New Craft Kits and Workshops!

We shall shortly be extending our range with the introduction of new crafts and workshops, these will include kits for:

Knitting: Simple Little Neck Warmer

Crochet: Craft Bag

Komihimo: Braided Jewellery

Decopatch: Birds, Animals, Shapes, Ceramic Items

Folk Art: Cards , Shapes, Picture Frames

Cross Stitch: Selection from “Bothy Threads” range of fabulous pictures

Woolfelt: IPad and mobile cases, Change purses and bags

New workshops will be scheduled for these crafts starting with Kumihimo with Anne Sharpe on Saturday August 8th.

Events

Craft Taster Day Sunday August 2nd

Visit us from 12 noon until 4 pm and try your hand at a range of crafts including:

Knitting             Crochet              Jewellery Making         Bobbin Lace     Needle Felting  Spinning and Drop Spindle       Crochet           Jewellery Sewing      Decopatch

Sew Your Own

Make a Knitting Needle Roll or Jewellery Roll with Two Go Crafting on Sunday July 19th from 11.00 – 2.00. Cost is £35 including all materials, equipment and use of sewing machines. Only 6 spaces available. Either book through the shop or email to hello@twogorafting.co.uk

Monthly Competition

There were two correct answers to our June competition, “Mr Professor” and “Graham” our fitness professional. All correct entries were put into a bag and Christine drew two names.

1st prize drawn (£10 voucher) was Vanessa Nightingale and 2nd prize drawn (£5 voucher) was Triona McClosky, please visit us to collect your prize.

Eggs

Try our local (laid in Chieveley) Free Range Duck and Hens Eggs. Our customers say they are delicious.

YarnFest Updates

Claire’s Cakes – Have you tried these naughty but gorgeous cakes yet? We have fresh deliveries each week and they are something to die for! Cake and a fresh ground coffee is only £2.80.

Fitness Boot Camp — Our numbers are starting to increase and the members are getting fitter. Come along at 09.15 each Saturday and join the fun.

Workshops — Our latest schedule is below, in addition we shall shortly be introducing a new list of shorter workshops for children, these will take place in the school holidays and are suitable for five year olds and upwards. The final course types are to be finalised though will include “Finger Knitting”, Fill the Gap and Decopatch.

Knit in Public Day — Saturday June 12th saw the shop premises with a surprise makeover with “Yarn Bombing” created by Mel, Tracy and Rachel and their accomplices who got through a lot of wool to decorate the front gates through the trees to our building, brilliant. Whilst the weather was not so brilliant the cream teas made up for it! Thanks to everyone who contributed and participated in the day.

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Refreshments are available all day.

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

 

YarnFest Updates and Courses!

Graham’s “Fitness Boot Camp” at YarnFest: Graham’s first “Fitness Boot Camp” attracted only a small response but those who attended were very happy with the results of their efforts and the instruction. The sessions are held each Saturday from 9.15 for 45 minutes and you can join these sessions at anytime, just turn up and enjoy, the classes are suitable for levels of current fitness from straggler to energetic! The Introductory sessions is £7.00, one off sessions are £10.00 though if you book a series of 10 sessions the cost is £7.00 per session.

YarnFest Sock Club: The next meeting is on Monday June 8th at 7 pm. Call Tracy at YarnFest with any questions. Craft Fair: This has been postponed until later in the year, the date is to be announced.

Sewing Drop-in: Come along any Tuesday from 10.00 —12.30 with Marlyn and Paula and talk sewing and everything craft over coffee, tea and biscuits. £2.00 per person. The next session is on June 9th.

Courses: See below for all our current courses. If you have any suggestions for courses that you would like to see held, please let us know and we will look into it for you.

Unwinders Knitting Group: This group meets at YarnFest every other Monday evening from 7.00 pm, the next meeting is on Monday June 15th. Either turn up or call Tracy at YarnFest for more details and benefits.

Tracy’s Crafters: Meet every Thursday evening at the shop from 7.00 pm. Call Tracy at YarnFest for more details and benefits.

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Knit in Public Day!

Knit In Public Day – Saturday June 13th

We are supporting this initiative on our premises this year which we hope may take place outside or inside if the weather is unkind. From 2.00 pm come and have a fun afternoon and knit with other knitters. Cream teas will be available at £2.50 each along with special offers in the shop on the day.

Loyalty Scheme

We would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support and understanding of our position which has forced us to suspend our loyalty points scheme for three months until September 1st when it will restart. During June, July and August no points will be issued and no vouchers (except paid gift vouchers) will be accepted, we will extend the validity of any in-date issued vouchers by a further three months ensuring that all such vouchers can be used when the scheme recommences. If you need your voucher’s validity date extended please present it at our counter for annotating.

YarnFest Kits

yarn clockClock— Available as a kit or complete, comprising the hoop frame with mount for the Clock mechanism, hands, and face base materials, ready for your own number embellishment e.g. sewing, crochet or buttons.

£10.99 per Kit (AA Battery not included) or £14.99 complete inc’ Battery. Knitting & Crochet — See our new range of kits comprising Pattern, Yarn and

Needles all ready to go, they are suitable for all ages and abilities.

YarnFest Knit and Natter Knit and Natter meetings are held every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2.00 until 4.00, the cost is £2.00 per person and includes coffee and tea and 10% discount on yarns purchased during the afternoon. All are welcome, come and meet other knitters and enjoy a natter and knit.

Sew Your Own Knitting Needle Roll or Jewellery Roll with Two Go Crafting on Sunday July 19th from 11.00 –2.00. Cost is £35 including all materials, equipment and use of sewing machines. Only 6 spaces available. Either book through the shop or email to hello@twogorafting.co.uk

Yarn Shop Day 2nd May

We were pleased to join in this national initiative started by “Let’s Knit” Magazine and hope that it helps recognise the current plight of most independent shops, we all need your support. In the craft business demand slows in the summer though the recent warm spell has affected us earlier this year, as a result we have recently been forced to reduce costs and look to diversify into other areas whilst trying not to affect our current activities. We are appealing to all our customers for their continued support especially from May through September to ensure that we are still here to serve you in the winter period and beyond. We hope you understand our position and we would like to thank you for your continued support.

New Yarns

yarn 2See our new colours in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and Rialto 4 Ply. From Sirdar we have Click DK with wool, Divine, Ella DK Cotton Blend and Baby Snuggly. Stylecraft Wondersoft Merry Go Round. Yarn Buddies are also back in stock.

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YarnFest Clock— Kit

Available as a kit comprising the hoop frame with mount for the Clock mechanism with hands, and face base materials, ready for your own number embellishment with e.g. crochet or buttons: £10.99 per Kit

(An “AA Battery” is required but is not included in the kit )

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Buy a completed clock with crochet or button numbers, including “AA Battery “ £14.99 per Clock

Updates

kiraOur Easter Extravaganza went well and our limited edition Easter Egg was won by Kira Smith who’s ticket was drawn from only two correct (Kira and Gill Pittock) entries nominated by participating customers. As a result £55 (all proceeds) was donated to Newbury Cats Protection Society. The name of the needle felted owl? It was Ozzy! ozzy

  • Wonderwool : – Our trip went very well and 21 of us enjoyed a great day out with plenty of quality items to tempt us and judging by the amount of “Excess baggage” on the coach the trip achieved its objective, a lovely day out in convivial company, though we were all shattered at the end!
  • Sock Club: is on Monday May 11th at 7 pm. Bank Holiday Openings: We are open all day 10.00 am until 5.30 pm
  • Craft Fair: planned for Saturday July 12th— more details next month or contact us if you are interested in a stand.
  • Courses: Our first machine sewing course with Paula and Marlyn of “Twogocrafting” was very successful and further courses have been scheduled, see below.
  • Needle Felting: This was so successful that we have scheduled three further courses teddythough spaces are limited, so book early. The Owls looked great and a Teddy is next.
  • YarnFest “Fitness Boot Camp” We are planning a schedule of 45 minute group fitness sessions with “Graham” our professional instructor. Initially these will be on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings outdoor in the garden. Course will be fun and cater for all abilities. Contact us for further details. Get fit-keep fit

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Customer Corner

custCongratulations to Alison Day this months winner of Customer Corner. Call into the shop to collect your prize.

Send your snaps to yarnfest@btconnect.com

Easter Extravaganza

Our Easter holiday opening hours are:

Good Friday       10.00 – 5.30
Easter Saturday  09.00 – 5.30
Easter Sunday    Closed
Easter Monday   10.00—4.30

On Easter Monday do not miss our Great Offers (up to 50% off) and the revealing of the winner of our Giant Limited Edition Easter Egg Competition. Just guess the name of our needle felted “Boy Owl “ and win this fabulous egg.

The competition is open now at £1 per entry with the proceeds being donated to the Newbury Cats Protection Charity. The winner will be announced at 3 pm on Easter Monday. In the event of multiple correct entries these will be put together and the winner will be drawn.

Yarn of the Week

We are starting April with two yarns from King Cole, Fashion Aran and Riot DK, these are two favourites, and will be available at 20% discount from Monday March 30th until Sunday April 12th, another two yarns will be announced from April 13th. The discount covers yarns in stock and for pre-paid orders.

easterNeedle Felted Animals, accompanying our Boy Owl we now have “Percy” the Penguin. If you would like to learn to make these models, enroll in our “Needle Felting” Course on Saturday April

11th and take home a cute model, spaces are still available, from 10.00 – 3.00 at £45 including course materials.

New Products

In addition to Brittany Needles we have now added single pointed Knit Pro Wooden Needles, these are very high quality, are very nice to use and a good alternative to Brittany.

We are pleased to promote YarnFest customer, “Pea Brodhurst” with her new book, “Do Goats Go To Heaven”, this is a great comical read of her life and fun with “Shreddie” (the goat!). We have this book in stock and it’s a nice gift for any occasion. Look out for Shreddie around town, he goes everywhere with Pea!

Updates

  • Sock Club. The next meeting is 7pm April 27th, later than normal due to Easter and other clashing dates.
  • Wonderwool Wales Saturday April 25th. We still have one seat available, please contact us as soon as possible if you want to join us on this great day out. The cost is £36.00, includes travel and entrance ticket.
  • Spinning Day. There were three spinning wheels present and whilst there were few attendees the day was very enjoyable and we introduced some new people to the world of spinning. We plan to hold a similar meeting later in the year.
  • Duck Eggs. Check out our local Duck Eggs from the “Happy Ducks of Horsemoor Farm” in Chieveley at £2.00 for pack of 6. They taste great , are bigger than hens eggs and ideal to cook with.

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* At 01.04.15— Call for Updates
** Includes Kit to make a small animal
***Incudes a Tunisian Crochet Hook

New Booking Conditions. With immediate effect we are implementing a minimum period of 3 clear days notice required to change an existing booking. We would appreciate everyone’s understanding for us needing to set this criteria. Genuine cases of emergency will always be looked at sympathetically.

New Sewing Course. We are currently discussing with a local team to provide sewing courses, these would be on a regular basis and cover all aspects from sewing machine instruction to producing garments of differing levels of complexity. Classes will be for four persons and include the provision of sewing machines. For us to gauge interest, please let us know if you would be interested, there is no obligation.

New Yarn of the Week

Yarn of the Week

We are starting March with two yarns from King Cole, Riot Chunky and Riot DK, these are two favourites, and will be available at 20% discount from Monday March 2nd until Sunday March 15th, another two yarns will be announced from March 16th. The discount covers yarns in stock and for pre-paid orders.

Clearance Yarns

There are still yarns on the shelf though they are running down quickly, visit early for 30% off some lovely yarns.

Please note we cannot accept returns for yarns sold under “Clearance” unless faulty and loyalty vouchers do not apply to these transactions.

New Products

Stylecraft Malabar Aran Cotton with Silk is a lovely new soft yarn for spring and summer and comes with a great selection of patterns. Also we have two new 4 ply cottons from King Cole and Sirdar. Check our shelves for new books from Rowan and Debbie Bliss.

Updates

  • Sock Club. Following our first meeting on February 16th Tracy has registered the group on Facebook and Ravelry as “Newbury Sock Club. The next meeting will be at YarnFest on Monday March 16th at 7.00pm and new members who are sock knitters will be welcome.
  • Wonderwool Wales Saturday April 25th. Our booking has been confirmed with Bailey’s Coaches of Hermitage to whisk us to Wales in a new 22 seat luxury coach. Leaving YarnFest at 8.30, we expect to arrive at Wonderwool around 11.00am and will leave at 4.00pm, expecting to arrive back at 6.30pm, approx. There are currently two spaces available for this trip, if you are interested in this great day out then call us as soon as possible, the cost is £36.00 including your entrance ticket to the event. Parking will be available for the day at Yarnfest.
  • Spinning Day. Apologies for the error in our February newsletter that stated a February date instead of March! The event is on Sunday March 8th between 12.00—4.00pm. This is an informal gathering where customers can bring their spinning wheels and those who are interested can also try their hand at the art!
  • Knit and Natter. Since starting these meetings almost four years ago we have strived to improve our facilities to host such meetings. Our latest development has seen new tables and cupboards installed and the provision of “Café” snacks and hot drinks. However creating such facilities comes at a cost and from March 9th 2015 we shall be making a small charge of £2.00 per person to attend Knit and Natter meetings that are held during the day. This will currently cover the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon meetings. We hope that everyone understands the reasons for this development and that you will better enjoy the experience of using our new improved facility.
  • Mini – Café. Try our new look café area while you browse, and enjoy a cup of fresh ground coffee and choose from a range of snacks, including, soups, biscuits, cakes, brownies and bars, and bring your knitting!

Do not forget Mother’s Day is on Sunday March 15th.
Visit us for Gifts and Gift Vouchers

Courses

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To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk
We have introduced two new categories of courses from this month: An Introduction to Needle Felting (Sat April 11th) our new tutor, Dawn, will run this course during which you will be making a small animal. No experience is necessary and all tools and materials are included in the cost of the course. Dawn can teach a maximum of eight persons so book early!

Our second new course is Tunisian Entrelac Crochet (Sat May 2nd) and follows on from our successful Entrelac Knitting course. A Tunisian crochet hook is included in the cost of the course.

Customer Corner

custmarCongratulations to Karen Hackwood this months winner of Customer Corner.

Call into the shop to collect your prize.

Send your snaps to yarnfest@btconnect.com or bring your finished pieces in store to enter.

February News

Yarn of the Week!

From Monday February 2nd we shall be featuring a weekly in store yarn promotion. Each week we shall offer a popular yarn at 20% discount that applies to stock and paid orders transacted during the week (Monday to Sunday), however loyalty vouchers cannot be used with this promotion. The yarn on offer for our first week will be the beautiful 100% wool, Blue Faced Leicester Aran from West Yorkshire Spinners, a new yarn offer will then appear each subsequent Monday.

Clearance Deals

Our clearance deals will remain until sold out, they are going down quickly but we still have some nice lines left including:

  • Sirdar Sublime,
  • Debbie Bliss Roma,
  • Rowan Fazed Tweed
  • and King Cole Bamboozle.

There is still enough available to complete your projects, though time is running out so hurry to bag that bargain!

New Products

  • Following their earlier success “Yarn Buddies” are back in stock
  • Check out our new buttons and our re-stocked “Hemline Haberdashery“ cabinet
  • New yarns include the return of “Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino” with new patterns
  • New from “Louise Harding” we have “Noema” with a selection of great pattern books
  • See the full range of “Artesano Alpaca Heather“ (DK Alpaca & Wool 50g Skein), a selection of “Definition Sock yarn” and “Alpaca Silk Lace”. All “Artesano patterns” are now available free when downloaded as a PDF file. Also from Artesano we are stocking “KA Asymmetric circular sock needles” for “Knitting socks in the round”
  • Try the new “KA Square Weaving Loom” and use up your spare wool to quickly create 10cm x 10cm “Place mats, coasters, shawls” and other fun and useful things. An essential accessory for all knitters!

Updates

  • New “Sock Club”. Our first meeting will take place on Monday February 16th at 7.00pm. This event is for experienced sock knitters to exchange ideas, show their socks and enjoy a convivial evening until it is time to “Put a sock in it!” If the inaugural meeting is successful this event will be held each month. For more details call Tracy at YarnFest.
  • Wonderwool Wales Saturday April 25th. We need to finalise numbers for this event as soon as possible. To enable us to arrange transport we need to have the names of all who wish to go by Friday February 20th. Once we have the transport organised we will be able to define the cost and times, you will then need to confirm your booking and pay a non returnable deposit. Call us if you need any further information or go to www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk
  • Spinning Day Come along on Sunday February 8th to our first spinning day, if you spin bring your wheel or if you are interested or just curious come along and try it yourself, it’s a great craft , addictive and a very satisfying pastime. For more information call us at the shop.
  • Suspension of Thursday Late Opening – From February 1st 2015 we shall be closing at our regular time of 5.30 pm though we shall keep the situation under review dependant on demand. The earlier closing on Thursdays does not effect the Thursday evening Knitting Group which will be held us normal hosted by Tracy
  • The Entrelac knitting course still has spaces available, we have a sample of this fascinating craft in the shop and it is attracting a lot of interest.
  • Knooking. We are investigating this craft which is a mixture of Knitting and Crochet and have some new Knooking needles in stock if you would like to try it.
  • Knitted Garments – We are now offering a knitting service to produce a knitted garment to most patterns held in stock. To price a pattern to have knitted please contact the shop. This service is universally available to anyone.

2015 Workshops

Refreshments are available all day.

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

Do Not forget our Knitting Surgery with Jonna, between 1 –2 pm on most Saturdays.

Call to check dates.

CUSTOMER CORNER

Congratulations to Sophie Hale

cust febThis month’s winner of Customer Corner. Call into the shop to collect your prize.

Send your snaps to yarnfest@btconnect.com or bring your finished pieces in store to enter.

January Sale!

Starts on Friday January 2nd and ends on Sunday January 11th

25% off all yarns*

*While stocks last. Stylecraft Special DK excluded from this sale.

New Items: Yarns and Patterns

King Cole Opium

See the range of new multi colours for that King Cole favourite, Opium yarn. With new patterns now using 4mm and 3.25mm producing a tighter knit to the finished garment.

Stylecraft Eskimo Kisses

A new “Fluffy” double knit yarn in 50g balls with a range of attractive patterns. Currently we have two shades in stock.
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2015 Workshops

2015 courses

Refreshments are available all day.

  • Our Entrelac Knitting Course : – For those that do not know, Entrelac is a technique used to create textured diamonds.
  • The Unwinders Knitting Group meets on alternative Monday evenings from 8.00 pm at YarnFest. Call the shop for confirmation of dates.
  • Our Thursday evening knitting group is getting ever popular and new members are welcome to knit, crochet or spin (bring your wheel). Knit n Natter and enjoy a hot or cold drink. Also we are looking to form a “Sock Group” please call for more info’.
  • Formal knitting groups receive a 10% discount on yarns purchased at their meeting.
  • Coach trip to “Wonderwool” Wales 25/26th April. Let us know if you are interested.

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

A Very Merry Christmas to our Customers from All at Yarnfest

Christmas Specials and Present Ideas

  • Spend £40 on yarns and accessories and receive a free Knitting Bag (value £20)*
  • Spend £50 on yarns and accessories and receive a free Craft/Knit Bag (value £25)*
  • Easy Lace Scarf Kit, contains Rowan and Debbie Bliss yarn with Brittany needles and pattern for a special “Christmas” price of £19.99.
  • Join us on Thursday December 18th between 5 pm and 7 pm for drinks and nibbles and enjoy our exclusive Christmas deals.
  • Marblz Collection of Knit Pro Needles contains 8 pairs of needles, cables and caps, a fabulous limited edition gift, at £63.99.
  • Keep your yarn tidy and safe with a “Yarn Buddy” £21.99, a perfect gift.
    YarnFest Gift Vouchers for any value, available with your own personalised cards.
  • Other Christmas ideas: Cross Stitch Kits, Crochet Hook Sets, Children’s Knitting and Crochet Kits, super Books from Rowan, Debbie Bliss, King Cole and more.
  • See our new yarns, King Cole “Halo” Snood, ready to wear without knitting, cheat at only £4.99!! Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK in 50g balls, spoil yourself only £11.99 a ball!
  • Well done everyone who purchased Gills Crochet Poppies. We raised the fantastic sum of £103.38 for the royal British Legion Poppy appeal, this was the second largest amount raised in our area of Hermitage and Frilsham. Thanks to you all.

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*Limited offer, subject to stock availability. Not applicable with other offers Loyalty Vouchers are not valid with this offer

Workshops 2014/15

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* Includes 1 ball of Sock Wool & a set of DP Needles

** Includes 1 skein of WYS yarn
*** Includes 25mm Broomstick

  • The Unwinders Knitting Group meets on alternative Monday evenings from 8.00 pm at YarnFest. Call the shop for confirmation of dates.
  • Our Thursday evening knitting group is getting ever popular and new members are welcome to knit, crochet or spin (bring your wheel). Knit n Natter and enjoy a hot or cold drink.
  • Formal knitting groups receive a 10% discount on yarns purchased at their meeting.
  • Coach trip to “Wonderwool” Wales 25/26th April. Let us know if you are interested. www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk for further details

Christmas Craft Fayre!

Christmas Craft Fayre

Under cover in the garden

Sunday November 9th 10.30—3.30 pm

2 minutes silence will be observed at 11.00 am in respect of the “Remembrance Day Commemorations”.

News and Updates

  • YarnFest vouchers are now available with your own personalised cards to suit all occasions including Christmas, holidays and birthdays.
  • Need some Christmas ideas? Soon we will have a range of gifts ideal for those who knit and crochet, including craft and needle bags and sets of circular needles and crochet hooks in attractive presentation cases plus other Christmas ideas.
  • Our new Thursday evening knit and craft group is gathering momentum. Join us from 7pm and enjoy a convivial evening out with like—minded people and receive 10% discount on yarns purchased on the night. Spinners are also welcome. Have wheel, will travel!
  • The “Overwinders” knitting group is on alternate Monday evenings (from 7.30) at YarnFest and new members are always welcome. Check with us for the dates.

New Yarns

rowan laceRowan – Lace, a super fine yarn and Eldorado Crochet Cotton No6 in three shades, cream, white and ecru. Stylecraft – Chunky, Aran, Carnival and Harlequin. Debbie Bliss – Angel now in new colours. King Cole – Glitz in great new colours including a limited special Christmas shade, also five new colours in Moods DK. Sirdar – Ophelia, a “fun fur” yarn with a glimpse of metallic thread. A good range of supporting patterns is available for all of these new yarns. For our spinners Blue Faced Leicester rovings are now available in white and light brown shades. Also see our CDA – Cross Stitch Cushion Kits.

Finally see our selection of fabulous Christmas Ribbons.

November Workshops

workshopsDo not forget our Knitting Surgery! Come to us with your knitting problems between 1-2pm every Saturday.

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

Look out for our weekly offers with up to 50% off some “Clearance” stocks and other special offers.

poppyHandmade Poppies by Gill are now available in store at £2.50 each with all of the proceeds going to the Royal British Legion 2014 Poppy Appeal.

We shall also be observing two minutes silence at 11.00 on Sunday November 9th.