Sunspun Fine Yarns

Winter is Here!

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Amy staved off the weekend chills with these beautiful knits: that’s love for you.

We hope we don’t jinx it by saying so! While it was a most amazing May of beautiful blue skies and quite uncharacteristically warm days in Melbourne, the slightly nippier days and nights are a welcome change.  Even better, we finally had a chance to pull out all those woolly makes to keep us warm and toasty.

We spied more than a few handknits out in the wild on Sunday at the Handknitters Guild Yarn Market in Coburg. It was such a treat to see so many from the Sunspun family there, and the event was well supported by crafters and yarn lovers. So many of us who swore we were only there ‘for a look’ succumbed in the face of the yarns available from stallholders as diverse as Miss Click Clack, Little Dipper Yarns, Dairing Yarns, and White Gum Wool (which we also stock). It was great to catch up with designer Georgie from Tikki Knits, who was there to explain the WARM community textile art project – click on the link to join in the fun.

One of the very best things about winter are the evenings where you can sl-o-o-o-w things down. Even just a smidge will do, if you can spare some time out, to drop your shoulders and think and read and knit and craft away. Is there anything more satisfying than the feel of wool on the fingers when it’s dark and blowing a right gale outside?

If you don’t already have a project on the go or are missing your knitting mojo, we hope some of these ideas help get you on the road.

If there are new babies about to enter your life, the wee Hundreds cardigan by Kelly Brooker says the warmest of hellos. You’ll be finished in no time with this.

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To deal with cold hands, try Clare Hacker’s Ormley  smart and neat mittens with its beautiful nubbly texture.

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For cold heads, take a leaf from Amy’s book and make the Skyping Beanie for all in the family in different sizes and colours. (If you’ve run out of people to knit for, you can always knit to give away to one of these charities that distribute goods to all kinds of organisations around Australia.)

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Or dial up the cute with Donna Smith’s justly beloved Baa-ble Hat.

image_medium2These lovely sheep have also been seen on this exquisite Milo vest, as made by Raveller Kunibert.

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And this Siksak hat has it all – slouch, a folded brim so the ears remain ever warm, and a stranded pattern so you can use up leftover yarn from other projects.

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It’s no secret that we love a cardigan here, and La Maison Rililie’s Le Scarebée Bleu is a beauty to add to the queue. It’s a top-down cardigan with a lovely line, tapering at the hem, a generous drape and clever knitterly details – short rows, icord, stripes, genius construction. It’s knit in worsted-weight yarn too, so it should work up reasonably quickly.

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In a Cascade or worsted-weight Rowan yarn, this easy to knit and even easier to wear Wagenfeld will be done in no time. It is knit top-down, with fake seams to the bottom edge.

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If you are after a challenge, try this Persian Dreams blanket by Jenise Hope. All the hexagons are knit in the round from the centre out, and the edges are grafted together to form a complex web of eastern-inspired motifs. They are some swoon-worthy examples up on Ravelry. You’ll be making an heirloom with every stitch you knit.

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We look forward to hearing what’s on your needles. Do drop by the shop to say hello, or share your finished work with us on our Ravelry group.

Stay warm!

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