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

April News – Crazy for Colinette yarn!

crazy for colinette yarnDon and Chris visited the Colinette workshop last month and came back with a great stock of goodies and lovely yarn. We now have lots of new patterns and kits in store! We’re really excited about Perugino throw kits – with this beautiful zig zag pattern made from three types of Colinette yarn, you’ll have something to treasure forever. There are five varieties available, and the kit includes the pattern, yarn and bag.  Perfect for the sofa, bedroom or a gift for a loved one. Elaine is hard at work creating a sample that will be in store soon.

There’s also a gorgeous light weight jacket kit which is ideal for spring – wear it as a wedding cover up, on a cruise, a glamorous night out… It’s perfect for all occasions and has a beautiful timeless quality with super soft mohair yarn. Again, there will be a sample in store soon.

New Products in Store

adriafil raffia yarnsAs well as new Colinette products, we’ve also got a lot more goodies for you! The new Italian Adriafil yarn range is going down really well, and we’re getting some new summer patterns in soon. We’ve also got some new Sirdar yarns, and some new patterns – garments are already made up in store for you to have a look at.

Chris is also designing a new cushion kit! Using Colinette Point five yarn, this pattern is a funky, chunky pattern that will brighten up any living room. Work is still in progress but it is guaranteed to be very popular. Keep following us on Twitter, Facebook and, of course, pop in store for updates!

If you’ve got a birthday coming up, or fancy trying something different for Spring, don’t forget the lovely needle felting kits from Gillian Gladrag this week. Make your own needle felted fish or penguin, like the super cute Gwendoline Penguin!

Exclusive New Card Range

birthday bleatingsUsing designs from talented local artist, Vicky Ainge, YarnFest is proud to present an exclusive range of yarn-themed greetings cards, in store soon. For the knitter, crocheter or crafter in your life, these beautiful cards are for birthdays, new babies, congratulations and more.



The scarf continues…

CRPamDid you add your rows to our Comic Relief scarf? If not, don’t worry, we’re going to keep knitting all year! We’ll be choosing a different charity each month for you to knit and donate to. We’re still hoping to get it long enough to wrap around HIlliers! Thank you to everyone who has knitted and donated so far, we’ve managed to raise £77.07 for Comic Relief and scarf currently stands at 2.3M long!

We also managed to get Pam to pose for a snap for the Newbury Weekly News, did you spot her?

New Workshops

bearDon’t forget our great new workshops for you in April and May, including the return of our extremely popular Broomstick Crochet course! Spaces are limited so book now.

Professional Finishing Techniques – Saturday April 20th  10.00 – 1.00, 2.00 – 5.00 (AM/PM session or All day) Find out how to finish and sew up your projects professional with our course. Bring a garment with you, or some 10” squares, and we’ll help you conquer that part of the project that most of us dislike! Maximum of 6 persons. Cost – £23.00 per session or £42 to attend all day.

Knitting Stitches / How to improve your knitting – Saturday May 4th  10.00 – 1.00, 2.00 – 5.00 (AM/PM session or All day) Suitable for beginners, this course will introduce you to some popular knitting stitches and help you improve your knitting (or even get started, if you’re a complete beginner!). Maximum of 6 persons. Cost – £23.00 per session or £42 to attend all day.

Broomstick Crochet – Saturday May 18th  10.00 – 4.30 (All day) Back by popular demand! Big knitting needles will be provided. Crochet hooks and yarn will available to purchase on the day. Cost – £45.00

Refreshments will be available in our shop and lunches can be purchased in the Coffee Shop on site.

Please bring along a selection of coloured yarns with needles and hooks to suit your course.

Knit & Natter –Tuesdays & Thursdays!

Our Knit & Natters take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2.30pm. Along with help and advice on your knitting projects, we also offer a discount on yarns, a raffle, refreshments and, of course, a good old natter!