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


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.



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


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

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

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.


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!