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


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!

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!

YarnFest Newsletter – September!

Looking Forward to Winter

Baby HatsChris has been knitting up some beautiful baby hats with a very simple pattern. Talk to her in store to find out more about the pattern and yarns she used to create these lovely hats, or take a shortcut and buy one next time you come in store! For just £9.95, and with ages from 6 months to 24 months, you can guarantee a nice little warm head for your little one this winter!

Victorian Hand warmersWe have some more great examples of patterns we have in store for free. From elegant Victorian Lace handwarmers (made from an original Victorian pattern!) and a simple scarf that’s just right for tuck under your chin in a chill wind. There’s also a great, simple cowl pattern that we can talk you through that takes just two balls of King Cole MaxiLite Chunky.

New Products

Ult Super ChunkyWe just can’t wait for the new Autumn Winter stock to come in! King Cole’s Ultimate Super Chunky is now instore, and we’re also looking forward to a new reflective yarn from Rowan. As light reflects from this unique yarn, it’s ideal for knitting up pieces for walkers and cyclists.

We also have Artesano’s Definition Sock Yarn – it’s a wonderful yarn that could do much more than socks, so ask us for some ideas when you’re next in store.

We can also announce our Yarns of the Month! Both Artesano Aran and Colinette Art yarn have 20% off all month. There are also some free patterns available to help you make the most of them.

Customer Corner

We love seeing your creatiBaby Booteesons, whether it’s on Twitter or Facebook or in store. We’ve decided your finished items – whether they are socks, dolls, jumpers or bracelets – need celebrating, so we’re going to make this part of this newsletter Customer Corner from now on! We’ll share all of your pics during the month online, and choose the very best to take centre stage each month. Getting knitting and crocheting, and send your snaps to

This month’s winner of Customer’s Corner is Diane Sorrell from East Ilsley, with these beautiful baby bootees. Thank you for showing them off with us Diane! You also win a rather lovely YarnFest Light Pen – Congratulations!

Knitting & Crochet Courses

Workshops are filling up for September – get in quick now to book your space! These courses are a great way to improve your skills in 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)

Pat will guide you through all types of stitches, following a pattern and other useful tips and techniques, as well as tackling any issues or particular problems you may have. Please bring your own needles/hooks and yarn, although these can be purchased in store beforehand.

Introducing… Yvonne!

Yvonne has been knitting since she was a little girl, but she says she’s still learning! A dressmaker and all round crafter, Yvonne joins us full time from September. She’s looking forward to meeting you all and helping you on your projects, big and small. We’re delighted to welcome her to the YarnFest team.

Knit & Natter

MaxiLite CowlDon’t forget to join us every Tuesday and Thursday from 2.30pm 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! The White Hart in Hampstead Norreys are also holding a trial Knit & Natter, from 7.30pm Tuesday 24th September. All levels of knitters are welcome to attend in the function room adjacent to the bar (Ask for the host, Tracey). Bring your knitting, have a drink and a good knit and natter. Attendance is free of charge. YarnFest will be supporting this group and we will be present on the first night to offer help and advice. Members of the group will also be entitled to 10% discount when they come in to store.

Knitted Bracelet and Choker Free Pattern

As we mentioned in the last post, we have a knitted bracelet and choker free pattern to share with you!

It’s a very quick and easy pattern, but something that would make a unique gift or a lovely accessory for any outfit. We’ve use Adriafil Margarita yarn, but you can be creative with the yarns you choose – maybe something with shimmer, or a pastel colour, or a bit of fluff?

Choker and braceletSo, with your chosen yarn…

Free knitted choker pattern

Cast on 200 stitches

Knit 6 rows stocking stitch

Cast off

Take the two ends together in one hand and twist until you create a ‘rope’. Sew the ends together. Find a suitable bead or button to sew onto this end, then use thread it through the loop created at the other end to fasten.

Free knitted bracelet pattern

Cast on 100 stitches

Knit 4 rows stocking stitch

Cast off

Take the two ends together in one hand and twist until you create a ‘rope’. Sew the ends together. Find a suitable bead or button to sew onto this end, then use thread it through the loop created at the other end to fasten.

As we said, very simple, but very effective. Have fun, and don’t forget to share what you create!

Knitted bracelet and choker free pattern


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?






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!