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Norah Gaugan is coming to Sunspun

Meet Norah Gaughan at Sunspun!

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​We are so excited to announce that we will be running two classes and a lecture/trunk show with the amazing knitwear designer and teacher Norah Gaughan!

Norah is well known for her innovative, geometric designs and recently published The Knitted Cable Sourcebook – an amazing 276 page textbook on all you need to know to knit and design with cables.  If you’re not familiar with her work you can see more of her designs on Ravelry at

We will be taking bookings for the events via the website
Please note that ticket sales will open on Sunday 21st May at 5pm.

Lecture and Trunk Show

The lecture will be on Saturday 1st July at 5:30pm.  For full details of the event and to book please go to Trunk Show and Lecture with Norah Gaughan.


We will be running two classes on Sunday 2nd July.  Both are project-based classes that allow you to add your own flair to Norah’s know-how.  To view the details and to book please go to Design your own cabled hat and Design your own yoked sweater.


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!!
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!


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.

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 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
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!