January Sale!

Join us this January for our Sale! We’re clearing out the shelves for our upcoming Spring yarns, so it’s time to grab a bargain…

Sirdar GiselleGet 50% off Adriafil, Sirdar, Colinette, Artesano and Manos Fancy Yarns (excluding Aran and Superwash Merino), Rowan, Selected Debbie Bliss, Scarf Yarns, clothing and Felting Kits.

Get 25% off King Cole, Selected Debbie Bliss, Cygnet, Artesano Aran and Superwash Merino, West Yorkshire Spinners, DY yarns, Stylecraft Allsorts and Weekender.

All Colinette and Artesano patterns are £1.00 each (current stock only)

While stocks last!

*This offer is for in-store stock only, excluding unpaid yarns ordered or held. Loyalty vouchers can not be accepted for payment on sale items. No refunds or exchanges unless goods are faulty.

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What’s New?

We’re looking forward to all the new yarns for Spring/Summer, especially as we’re increasing our ranges of King Cole, Cygnet and West Yorkshire Spinners. We’ve also got some lovely new buttons from Schoeller & Stahl coming in soon.

There are still some discounted packs of yarn available – with 50% off and patterns included, this is a great value offer on some lovely DK yarn including Stylecraft’s Astrakan and Safari.

Crochet Course for Beginners

We’ve had such a great response to our Knitting Course for beginners, which is now fully booked, we’re thinking of starting a Crochet Course for beginners too! This great course will take you through casting on to sewing up. There will be six lessons, every other Saturday (starting in January) to help you create your own garment from scratch.

You’ll work at your own pace, with expert tuition and support from the group. If you ever wanted to learn to crochet, or know someone who would like to, this is the perfect opportunity to learn from our experienced tutor in a friendly supportive environment.

There will be a fee for the course, as well as the cost of the yarn and needles for your chosen garment. If you’d like to register your interest for taking part in this course, call us on 01635 201660

Don’t forget 10% off for Pensioners every Friday!

We’re very happy to offer 10% off full price stock for pensioners every Friday. This offer does not apply to any discounted stock, and you may have to show some proof of age.

Knit & Natter

Don’t forget to join us every Tuesday and Thursday from 2.30pm to 4.30 p.m. for our Knit & Natter sessions. Join in with like-minded crafters and get help and advice on your knitting projects. We also offer a discount on yarns, a raffle, refreshments and, of course, a good old natter.


Merry Christmas!

Christmas Opening Hours
YarnFest will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day this year. Our website will remain taking orders throughout the Christmas period, but please be mindful of the effect of holidays on delivery times!

Knitting Course for Beginners
Don’t forget our great Knitting Course for Beginners, a unique gift for Christmas or a special New Year treat for some one special. We’re offering a unique course for beginners that will take them through casting on to sewing up. Six lessons, every other Saturday (starting 18th January) will help them create their own short sleeve top from scratch.

Working at their own pace, with expert tuition and support from the group, they can start knitting for their own Spring garment. With a lesson plan as a guide, each student can work at their own pace. This course is strictly limited to 6 places, and the cost will be £30.00 for the course plus yarn and needles. To register your interest, call us on 01635 201660. Places are filling fast!

10% off Every Friday for Pensioners
We’re very happy to offer 10% off full price stock for pensioners every Friday. This offer does not apply to any discounted stock, and you may have to show some proof of age.

Bag a Bargain
Pick up a yarn pack at half price as we clear some of the discontinued stock. As well as the discounted yarn, we’ll also include a free pattern for relevant yarns, including Stylecraft’s Astrakan and Safari.

Introducing the Sneddy!
sneddy4Yvonne has created the ‘Sneddy’ that can be worn as a snood round the neck, or round the head or ears. A simple pattern, which uses fun buttons or a simple flower design for added interest, you can find out more (including more ideas and inspiration) from Yvonne in store.

We’ve also got a great scarf in Adriafil’s Vesuvio, designed by Chris, which is wonderfully weighty and warm! Using 5 balls, this is another very simple pattern which you can find out more about in store now.

jacketFor more inspiration, look at our beautiful jacket, made with King Cole Mohair and WYS Aran. Costing around £40 to make (depending on size) it’s been a hit in our store!

YarnFest Newsletter – September!

Looking Forward to Winter

Baby HatsChris has been knitting up some beautiful baby hats with a very simple pattern. Talk to her in store to find out more about the pattern and yarns she used to create these lovely hats, or take a shortcut and buy one next time you come in store! For just £9.95, and with ages from 6 months to 24 months, you can guarantee a nice little warm head for your little one this winter!

Victorian Hand warmersWe have some more great examples of patterns we have in store for free. From elegant Victorian Lace handwarmers (made from an original Victorian pattern!) and a simple scarf that’s just right for tuck under your chin in a chill wind. There’s also a great, simple cowl pattern that we can talk you through that takes just two balls of King Cole MaxiLite Chunky.

New Products

Ult Super ChunkyWe just can’t wait for the new Autumn Winter stock to come in! King Cole’s Ultimate Super Chunky is now instore, and we’re also looking forward to a new reflective yarn from Rowan. As light reflects from this unique yarn, it’s ideal for knitting up pieces for walkers and cyclists.

We also have Artesano’s Definition Sock Yarn – it’s a wonderful yarn that could do much more than socks, so ask us for some ideas when you’re next in store.

We can also announce our Yarns of the Month! Both Artesano Aran and Colinette Art yarn have 20% off all month. There are also some free patterns available to help you make the most of them.

Customer Corner

We love seeing your creatiBaby Booteesons, whether it’s on Twitter or Facebook or in store. We’ve decided your finished items – whether they are socks, dolls, jumpers or bracelets – need celebrating, so we’re going to make this part of this newsletter Customer Corner from now on! We’ll share all of your pics during the month online, and choose the very best to take centre stage each month. Getting knitting and crocheting, and send your snaps to yarnfest@btconnect.com

This month’s winner of Customer’s Corner is Diane Sorrell from East Ilsley, with these beautiful baby bootees. Thank you for showing them off with us Diane! You also win a rather lovely YarnFest Light Pen – Congratulations!

Knitting & Crochet Courses

Workshops are filling up for September – get in quick now to book your space! These courses are a great way to improve your skills in knitting and crochet.

Saturday 21st September AM Beginners Knitting 10.00 – 13.00 (£23.00)

Saturday 21st September PM Improvers Knitting 14.00 – 17.00 (£23.00)

(All day, both courses £42.00)

Saturday 28th September AM Beginners Crochet 10.00 – 13.00 (£23.00)

Saturday 28th September PM Improvers Crochet 14.00 – 17.00 (£23.00)

(All day, both courses £42.00)

Pat will guide you through all types of stitches, following a pattern and other useful tips and techniques, as well as tackling any issues or particular problems you may have. Please bring your own needles/hooks and yarn, although these can be purchased in store beforehand.

Introducing… Yvonne!

Yvonne has been knitting since she was a little girl, but she says she’s still learning! A dressmaker and all round crafter, Yvonne joins us full time from September. She’s looking forward to meeting you all and helping you on your projects, big and small. We’re delighted to welcome her to the YarnFest team.

Knit & Natter

MaxiLite CowlDon’t forget to join us every Tuesday and Thursday from 2.30pm for our Knit & Natter sessions. Join in with like-minded crafters and get help and advice on your knitting projects. We also offer a discount on yarns, a raffle, refreshments and, of course, a good old natter! The White Hart in Hampstead Norreys are also holding a trial Knit & Natter, from 7.30pm Tuesday 24th September. All levels of knitters are welcome to attend in the function room adjacent to the bar (Ask for the host, Tracey). Bring your knitting, have a drink and a good knit and natter. Attendance is free of charge. YarnFest will be supporting this group and we will be present on the first night to offer help and advice. Members of the group will also be entitled to 10% discount when they come in to store.

Our 2nd Birthday Bonanza!

Dolly 1 birthday 20% off all yarns and knitting kits instore!

Join us to enjoy our 2nd Birthday Celebrations and get 20% off all yarns and knitting kits. This birthday offer is for in store purchases only, on existing stock and pre-paid orders.

We’re also holding a birthday raffle – spend over £25 (after your 20% discount) and get an entry into our free prize draw for YarnFest vouchers. There are two prizes to win – 1st prize is £50 and the second prize is £25

This offer runs from Monday 8th July – Saturday 21st July 2013. Our prize draw winner will be picked at random at 3pm Saturday 21st July.

Summer Opening Hours
Don’t forget YarnFest is closed on Sundays until the beginning of September, reopening on Sunday 1st September. We’re still open the rest of the week, Monday to Saturday and don’t forget you can always browse and buy online.

New Stock
Manos Superwash AlegriaThere is a great range of Manos Superwash Alegria in the shop and online – there are some beautiful colours and great one skein patterns for shawls, socks and much more. We’re busy knitting up the scarf shawl so you can have a look for yourself.

Simple Sweater


There’s also an example of a simple sweater knitted up with Artesano Superwash Merino  – this is a free pattern too, so well worth a look! Another free pattern is for a simple cravat scarf –this is really easy to make, using 100g of yarn in just a few hours knitting time.




We’ve also knitted up a Colinette Cardigan in ART yarn , which is a lovely design and looks and feels really cosy, and there’s more cosy yarn on the way with new West Yorkshire Spinners Aire, in Aran weight.

Colinette ART

Knit One 2 Save One

Lots of our regular customers and Knit and Natterers have been busy knitting and crocheting garments of Knit One 2 Save one, the charity that provides warm clothing for needy and sick babies in Africa. Providing free warm clothing for these children gives them much needed comfort to them while they lay in hospital, as well as creating awareness of their plight. If you’re interested in knitting or crocheting something for the charity, have a look at their website for more information and free patterns, or talk to us in store. www.knitone2saveone.com

Simplicity Embellishing Machine
If you enjoy embellishing fabrics and garments, we have a Simplicity Embellishing Machine for sale that might just take your fancy – visit us in store or give us a call to find out more details.

Knitting & Crochet Courses
Details of our knitting and crochet courses in September will be announced soon, including Tunisian crochet and the return of Broomstick crochet.

Colinette Knitting Kit

Colinette ThrowDon’t forget to come into the shop to have a look at our Colinette Knitting Kit throw, knitted up by Elaine – it has really been turning heads in the shop – and until the 21st July you can save 20% off the price in store!

We love yarn!

It’s always nice to see a lovely display of wool, isn’t it? We love yarn so much, we thought we’d post this photo to get you inspired! It’s our new Rowan and Adriafil yarns.

There’s 20% off these yarns online this month, so be quick and visit our website to stock up! There’s also a great range of FREE Adriafil patterns too, so be sure to visit their website.