Christabel by Andrea Rangel
Willowwood by Caitlin Hunter
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.
Our much loved and eagerly awaited annual pop-up shop with designer makers transforming our workshop room into their den of wonders. This year it’s a compact event packed full of gifts to give and treasures to keep.
Thursday 22nd November
7pm – 9pm
First chance to see what’s been magicked up this year and buy from our talented friends or cast your eyes over their wares then drop the least subtle of hints to anyone wondering what you’d like to ‘assist’ with their weekend shopping.
Our legendary Emporium mulled wine will be adding to the enchantment.
NO KNIT NIGHT ON THURSDAY 22ND NOVEMBER
EMPORIUM DAY 1
Friday 23rd November
11am – 3pm
A weekday chance to savour and select from the beautiful collections of our boutique department store.
EMPORIUM DAY 2 – the epic hours!
Saturday 24th November
9.30am – 6.30pm
Nine whole hours of delicious decision making with our designers rounded off by the aromatic temptations of the Night Food Market, live music and twinkly atmosphere following the Faversham Christmas Lights switch on.
EMPORIUM DAY 3 – last one.
Sunday 25th November
11am – 2pm
Final chance to choose alongside the first Christmas Market of 2018.
Our EMPORIUM stars waiting to dazzle are:
Since graduating from UCA I have spent my working life as a designer maker and ceramics teacher.
My work is inspired by my passion for the natural world in general and the flora & fauna of the North Kent Marshes in particular. Structure & textures found in natural forms juxtaposed with textures from found objects appear in Flora & Fauna, Pop up Flowers and Seashore all of which are both decorative & functional.
These collections include a range of domestic ware, clocks, buttons, brooches & large seashore bowls. All my work is hand built & hand coloured so each piece is unique.
In all my work I use fine porcelain clays which emphasise the delicacy of the textures. Soft oxide washes and underglaze colours enhance texture & form under satin matt or shiny transparent glazes.
Victoria Foster is the illustrator behind botanically-inspired brand, Pen & Plant. Working from her studio in Folkestone and on a quiet mission to bring more of the outside in, she creates a range of products using sensitive surface pattern and illustration informed by her love of natural history. There’s more to nature than simple beauty. Just the smallest dose transforms the way we feel.
Is a printmaker working on fabric and paper. The loop range includes purses, planters and cushions in pure linen and cotton combining graphic prints with neon colours. All pieces are hand printed from original drawings and made in Kent.
Jewellery has been my passion since graduating from Medway College of Design in 1991. I now work from my studio in the beautiful location of Oare, on the North Kent marshes. Here, using traditional techniques, I design and create collections of jewellery, one-off pieces and commissions.
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.
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
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.
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
£24 a skein
The Yarn Dispensary
6 Market Place Faversham Kent ME13 7AG
01795 597 700