of a 365m skein with yarn left. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knittersofinstagram #socks #lottieknits  A glimpse of the bottom edge of Marginalia sweater from @kariebookish This Thing Of Paper knitted in @thefibrecompany Arranmore Light It’ll be on display later today #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kariewestermann #thisthingofpaper #marginaliasweater #thefibrecompany #arranmorelight
 Aptly for #internationalwomensday there’s a room of 17 independent, kind, loving, supportive, fun and inspirational women who definitely add vibrancy to the world. Honoured to know them. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #internationalwomensday #knitnightrabble #vocalandvibrant  Planning a Sunday of being curled up on the sofa with a good book? We’ve got an excellent selection (no, we didn’t drop them, that was our ‘best way to show you the covers in awkward winter light in a medieval building’ approach.) #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #referencebook #patternbook #weloveagoodstitchdictionary  We’re back! How you all doing? Rocking the knitwear like this customer this morning? Outfit of the day: @thefibrecompany Arranmore Light cardi and hat with magnificent shorts, tights and boots. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #thefibrecompany #arranmorelight #backtowork #rockingthehandknits  New arrival from @westyorkshirespinners is this gutsy Aran weight tweedy Shetland wool and the pattern book (spiral bound - thank you WYS!) from the always brilliant @hattonknits Thank you for helping clear our sale yarns to give us the space to start getting new things out. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #hattonknits #westyorkshirespinners #shetlandwool #aranweight #britishgrownshornandspun  Tired of Tuesday? How about a zingy burst of colour on two new yarn bases from @lottieknits Queen Bee 4 ply is 400m per skein of 55% BFL 45% silk £18 Unicorn Tweed is 400m per skein of 85% superwash Merino 15% Donegal Nep £17 #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #lottieknits #indiedyer #effervescent
 Countdown to the first of several designer residencies we are hosting this year: Casting on this new series of projects is one of our yarny heroes, superb tutor and pattern writing guru @kateatherleyknits in residence Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March Link in bio for details #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #designerresidencies #kateatherley #theknitterati #andsheownsahellofabeagle #canyoutellweareabitexcited  Shawl and Tell Tuesday: how do you like @westknits #knit’n’slide in @qingfibre Merino Singles in Elderwood, Narwhal and Frost from the whizzy needles of @valerie7foster #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #westknits #qingfibre #shawlandtell #springgreentrim #zesty  Need any last minute knitting materials? Here all day then closed until 9am Saturday 3rd February. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #gotthroughourbusiestseason #needsometimeout #thanksforyoursupport #seeyounextweekend  Last chance saloon! Final two days of our sale and we’ve reduced the sale lines to 50% off - yeeha! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #sale #goinggoinggone #tidyingup #needthespace  Thank you for helping us clear space for new things (and nab yourself a bargain or three.) We’ll keep it going into next week so that’s that. There’s been some immensely organised Knit wish list purchasing taking place and we’re looking forward to seeing what you make. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #sale #goinggoinggone


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