Well knitting weather is certainly here and you have been visiting the shop to restock – or add to – your stash (you know which category you fit into!!). It is lovely say “hello again” or “welcome back” and help you plan your next project. New patterns and books are arriving in the shop as we gear up to make sure we have all the necessary supplies to see you through the cooler and colder months to come. So grab your yarn and needles/hooks and a ‘beverage of choice’ and find out what we have for you in April.
Our regular Friday Sit & Yarn has become sooooo popular and some wonderful friendships have been made. You can see the April dates in the table below. Don’t forget this free group is open to all – however, we have decided to cap the number of attendees each week to ten. Our table just can’t accommodate any more people comfortably and still leave room for staff and customers to move around the shop. Since we don’t want to lock you into a regular commitment we aren’t taking names for each Friday – just rock up and grab a chair till all ten are full. We have some flyers from our local Booroondara Council detailing knitting groups that are held in the Libraries in our area. Feel free to ask us for one – you may find a group that suits your availability to a tee! Additionally, check out your own local council – most areas have knitting groups already established.
Term 2 classes swing into action in April. We have some fabulous new classes for you as well as some oldies but goodies! We are eager to help you expand your knitting and crochet skills and have a good selection of techniques for you to try. Just give us a call at the shop (9830 1609, Mon – Sat 10am-5pm) and we can answer any queries you may have as to class content and your suitability for each one. In the past, our classes have been run on Wednesday nights. Term 2 sees them moved to Tuesday nights. We hope this doesn’t cause too much inconvenience and that it allows additional customers access to educational opportunities.
The shop will be CLOSED on Monday 25th April for Anzac Day. We will OPEN again on Tuesday 26th April at 10am.
As you know from a previous blog post, we now have a Product of the Month each and every month! The highlighted product for April is the very lovely Milla Mia 5ply. This beautiful yarn is a 5ply (Sport), 100% merino wool yarn. It is so very soft – perfect for cowls, scarves, shawls, baby garments and all those ‘wear next to your skin’ projects. An upcoming blog post will tell you more and we have some items made up in the shop for you to see this lovely yarn ‘in action’. Sadly, Milla Mia will no longer be available to us wholesale (you will be only able to get it through an international online shop) so what we have left is all we can get! If you love this yarn, and we know many of you do, now is your opportunity to grab some at a reduced price. A yarn that just cannot be ignored!!
Annnnnd ……. WE HAVE MORE NEW YARNS!!!! We will just give you the short version here because we will feature some of them in upcoming blog posts.
- White Gum Wool – a gorgeously soft Australian yarn – we have the entire range of 4ply colours. We knitted one ball into a sample for you to feel and it just went on forever!!
- Orkney Angora – it has to be felt to be believed – an 8ply yarn, 80% angora/20% wool (angora from ethically and humanely treated rabbits) in many colours from the Orkney Islands. Mmmmm…..
You will notice some new faces behind the counter over the coming weeks. Karyn (not to be confused with Karen – lol, we still haven’t been able to figure out an appropriate way to stop them both answering ‘yes’ at the same time!!!) has been one of our extraordinary sample knitters for quite a while – you will notice her work all around the shop. She has great technical ability and isn’t afraid to tweak a pattern! Adele is particularly adept at colour work and is also joining the teaching crew – she will be introducing Kids Holiday Knitting Classes for us during this term. You can find out more about them on the Classes page on the website. Bex has been a customer for quite some time and always has a project or two on her needles.
As always, our YouTube channel, Sunspun, has new videos to ‘teach’ you – this month is ‘garter stitch’ month. Learn how to graft (Kitchener Stitch) in garter stitch and how to use a double ended crochet hook (available in the shop) to easily and quickly pick up those dropped garter stitches.
In our Ravelry group, Sunspun Fibre Folk, we are starting a couple of new monthly discussion threads for you to participate in. The first is centred around garments – each month we will feature a new garment and ask you to share past or current projects. The second will be more general and talk about yarns, colours, shapes, etc. Lots for everyone! And don’t forget to share your show and tell by using the ‘Share with Group’ box on the project page for each of your projects. You will notice lots of folk have already been sharing with us. Click on the pics and see some really lovely items.
Wow! Did your ‘beverage of choice’ last through all that? No – then grab another and start knitting/crocheting those ‘yarny’ projects that warm us both inside and out.