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.

The Yarn Dispensary presents EMPORIUM

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.


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:

Rose Dickinson Ceramics

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/Pen & Plant

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.


Lisa Jones/Loop

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.


Antoinette Luckhurst Jewellery

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.


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

Workshop Dates

September 2018 – February 2019

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.


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…..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

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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

 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  Excellent piece of knitmanship using @knightkraft Wild Wool and the pattern Forest Hill from the AW18 collection #Repost @theknittingtailor ・・・ Almost all done ... neck band too wide and sides to be closed and a perfect fit! #knitting project #wildwool #erikaknightpattern #erikaknightyarn #wool great wool from the #yarndispensary #Faversham #lys #knittersofinstagram colour BRISK  Socks appeal! A top-up of @lottieknits Little Bird Sock has arrived to join the Regia Kaffe Fassett and Arne & Carlos colourways. We released the Kaffe colours during our Soxpertise class with @kateatherleyknits on Sunday but still have some left if you fancy casting on. Socks are immensely satisfying and extremely portable as a knitting project. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kateatherley #soxpertise #socktober #lottieknits #littlebirdsock #regiasockyarn #arneandcarlos #kaffefassett  Standing room only with the Knit Night Rabble - definitely indicative of cooler air and darkening skies - they are a beautiful, brilliant racket and we wouldn’t be what we are without them. 24 people plus @kateatherleyknits and a whippet - can you guess who’s the best behaved? #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knitnight #rabble #welovethem #jetlaggeddesignersofinstagram  Super Stuff Saturday. In the style of your best Cockney trader “Get your cute kitten stitch markers ‘ere. By the bagful. C’mon, get ‘em while they’re fresh!” #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #stitchmarkers #decorativeanduseful #superstuffsaturday
 Who’s got someone knitworthy to make for....not just knitworthy, but @fyberspates Faery Wings knitworthy? We’ve got some of @lottieknits and @acreativesoul_jeni designs on display as inspiration although self worth is just as vital so maybe it’s by you, for you. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #fyberspates #faerywings #lottieknits #jenihewlett #knitworthy #selfloveisnotselfindulgence  Retail realism. Turner Prize potential - all we need is a title. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #isager #keepingitreal  Thanks to Kate on behalf of us and our customers. How wonderful to get to work and play with a friend for four days - wish @kateatherleyknits lived closer as we always run out of time (but never out of things to say!) Lovely sunny Sunday, good job done and let knitting time commence. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kateatherley #businessandpleasure #untilthenexttime #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitknitknit #knitstagram  ***KateFest Klaxon*** Designer Residency this weekend with @kateatherleyknits in the house. Ace designer/tutor/tech editor was so popular with you earlier this year we have invited her back for more and with a different selection of topics for your knitter lye edification. Friday 19th 10.30am - 12.30pm Short Row Savvy one space left 1.30pm - 3.30pm Crochet for Knitters one space left Saturday 20th October 9.30am - 12.30pm Garment Skills two spaces left 1.30pm - 4.30pm Lace Knitting two spaces left Sunday 21st October 11am - 2pm Soxpertise - The Yarn Dispensary Shop Floor Special - Tuition & Private Shopping Places available Link in bio for full workshop classes specifications. Come on over, we have Kate’s excellent classes, gorgeous yarn, tea and Tunnock’s @tunnocksuk for all our workshops. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kateatherley #kateatherleyknits #workshops  Super Stuff Saturday with new arrivals unpacked and waiting for you. First up is the gleaming new collection of colours in Scrumptious 4 Ply from @fyberspates #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #fyberspates #scrumptious4ply #superstuffsaturday
 It’s almost that time of year again - our much loved and eagerly awaited annual pop-up shop with designer makers transforming our workshop into their den of wonders. This year it’s a compact event packed full of gifts to give and treasures to keep. Launch night Thursday 22nd November 7pm - 9pm. Full details of the four day boutique on our website. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #emporium #designermaker #launchnight #denofwonders #rosedickinsonceramics #penandplant #looplisajones #antoinetteluckhurstsilversmith #allthetemptations #indiebusiness #creativefriends  Behold The Pigeonhole of Happiness. 18 shades of glorious @isageryarn Isager Tweed, 200m of 70% wool, 30% mohair joy. The second photo is the reality of the ‘before’ situation! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #isager #isagertweed #smokeandmirrors #theglamourofretail  Aiming for a better socks life. Can’t get everybody in the photo but here’s a snapshot - Shop Floor Session (lock-in in a yarn shop so they’re all happy!) with the Sock Guru @kateatherleyknits Part way through a brilliant class enhancing our Soxpertise. Feel like a VIP afterwards with private shopping, what a lovely Sunday. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #kateatherley #soxpertise #improvingoursockslife #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitknitknit  Super Stuff Saturday. Final one brightening our morning, happy colours of get a grip assistance in KnitPro Rainbow Blockers. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knitpro #rainbowblockers #superstuffsaturday  WINNERS! Representing southern LYS with Anna @wildandwoollyshop and Lois @jennywrensyarns at last night’s awards ..... fabulous women working hard and standing up to be counted in a room full of talented folk. Great fun at our table with Kit, Nell and @debbieblissknits (roping me in to mischief AGAIN  - speak to you later!) and the legendary Dame Hilary from @knitforpeace Great to catch up with associates old and new with @letsknitmag and all the other award winners thanks to public votes and awesome customers. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #awardwinning #weareallknitters #ourcustomersareawesome
 Beautiful, local, close to my heart, gleaming undyed Wensleydale from @marley_yarns is now labelled and ready for sale. This is, as you can read, a very personal project (see link in bio for the original release of the grey version of this yarn) but brought to you via The Yarn Dispensary. 4 ply in 50g balls (£11 per ball) of 110m or 100g skeins of 220m (£19 per skein) Spun by @natfibreco Queries from any indie dyers welcome if you’d like to get your hands on glorious British wool from our rare breed beasties and weave your magic. Your girls have done it again Jean, the yarn is exquisite. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #marleyyarns #wensleydalewool #britishwool #loveineverystitch #feedtheflock #rarebreed #jeanadamsflock #whatalegacy  Stationery outbreak! The planning and organising if multiple diaries to bring you the workshop and events programme for 2019 (we have classes scheduled up to 7th & 8th December - that’s the second of our @kariebookish Designer Residency weekends next year so it’s a year full of good stuff.) It’s not just something we throw together you know  #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #forwardplanning  It’s important to us that the ‘residency’ part of a designer residency leaves our tutors feeling valued, looked after and ready for doing what they do so wonderfully. Our workshop participants yesterday loved their learning and Kate will be sharing her knowledge in two classes today and a shop floor special tomorrow Soxpertise from 11am - 2pm and private shopping too as we’re closed to the public so it’s a lock-in in a yarn shop! #Repost @kateatherleyknits ・・・ The instructor accommodations at @theyarndispensary are pretty amazing. Also that ceiling makes me want to design a colourwork hat. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys  Super Stuff Saturday. The ultimate luxury and adored by shawl knitting customers is Desert Rose from our darling @lottieknits 400m per skein of 50% baby camel 50% silk #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #lottieknits #desertrose #swoon #superstuffsaturday


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