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.

Courses

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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

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 enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

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!

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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

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

 

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

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.

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!
 

Time to think about Christmas!

newsletter_bannerAs we find ourselves in November, with the nights drawing in and air turning chilly, it’s the perfect time to think about Christmas gifts and decorations. We’ve got lots of things in store to buy and inspire you.

Wreath If you’ve admired our Christmas Wreaths, we’ll be running a Demo day on Saturday 23rd November. Pop in throughout the day and watch Yvonne and Chris show you how it’s done. These wreaths are so easy, but so effective, and really will be a talking point during the festive season!

Knit Bits N PiecesWe’ve got a range of pieces from Knit Bits ‘n’ Pieces, that would make lovely gifts – slippers, bags, brooches and more.  Also hand knitted socks from West Yorkshire Spinners.

For sale too are the sample sweaters on our rail, just in case there isn’t enough time to finish the promised Christmas present!

Knitting course for Beginners

Do you know someone who wants to learn to knit? We’re offering a unique course for beginners that will take them through casting on to sewing up. Six lessons, every other Saturday (starting in 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

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

New Season – New Yarns!

NewYarnsThe shop is now full to the brim with brand new yarns and patterns for Autumn and Winter season and we can’t wait to share them with you!

LumioFirst up is Lumio, the yarn with a reflective thread, to make hats and scarves –  great for young and old alike. This will keep all walkers and cyclists safe in the dark. There’s a lovely hat pattern to go with this yarn that’s really easy. It would make a fantastic Christmas present.

 

And thinking of Christmas, one yarn that has really divided opinion is King Cole’s Tinsel yarn. There are some great free patterns for this yarn that make up lovely scarves and a children’s bolero – just right for party season! Also with a bit of glitz, is King Cole’s Shine, a yarn with a silver thread running throughout with some fabulous patterns for cardigans and waistcoats.

King Cole Tinsel yarnBrand new from King Cole are Country Tweed DK in some super colours, Garland Yarn, a super chunky with fab patterns and King Cole Luxury Mohair.

New to us is Cygnet Superwash DK, is a pure 100% merino wool, with a good selection of colours, excellent value at £2.89 for 50g Ball!

Stylecraft SensesStylecraft, a knitters favourite, have created a new lace weight yarn called Senses, with great colours, and stylish patterns.

Another brand new one, Weekender Super Chunky yarn is proving very popular and already loved by our customers, including our  Pam and Yvonne.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to discover all these new yarns!