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December Newsletter

Well we’ve come to the end of another year!  Before I go on with any of the news for December, I wanted to firstly say that all of us at the store would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a safe and relaxing break with plenty of time for knitting or crochet!  And secondly, I wanted to say that we really value your support and truely it brings us so much joy to do something so simple as connect with our lovely customers through our shared love of knitting.  Thanks everyone for an awesome 2016!

Now on to business …

Christmas Party

On Friday 16th we’re having a little Christmas party in-store from 11am til 2pm.  There will be a quiz, prizes, tea/coffee and mince pies and if you wear a hand-knitted item we’ll give you 10% off your purchases on the day!  We’ll draw the prizes at 2pm, if you’re not in the store then we’ll contact you by phone or email.  It’s going to be fun – hope you can make it!

Christmas Gift Guide

We often get friends and family of knitters coming to buy yarn as a gift – which is a difficult thing to choose when you’re not a knitter yourself!  So we’ve taken pity on them and put together a display on our main table of lovely gift ideas for knitters, including books, knitting bags and notions pouches, journals and shawl pins.  You can view and download the list here if you want to come with a plan 🙂

Product of the Month

This month it’s Shibui Linen, which is a lovely crisp, chainette yarn.  It has actually recently been discontinued but we still have good quantities in most colours (except Ash, that was super popular).  We’ve made up three patterns in the shop in it, L.1, the striped scarf you can see in the picture below, Dangling Conversation, the blue shawlette below (which only takes 1 skein!) and the summer t-shirt Etch (not pictured) which is Cima and Linen held together.

Linen is usually $18 but for this month is $16.20.

Yarn News – Shilasdair break in production

We have just recently been informed by Tony from Shilasdair that he and Eva are selling the business to another local who is currently setting up their dye house.  Unfortunately it will not be ready for some time – possibly a year.  Tony is unable to keep up production until then so there will be a break in production.  I wanted to let you all know in case you had been planning a project in their lovely yarn!  We are low or out of some colours in both the DK and 4 ply but still have lots of other colours.  Give us a call if you’d like us to check quantities for you.

Christmas Break

And lastly, we’re taking a little break between Christmas and New Year’s.  We’ll be closing at 4pm on Christmas eve and reopening on Tuesday January 3rd.

Looking forward to seeing you in 2017!!
xx
Amy and the Sunspun team


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Product of the Month – November

Hi lovely crafty people!  Well it’s that time of year when everyone says “my goodness, hasn’t the year flown by, it’s nearly Christmas!”, and once again I’m amazed at how quickly it did go by and how much there is to do before Christmas!

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Rowan Cocoon

If you haven’t gotten cracking on your Christmas knitting yet there’s still time if you’re quick, you could whip up a hat or scarf or two in the 7 weeks we have left.  Which brings me to our Product of the Month this month which is actually a Brand of the Month – Rowan, we’re offering 50% off all Rowan yarns and books that we will no longer be stocking, ie everything except Felted Tweed DK and Kidsilk Haze.  You can see the range of Rowan yarns on our website here.  The books we still have in stock are the following:

Autumn Knits
Denim The Next Generation
Holiday Crochet
Kidsilk Haze Trio Collection
Once Upon a Time
Parisiene Nights
Rowan Denim
Rowan Loves… Softknit Cotton and Handknit Cotton
Rowan Magazine 56
Rowan Magazine 57
Rowan Magazine 59
Savannah Collection
Simple Shapes Cotton Glace
Simple Shapes Handknit Cotton
Simple Shapes Lima
Simple Shapes Summerspun & Revive
Softknit Collection
Summer Textures

If you can’t make it in to the store please don’t hesitate to call or email us and we’ll do our best to unite you with the perfect yarn or pattern for your project.

xx
Amy and the Sunspun team


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Anna Maltz in Store!

We’re pretty excited about this coup!  The gorgeous Anna is going to be in the store this Sunday 18th September to meet you lovely people!  She’ll have copies of her book Penguin for sale, her garments from the book, including the awesome Humbolt sweater below, for you to see and will give a short talk at 11am!  We’ll have tea and cakes on hand too.  Come and join us, it’s sure to be a lovely morning (no RSVP necessary).


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Spring has sprung! September at Sunspun

Well it certainly feels like winter is over!  No doubt it will get cold again before it gets warmer but, like many Melbournites, we’ve been enjoying the lovely Spring weather we’re having and starting to plan our summer knitting schedule (every Melbournite does that, right?).

So, what’s on this month?  Well it feels like it’s been a big month already!  First, on Thursday 1st we had our first ever indie-dyer trunk show with Hannah from Circus Tonic Handmade which was great fun and a great success, we saw a lot of new faces in the store as fans of hers came to squish and buy her yarn in person.  We know many people couldn’t make it this time but don’t worry, we have another in the works for later in the year – stay tuned for more details.

And to top off an already great day, Anna Maltz dropped in!  We tried to play it cool but we, and a few customers, couldn’t help pinching ourselves!

Hannah and Anna

Then on Friday we packed the car full of yarn and headed off to The Craft Sessions, and as always had a lovely time in the company of fellow makers, learnt new skills, made new friends (and embarrassingly a couple of us forgot our toothrushes).

For me, Friday started with a class on spoon carving (that’s carving a wooden spoon from a block of wood, not carving things with spoons as my mum thought) with Alichia from Hearth Collective.  It was amazing and both very simple to do but also physically quite hard!  My hands and forearms were sore the next day every time I gripped something, obviously knitting does not build up my arm muscles enough!

My little spoon, it’s about 10cm long

Then on Friday night we got a messages from people saying they had just seen Sunspun on Postcards (episode 30 is here if you want to see).  This was filmed a few months ago and I’d forgotten what date it was going to air, so that was a funny surprise.

Me on TV!

On the Saturday afternoon we had a stall at the mini-market which was a roaring success, those ladies really love nice yarn, we had several customers come back a couple of times for more 🙂

Along side us at the market was Hannah from Circus Tonic Handmade and also Megan from Wooldays, their stalls seemed to always be teeming with customers too.

Megan from Wooldays

Sunday for me was a class on the Marlisle knitting technique from Anna Maltz which is used in her Humbolt jumper pattern.  It was great to get to learn more about Anna and her technique – such a simple process but it has so many possibilities.  Everyone came away from the class buzzing with ideas for applying it – I’ve got a few percolating in my head, hopefully they make it to my needles soon 🙂


My Marlisle swatch

Spring Sale!

So that’s what has already happened, now on to what is happening later this month, I think you’ll be pleased to hear it’s time for our …

Starting this Saturday 10th September at 10am and running until 5pm the following Saturday 17th September, we have a minimum 20% off all stock* as usual but also 40% off all Rowan books and yarn!  As you may have heard in a previous newsletter, we’re phasing out Rowan yarns due to the massive wholesale price increase so now is your time to stock up if you really love a particular yarn.  We also have quite a few yarns that will be discounted by 80% – as low as $1.40 / ball!

If you can’t make it in to the store you can call us on 03 9830 1609 or email us at shop@sunspun.com.au to place your order,

* Sale excludes some items such as gift vouchers, postage, Sunspun memberships, classes, in-store purchase of Ravelry patterns, items already on hold or lay-by and products already discounted.  No holds during the sale and no exchanges/returns (unless faulty) of products bought during the sale.

Anna Maltz in Store!

We’re pretty excited about this coup!  The gorgeous Anna is going to be in the store on Sunday 18th September to meet you lovely people!  She’ll have copies of her book Penguin for sale, her garments from the book, including the awesome Humbolt sweater below, for you to see and will give a short talk at 11am!  We’ll have tea and cakes on hand too.  Come and join us, it’s sure to be a lovely morning (no RSVP necessary).

Anna and her Humbolt Sweater

Product of the Month

Our Product of the Month for September is White Gum Wool 4ply.  It’s an amazing yarn, produced by an amazing woman determined to do things in a different way, in a better way, Nan – a former marine physicist and an ex-city slicker to boot – combines generations-old shepherding and wool-raising skills with ground-breaking research to produce yarn that is unsurpassed in quality.  Read more about it in our blog post.

Nan Bray

New Yarns

This month we oohed and ahhed over and squished three new yarn arrivals.  Road to China Lace by The Fibre Company, Mulberry Silk Georgette by Jo Sharp and Prima by Rosabella threads.  We’ll do a blog post on these later this month to give you the lowdown on these beautiful yarns!

Prima – Fine Kid Mohair, Merino and Silk

Classes this Month

Our classes for this term are nearly over, we just have two kids classes for the school holidays left.  Adele teaches our children’s classes and is a qualified primary school teacher and heaps of fun, your kids are guaranteed a great time!  Our class which was scheduled for next week, “Design your Own Cowl”, has unfortunately had to be cancelled.

Our planning for next term is almost finalised, we’ll let you know ASAP when the class list is ready – we know some of you are super keen!

Full details of the classes, as always, can be found here and they’re summarised below:

Date Class Teacher
Thursday 22nd September Fun with Wool Adele
Thursday 29th September Kids Weaving Adele

September in Summary

Date Event More Info
All month Product of the month – White Gum Wool Ethical 4 ply Our blog
Saturday 10th September – Saturday 17th September SALE!
Sunday 18th Sepember Book signing with Anna Maltz!  We’ll be opening on Sunday from 10am – 1pm.  Anna will be giving a short talk at 11am. More info about Anna is on her website www.annamaltz.com
Friday 30th September Closed for the AFL Grand Final public holiday, back open on Saturday

Looking forward to another fibre filled month!

Love Amy and the Sunspun team!


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August at Sunspun

August at Sunspun

Hi folks, 

Well there’s only one more month of winter left, if (like me) you’ve started a project that you swore you’d wear this winter it’s time to get cracking!

Staff changes

We’ve had a few staff movements recently so I thought I’d update you on those.  Firstly, Nicole Beasley, who is our pregnant lass, is due in early September and is feeling mighty huge these days so she’s finishing up on this coming Saturday!  She’s been an organisational force in the store and has hardly slowed down during her pregnancy.  We’ll try to keep things tidy in her absence 🙂  If you want to keep in touch with her, she blogs here http://coledabbles.blogspot.com.au/ and Instagrams here https://www.instagram.com/misscoleyann/.

Secondly, Karen Pior has left Sunspun.  She was a great asset to the store wearing a number of hats, including managing most of our social media (you’ll have to make do with me now!) as well as teaching for us and helping many customers with their purchases and knitting conundrums.  We know you’ll all miss her, as will we.  You can keep in touch with Karen on her blog here http://sewwellmaide.com.au/ and Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/knittingmaide/.

Lastly, we have a new employee Chelsea Holden.  Chelsea has come on board to be the store manager and will be in the store from Tuesday to Saturday.  We’ll do an interview with Chelsea on the blog soon so you can get to know her but in the meantime please do say hi and introduce yourself if you see her in store, she’s keen to get to know our regulars.  And I should also mention that she’s my sister!

Trunk Show

Our trunk show with Clare Devine kicked off on Friday evening with a special event for Sunspun members – a meet and greet and fashion parade!  I’d love to show you photos but my photo processing software has today decided that it doesn’t want to play nice!  I’ll have to leave you with one I took on my iPhone (trusty iPhone!).  Just imagine everyone enjoying tasty nibbles, Clare talking about her designs and inspiration and the Sunspun models (Chelsea, myself and my mum) doing our best to look elegant 🙂

 

The trunk show is on this week til 5pm on Friday.  We have 16 of Clare’s patterns on display and they are all on sale for $6 each during the trunk show.

We’re also hosting a giveaway of Clare’s booklet Neighbourhood Sheep Society Volume 1 on our Ravelry group Sunspun Fibre Folk, pop over to find out how to enter.

Product of the Month

Our Product of the Month for August is Lang Jawoll.  As usual it’s 10% off the regular price for the month, which makes it $9.90/ball.  We have a review on the blog and some suggestions of what you could make with this soft but hardy yarn.

New in Store

Late last month saw the arrival of three new yarns from The Fibre Company and they are ammmmaaazing!  We have all colours available in Terra, Acadia and Road to China Lightand coming later this month will be Road to China Lace.  We’ll do a blog post on these beautiful yarns soon too.  If you’re thinking of making Clare’s Snell cowl, Acadia would be perfect for it!


Left to right are Terra, Road to China Light and Acadia

Later this month we’ll be getting in a couple of new 5 ply yarns.  The first is Prima from Rosabella Threads.  We’re really excited about it!  It’s a blend of kid mohair from their farm, ethically sourced Thai silk and merino from NSW, dyed and spun on their antique machinery in Queensland.  We’ll have more info on it when it arrives.

The second yarn is Jo Sharp Mulberry Silk Georgette which is a gorgeous silk and merino blend with good pattern support too.

The Craft Sessions

It’s not this month but very early next month, 2nd-4th September, that The Craft Sessions is on again.  We’re very excited to once again be a sponsor, we’ll be including a little goodie in everyone’s gift bags which I think you’ll love.  I personally can’t wait to meet Anna Matlz and take her Marlisle class!  I’ll be instagramming during the event if you want to see what we’re all up to on the weekend.  We’ll also have a stall at the mini-market on the Saturday afternoon where we’ll have lots of lovely yarns for attendees to squish.


Anna’s Humboldt Sweater from her book Penguin (available at Sunspun)

Classes this Month

Our classes for this month are going to be great.  My pick has to be the Fair Isle Knitting –Pawkies Mitts class, we have a sample of these beautiful mitts in the shop knit in our beautiful Orkney Angora Elsness and they are just so soft!  It’s a great class if you’ve been wanting to learn fair-isle/stranded knitting but haven’t yet taken the plunge 🙂

Full details of the classes can be found here and they’re summarised below:

Date Class Teacher
Tuesday 2nd August Snell Cowl Clare Devine
Tuesday 9th August Introduction to Lace Sue Grandfield
Tuesday 16th August Fair Isle Knitting – Pawkies Mitts Adele Moon
Tuesday 23rd August Toe-Up Socks Sue Grandfield
Tuesday 30th August Two at a Time Anything Clare Devin

August in Summary

Date Event More Info
All month Product of the month – Lang Jawoll 10% off Our blog
Saturday 29th July – Friday 5th August Trunk show with Clare Devine In store, on our blog here and an interview with Clare here
Saturday 29th July – Friday 5th August Neighbourhood Sheep Society Volume 1 Giveaway In our Ravelry group here
Saturday 6th August Nicole’s last day before she takes maternity leave
Later this month New yarns Jo Sharp Mulberry Silk Georgette and Rosabella Threads Prima arriving Stay tuned for an announcement on our blog when they arrive
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September Sunspun at The Craft Sessions The Craft Sessions

Phew, that’s it! Looking forward to another fibre filled month!

Love Amy and the Sunspun team!


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Trunk Show with Clare Devine

Have you heard of a Trunk Show before?
No? Then read on! Yes? Then read on!

A Trunk Show is a selection of knitted samples from yarn companies or designers that a shop can borrow for a short period of time to allow its customers to see what patterns or yarns will look like when they are knitted up.  It is a special event that allows folk to come and see items that are not normally on display.  As wonderful an asset to our knitting world as the internet has become, opening up the works of all designers to all knitters around the globe, nothing appeals like touching and feeling the garments and accessories that have so cleverly been created.  And often a Trunk Show will include a visit by the designer to meet and chat to customers in the shop.

And so, without out any further ado, let me introduce you to Clare Devine and give you the details of the forthcoming trunk show.

The devine Clare Devine (…… such a bad pun but simply too good to pass up!!!) hails from South Africa via the UK (and has called many other places home).  Clare works with us in the shop every Monday – aren’t we lucky!!  However, she is a talented designer of wonderful knitwear – her particular emphasis is on beautiful accessories – and has a devoted worldwide fan base.  For one so relatively new to the world of knitting – she discovered her passion for knitting wandering along the trails of the Bibbulmun track in Western Australia back in 2011 – she is very prolific. So many fabulous designs, collaborations with equally talented knitting folk and ‘appearances’ as the star guest on many podcasts.  Clare’s online home is Knit Share Love, a beautiful website where she shares her life, skills and the joy she finds in the world of knitting.

We are thrilled to be able to share Clare’s designs with you over the span of a week or so starting at the end of July and finishing into early August. We will have a wide selection of accessories in the shop for you to touch, feel and try on.  Additionally, Clare’s patterns will be available for purchase with a 10% discount (Sunspun Members can add their usual discount as well) for the duration of the trunk show.  Annnnd ……. Clare will be in the shop on Saturday morning to say hi, answer questions, sign patterns and help you decide which beautiful yarns to choose for your next knit!

Clare has graciously agreed to teach a class for us as well.  On Tuesday 2nd August (6.15 – 9.15pm) we have scheduled her Snell Cowl class (a slip stitch colour work project).  If you would like to book in now is the time as places are already filling.  Just call us (9830 1609) and we can book you in and secure your spot.

A special treat for Sunspun Members is a Meet, Greet and Nibbles night with Clare on Friday night.  Oh …… and did I mention the Fashion Parade!!!  For those of us who are ‘models’ – a very scary proposition!!  Please make sure you RSVP by Tuesday 26th (see your invitation email, or if you somehow didn’t receive one please call the shop) so we make sure to order sufficient nibbles.

So, we hope that you will come along and touch and feel and try on and chat and enjoy the wonderful talent of Clare Devine – designer extraordinaire!

Trunk Show Details

  • Sat 29th July – Fri 5th August
  • Meet Clare Sat 29th July 11.30am-3.30pm
  • Discounted patterns during show

Sunspun Member Event (by invitation only)

  • Friday 29th July
  • Times:  6.30 – 8.30pm
  • Food provided; free event
  • Fashion Parade