Workshop booking opens this Tuesday

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.

Vote for The Yarn Dispensary in The British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018

The British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018

We are so touched and thrilled to have been nominated by you for the British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018 – the support of lovely knitters and crocheters has resulted in us making the final for Best Local Independent Yarn Store, we are humbled and grateful for you cheering us on in our endeavours. You make our job a pleasure.

Voting is open and will close on 30th August 2018.

Vote now

If you enjoy what we do, you can vote and get yourself in with a chance of a prize thanks to Let’s Knit magazine.

The winners of the British Knitting and Crochet Awards will be announced at the end of September.

Please share and spread the word.

Thank you so much for including us amongst some of this industry’s favourites and congratulations to everyone else in the finals.

Voting closes in:

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

 The next release of workshop tickets is imminent with interesting, as well as essential, topics and a great selection of renowned tutors: @tomofholland @annanikipirowicz @hattonknits @kateatherleyknits @eastlondonknit we know many of you are eager to get booked up. Ticket sales begin at 10am on Tuesday 21st August. Come in to book (always a pleasure to see your lovely faces) or email us from Tuesday with the class and number of tickets required then we will invoice you via PayPal. Please note that we do not accept bookings nor payment by phone. Jolly events in September with @knightkraft and @travelknitter full details on our site, link in bio. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #workshop #toptutors #newseason #allthegoodstuff #knittersofinstagram  Aptly named ‘Promised You A Miracle’ in @lottieknits Desert Rose 50% baby camel 50% silk has been turned into an undulating wrap by one of our customers. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #lottieknits #desertrose #ourcustomersareawesome  Next industry superstar sharing expertise and skills with you is @tomofholland He’s with us early in September; we have clients travelling from Scotland and Devon to attend as Tom’s classes are a rare and treasured occurrence. Designer Residency: Tom of Holland Darning Masterclass Saturday 8th September Tom will teach you Swiss, Scottish and stocking darning methods. Bring: any items you would like to fix under Tom’s expert guidance. All materials provided. Two spaces left £70 each. Specialist Darning Masterclass Sunday 9th September This specialist darning class teaches you how to repair holes that are too large for regular darning. You are encouraged to bring things that need fixing to receive expert guidance from Tom. Skill level: able to knit and graft (as for the closing of a sock toe.) Five spaces left £70 each. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #tomofholland #darning #visiblemending #loveyourclothes  We are so touched and thrilled to have been nominated by you for the British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018 – the support of lovely knitters and crocheters has resulted in us making the final for Best Local Independent Yarn Store, we are humbled and grateful for you cheering us on in our endeavours. You make our job a pleasure. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Voting is open and will close on 30th August 2018. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can vote following the link on our site or you can pop in to fill out a paper copy of the form. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you enjoy what we do, you can vote and get yourself in with a chance of a prize thanks to @letsknitmag ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The winners of the British Knitting and Crochet Awards will be announced at the end of September. Please share and spread the word. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knitting #knitaddict #crochet #knittersofinstagram #britishknittingawards #letsknitmagazine #letsknit #knittingandcrochetawards #ourcustomersareawesome  Following on from Robina’s Shawl and Tell in our previous post, here’s the large size @westknits magnificent #Hellik pattern and it’s oodles of undulating picot cast off. Strong repeated bands of colour from @coopknits @fyberspates @lottieknits - now there’s a talented textile trinity to worship! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #westknits #coopknits #fyberspates #lottieknits #hellik #picotcastoff #castingoff #knittersofinstagram #shawlandtell
 Who wants to get their hands on the latest yarn? First of the new season yarns arrived this morning. Wild Wool - a sustainable blend of 85% wool and 15% nettle fibre - gutsy yet soft and supple is @knightkraft latest offering. Aran weight. £11.95 per 170m skein. All 8 shades in store now. Get your AW knits under way ahead of Erika’s visit and talk on Wild Wool here on Saturday 22nd September. We have a sample almost finished for your squishing pleasure. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #erikaknight #wildwool #getyourkniton #newseason  “Morning, I heard there’s a few more yarn shopping days until your summer break” “Yes, we’re here 10am - 5pm today and Friday, late night 7pm - 9pm Thursday or Saturday 9am - 5pm.” “Miaow-vellous. I’ll be back later with my pattern to get started on mittens for kittens.” If you need supplies to keep you going and feline happy, you know what to do. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #purrfection #catpuns #knittersofinstagram #catsofinstagram  Unlike government, our summer break won’t upset the future of the running of the country - it might delay a few of your knitting plans if you don’t stock up before we close though! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #summerbreak #yarnsupplies #loungeringabout  We are getting ready for Knit Night and late night opening. 7-9pm. Tunnock’s restocked #theyarndispensary #lys #faversham #tunnocks #knitnight #poweredbytunnocks  Shawl and tell moment: Another customer finished project in a richly burnished version of @westknits #Hellik - not the first one of these Robina has made as it’s ‘the best stashbuster’ she says. We LOVE this pattern and the fun of colour/fibre/texture combining it contains. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #westknits #shawlandtell
 Tuning up to re-open in the morning. Refreshed and chirpy after our usual August fortnight break, all the better to carry your yarny desires forward for AW season. How have you all been? See you from 10am Tuesday 14th August. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #tuningup #turningup #servicewithasmile #raringtogo #seeyousoon  We’re very proud to be part of a historic market town - and are doing our very best to redress the balance of more wool being exported through the Port of Faversham in the 17th century than via any other British port. A Charter of Incorporation by Henry VIII in 1546 granted, amongst other items, the privilege of a market three times a week and on half-holidays, and a fair in February and August. This was reaffirmed by a Charter of Re-Incorporation by James II in 1685. Faversham was also granted certain rights by the monarchy, one of which states that a new market town could not be established within the distance it took to drive a herd of sheep to market in one day, probably in the region of 6 miles. This distance is still law in England today. Drawn by T. M. Baynes, Engraved by H. Adlard. Published by George Virtue, 26 Ivy Lane, London September 1830. #theyarndispensary #faversham #markettown #lys #knittersofinstagram #knitting #yarn #yarnspirations  A selection of the treasure trove from @textilegarden .....sigh..... #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #buttonheaven #textilegarden #yarningham  You know what magpies we are for good finishing touches and how we add to our usual stock lines of natural fibre buttons and our exclusive Rose Dickinson ceramic ones and when we find treasures worthy of your discerning taste? How about these French vintage glass buttons - the largest of the three sizes of black ones are 12mm across and the smallest of the two sizes of white ones are 8mm. Reasonable stock (unless you’re going for the whole Pearly Kings and Queens look) but when they’re gone, they’re gone. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #finishingtouches #vintage #vintageglassbuttons #shiny #magpie  Tuesday temptation in the form of a fresh delivery of @lottieknits - here’s a peek at three of our parcel but there’s more mouthwatering offerings in store. We restocked Little Bird Sock, Silken Singles and Queen Bee 4 Ply. Yum. We know there’s a loyal following for the alchemic genius that is Lottie. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #lottieknits #queenbee #silkensingles #littlebirdsock
 Making use of a quiet shop (you’re all at the beach or the gorgeous outdoor pool we have in Faversham, aren’t you?) to design using @fyberspates Faery Wings - how we’ve missed this yarn in the years it was absent from production - and its natural partner Scrumptious 4 Ply. We’ll have it in stock for Autumn/Winter and as a kit once this is all signed off as a project. Faery Wings shown here in Stormy Seas and Scrumptious 4 Ply in Water. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #fyberspates #faerywings #scrumptious #designinprogress #checkthosenotes #testingtesting #fankled  Our latest collaboration is with local screen printer @loop.lisajones with a collection of small, long and square notions pouches on linen as shown here plus larger project bags available in store now. Creative collaborations with other designers are a good thing. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #looplisajones #screenprinting #linen #originaldesign #creativecollaboration #designled  Open road, clear day, ROAD TRIP! Heading for @yarningham #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #roadtrip #yayforyarnshowonadayoff  The customers made me do it/ it took NO persuading Have joined the @ysolda #gloamintide mystery knit-a-long as this @lottieknits Little Bird Sock was singing its siren song. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #ysolda #gloamintide #mkal #lottieknits #littlebird #littlebirdsock


The Yarn Dispensary
6 Market Place Faversham Kent ME13 7AG
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