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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 and Instagrams here

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 and Instagram here

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


Rowan – a Sad Tale to Tell

We have a sad tale to tell you.  You know how much we love Rowan yarns – in fact Sunspun was the original importer of Rowan into Australia about 30 years ago and we have stocked many, many Rowan yarns for many, many years.  We adore their patterns and have made up many of them as store samples over the years.  We daresay we are talking to a few of you who have purchased those very samples from us and now lovingly wear these garments.

Our sad news? We were recently informed that the Rowan brand has been sold by Coats UK to MEZ Crafts who have been through all the products with a fine tooth comb and have decided to discontinue many yarns, discontinue many colours in the yarns they’re keeping, and unfortunately have raised the wholesale prices by up to 250% in some cases.  We’re all kind of shell-shocked here!

I’m told we’ll be given more information on which yarns and colours are being discontinued some time in mid-May so we’ll send out another newsletter then to keep you up to date.

So, given the huge price rise it’s likely that we will have to dramatically reduce the number of Rowan yarns that we can continue to stock.  We will be definitely keeping the ever popular Kidsilk Haze and Felted Tweed DK and we’ll make a final decision on the remaining yarns once we receive the information regarding which yarns are being discontinued.  At present we have good levels of stock of most yarn lines but we won’t be placing any further orders until the dust settles.

The silver lining to this sad tale is that our shelves will be bare and waiting for some new yarns to arrive.  What shall we choose ????  Choices, choices, choices!!

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Term 1 2016 Classes

We know a lot of you have been keenly waiting for it, so we’re very pleased to release our first class list for the year.  We have some exciting new classes for you (look for the * in the schedule) and, of course, we will be re-scheduling all those you already know and love!  We have also changed the format a little – we will run the classes concurrently with school terms. There will be a total of 4 published class lists per year.  We feel that this format will make it easier for you to diarise your classes as you won’t need to commit as far in advance.

As usual, classes will be held in the shop on Wednesday nights from 6.15pm – 9.15pm.  The schedule is shown below and a full description of each class can be found on our website here.

Very excitingly, we have a special guest teacher this term, the very talented Kirsten Johnstone.  Kirsten flies the flag for Aussie designers internationally and has designed for Brooklyn Tweed, Shibui and Woolfolk.  We are thrilled to have her teaching a class for us and you can find out more about her on her website.

We would like to introduce you to a new ‘in-house’ teacher – Nicole.  You will know her as the lovely gal behind the counter but she is a great teacher as well.  Nicole will be teaching our crochet classes.  You can read more about her (and our other teachers) here.

If you have any questions or queries please email us ( or give us a call (03 9830 1609).

Happy ‘yarny education’
The Sunspun Team
Amy, Karen and Nicole

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December at Sunspun

December at Sunspun promises to be another busy one and a month of more ‘new happenings’.

On Saturday we had our first ever Yarn Tasting Event – this time, summer yarns.  We had 18 ladies come along to the shop, to try various cotton, linen and bamboo yarns.  It was great to have the shop full of enthusiastic knitters, crocheters and weavers all finding something new to try and someone new to connect with.  We have more yarn tastings planned for next year so do keep an eye out for them!

Date Event and Location Link
Friday 4, 11, 18th December Sit and Yarn 11 am – 1 pm
Sunspun shop
Saturday 5th December Summer Yarn Tasting 11 am – 3 pm
Sunspun Shop
Tuesday 8th December Blog post on our Xmas pattern release and gift packs Blog
Thursday 24th December Last day of trading before Christmas – shop closing at 5pm
Re-opening Tuesday 5th January 2016

Don’t forget to check on our new YouTube channel (and subscribe if you choose).  We are very excited about it!  It is absolutely an ongoing project and we will be adding more and more educational content as time goes by.  We have created a Playlist called Tuesday Tutorials where we have uploaded (and will continue to upload when new content is created) all the short tutorial videos that have appeared in ourInstagram feed so they are conveniently located for you to easily find them should you decide to review them again.

Our Ravelry Group – Sunspun Fibre Folk – has had a bit of an overhaul and if you are on Ravelry (or have been thinking of joining) why not join our group and show us your lovely finished items.  It is also a great place to talk to like minded souls, ask questions and find out about ‘yarny’ things other members may have to share.  Our Shawlalong is going strong and you can still join in if it takes your fancy.  All the details are on our blog and in the Ravelry thread.

Of course, Christmas is just around the corner now and we have some lovely gift ideas for the ‘yarny’ folk in your life – or for you to pass on to others as you are the ‘yarny’ folk!  Watch out for our blog post on Tuesday 8th December where we will tell you all about them.

Our last day of trading for 2015 is Christmas Eve – Thursday 24th December.  We will be open till our usual closing time – 5pm.  We will be having a small break and will re-open 10am Tuesday 5th January 2016.  We will remind you, via Instagram and Facebook, closer to the date so you have a chance to grab any last minute things you may need to carry you over our ‘re-charge the batteries’ break!

Happy ‘yarning’,

The Sunspun Team

Amy, Karen and Nicole


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What’s on in November

Welcome to our new ‘Month at Sunspun’ Newsletter series.  Near the beginning of each month we will send you a run down on what you can find happening in the shop, on our social media sites and any extra activities that we maybe involved in for that particular month.  Wherever possible we will provide links to other places for you to find more detailed info.  Of course we are always available via email ( or telephone (03 9830 1609) for any enquiries you may have.

So … November at Sunspun promises to be busy and a month of ‘new happenings’.  We are establishing some new ways to communicate with you, namely our brand new YouTube channel and a renamed and revitalised Ravelry Group.  Just some additional ways we can assist you and join you in your yarn journey.

Our Ravelry group – Sunspun Fibre Folk – has had a bit of an overhaul and if you are on Ravelry (or have been thinking of joining) why not join our groupintroduce yourself and show us your lovely finished items.  It is also a great place to talk to like-minded souls, ask questions and find out about ‘yarny’ things other members may have to share – we have a dedicated General Chit Chat thread for just these conversations!

Our YouTube channel is just in it’s infancy – and right now has just one tutorial but we are very excited about it and will be adding more content over time, which leads me to our last announcement which is:

We are having our first ever Shawl Along! Two beautiful shawls, one for knitters and one for crocheters.  We plan to make this the first in a series of yarn alongs and hope you will help us make them fun events by participating and sharing your finished objects. We will be posting tutorials on YouTube and providing a couple of in shop help sessions as well – just in case you may like some hands-on assistance!  And prizes!!! Full details will be revealed in an upcoming blog post.

Here’s a glimpse of the shawls:


Date Event and Location Link
Wednesday 11th November 6:15pm-9:15pm Xmas Decorations Class with Sue at Sunspun (places still available) Class List
Monday 23rd November Launch of Sunspun Shawl Along at Sunspun Details posted on the date on Our Blog, Instagram andRavelry
Monday 23rd November Launch of the Sunspun Youtube Channel with our how-to videos for the Shawl Along Youtube
Friday 27th / Saturday 28th Shawl Along Help Sessions at Sunspun Details posted on the date on Our BlogInstagram and Ravelry
All month Canterbury Sheep Trail – A local event participated in by various Canterbury businesses Canterbury Baptist Church

As you can see – lots happening!

The Sunspun Team
Amy, Karen and Nicole