Birthday Knit Night

Thursday 27th September
7pm – 9pm

Our Birthday Knit Night is on Thursday 27th September from 7pm – 9pm so a bit of a change from our usual jolly at the start of the month as Faversham Hop Festival filled that gap.

We’re making it a double ‘Cheers!’ as it comes around a few days before Gillian’s 50th birthday on the 30th so there will be cake, wine and maybe even a stitch or two, dropped or otherwise, of knitting to go with our heartfelt thanks at you supporting us through another trading year.

We really, really couldn’t be what we are without our customers in store and those who support us on social media too – you are the power to our needles.


Saturday 29th September
Travelknitter Pop–Up & Exclusive Colourway Launch
10am – 3pm

To round off our birthday month we’ll be launching an exclusive colourway created for us by Travelknitter on a luxurious base of 50% baby camel, 50% silk – TYD Fired Up.

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.

Free event

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.

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

Pom Pom Quarterly – Issue 26 Autumn

The Moon Issue – on sale 23rd August.

Sky Map by Emily Foden

Sina by Amy Philip

Moondust by Melanie Berg

Moondust by Melanie Berg

Cerridwen by Fiona Alice

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…’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

 We are excited about introducing you to our exclusive colourway in collaboration with @travelknitter TYD Fired Up launches at 10am on Saturday #Repost @travelknitter ・・・ Who's *fired up* for my popup trunk show at @theyarndispensary on Saturday? I'll be bringing an exclusive colourway, TYD Fired Up, and I can't wait to share it! (Please forgive me for the terrible joke!) I'll be there from 10am to 3pm and I have a feeling it's going to be a very fun day. ... #haveyarnwilltravel #faversham #knitters #newyarn #ukknitters #handdyedyarn #indiedyedyarn #dyersofinstagram #imarealknitter #theyarndispensary #knittersofinstagram #lys  New pattern collection for Wild Wool from @knightkraft here tomorrow with a talk from Erika at noon. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #erikaknight #wildwool #knittersofinstagram #knittingpattern  Counting down... #Repost @travelknitter ・・・ This weekend I'll be locked away in the studio dyeing yarn for my pop-up trunk show at the stunning @theyarndispensary in Faversham on the 29th. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to this! Gillian is working on the rider as we speak (it's the rock star life) and customers have already been in touch to let me know they're going. If you're anywhere within striking distance of Kent, I'd love to see you! ... #travelknitterontour #theyarndispensary #faversham #travelknitter #localyarnshop #handdyedyarn  Professional Finishing Techniques Workshop This talented and smiling face belongs to designer @hattonknits who will be here on Saturday 6th October to teach you all the tweaks and tips for a better standard and appearance of your knitting. If you can cast on, knit, purl and cast off you’ll pick up techniques to improve what you’re making. Essential skills and info to enhance your efforts from a star of the UK hand knit industry - great company for a topic that will make a difference. Full day class 10am - 4pm. Link to workshop list in bio. Call in to book or we can invoice via PayPal. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #sarahhatton #knitweardesigner #essentialskills #workshop  Refreshments table is set, workshop room ready, awaiting eager students for the first day of @tomofholland Designer Residency weekend. Having our own ‘Darn it!’ moment as our software provider glitches mean we are unable to process any card payments. Link in bio for this season’s workshops. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #tomofholland #designerresidency #darning #workshop #knittersofinstagram
 Judging by the email and in-store customer conversations there’s a huge interest in the @travelknitter pop-up shop this Saturday - what excellent taste you all have! Going as fast as the slipped disc will allow to get our sample knitted up showing off our exclusive colourway TYD Fired Up in collaboration with @travelknitter - it’s a blazing beauty to set your needles alight in Larissa’s exquisite baby camel and silk base you’ll know from her Tanami range. If that’s one you have yet to discover come on over and see for yourself; we recommend seeing with your fingers! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #travelknitter #popupshop #exclusivecolourway #formanorderlyqueue  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. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #awardwinners #ourcustomersareawesome #britishknittingawards #cheers #bestindieretailer2018 #knittersofinstagram  Good day for post! Birthday, Everyday back from the printers and ready to go on sale with the kits for the version pictured on the cover after our short shop floor fair isle how-to demo at 10am on Saturday 15th September. Pattern: Birthday, Everyday by @fankled exclusive to The Yarn Dispensary initially before becoming available for wholesale orders. Yarn: Pip Colourwork by @baarameweknits Photography: @leocackett Model: @missamyp Newsletter subscribers it’s a post day for you too as next one coming your way imminently. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #birthdayeveryday #baaramewe #pipcolourwork #fankled #knitweardesign #leocackett #photographer #amypaterson #model  #Repost @schoolofupholstery ・・・ So woefully naive about this knitting lark. A huge thanks to the awesomly nice couple that are @theyarndispensary and the super cool darn-star that is @tomofholland chilling at the beach for a few hours trying get my head around this new(to me) way of making cloth for my own work. @fankled be careful what you wish for #newapp rentice#knitting #yarn #fibre #notdarningworkshop #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knittersofinstagram #tomofholland  Unpacked a box of yarny treasure from the wonderful @lottieknits this morning. A selection of Silken Singles, Queen Bee 4 Ply and Little Bird Sock in a whole new range of colours. On your marks, get set, GO! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #lottieknits #silkensingles #littlebirdsock #queenbee4ply #allnewcolours #yarn #indiedyer
 #Repost @travelknitter ・・・ It's that time of year when the woolly samples get a freshen up with a bath and some brand new labels. I do wear my samples so they're not just for show; I like to think that they earn their keep! This lot are getting ready for their first outing of the season at @theyarndispensary on Saturday. I can't wait! ... #handknits #handknitting #theyarndispensary #dyersofinstagram #haveyarnwilltravel #ukknitters #localyarnshop #smallbusinessuk #faversham  What are you doing this Saturday? Come on over and say hi, see what’s new and show off your knitting. Saturday 22nd September VIP Saturday Girl & Wild Wool Talk 10am – 2pm Talk at 12pm Collaborating once again with our friend, and Saturday Girl extraordinaire, Erika Knight. In addition to shop floor services Erika will be giving a talk about her latest yarn, Wild Wool, a sustainable blend of soft wool and nettle. Made something from Erika’s extensive design collection or using her yarn? Come along and share your work. Free event #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knittersofinstagram #erikaknight #knistagram #yarnporn #yarnlove  Forward planning for something you will start opening each day in 11 weeks time. (Determined to avoid the December event word in our intro to this post!) ・・・#Repost @lottieknits ・・・ Advent Calendar PRE ORDERS go live on the website tonight at 7pm BST! I know a few of you have been eagerly awaiting these, and quantities are limited, so don’t wait around! They’re also available to order from @theyarndispensary if you’re in Kent! Want to see what last year’s calendar was like? Swipe to see the selection on minis or take a look at the hashtag #lottieknitsmsac2017 to see more! This year’s minis won’t be the same as last year, but you can expect a good mix of colours (new and old) and dyeing styles again, with no repeat colourways from last year. #knitsnotbots #yarnadventcalendar #yarnadvent #imarealknitter #lottieknits #lottieknitsyarn #lottieknitsyarns #handdyersofinstagram #yarndyer #yarndyersofinstagram #indiedyer #indiedyersofinstagram #handdyedyarn #miniskeins #yarnyarnyarn #yarnologist #britishknitters #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys  Lovely weekend in lovely company, thanks to @tomofholland for sharing his time and expertise with our students. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #weekendworkshop #tomofholland #darning #specialistclasses #textiles #neverstoplearning #visiblemending  Hoppy Birthday to this little yarny emporium tomorrow as we turn 3. As our anniversary coincides with Faversham’s Hop Festival and tens of thousands of extra merrymakers in town we’ve decided to have a celebratory month so there’s more for you to enjoy when it’s not so jam packed with boozing and boogieing. Tomorrow we have a new delivery of project bags from our collaboration with fab local screen printer @loop.lisajones and some butter soft Cashmere DK to kick off the month. Next weekend it’s @tomofholland and his Designer Residency. Mid month - shop floor tutorial and launch of our birthday design Birthday, Everday using @baarameweknits Pip Colourwork. 22nd - Erika Knight joins us as @knightkraft VIP Saturday Girl Extraordinaire and giving a talk on Wild Wool at noon. 29th - eagerly awaited Pop-Up Shop with the sumptuous work of Larissa @travelknitter who will round up our birthday month with her treasures AND a colourway exclusive. Thank you with all that is in us for getting this small, independent, family business to that magic three year spot. You are wonderful x #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #threeyearsold #ourcustomersareawesome #birthdaymonth #tomofholland #fankled #erikaknight #travelknitter
 Erika’s here! In our happy place - great friends, gorgeous yarn and superb customers. Talk about Wild Wool by @knightkraft at noon. Rail full of sample garments to try and the best Saturday girl ever. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #erikaknight #wildwool #saturdaygirl  Pattern launch day. Our Birthday, Everyday design is all yours now. Short tutorial session on fair isle skills at 10am - kits available in store. Who’s coming for a how to? See you soon. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #birthdayeveryday #newdesign #tutorial #fairisle #knittersofinstagram #showusyourwoolly  They’ve landed! We know it’s September when our @toft_uk pompom delivery arrives. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #toftalpaca #alpacapompom #september #currentdesksituation  All the cheese in these smiles as @tomofholland and @fankled get hands on with the samples of our soon-to-be-available next release of our exclusive @marley_yarns Wensleydale.....’Oooooh look at that lustre!’ #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #tomofholland #designerresidency #darning #workshop #fankled #wensleydale #yarnnotcheese #allthecheese  Trio of hats from Knitting From The North by @hilarygrantknitwear all knitted in Pip Colourwork from our pals @baarameweknits At £3.20 a ball it’s a lot of British wool brilliance for your knitting pleasure. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #hilarygrant #knittingfromthenorth #baaramewe #pipcolourwork #fairisle #ifyouwanttogetaheadgetahat #knittersofinstagram


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