New Craft Kits and Workshops!

We shall shortly be extending our range with the introduction of new crafts and workshops, these will include kits for:

Knitting: Simple Little Neck Warmer

Crochet: Craft Bag

Komihimo: Braided Jewellery

Decopatch: Birds, Animals, Shapes, Ceramic Items

Folk Art: Cards , Shapes, Picture Frames

Cross Stitch: Selection from “Bothy Threads” range of fabulous pictures

Woolfelt: IPad and mobile cases, Change purses and bags

New workshops will be scheduled for these crafts starting with Kumihimo with Anne Sharpe on Saturday August 8th.


Craft Taster Day Sunday August 2nd

Visit us from 12 noon until 4 pm and try your hand at a range of crafts including:

Knitting             Crochet              Jewellery Making         Bobbin Lace     Needle Felting  Spinning and Drop Spindle       Crochet           Jewellery Sewing      Decopatch

Sew Your Own

Make a 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

Monthly Competition

There were two correct answers to our June competition, “Mr Professor” and “Graham” our fitness professional. All correct entries were put into a bag and Christine drew two names.

1st prize drawn (£10 voucher) was Vanessa Nightingale and 2nd prize drawn (£5 voucher) was Triona McClosky, please visit us to collect your prize.


Try our local (laid in Chieveley) Free Range Duck and Hens Eggs. Our customers say they are delicious.

YarnFest Updates

Claire’s Cakes – Have you tried these naughty but gorgeous cakes yet? We have fresh deliveries each week and they are something to die for! Cake and a fresh ground coffee is only £2.80.

Fitness Boot Camp — Our numbers are starting to increase and the members are getting fitter. Come along at 09.15 each Saturday and join the fun.

Workshops — Our latest schedule is below, in addition we shall shortly be introducing a new list of shorter workshops for children, these will take place in the school holidays and are suitable for five year olds and upwards. The final course types are to be finalised though will include “Finger Knitting”, Fill the Gap and Decopatch.

Knit in Public Day — Saturday June 12th saw the shop premises with a surprise makeover with “Yarn Bombing” created by Mel, Tracy and Rachel and their accomplices who got through a lot of wool to decorate the front gates through the trees to our building, brilliant. Whilst the weather was not so brilliant the cream teas made up for it! Thanks to everyone who contributed and participated in the day.



Refreshments are available all day.

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us


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

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

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!


  • 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


  • 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.



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


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.

DB Paloma

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!

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.

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!

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!