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.


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

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.


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.



Refreshments are available all day.

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us


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.



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

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 )

yarn clockYarnFest Clock

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


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



Customer Corner

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

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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

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.

October News!

News and Updates

  • Due to the success of the Hedgehog pattern, King Cole Chunky Tinsel yarn is selling out fast, new supplies will not be available until mid November.
  • We have a good selection of haberdashery, ribbons, buttons and toy filling.
  • We can offer One to One classes for Knitting and Crochet, for details contact the shop.
  • We have a new knit and craft group every Thursday, from 7pm enjoy an evening out and receive 10% discount on yarns purchased on the night. Call for further details.
  • Come and see our new range of books from crochet to knitting.

New Yarns

  • New from Rowan – Fazed Tweed and Brushed Fleece, in a good range of colours.
  • King Cole “Glitz” Festive Christmas yarn, cannot see this hanging around for long!


  • Baby Alpaca by King Cole, now in additional new colours.
  • New King Cole “Luxe Fur” knits to patterns for jackets, hats, scarfs, mitts, snoods and a cute teddy bear family, (Mummy, Daddy and Baby Bear!)

Forthcoming Events

Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 9th November from 10.30— 3.30.

We have a few tables still available, contact us for details.

Workshops for October

  • Domino Knitting             Saturday 4th October  10.00 – 4.00*
  • Intermediate Crochet     Saturday 11th October  2.00 – 5.00
  • Advanced Crochet         Sunday 12th October  11.00 – 2.00
  • Beginners Knitting         Tuesday 14th October  7.00 – 9.00 (Evening Session)
  • Lace Knitting                  Saturday 18th October  9.00 – 1.00
  • Beginners Knitting         Saturday 25th October  2.00 – 4.00

*Lunch (1 Hour) not included.
Refreshments are available all day.

Do 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


  • How about a YarnFest GIFT VOUCHER?
  • A selection of craft bags, needles, including gift sets of Knit Pro needles.
  • Book a YarnFest craft course
  • Children’s craft kits

Join Us on Our Craft Day!

Dolly Craft DayJoin us on Sunday August 10th for our first Craft Day, in aid of Newbury Cats Protection.

There will be a selection of stalls from 11.00am – 3.30pm offering local handmade crafts and gifts, from knitting and crochet to beaded jewellery and Sheila’s Cakes. Newbury Cats Protection will also be there with a stall.

We hope you can join us! For more details call us on 01635 201660

The Campaign for Wool
We are pleased to be part of the Campaign for Wool, a global community of sheep farmers, retailers, designers, manufacturers and consumers united by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The campaign aims to educate as many people as possible about the benefits and versatility of wool in fashion, furnishings and everyday life.

We’re stocking some fantastic, 100% British wool at YarnFest at the moment, including the West Yorkshire Spinners range and King Coles Masham DK, along with some fantastic patterns!

New products
As well as our fantastic new haberdashery ranges, including buttons, ribbons and sewing accessories, we’ve also got some fabulous new knitting bags and new yarns.

The 100% British Wool King Cole Masham DK has some fabulous patterns, a few of which we are currently knitting up, and there’s also the new Country Birds from West Yorkshire Spinners, again 100% British Wool and some lovely patterns. Also very popular is Rowan Original Denim, a cotton yarn that behaves like a denim fabric, which has a great pattern book offering unique unisex garments from designer Martin Storey.



Beginners                 Sat      Aug 16th         2.00 – 5.00
Intermediate             Sun     Aug 17th         1.00 – 4.00
Intermediate             Sun     Sept 7th          10.30 – 1.30
Advanced                 Sun     Sept  7th         10.30 – 1.30
Beginners                 Sun     Sep 21st         11.00 – 2.00
Intermediate             Sat      Oct 11th          2.00 – 5.00
Advanced                 Sun   Oct 12th          11.00 – 2.00
Beginners                 Sat      Nov 1st            2.00 – 5.00

£23.00 per person per session

Domino Knitting – SPACES AVAILABLE
*Includes lunch break (lunch is not provided)

Workshops – Knitting

Intermediate            Sat      Aug 30th         2.00 – 4.00

£23.00 per person per session

Fair Isle 1*                Sat      Sept  6th         2.00 – 4.00
Fair Isle 2                  Sat      Sept 20th        2.00 – 4.00
Sat      Sept 27th        2.00 – 4.00

£23.00 per person per session

Domino Knitting      Sat      Oct 4th             10.00 – 4.00
£44 per person – Lunch (1 Hour) not included (refreshments are available)

Lace Knitting           Sat      Oct 18th          9.00 – 1.00
£38 per person

*Includes learning to read a Fair Isle chart and knitting up a sample

Children’s Workshops
(suitable for ages from 6 years+, a parent will need to be present)

Learn to Knit            Fri Aug  8th     11.00 – 12.00  Needles and yarn provided
Learn to Crochet     Fri Aug 15th     11.00 – 12.00  Hook and yarn provided
Pom-Pom Making    Fri Aug  22nd   11.00 – 12.00  Equipment provided

£6.00 per child per session

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us


Welcome to The Old Telephone Exchange!

DSC_0255Thank you to everyone who came to our Celebration Day on 24th May. We had a fantastic time and were so pleased with the huge number of customers and friends who came along to say “Hello”!

DSC_0225Visitors enjoyed spinning and jewellery-making demonstrations, crafts, cakes and our raffle.

Thank you to everyone who came and helped us move too, we are very grateful for so much support.

We’re pleased to say our Knit N Natter café has been very popular, and we’ve now got some outside tables and parasols so you can sit outside with a coffee, cake and your knitting whenever the mood takes you (or when the weather improves!).

We’ve got some great new yarns in stock. Rowan’s Denim range has been flying off the shelves, and our extended range of Sirdar’s Firefly was very popular on our Celebration Day.

Jonna starts her Knitting Surgery DSC_0021from Saturday 7th June. She’ll be in the shop every Saturday from 1-2pm so please come along if you have any queries.

It’s World Knit in Public Day on 14th June, and we’d like to invite everyone to the shop to Knit and Natter to celebrate. Put the date in your diaries!




Workshops to suit all skill levels – whether you want to learn to crochet or refine your technique, there’s a class for you! £23.00 per session

Beginners  Saturday July 26th 2.00 – 5.00
Intermediate Sunday July 27th 1.00 – 4.00
Beginners           Saturday August 16th 2.00 – 5.00
Intermediate       Sunday August 17th 1.00 – 4.00
Advanced  Sunday September 7th 10.30 -1.30


Four weekly two-hour sessions covering each of the four main elements of knitting socks.

Sunday June 8th 10.30 – 12.30
Sunday June 15th 10.30 – 12.30
Sunday June 22nd 10.30 – 12.30
Sunday June 29th 10.30 – 12.30

Double point needles and yarn are included in the cost of this £50 course.

Domino Knitting
Make a pot holder and learn the fascinating technique of knitting squares without joins. If you can do basic knitting stitches this is ideal for you! Refreshments on arrival. Examples in store now.

  • 26th July 10am – 4pm

The cost of this workshop is £44, with a break for lunch (not provided). Needles and yarn are not included.

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us

We’ve Moved!

DSCF9574We’ve now moved to our interesting new premises, The Old Telephone Exchange in Hermitage.

Our new shop offers more space and includes a wider range of yarns and craft supplies, workshops and activities, knitting surgeries, and a Knit N Natter Cafe!

Join us on Saturday May 24th for our celebration day.

We’ll have spinning and braided jewellery demonstrations, free refreshments and cakes and much more!

Celebration DollyEveryone who spends over £25 will also receive a FREE GOODY BAG, including gifts and a £5 YarnFest voucher!

There will also be a raffle to win a fantastic West Yorkshire Spinners throw, and other prizes.


Opening at 9am, with our special ‘Wool Cutting Ceremony’ at 11am.

News! and New Workshops!


Beginners Crochet

All the techniques you need for crochet; from casting on to working with patterms.

Join us in an informal setting, with refreshments provided

Yarn and hooks available in store if required.

  • 15th April 2 – 5pm PLACES LIMITED
  • 10th May 2 – 5pm

The cost of the workshop is £23.

Domino Knitting

donimoMake a pot holder and learn the fascinating technique of knitting squares without joins. If you can do basic knitting stitches this is ideal for you! Refreshments on arrival. Examples in store now.

  • 12th April 10am – 4pm

The cost of this workshop is £44, with a break for lunch (not provided).



Sock Workshop

Learn how to knit and make up socks in this 4 part course, over 8 weeks.

Dates and price to be confirmed.

To register your interest, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us


Grab a bargain with up to 50% off selected yarns in our SALE CORNER.


With Mother’s Day coming up, don’t forget to register for your Wishlist in store. We’ll keep a record of any yarns, accessories or patterns you want to make it easier for your loved ones. Don’t forget our GIFT VOUCHERS too, as a great way to treat Mums, Grans, friends and more!


We have a

  • Berina Overlocker 2000DE,
  • Electric Spinning Wheel
  • and New Home Sewing Machine

(all second hand) for sale. Speak to Chris for more details and prices.