Pom Pom Quarterly – Issue 28 Spring

On sale 28th February.


This was hard to write and won’t be easy to take in but we wanted you to know.

On Friday 18th January our fabulous and exceptional manager Gillian collapsed at work. She has had a stroke which has resulted in a small degree of permanent damage.

With anti convulsion treatment, rest and rehabilitation she will recover well. The life changing consequences mean that Gillian for the time being will no longer have a full time role on the shop floor.

The person we knew is still there fortunately.

The shop is running with Sam, Gillian’s husband and colleague, in charge and knowledgeable staff to assist – we look forward to keeping you happily supplied and knitting.
Please check our slightly amended opening hours.

We are immensely grateful for your love and support.

Many thanks


Workshop Dates February – May 2019

Tickets on sale now

You can email for invoicing via PayPal or purchase tickets in-store for the following classes. We do not take bookings nor payment over the phone.


Knit How

Putting the Know How out there is Knit How from Pom Pom Press.Primarily aimed at newcomers to knitting, it’s also a solid resource for skills reinforcement and a clean, contemporary guide to getting it right.

As you’d expect from Pom Pom the collection of accessories and garments are want to make/want to wear designs so we can see this becoming as much of a go-to as a stitch dictionary for more seasoned knitters. There are times we just want a simple pattern for our chosen materials.


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.


Travelknitter

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
£26

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


Isager

K (KNIT)
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
£5.75


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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

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The Yarn Dispensary on Instagram

 Restocked with our beautiful natural buttons, we have a few spaces for A Beautiful Buttonband workshop this weekend with the lovely @eastlondonknit Another of Rénee’s classes that sold out at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018 and a new topic for this year. Button bands are the final and oft dreaded, step for that project you spent so much time knitting. You will learn: Several ways to work buttonholes How to space your buttonholes perfectly Professional tips and tricks from a top designer. Link in bio. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knittersofinstagram #knitting #button #buttons #workshop #eastlondonknit  On Friday 18th January our fabulous and exceptional manager Gillian collapsed at work. She has had a stroke which has resulted in a small degree of permanent damage. With anti convulsion treatment, rest and rehabilitation she will recover well. The life changing consequences mean that Gillian will for the time being no longer have a full time role on the shop floor. The person we knew is still there fortunately. The shop is running with Sam, Gillian’s husband and colleague, in charge and knowledgeable staff to assist - we look forward to keeping you happily supplied and knitting. Please check our slightly amended opening hours for the time being. We are immensely grateful for your love and support. Many thanks From the team at The Yarn Dispensary x #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knitting  This talented quartet are teaching here over the next months (workshop list link in bio) with tickets on sale now - there’s only one space left in @kateatherleyknits Casting On & Binding Off class and two left for @kariebookish Mock Cables & Twisted Stitches but otherwise good availability. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #workshop #reneecallahan #eastlondonknit #annamaltz #sweaterspotter #kateatherley #kariewestermann #alwayslearning  In fine voice for the final Knit Night of 2018! The usual Rabble with the mellifluous delights of carol singers fundraising for the wonderful @pilgrimshospices As we said at the end of our newsletter today “Whether this time of year finds you excited, or exhausted, there is someone, somewhere walking in parallel. Be kind to yourselves and others.” #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knitnightrabble #knitnight #pilgrimshospices #notalone #bekind  Putting the Know How out there is Knit How from @pompommag Primarily aimed at newcomers to knitting, it’s also a solid resource for skills reinforcement and a clean, contemporary guide to getting it right. As you’d expect from @pompommag the collection of accessories and garments are want to make/want to wear designs so we can see this becoming as much of a go-to as a stitch dictionary for more seasoned knitters. There are times we just want a simple pattern for our chosen materials. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #pompommag #knithow #knowhow #learning #solidifying #referencebook #cleanandcontemporary #bookshelfbuddy #knitting #knittersofinstagram
 Textural, interesting and inspiring is the way forward with Marlisle: use two yarns in combination to create three colours and expand your knitting repertoire with multiple yarn weights. Striking accessories, appealing garments or simple ‘pick it up, knit it, use up materials’ projects of your own devising are all within your grasp. The trunk show of items from Anna Maltz @sweaterspotter latest book is on display or maybe you’d like to learn the how to from the designer herself with a class here on the 2nd March? #theyarndispensary #lys #faversham #workshop #marlisle #marlisleanewdirectioninknitting #sweaterspotter #annamaltz  We are ready to steek with @annanikipirowicz - tunnock’s on hand when required! Full list of upcoming works online with link in bio. #theyarndispensary #faversham #learn #knitting #kittensofinstagram #steeking #colourwork #colourworkknitting #lys #tunnocksteacake  Three newly released shades of @baarameweknits Pip Colourwork bring the pick’n’mix selection to 18 shades for your 4 ply pleasure. They’re nestled in our upcoming range of fabric tubs in collaboration with @loop.lisajones #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #baaramewe #pipcolourwork #fourplyfun #screenprintedfabric #looplisajones #tubsandpots #joyofstorage #collaboration  Final restock of the year for our collaboration with @loop.lisajones and there’s a shelf full of the garment capacity project bags awaiting; lovely to give or keep and even better when opened to reveal the glorious potential of @isageryarn - it’s our favourite brand for fibre combining to achieve beautiful composite fabrics. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #looplisajones #collaboration #isageryarn #fibrefiend #happyknitting  Our winter face is ready to greet you until 4.30pm today and 11am - 2pm tomorrow. Many happy purchases of single chunky skeins for gift knitting and Aran and superchunky for cosy sweater projects - it’s been a pleasure to hear what you’re making! Time for a restorative cuppa here so cheers ☕️#theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #winterknits #youlotarebrilliant #ourcustomersareawesome #knitting #knittersofinstagram
 Want to spring clean your knit skills? This Fibretastic Foursome are here to help - come in or email for remaining tickets. Boosting your knowledge and confidence with a sparkling set of classes will be @eastlondonknit @sweaterspotter @kateatherleyknits @kariebookish Link to workshop list in bio. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #workshops #springclean #boostyourskills #knitting #toptutors #knittersofinstagram #eastlondonknit #sweaterspotter #kateatherley #kariewestermann  We're sorry to say there will be no Knit night on Thursday this week. The shop will be open as usual on Wednesday if you need to top up. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knitting #knitnight  Shining the spotlight on our first trading day of 2019: Greeting you as you come in is this Nikka Vord sweater by @gudrunjohnston in the match-made-in-heaven combo of @fyberspates Vivacious DK and @coopknits Socks Yeah DK. Thanks for all your workshop ticket emails, we’re sending out invoices so look out for those if you’ve nabbed a space. See you soon. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #backtowork #sweatersuperstar #nikkavord #gudrunjohnston #theshetlandtrader #fyberspates #vivaciousdk #rachelcoopey #socksyeahdk #coopknits  Driving the admin bus and typing up 2019 workshop list for imminent newsletter. Subscribers get the info ahead of general release - you can sign up via the contacts page of our website. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #adminavalanche #whatpaperlesssociety #workshops #2019  It’s here! Our pals @thefibrecompany got the shipping container unpacked speedily and your patience has been rewarded, the Tundra box is restocked NOW! We’ll give you a free pattern for our Baltic Beanie with every purchase - perfect one skein project done in an evening for your knitworthy loved ones. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #thefibrecompany #tundra #balticbeanie #worththewait #perfectproject
 Back in stock and giving us all some inspiration & tips KNITHOW by the fantastic @pompommag #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knithow #knitknitknit  Rabble in the house! Knit Night and the divine Angus patiently waiting for those WITH opposable thumbs to open the dog treats. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #knitnight #knitnightrabble #leasttroubleofthelot  So who’s at this stage of gift making then? Done bar the ends sewn. yarn is Starry Night BFL 4 ply from @riverknitsuk Pattern is Close to You by @letesknits David is one upholstered stool (don’t ask) from present completion which should be a breeze - have staple gun and all that! We close at 4.30pm and will be back again at 10am Friday 28th December with the first release of workshop tickets for 2019. See you soon; here’s to the tradition of sewing things up at midnight on the 24th 🧶 #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #deadlineknitting #knittersofinstagram #knitting  With a HUGE thank you to @kariebookish and this beautiful photo from the marvellous Victoria @edencottageyarns our Christmas knit project, the Swale hap, is sorted - this one has been on our Wish List for a while and is now available on @hi.ravelry so you know what to do! The wonderful medieval market town we call home is on the Swale and @kariebookish is family here so this one is a heartfelt knit. We’ve made our pattern purchase on ravelry, grabbed our 5mm pins and are off to choose which DK to cast on. #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #swalehap #swaleestuary #medievalmarket #kariewestermann #knityourownfamily #victoriamagnus #alwayscredityoursource #happyknitting  Ignoring the rain washing through the town this morning we are more focused on other watery bodies nomenclature and opted for our latest delivery from @riverknitsuk to brighten the day. The last lot vanished so fast we didn’t get the chance to share its arrival as a stock line so here it is - dyed by Becci and Markus in their narrowboat dye studio on British Wool bases - it’s the knitterly equivalent of puddle splashing joy! #theyarndispensary #faversham #lys #riverknits #puddlejumpingjoy

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