Summer Classes and Children’s Workshops at The Yarn Dispensary

We are delighted to announce an exciting programme of courses, classes, and children’s workshops for the Summer Season. For all courses please do see the “Workshops” page (click the link at the top) for the full details.

All tickets are available to purchase by e-mailing

Children’s Workshops at The Yarn Dispensary

This Summer sees us host our very first craft workshops for children here at The Yarn Dispensary. A qualified teacher with over 10 years’ experience, manager Gemma has put together a carefully planned programme of sessions for your children to choose from, each designed to enable the children to learn at a pace that suits them and have a lot of fun along the way, playing with colour and learning new skills.

Each session lasts for 2 hours, with a break in the middle for squash, fruit and games (please do advise us upon booking of any allergies or dietary requirements) and at the end of each session your child will have a finished object to show off with pride. 6 spaces are available for each session and are aimed at children aged 5+ unless otherwise stated.

Loom Weaving – Tuesday 30th July 9.30-11.30
Children will get the opportunity to create their own looms and weave summery and bright fabrics using yarns from our store. Finished object will be a small woven picture or colour block.
6 spaces

Fun with Pom Poms – Tuesday 6th August 9.30-11.30
Children will learn how to make pompoms and let their imaginations run riot with colour and combining pompoms to create fantasy creatures and other animals. Their take-home creations will be their finished creatures.
6 spaces

Learn to Crochet – Tuesday 13th August 9.30-11.30
Children will learn the basics of crochet, including how to tie a knot, slip knot, chains and double crochets, as they create their own maritime creatures. Their take-home creation will be a jelly-fish mobile.
6 spaces

Learn to Knit – Tuesday 20th August 9.30-11.30
Children will learn the basics of knitting – how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. They will use cotton to create an eco-friendly re-usable face cloth and learn about how making re-usable things can help the environment.
6 spaces

Summer Classes and Workshops for Adults
(for full details please see the Workshops page)

Learn to Knit – A Four Week Course, starts Saturday 6th July 10-12noon

Learn to Crochet – A Four Week Course, starts Thursday 11th July 1-3pm

Ins and Outs of Cables with Maddie Harvey, Sunday 21st July, 10am-1pm

Beading your Knitting – Saturday 10th August, 9.30-11.30am

Amigurumi – A Two Week Course, starts Saturday 17th August 2pm-4pm

World Knit in Public Day: 8th June 2019

You are Cordially Invited…
Team Yarn Dispensary is delighted to invite you to join us for a celebration of our beautiful shop, location, and World Knit in Public Day, this coming Saturday 8th June from 10am until close.

In addition to our usual tables in the heart of Faversham on its famous market day, we will be having:

* Chris, a local saxophonist, serenading us with classic jazz tunes from the courtyard to raise money for the hospice
* Folkestone Harbour Yarns will be having a trunk show in the main shop from 10am – 3pm – come and find out about natural dyes.
* Yarn Tasting – try working with different fibre contents!
* Special guests include Amy Florence of Stranded Dyeworks, and the Stranded Podcast.
* The much anticipated launch of our new lines in yarns and books including the award winning book “The Sock Drawer” and yarns from Truly Hooked, Qing Fibres, River Knits, and more!

So grab your knitting, crochet, spinning etc. and head on down to The Yarn Dispensary, Saturday 8th June.

Suzi AKA Folkestone Harbour Yarns will be having a trunk show.
Special guests include podcaster and hand-dyer, Amy Florence
Come and see our yarns from new-to-us dyer, Truly Hooked.

 P.S.  We have checked the weather report – it may be British, so bring a jacket and please don’t plan any barbecues for that weekend! 

In all seriousness though, please do bring a bottle of water and snacks with you, sunscreen (we can only hope!), and something to keep warm with if the need arises.  We do have a lovely shop so if we need to retreat inside, I’m sure no one will mind!

Travel Knitter Trunk Show: Saturday 11th May 2019

We are thrilled to be welcoming Larissa, AKA Travel Knitter, back to The Yarn Dispensary for a one day trunk show. Come along on Saturday 11th May to see her stunning hand dyed yarns and get a fabulous chance to buy some special skeins, including her gorgeous exclusive yarn dyed just for us!

Introducing our New Manager: Looking Forward at The Yarn Dispensary.

In this post:
1) Introducing the new manager
2) What’s in store for The Yarn Dispensary
3) Knit and Stitch Night
4) Local Yarn Shop Day
5) New Opening Hours

April 20th, 2019

Hello everyone. My name is Gemma and I am delighted to be able to introduce myself as the new manager of The Yarn Dispensary.  You can read my full editorial by clicking here, but for now I’ll just share a little about myself and the exciting things we have coming up at The Yarn Dispensary as we continue to build on the success of the past three-and-a-half-years.

My whole life I have been surrounded by yarn, knitting, crochet and creativity.  My grandma had a yarn shop when I was a little girl and I used to sit in my pram, greeting the customers as they came in.  She taught me to knit at age 5 (does anyone else recall knitting garter stitch with brightly coloured yarn and yellow plastic Pony needles?) and I’ve been knitting ever since.    When I was 15, Grandma taught me how to crochet.  It took me a while to get used to the new movements but I was immediately hooked, if you’ll pardon the pun.  I’m now crocheting garments too and having so much fun.

Some of you may already know me as the director of The Project Bag (my hand-dyed yarn company) and hostess of The Project Bag Podcast. At the start of 2018 I left my teaching career and embarked on a new venture as an indie-dyer, designer, tutor and podcaster. It’s been enormous fun and lots of hard work but it is paying off and I’m looking forward to vending at my first big festivals this year, as well as embracing the challenges and joys that managing The Yarn Dispensary will bring

So what’s next for The Yarn Dispensary? Well, you will be happy to know that the ethos and vision Vanessa and John had for the store remains the same: welcoming, community-focused and design-led; stocking high-quality yarns with a focus on natural fibres from a range of sources. Your favourite yarn store is here to stay and we have so many exciting events planned!

Knit and Stitch Night – Thursdays 7-9pm
On the 2nd May, Knit and Stitch Night will resume. All fibre crafts are welcome, so bring your knitting, crochet, macrame, hand embroidery, cross stitch, e-spinners, or whatever fibre craft you’re working on and join us for an evening of fun, crafty chat and – of course – some late-night shopping!

Local Yarn Shop Day – April 27th 2019
Please join us for cake and crafting as we celebrate our wonderful bricks-and-mortar (or lathe and plaster) yarn store. We will have exclusive knitting and crochet patterns to give you, courtesy of Let’s Knit, and we can’t wait to see you

New Extended Opening Hours
From the 30th April, we will have new opening hours:

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10am – 5pm
Wednesday – 10am – 5pm
Thursday – 12pm – 4pm.  7pm – 9pm
Friday – 10am – 5pm
Saturday – 9am – 5pm
Sunday – closed

So those are the highlights, everyone. Please do sign up for the monthly newsletter to keep abreast of all the upcoming goings-on, including important dates for your diary regarding trunk-shows, events and classes, by clicking here. And do make sure you’re following us on social media including Facebook and Instagram too!

We thank you all for your continued support of The Yarn Dispensary and look forward to seeing you very soon.

With best wishes,
on behalf of Vanessa, John and the team.

Moving On – Business as Usual

Earlier this year we told you that Gillian had sadly suffered a stroke. We regret to inform you that Gillian is retiring due to this and that her husband Sam, is also leaving to care for her. I am sure you will join us in wishing them both our very best wishes for the future.

We would like to assure you that it is ‘business as usual’ for The Yarn Dispensary’, however, we are looking for a temporary manager until we can put a permanent manager in place. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please ask them to send a CV or email in confidence to

From The Team at The Yarn Dispensary.

Wool Local

New yarn by the wonderful Erika Knight, we are really excited to showcase this beautiful British 4ply yarn in store now.

‘From fleece to finished yarn in less than 50 miles, Wool Local is both authentically British and environmentally sustainable. Starting at the British wool auction in Bradford, the wool is scoured, combed, spun, dyed, steamed and hanked in the county of Yorkshire.
An intimate blend of luxurious Bluefaced Leicester and hardwearing Masham, in a fine 4ply weight, this is a truly local wool, with its roots in the heartland of British textile manufacturing.’

450m per skein

Pom Pom Quarterly – Issue 28 Spring

Ginkgophyte by Emily Greene

Adiantum by Kelly Ordemann

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.


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


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.

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
Sold out


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01795 597 700

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