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!

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  • 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 enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

CHRISTMAS IDEAS

  • 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

August Craft Day & New Workshops!

August Craft Day

Our first craft day whilst delayed a week and unfortunately missing some stallholders due to the bad weather forecast, fortunately turned into a success, raising £148 from the stall proceeds and raffle for the Cats Protection.

We are now planning a Christmas Craft Fayre for Sunday November 9th that will be under cover, if you wish to have a stall please contact us, the cost will £10 per entry. More news will follow in our October Newsletter.

News & Updates

  • When you attend a workshop and get 10% off yarns on the day.
  • Scarf yarns are back, see our “Krystal Fur” from King Cole.
  • The 50% basket is well stocked and worth a look!
  • Children’s Knitting, Crochet, Sewing and Cross Stitch Kits
  • Hand crocheted cotton wash cloth with soap, makes a nice gift.
  • Roving Blue Faced Leicester Fleece for spinning or felting.
  • New Thursday evening knitting group (7 pm – 10pm). Contact us for details
  • YarnFest Courses August to November 2014

    Day

    Date

    Course

    Duration

    Time

    Cost

    Code

    Saturday

    06Sep

    Fair Isle Knitting Stage 1

    2 Hours

    2 am 4 pm

    £23.00

    AA4201

    Sunday

    06Sep

    Intermediate Crochet

    3 Hours

    10.30 1.30

    £23.00

    AA4712

    Sunday

    07Sep

    Advanced Crochet

    3 Hours

    10.30 1.30

    £23.00

    AA4072

    Tuesday

    16Sep

    Beginners Knitting

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £23.00

    AA5032

    Saturday

    20Sep

    Beginners Knitting

    2 Hours

    2.00 4.00

    £23.00

    AA4202

    Sunday

    21Sep

    Beginners Crochet

    3 Hours

    11.00 2.00

    £23.00

    AA4184

    Tuesday

    30Sep

    Beginners Knitting Stage 2

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £23.00

    AA5033

    Saturday

    04Oct

    Domino Knitting

    6 Hours

    10.00 4.00*

    £44.00

    AA4204

    Saturday

    11Oct

    Intermediate Crochet

    3 Hours

    2.00 5.00

    £23.00

    AA4735

    Sunday

    12Oct

    Advanced Crochet

    3 Hours

    11.00 2.00

    £23.00

    AA4736

    Tuesday

    14Oct

    Beginners Knitting

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £23.00

    AA5036

    Saturday

    18Oct

    Lace Knitting

    4 Hours

    9.00 1.00

    £38.00

    AA4737

    Saturday

    25Oct

    Beginners Knitting

    2 Hours

    2.00 4.00

    £23.00

    AA5017

    Saturday

    01Nov

    Beginners Crochet

    3 Hours

    02.00 5.00

    £23.00

    AA4738

    Tuesday

    04Nov

    Beginners Knitting Stage 2

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £23.00

    AA5037

    Tuesday

    04Nov

    Sock Workshop Session 1 of 4

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £50.00

    AA5040

    Tuesday

    11Nov

    Sock Workshop Session 2 of 4

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    Paid

    xxx

    Tuesday

    11Nov

    Beginners Knitting

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £23.00

    AA5038

    Tuesday

    25Nov

    Beginners Knitting Stage 2

    3 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £24.00

    AA5039

    Tuesday

    25Nov

    Sock Workshop Session 3 of 4

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    Paid

    xxx

    Wednesday

    02Dec

    Sock Workshop Session 4 of 5

    3 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    Paid

    xxx

    * Lunch (1 Hour) not included, refreshments are available. A parent must accompany children.

    For further information on any of the above workshops, please call us on 01635 201660

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.

DSCF0394WORKSHOPS

Crochet

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 enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

 

Great New Workshops This Summer!

We’ve got some great workshops coming up, something for everyone including children.

See our latest offers, including an assortment of King Cole DK yarns at £15 for a pack of 12 balls.

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New products for July include a Haberdashery and Ribbons.

Knit N Natter Café
Our café is proving popular and gaining in reputation with fresh ground coffee and biscuits, join us any time with your knitting and crochet.

We are pleased to welcome the ‘Unwinders’  Knitting group, who meet alternate Monday evenings at the shop from 8 – 10.30pm. Phone us for more details if you’d like to come along.

If you are a member of an organised knitting group you will receive 10% discount on our yarns on presentation of your membership card. Tell your friends!  (Please note the discount is not available as an addition to other current offers). This offer is only available to official groups with a formal membership list who issue members with ID cards.

WORKSHOPS
Crochet

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

£23.00 per person per session

Domino Knitting – SPACES AVAILABLE
*Includes lunch break (lunch is not provided)
Make a pot holder and learn the fascinating technique of knitting squares without joins. Basic knitting skills required. Course includes a ball of yarn.

26th July 10am – 4pm

£44.00 per person per session

Workshops – Knitting

Beginner’s basics    Sat      Jul  19th          2.00 – 4.00
Intermediate            Sat      Aug 30th         2.00 – 4.00

£23.00 per person per session

Fair Isle 1**               Sat      Sept  9th         2.00 – 4.00
Fair Isle 2***              Sat      Sept 20th        2.00 – 4.00
Sat      Sept 27th        2.00 – 4.00
Sat      Oct    4th         2.00 – 4.00

£23.00 per person per session

**Includes learning to read a Fair Isle chart and knitting up a sample
***Make a Fair Isle scarf/stole

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 enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

CUSTOMER CORNER
bagCongratulations to Rosina Dickens, the winner of this month’s Customer Corner with this beautiful bag knitted using the “Domino” technique. We received a lot of good entries, well done everyone.

Send in your entries this month for a chance to win a great YarnFest gift!

New Craft Event at YarnFest – Sunday August 10th

(11.30 – 3.00 weather permitting)

Craft fair in the garden. Please call us to exhibit, bring your own table, places will be limited and cost £5.00 (which will be donated to charity). Drinks and refreshments will be available.

More details to follow.

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

Crochet

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

Knitting
Sock Workshop – SPACES STILL AVAILABLE

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 enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

New Workshops

Our new workshops have been announced! Find out more below

Crochet
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

 

Intermediate Saturday May 24th 2.00 – 5.00
Intermediate   Sunday  May 25th 11.00 – 2.00
Beginners   Saturday June 7th 2.00 – 5.00
Intermediate       Sunday  June  8th 1.00 – 4.00
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

Knitting
Sock Workshop

Four weekly two-hour sessions covering each of the four main elements of knitting socks. Double point needles and yarn are included in the cost of this £50 course.

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

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

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.

YarnFest is Moving

Our new home!

Our new home!

From Tuesday 20th May YarnFest will be in our new premises, The Old Telephone Exchange, Hermitage. Just down the road from Hilliers (less than ¼ of a mile), our new shop will offer much more to our customers, including:

  • A wider selection of products and new lines
  • More craft materials
  • Knit N Natter Café
  • Tea, coffee and snacks available to purchase
  • More flexibility over opening hours and workshops
  • Late Night Opening on Thursdays
  • Saturday Knitting Surgeries
  • Drop in and Knit & Natter anytime, in the shop and in the garden
  • Car Parking
  • Disabled Access

The Hillier’s shop will be closed from Sunday 18th May, and we reopen on Tuesday 20th May at The Old Telephone Exchange.

Join us on Saturday 24th May for our Celebratory Opening Day with Special Events and more! Full details to be revealed…

NEW OPENING HOURS

Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30 pm

                                    (7pm on Thursday)

Saturday 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

We’ll also have a lot more flexibility for evening workshops and events, and you can stop by for a cup of tea and a Knit & Natter anytime!

With seating inside and out, you can join us for an informal Knit & Natter session at any time. We’ll also have tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes available to purchase.

We will also be holding Knitting Surgeries on Saturdays (times to be confirmed) so you can ask our expert about any problems you might have.

 

 

Newsletter – April

KC-Apr-BannerCROCHET & KNITTING KITS

Our new range of crafting kits are now in store, – and make great gifts for Easter!

SUNDAY OPENING

Don’t forget we are now open Sundays. Hours are 10.30am until 4.30pm

SALE CORNER

Grab a bargain with up to 50% off selected yarns on our bargain shelf.

IN STORE KNITTED EXAMPLES

A stylish new cardigan knitted in Stylecraft “Senses” yarn, also a summer top in King Cole Opium. See our range of new spring and summer yarns, available now.
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 to purchase in store if required.

  • 15th April 2 – 5pm Places Limited
  • 10th May 2 – 5pm

The cost of the workshop is £23.

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.

  • 3rd May 10am – 4pm

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

Sock Workshop
Spaces are still available for our sock workshop. Learn how to knit and make up socks in this four part course throughout May. Over four Saturdays –

  • 10th May     10.00 – 12.00
  • 17th May     10.00 – 12.00
  • 24th May     10.00 – 12.00
  • 31st May     10.00 – 12.00

– find out how to knit socks from scratch. Double point needles and yarn are included in the cost of this £50 course.

One to One Tuition
Learn to knit on a one-to-one session with us. Over an hour, we’ll run you through the basics and get you started. The cost for a session is £10.

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

News! and New Workshops!

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

SALE CORNER

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

REGISTER FOR OUR WISHLIST

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!

FOR SALE

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.