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 hello@twogorafting.co.uk

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 enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk


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 enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

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.

Beginners Crochet Workshop

Would you like to learn the art of crochet? Or do you know someone that would? Our new workshop will give you the skills you need to start creating some beautiful garments and more.

King Cole Bamboo Cotton YarnOur great new workshop covers all the techniques and skills you need for crochet; from casting on to working with patterns. Join other learners in an informal setting, with refreshments provided.

This course, run by Gill Pittock, will be held on 1st March, from 2 till 5pm. The cost is £23, and spaces are limited so register quickly to get your place!

Yarn and hooks will be available to purchase in store on the day.

For more information, or to register, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

Time to Start Wishing….

Feb Yarn1Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Christmas… how many times have you wished to get what you actually want for a change?

It’s time to make life easier for your loved ones with our new in-store WishList! Next time you’re in store, and coveting some fancy yarn, a beautiful shade of DK or even some new needles or buttons, register your name and items with us and we’ll keep it on hand for any special occasion. You will have to let your friends and family know that you have registered, however (we can’t do everything!).

Changes to Opening Hours
We are closing on Sundays from February 9th. Our opening hours Monday to Saturday remain unchanged from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm each day. We will review our Sunday opening policy on a regular basis based on our customer, staff and business demands

Knit and Natter
Knit and Natter times are changing! We’ll now be knitting and nattering from 2pm to 4pm, every Tuesday and Thursday.


Crochet an Amigurumi Baby Easter Bunny Workshop

We’re offering a great chance for crocheters to master the skill of Amigurumi, by creating a baby Easter Bunny!

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. It’s increasingly popular, and gives you the opportunity to make some really fun toys and decorations. With this workshop, run by Gill Pittuck on 22nd March, you can create a lovely bunny, just in time for Easter.

Suited for those who already crochet, the cost for this day (10am – 4pm) is £42, and yarn will be available to purchase. Drinks and biscuits will be available throughout.

If you’d like to register for the course, call us on 01635 201660

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.


August News – Yarns of the Month!

Sirdar EllaTreat yourself this summer to our August Yarns of the Month! We have chosen the great suitably seasonal yarns Adriafil’s Margarita and Slogan, and are looking ahead with Sirdar’s Ella and Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (including the new Autumn/Winter colours!).

Adriafil MargaritaWith 20% off these yarns, in all colours, all month, in store only, it’s a perfect time to think about your autumn and winter projects, or knit something special for a new arrival.

New Yarns & Patterns

There are some great new yarns and patterns in store. The new range of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino colours are wonderful, and there’s also a new pattern book too. New shades from Debbie Bliss Milano, and a new book, provides some great textured patterns ideal for Winter.

Art YarnsIf you fancy something very special, we have some samples of Art Yarn, imported by Artesano. These American yarns are super soft – there are kid mohair & cashmere, silk & kid mohair and silk & cashmere blends, a 100% cashmere yarn, and one decorated with subtle sequins. You really do have to touch these yarns (you may never want to stop!). We won’t carry the skeins in stock, but they can be ordered very quickly!

Happy Birthday to Us

Thank you to everyone who came in during July and was entered into our birthday raffle. The winners were drawn by keen knitter, Fay Penlington, who, at just 12, loves knitting animals. Congratulations to the very lucky….

1st Prize, £50 worth of YarnFest vouchers, Anne Emmens

2nd Prize, £25 woth of YarnFest vouchers, Pauline Newman

 Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

Knitting & Crochet Courses

Workshops begin again in September – book now for beginners and advanced 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)

If you want to start, need a refresher or want to extend your knitting or crochet skills, these are the courses for you! Our expert staff will guide you through casting on, types of stitches, following a pattern and other useful tips and techniques, as well as tackling an issues or particular problems you may have. Please bring your own needles/hooks and yarn, although these can be purchased in store beforehand.

More courses will be announced in our September newsletter!

A Quick Knitted Gift

Choker and braceletElaine has a lovely simple free pattern for a choker and bracelet that is quick to knit and looks fab. Ideal for gifts for any fashionable lady you know, or as a quick chunky accessory, visit us in store now to find out how to do it.

Elaine used Adriafil Margarita yarn to create these stunning accessories, which you can now get a 20% discount on this month. Stock up now!





What to knit in the summer

As the heatwave continues, is your knitting? It’s hard to know what to knit in the summer – your hands are sweaty, the yarn is warm and it’s just too tempting to do nothing instead! We’re not going to stop you if you just want to lie in your garden and soak up some rare rays of sunshine. But if you do fancy a bit of knitting and crochet, we think we have some great yarns for you!

King Cole Bamboo Cotton Yarn is proving really popular at the moment, and not just because of Elaine’s great V Neck topV Neck Top (see left), which is a great lightweight item. Ideal for summer evenings and a few rounds of golf perhaps? It’s taken from a King Cole pattern with a few adjustment around the neck line, so email us for more detials.

Bamboo Cotton is also great for baby clothes – again they are lightweight in this weather, but also a lot kinder for baby soft skin – less itchy and prone to reactions. And, of course, machine washable! We can see why this yarn is flying off the shelves.

King Cole Bamboo Cotton Yarn

Raffia Yarn is another yarn that’s great to knit and crochet with over the summer – this papery material is fab for creating bags and unique garments. Have a look at one of our last blogs about Rafia Yarn for more details.

One skein patterns are also great in this weather – not some many materials to take around with you if you’re knitting on the move (by the pool, on the beach – we can dream!) and you can get a head start on (whisper it) your Christmas gifts…. With the new Manos Alegria Superwash yarn in some fantastic colours and with lots of one ball patterns for scarfs, socks and much more, we’d recommend having a skein in your handbag this July!

Manos Superwash Alegria

So – what are you knitting or crocheting this summer? Or have you just got your hands on a nice Margarita?