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.

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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

 

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.

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!
 

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 yarnfest@btconnect.com

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!