August at Sunspun
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!
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!
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:
|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
|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!