The Shop


We pride ourselves in showcasing the best of local Scottish yarns, as well as providing a good range of quality budget yarns, interesting yarns from further afield and delicious products from independent dyers. We also stock a core range of needles, notions and books.

Drops, our main brand, is a great value “workhorse” yarn that is great for everything from baby blankets to cardigans and shawls. We also stock Drops pattern books.

New Lanark is great value yarn spun on traditional machinery at New Lanark Mills, less than an hour's drive from The Yarn Cake. We stock Aran and Chunky weights in a range of natural and heathery colours.

Jamieson & Smith is 100% Shetland wool, ideal for colourwork and steeking, and comes in dozens of vibrant colours as well as a range of natural, undyed colours.

Titus has been voted Best British Yarn in the British Knitting Awards, and with good reason! This scrumptious yarn, produced by Baa Ram Ewe in Yorkshire, comes in 11 beautiful colours and is available in only a handful of shops.

Sock Yarns are one of our obsessions - we have a great range of commercially dyed ranges, including Opal, Zauberball and Jawoll.

Abstract Cat is an independent yarn dyer based in the Scottish Central Belt, specialising in luxurious, high quality, vibrant hand-painted and hand-dyed sock yarns.

Featured Yarn - this changes on a regular basis, so keep an eye out for news!


KnitPro produce a fantastic range of needles in wood, metal and plastic, including their brilliant range of interchangeable circular needles. We stock KnitPro interchangeable needles, circular needles, double pointed needles, Tunisian crochet hooks and a range of needle sets. If we don't happen to have the needles you need in stock, we can usually order them in for you – just ask!

Clover produce good quality straight bamboo needles and crochet hooks.

Notions, etc.

We have a wide range of Clover notions, such as stitch markers and row counters.

We also stock our own The Yarn Cake branded bags, mugs and t-shirts.


We are an Ashford retailer and have a range of spinning equipment, fibre and accessories in stock. We can also arrange wheel hire and drum carder if you'd like to try before you buy.