Sunspun Fine Yarns


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Works in progress

We’re in the midst of giving the shop a big overhaul and wanted to share some progress shots with you! Last weekend, the walls went from ochre and turquoise to a soft dove-grey…

July 2013

July 2013

March 2014

March 2014

We were a little sad that our lighting and new shelving didn’t arrive at the same time as it would have allowed us to make all the changes in one big step- but, on the other hand, it’s going to take a bit of time and thought to squeeze all the yarn, both new and existing, into the new shelving units so the delay is not a bad thing!

July 2013

July 2013

March 2014

March 2014

July 2013

July 2013

March 2014

March 2014

We’re really looking forward to having proper display units for our books and patterns so that we can finally clear our tables and start holding knitting groups and classes. We’re anticipating getting started in early-mid April so keep an eye out for details on those here and on Twitter and Instagram (we’re @sunspunknitting if you don’t already follow us).

The new dark grey on the shopfront really frames the window display…

Window display

Coincidentally, our display of baby knits was ready just in time to put in the freshly painted shop. There’s so much reflection in the window that I had to take them all down and photograph them inside (albeit without any shop lights) to show you their exquisite cuteness!

First up is Ravi by Carol Feller in Milla Mia Naturally Soft 5ply, worked entirely seamlessly for happy knitting:

Ravi

Ravi

It would look so sweet with these skinny little leggings from Patons Little Sweeties:

Leggings

Leggings

Then we have this super-cute romper from Debbie Bliss Celebrating Family in Baby Cashmerino (look at that adorable picot edging on the little leg-holes!):

Romper

Romper

And this sweet little striped dress from Debbie Bliss Cashmerino 4, also worked in four shades of Baby Cashmerino:

Striped dress

Striped dress

This sweet Lacy Cardigan is knitted in Snuggly Baby Bamboo:

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Billy from Little Rowan looks impressive in its stitch pattern but is actually just a combination of knits and purls with a few cables thrown in:

Billy Hoodie

Billy Hoodie

And lastly (and my favourite!), Mr Friedrich the Fox from Rowan Studio 30:

Friedrich

Friedrich

So many cuties! Thanks so much to all our sample knitters! When we decided back in January to make our first window display (which will change every couple of months), we chose to make baby knits because Amy, Sunpsun’s new owner, is expecting a baby in mid-late April… which is now just around the corner! She’s working so hard to get all the changes made before her little girl arrives but, in preparation, we have a new staff member Kylie to help fill her shoes in the coming months… so do come by to meet Kylie and see Amy before she takes some time off- or just to admire the new wall colours and baby samples!


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In focus: Summer Tweed

As knitters, we know how challenging it can be to get a sense of a yarn by just seeing it in the ball… we want to know how it will feel as a fabric, how it will hang and drape on the body and how a colour looks used on its own and combined with others. This is precisely why we’ve decided to focus more time and resources on putting together a display of samples that will change every two months- just so that you can see and feel our yarns knitted up! We’re working with a group of lovely knitters and crocheters, who are doing a beautiful job making our first round of samples for us (because, honestly, we would never have enough time to make them all ourselves!) and we can’t wait to see all those sweet baby knits arrive in the shop! In the meantime, Jules recently completed a new shop sample in Rowan Summer Tweed, a perfect garment for this hot Melbourne summer…This is Prairie from Rowan Summer Textures, an oversized tunic knitted in Rowan Summer Tweed:

Prairie in Summer Tweed

Prairie in Summer Tweed

Prairie is worked in a mesh-like variation of garter stitch with stitches made into the row below. Once you get the rhythm, it’s simple to work and, worked on 6mm needles, creates an open, drapey fabric that hangs beautifully. It also makes Summer Tweed, a silk/ wool 10ply that you’d think might be a bit heavy for a long-sleeved garment in our Australian summers, very comfortable and cool to wear.

Mesh-like fabric

Mesh-like fabric

While the bands are worked in garter stitch, the soft, wide neckline is ribbed on a smaller needle, a clever way of preventing it from stretching out of shape.

Lovely neckline detail

Lovely neckline detail

We chose the shade Swirl, a lovely, cool blue that’s around a lot at the moment. One of the lovely qualities of Summer Tweed is the depth of colour that comes from the tweedy flecks and silk nubs blended in during spinning- and that really comes through in an open stitch pattern like this one, where the yarn is really on show.

Tweedy flecks and silk nubs

Tweedy flecks and silk nubs

The blend of cotton and silk makes for an interesting texture which feels crisp but light and soft on the body and has great drape, all of which is put to perfect use in this design. Like all cottons, it tends to stretch so consider using stitch patterns such as stranded colourwork and cables that provide stability and prevent your project from dropping. And it comes in a range of earthy, rich colours that work well together or on their own…

Earthy tones

Earthy tones

Jewel tones

Jewel tones

Because Summer Tweed has a big 120m in each 50gm ball, the smallest size uses less than 10 balls, which is quite unusual for such an oversized garment!

Ideal uses for Summer Tweed:

Spring-summer garments (such as tanks, cardigans and tunics), baby blankets, colourwork knitting.

Vital stats for Summer Tweed:

Yarn weight:  Aran or 10ply

Tension:  16 stitches and 23 rows per 10cm

Needle size:  5mm

Metrage:  120m per 50gm

Fibre composition: 70% silk, 30% cotton