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Sunspun Membership

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Did you know we have a Membership programme?

Well we do!!  It is designed to acknowledge the very valuable contribution  our regular customers make to our shop, how precious your feedback on our classes, patterns and yarns is to us and how much we love being able to ‘yarn’ with you on your visits to the shop and over email.

So how does it work?

There are a couple of different options:

  • The cost of membership is $35 for one year or $65 for two years.  We will also advise you when your renewal is due so you can take advantage of our additional early renewal discount
  • Members are issued a membership card
  • Current members’ benefits include:
    • 10% discount on all purchases in-store and mail order (excluding class fees).  This discount applies to all sale stock and our mega summer and winter sales, enabling members to benefit from additional savings on already discounted stock. Yippee!!!

This year will see the expansion of our membership programme to include various new benefits and exclusive members only events.  To date we have the following events planned for members in 2016:

  • Exclusive opening hours for a special shopping day with an increased discount.
  • We will have some in-store visits by Australian designers this year and members will be invited to ‘Meet, Greet and Nibbles’ events.
  • A members’ Xmas party.

And we are just getting started!  Our brains ‘runneth over’ with all manner of ideas to enrich your Sunspun experience!  Stay tuned.

If you would like to take out a sunspun membership or ask for clarification on any details, please email us (shop@sunspun.com.au) or call (03) 9830 1609.

Happy ‘yarning’
Karen.

 

 


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Xmas and 2015 in Review

Can you believe it is Xmas time already?!?!?

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2015 has been a big year here at Sunspun

  • We farewelled Jules and Jackie and welcomed Karen and Nicole.
  • We welcomed Sue and Melinda as visiting teachers.
  • A past member of our Sunspun Family, Kylie, released the first patterns for her label, Whisky Bay Woollens.
  • We had our first off site stall at The Craft Sessions.
  • Our huge Spring Clean Sale saw so much yarn heading home with many happy yarn folk!
  • Cascade 220, a much loved yarn around the world, was added to our yarn range and it has been mega popular.
  • We introduced several new yarns into our range – yarns from Zealana containing possum fibres – Heron and Air, Trapillo from Trap Art and Twig from Shibui just to name a few. Mmmm …..
  • We had some interesting and entertaining blog posts – for example Craft on Film, Slow Craft, Knitting in Scotland and crafting in Paris – ooh la la!!
  • We introduced our Magazine Subscription Service to ensure you always have the magazines you love.
  • We held our first Summer Yarn Tasting – it was a full house with those eager to try some summer weight yarns. This may be the first of many ‘yarn tasting’ events. Shhh don’t tell anyone – it’s a secret!!
  • Our new Sit & Yarn group has started. Feel free to join in on Friday mornings from 11am-1pm.
  • We launched our very own youtube channel – Sunspun. Keep watch for more and more tutorials to be added.
  • We held our first KAL/CAL – a shawl along – in fact, it is still going and you can still join in. Details in our ravelry group thread.
  • We expanded our pattern range by releasing three new free patterns just in time for xmas – Mesh Scarf, Textured Summer Cushion and Grandmother’s Favourite Face Washer. For your convenience, we have included all the bits and bobs – fabric, buttons and cushion insert – in a kit for the Textured Summer Cushion. Expect more new patterns next year.
  • We have assembled two beautiful gift packs – a Knitter’s Care Pack and a Mitts Pack. We love these!

     

    Both our ravelry group – Sunspun Fibre Folk – and Facebook page have been re-invigorated so feel free to follow our shenanigans in these places. You may even find something you would like to join in…..

     

    Phew – as you can see – a busy, busy year …… but what fun we had!!

     

    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 between Christmas and New Year 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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Xmas Giving

While we all know there is much more to Christmas than the giving of gifts, we also know that those who take the time to create with their hands also love making gifts for those who are near and dear to them.  Or perhaps someone ‘near and dear’ to you is a creator and you would love to give them a gift that brings about a smile of excited ‘new project’ anticipation!

We have put together a few options for you that are appropriate for both those who like to ‘create’ and those who like to purchase for ‘creators’.

This year, for the first time, we have collated two gift packs, both beautifully boxed and presented.

Mitts Pack

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This pack contains everything required to make a beautiful pair of fingerless mitts and some yummy handmade chocolate to sweeten the journey just that little bit more!

Gift Pack Contents

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  • 1 ball of Zealana Air laceweight yarn – 40% possum, 40% cashmere, 20% silk; pattern to make Zealana Light As Air Mitts and a calico project bag
  • set 2.75mm Knitpro Symfonie DPNs
  • Clover cable needles and Chibi needles
  • Stitch markers
  • a small tin for all the bits and bobs
  • and Bahen chocolate

 

Knitter’s Care Pack

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This pack contains everything required to pamper and spoil the ‘creator’ in your life! Beautiful products to look after hands, calm the spirit, sweeten the disposition and a project to while away pleasant time!

Gift Pack Contents

  • 1 box of organic tea from Love Tea
  • Handcream from Castille de Fleur
  • 1 x bottle Soak wool wash
  • Goats milk and lavender soap from Queen Bee Handmade
  • Bahen chocolate
  • 1 x ball of fibranatura Cottonwood yarn (100% organic cotton) and our Grandmother’s Favourite Washcloth pattern; a calico project bag.

New Patterns

We have released two new Sunspun patterns just in time for xmas.  These projects are simple and easy and will suit all skill levels of knitters.  The patterns are free and don’t require a great deal of yarn.  You can find them in our Ravely shop for easy downloading.

Mesh Scarf – A simple knitted pattern using yarn overs to achieve an open and airy mesh like fabric. Made from a lovely cotton tape yarn, the created fabric has beautiful drape. Uses 3 x balls of Isager Palet tape yarn (100% cotton).

Textured Summer Cushion – A simple knitted pattern using garter stitch and slipped stitches to make a subtly textured and patterned fabric. Uses 4 x balls Isager Bomulin yarn (75%cotton/25%linen). Complemented by a cotton/linen blend fabric backing with button closure.  For your convenience we have put together a kit containing the pattern, yarn, backing fabric, buttons and cushion insert.

If you would like to order any of the gift packs, the cushion kit or any of the yarns, just give us a call on 03 9830 1609 (mon – sat, 10am-5pm) or email us at shop@sunspun.com.au.

Happy ‘yarning’,

Karen.


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Deck the Halls

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From the Old World to the New, the northern hemisphere to the south, Christmas is one festival that is still much celebrated in many parts of the world, and an integral part of the year-end holiday season. Whether you follow old world Eastern European traditions, celebrate your yule Nordic style or in a more colourful Latin American style (did you know the poinsettia came from Mexico, where it’s called the flor de noche buena?), even the most secular among us do pay some heed to Christmas customs and rituals, especially those from childhood.

Inevitably, if there are small children around, there is almost certainly a tree, perhaps stockings. Even here in the southern hemisphere, where temperatures around Christmas can be high, the goodies, decorations and food still carry a strong northern hemisphere influence.

If you are after Christmas craft ideas, and if you like making your own everything, from Christmas crackers to advent calendars, decorations and gingerbread, Martha Stewart seldom disappoints. For food ideas, try Nigella Lawson (her Ham in Coca Cola seems unorthodox, but trust her on this) or Donna Hay for quick, simple recipes that work.

In terms of things crafty – and I know we’re in the southern hemisphere – who doesn’t love a snowflake? Emily from the Loopy Stitch has provided a free crochet pattern for her Sunny Snowflake, complete with step-by-step pictures, as has Lucy from Attic 24. Work from the premise that no two snowflakes are alike and make a mixed jumble to hang on a tree, string into a garland, use as gift tags and just because.

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Source: The Loopy Stitch

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Then, once you’re well and truly hooked, you can work your way through Caitlin Sainio’s 100 Snowflakes to Crochet.

Our favourite Norwegian knitters Arne and Carlos have designed 24 Christmas balls that can be knitted as part of the countdown. This link takes you to a Julekuler designer that you can use to personalise your own Christmas ornaments.

Christmas ornaments

MillaMia have a free PDF download of all seven ornaments you can make using odds and ends of yarn, perfect for seasonal decorations or as a special gift topper.

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If you like granny squares and stars, here’s a pattern for one you can use to make a sweet garland.

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Source: The Royal Sisters Blog

And lovers of African flower motifs have to try this stunning creation by Daniela Herbetz.

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Source: Daniela Herbetz

Finally, just imagine the pleasure on the faces of little kids when they encounter these adorable mini softies by designer Rebecca Danger, including an elf, a snowman and assorted monsters. They are perfect for a Christmas tree, or as a little companion throughout the festive season.

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