Sunspun Fine Yarns


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Product of the Month – October

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Isager Highland is our October yarn of the month, which means you can buy the yarn all month at a 10% discount (20% for Sunspun members).

If you’ve been to the store, you’d know we love Isager yarns from Denmark. Highland is produced in Peru and this sportweight, pure wool yarn is all that you’ve come to expect from Isager – grown under strict environmental conditions and  minimally processed.

Each 50 g ball of the plied yarn yields 280 metres, which goes a long, long way. The yarn itself is light and strong, and the full range of colours is lightly heathered. Because of its weight, it can be stranded with other Isager yarns to create one-off fabrics.

Highland is good to work with. While not buttery soft, it feels good0 in the hand. The plies are tight enough that they don’t catch (I used Addis), and sticky enough to have some memory (very handy if you need to rip back). The Highland fabric blooms, transforms and relaxes into a garment or accessory with beautiful drape when blocked. Depending on gauge, it can also grow when blocked, so if the item looks small when you’re knitting, don’t fret too much. Be sure to swatch beforehand to check your gauge.

This is one of those enormously versatile yarns, yielding ethereally light lace on the one hand and blending beautifully for colourwork items.

The magic of blocking. The Daffodil cardigan in Highland: left shows the
back (blocked) and right is the unblocked sleeve.

Here are a few quick ideas that show off the yarn’s best features.

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Knit n Slide is a Stephen West semicircular shawl with a lacy border and beautiful scallops. There are some stunning examples on Ravelry, and colours can be as dramatic or complementary as you like.

Halligarth by Gudrun Johnston is a woodland shawl featuring a traditional lace motif. Two skeins should make a shawlette, and four will give you a large shawl.

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Finally, to return to first principles, two patterns created by Helga Isager: Vivi, a colourwork pattern, and the Daffodil cardigan. Daffodil cardigan is soon to be a sample instore, so drop by soon to have a look. Ours was knit in three balls.

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New Yarns – September

Are there nicer words than ‘new’ and ‘yarns’ side by side? We have had quite a few lovelies come in lately and thought we’d share the love.

roadtochina2You only have to look at the beautiful jewel tones of Road to China Lace to know why we’ve stocked this luxurious yarn, which captures all the qualities of its fibres: alpaca, silk, camel and cashmere. Whisper-light and warm, Road to China Lace drapes like a dream, and has the subtlest of sheens from the silk. This is one yarn that is as much a pleasure to knit with as it is to wear.

echo4_medium2Laceweight yarn so gorgeous immediately suggests lace. This Echo Flower Shawl by Jenny Johnson Johnen is inspired by Eastonian lace and has a blossom stitch body and an utterly exquisite border. (It’s also free.)

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Weight: Lace
Composition: 65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere
Size: 100 g
Meterage: 600 m
Gauge: 32–40 stitches to 10cm on 2–2.75 mm needles
Care: Gentle hand wash, dry flat

Fans of Jo Sharp’s Alpaca Silk Georgette may have noticed it’s being phased out and replaced by Mulberry Silk Georgette. If you like the Alpaca Silk Georgette, this new yarn knits to a very similar tension. With wool in place of the alpaca, you will have a lighter and softer fabric.

This yarn produces the most beautiful fabric (the drape, the drape) and it’s a pleasure in the hand. As with all Jo Sharp yarns there is very good pattern support. This yarn can be used for anything your heart desires, it’s that versatile. It blocks beautifully, so if you’ve always wanted to make a cardigan like Vitamin D, here’s your chance.

5601281826_d7467c6ca6_zWeight: Sportweight/5 ply
Composition: 75% wool, 25% mulberry silk
Size: 50 g
Meterage: 165 m
Gauge: 25 stitches to 10cm on 3.25 mm needles
Care: Gentle hand wash, dry flat

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Prima Fine Kid Merino and Silk by Rosabella yarns is silk twisted with fine kid and merino. The composition yields a lofty yarn that is soft and smooth to the hand, with the most delightful halo. This yarn is not too far away from Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze, with the merino giving it just a bit more body, so it has wide application, from cardigans to hats, scarves and gloves.

Isabell Kraemer’s Jih, a raglan sweater that is worked seamlessly from the top down, will get a beautiful heathered dimension in this yarn. One of those sweaters that’s made for when you’re in the mood for miles of stocking stitch, and will get copious amounts of wear.

img_8371_medium2Weight: Sportweight/5 ply
Composition: 60% fine kid, 25% silk, 15% merino
Size: 25 g
Meterage: 72 m
Gauge: 22-24 stitches to 10cm on 3.5-3.75 mm needles
Care: Gentle hand wash, dry flat

 

 

 


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Product of the Month – September

It’s that time of the month when we roll out our Product of the Month, and September’s star is White Gum Wool (4 ply). As with all products of the month, you can buy them at 10% off (20% for Sunspun members).

White Gum Wool comes from 1600 Saxon merinos raised by the inspiring Nan Bray just south of Oatlands in Tasmania. A 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.

Nan keeps the sheep family groups together for their lifetimes, which means the mothers teach their babies how to graze on a wide range of native and exotic plants. Both animal and landscape are ethically cared for – that means no mules and no fertilisers, pesticides and fungicides. As a result, Nan gets more wool per animal per year, greater fleece strength and fewer interventions are needed with the sheep.

DSCN7008-e1389852362519You can catch up with Nan and stories from her farm through her blog, and do watch her story on Landline – it’s a cracker.

It would be an understatement to say knitters love and are loyal to this stunning yarn. Designers such as Tikki Knits, Sally Oakley and Evie and Essie have built patterns around White Gum yarns, and dyers such as Augustbird, Nunnaba and Gradient use White Gum as a base.

This merino is strong and really one of the softest you’ll find, which means you can wear it next to the skin. And as with all things wool, it’s comfortable in all but the most extreme of weather. Each ball of the 100 gram yarn has a generous 472 metres. And did we mention it comes in sixteen well-matched natural colours? Pictured below is the sedge colourway.

IMG_1481 (1).jpgWhite Gum 4 ply is light, oh so soft and buttery to knit with, and slips off the needles smoothly. It has the most beautiful hand – see that slight halo? Because it has lots of loft and elasticity,  you may need to block quite vigorously to open up lace projects. In stocking stitch and with smaller needles, the fabric is dense and almost velvety. (The ball band gives the tension at 28 stitches by 36 rows on 3.25 mm needles for a 10 cm square.)

This is the go-to yarn for baby wear, and luxurious shawls and shawls that drape beautifully, so use the yarn with your favourite fingering-weight patterns. Here are a few that have caught our eye.

cowl1_medium2Evie & Essie’s Sparkles Snood is a deep and light textured cowl that intersperses lace with ribbing and slipped stitches. The yarns shows off the stitch details well, making this a piece to cherish for years to come.

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Daysfull made a stunning Enkei by Kirsten Johnstone in the everlasting colourway – it’s a pop of sunny happiness. The top-down cardigan is shaped with raglan increases, then knit back and forth, finishing with that peekaboo cutout at the back. (With yarn so soft, you can expect some pilling, so get yourself a good shaver while you’re at it …)

DSC_0477_medium2Rhiannon Owens’ Gwyn Minikins is a classic cropped child’s cardigan knit seamlessly from the top down with a lace yoke and a stockinette body. It will go beautifully over a favourite dress or jeans.image-16_copy_medium2.jpg

Françoise Danoy’s Tokerau shawl marries a subtle textured stockinette body with intricate lace, and just enough complexity to hold your interest as you’re knitting. The shawl would look as stunning in a single colour as it would in two contrasting colours.

And if you’re after a challenge, there is Jared Flood’s Girasole. Originally knit in worsted-weight yarn, knitter Pam Chiang has made hers using 450 g of White Gum, adding two repeats and a wide sawtooth border for the stunner pictured below. 20151208_094240_1__medium2.jpg

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Father’s Day

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Source: Susan Anderson’s Smooth Operator Socks

Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September in Australia and New Zealand, and while the actual day varies depending on where you are, the more popular (northern hemisphere) day is around June. (If you have family on the other side of the world, you may need to program your calendar accordingly …)

Whether your dad is after a low-key day or an adrenaline lover, this is the day of days to remind him that he is special and treasured. And how else to tell him than with something handmade with lots of love?

Susan Anderson’s Smooth Operator Socks (photographed above) are the ultimate happy socks, and perfect for self-striping or patterning sock yarn. If you don’t mind weaving in ends, you can use leftover yarn to create one-off effects. There are also new techniques embedded within the knitting of this sock, including a no kitchener method for heels and toes, and a smoother heel and toe decrease line.

 

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This worsted-weight herringbone scarf from Purl Soho is wonderfully lofty, and the stitch is a meditative, rhythmic knit once you get established and can easily ‘read’ the knitting. Make it in the nicest yarn you can find, perhaps something from the Woolfolk range we carry, for an enduring classic to be enjoyed in years to come.

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Work his favourite colours into Vorfreude by Monie Ebner, a garter and stockinette wrap that is versatile enough to be dressed up and down. You can go for a high-contrast palette, play with tonal variations on his/your favourite colour, or take the monochrome route.

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Cold-weather game cannot be bettered than in Byway, a chunky cable-knit wrap or scarf by Jared Flood in his new book Woolens. The allover textured fabric keeps the knitting interesting, and you can size up or down depending on your devotion – and time.

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Wardrobe staples are so easy to overlook because they are so unassuming, but odds are a sweater like this Good Old Friend by Veera Välimäki will be pulled out and worn all winter long. Make it in your favourite DK yarn; we think our Shilasdair or Cascade yarns would wear very well.

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Shellie Anderson’s Spire is made with Shibui Maai and Staccato to produce a warm, lush fabric. The finish is smart, subtle and it knits up quickly. The Channel Island cast-on looks fabulous; if it’s new to you, it is a technique worth using on other projects.

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Keep the hands warm and looking smart in these tartan and tweed mitts, which are constructed seamlessly and stranded from beginning to end so there are hardly any ends to weave in. You can dial up the tartan or tweed depending on your preference. We think these would work beautifully in the Rowan Felted Tweed DK, which comes in a large palette.

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And if dad wears ties, here’s a pattern that’s easily customisable and quietly whimsical too.

Very happy making to you, and to the dads out there, hope your football team wins, your horse comes home and you get spoilt utterly rotten.


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Meet the Maker – Hannah Ginn from Circus Tonic Handmade

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Here’s another first for us – a yarn trunk show! If you hang out on Instagram you may have encountered Circus Tonic Handmade’s beautiful stream, which features Hannah Ginn’s soft, delicately coloured, hand-dyed, handpainted and speckled yarns.

Hannah lives in Sydney, but on 1 September, from 10am to 1pm, she will be at the store for some seriously engrossing squish and tell. Do drop by and say hello, and to pick up some goodies for yourself. In the meantime, here’s Hannah!

Tell us a little about yourself, Hannah, and the Circus Tonic Handmade story.

IMG_0115I live in Sydney with my husband, three kids and Hector the hound. I actually grew up in many parts of Australia and in Dubai before it was the mega-city it is today. My mum is English, so we would go to the UK for holidays. I didn’t return to Australia until uni, and haven’t left since!

I trained as a molecular biologist and worked for years in a genomics centre at UNSW. With daycare fees spiralling ever upwards it became counterproductive for me to work. I decided to take a break in mid-2015, take all the kids out of care and start over. Knitting and craft was a salve or tonic for our everyday crazy, loud, circus-like household life … so Circus Tonic Handmade it was. And now, the yarn has taken over!

I was home only a few weeks when I saw I needed another major goal to keep my spirits up after such a huge life shift. I had learnt to knit in 2013 when I was expecting my first winter baby, and often spent many hours wondering how I could turn my love of all things fibre and textiles into a business. I had been a huge quilter and knitting absolutely transfixed me once I began. Once I found hand-dyed yarn I was smitten!

What were your earliest influences and yarn dreams?

I always link back to certain times and places when I’m daydreaming about yarn. I recently found out my grandmother made kilts and then remembered looking through tartan and knitted yoke samples as a kid.

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I started collecting fabrics on my travels when I was fourteen. I made scrunchies for pocket money and sold them to the cool kids at school in my lunch break!

My biggest can-do role model in terms of making is my mum. She used hand-making to survive motherhood, and made lead-light windows, sewed our clothes, grew our food, made our quilts and curtains, stencilled our rooms (eeeepppp! Lol) and has recently started a little residential upholstery school in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Nothing is beyond her – and she actually trained as an opera singer! I remember standing under her skirt as she sang at a wedding, so it’s in the genes.

Tell us how you choose your yarn bases, and where you source them from.

I’m obsessed and I love all kinds, so my yarns are a mix of Australian and internationally sourced bases. I’m trying new ones all the time, depending on availability and even requests.

We love the bird names for your colourways, they are so inspired! How did they come about?

I’m always thinking about yarn, and while I pay attention to what’s on trend I really try to keep on my own path.

IMG_0095I based my current collection on Australian native birds as I thought that would give me a theme with plenty of scope. Some colourways are immediately recognisable while others take more artistic licence.

You have a lovely knitterly understanding of yarn and colour. How much does knitting experience inform your dyeing?

I love semi-solid tonals for garments especially as they were the types of yarns I first found as a knitter that I couldn’t resist.

IMG_0203I’m newer to speckled yarns but I love how they bring single-stitch pops to accessories. There are so many dyeing techniques to introduce speckles so it’s an ongoing education. From my former life as a scientist I’m used to taking very strict notes, experimenting and delayed gratification, so my dyeing will keep evolving.

How do you come up with the colours for an update/release? Do you work thematically, with a plan, or do you follow your nose and let serendipity take the lead?

I have sets of colourways that I feel go really well together so I tend to decide which ones will be the core of an update and then build around them. I try to come up with a couple of new colourways each update as customers love new yarn.

IMG_0255How important is social media to your business?

Instagram is centrally important to any indie dyer as it’s a great way to communicate what’s going on at HQ. I know the sorts of posts I enjoy looking at so I try to give my followers some lovely eye candy each day.

I don’t get a lot of time to knit these days and so showing my yarn knit up by talented and adventurous customers is really exciting and informative – I appreciate the sharing of project pics very much.

IMG_0279What does a day in your life look like? Do you manage to keep the kids and the dyeing business in neat compartments or does it all meld together in an organic fashion?

As business is picking up, Greg my husband is taking more and more of the weekend household and kid duties as I smash out several sixteen-hour days! As he does 55-hour weeks himself that is a huge commitment.

IMG_0084Each day I dye yarn, plot and plan, sew bags, visit my saintly post office, and do all the office jobs like photos, labels and packaging etc. We have two kids still at home during the day so we paint, ride scooters inside and generally hum along. They do watch a few too many movies, but I figure as long as I’m in the vicinity it’s OK!

IMG_0083Do you still knit a lot? And do you use other dyers’ yarns?

I love so many indie dyers! They are too numerous to mention, but in particular I love Skein, Miss Click Clack, The Uncommon Thread, Hedgehog Fibres, Baerenwolle, Madeline Tosh, The Wool Kitchen, Voolenvine Yarns, Knitsch, Spun Right Round and Skein Queen.

I am in awe of the colours available in Jamieson & Smith’s Shetland wool. I’m also a huge fan of Patons Dreamtime merino yarns and Bendigo Woollen Mills. I love them all!

IMG_0192What and which other designers, artists or creative people inspire you?

I have always been a huge fan of Gustav Klimt, and I find it amusing that I see quilting and speckles and swirls all through his paintings and portraits.

Knitwear designers I constantly find myself drawn to are Melanie Berg, Ambah O’Brian, Kristen Finlay, Wei Siew Leong and The Lace Eater, and Françoise Danoy. There are so many others – Ravelry is my oyster!

What can we look forward to in your trunk show at Sunspun?

My trunk show at Sunspun will be a lot of fun. Retailing online misses so much of the personal interaction with knitters, and I’ve never met a knitter I didn’t like!

I will bring a lot of speckled, handpainted and semi-solid tonal sock yarns. My travelling limits what I can bring, but I hope to offer something everyone will like and want to take home. My mum and I are sewing a big stack of very covetable project bags too so there should be lots of delicious items to see.

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Product of the month – August 2016

 

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For August, and hot on the heels of Clare Devine’s trunk show and the special price for her patterns, comes our product of the month, Lang Jawoll sock yarn. If you’ve never come across them before, August is the time to give them a whirl, when they are 10% off (20% for Sunspun members).

Sock knitters in the know have been saying ja to Lang Jawoll for socks for ages. The Italian superwash comes in a wide range of solid, heathered and tweed colours, and they are durable, reinforced with 25% nylon. Each skein also has a matching spool of nylon to carry along when knitting sock toes and heels for further reinforcement. The 50g skeins, comprising 45g of yarn and 5g of nylon, have a total meterage of 210m.

This soft and fine four-ply yarn knits and crochets well, so use it for socks, accessories such as shawls and hats, and lightweight sweaters – choose your favourite 4 ply or sock-weight patterns.

Besides Clare’s patterns, which carry a 10% discount (20% for Sunspun members) until 5th August, here are some other ideas for you, starting – not surprisingly – with some socks.

These Broken Seed Stitch Socks are so striking, and you only need to knit with one colour per round. The pattern seems to be at its most effective when a single colour is worked back with a highly variegated or contrasting yarn.

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My Cup of Tea socks have a crocus pattern that begins with a 64-stitch cast-on, and is easily modified to suit you.

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Source: Robin Lynn

Cookie A’s Clandestine socks is a dramatic story in lace and twisted stitches. Just divine.

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Source: Laura Kicey

Sock yarn makes very good, hard-wearing shawls. Here’s Daybreak by Stephen West, one of those endlessly adaptable shawls that is striped and arched, with slipped-stitch ‘ribs’ and a generous wingspan. The pattern comes in three sizes too.

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How can you not love these Grey Eyed mittens by Rebecca Tsai with the owls and olive trees?

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Chevrons bring a smart contemporary lift to any design. The Fixation hat by Ann Weaver is also a great way to use up leftovers. The four-colour hat takes about 55 metres of each colour, and a two-colour version takes about 110 metres of each.

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Source: WeaverKnits

Come in and look up Lang Jawoll – we’re more than happy to help with advice and suggestions should you need any.


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Meet the Maker: Clare Devine of KnitShareLove

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Clare Devine. Devine by name, divine by nature, as exemplified on her blog KnitShareLove, a space that, Clare says, allows her ‘to share the things that inspire me, the makers that create things that make my heart skip a beat … a space to share the magical fibre things that fill my heart with creative inspired joy’.

Clare now calls Melbourne home, after lives as a writer, designer and technical editor. Originally from South Africa, her incurable wanderlust has seen her knit her way around the UK, back to Western Cape and now, Australia.

You may have encountered some of Clare’s designs for accessories on Ravelry, which have secured a worldwide fan base for her. Best of all, for the next little while, she is all ours! If you’ve been to the shop on Monday, you may just have met Clare.

(All pix courtesy of Clare. Click on the pictures to take you to the patterns.)

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In KnitShareLove you’ve created such a warm, big-hearted community space. The site really speaks to knitters and people who love the craft and all that is associated with it. Beyond the patterns, you are so much about sharing skills. Tell us when the site began, your ambitions for it, and how it has evolved over the years.

KnitShareLove evolved over a number of years, really. I first started knitting when we were travelling in Australia but I did not think about turning it into a business until I had my little girl. KnitShareLove was officially launched this year but the sentiment has always been at the heart of what I do. I love knitting and sharing my passion with other knitters, whether that is through my designs or sharing skills. KnitShareLove is a space to bring together all the things I love most about the knitting community.

Did you become a designer from your other life as a technical editor? I guess I’m wondering, did one lead to the other?

Those two lives sort of grew together hand in hand as I transitioned from working a full-time job in an entirely different field to working from home to look after my little one.

I love working as an editor, it allows me to flex the grey matter and play with Excel … I have loved worked with many designers over the years from all over the place, and always enjoy getting to know them and their working style.

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You’ve lived the knitterly life in a few different countries now. Is there a difference in knitting/making culture in each of those places? And has the Net made access to these communities easier?

I think there is always a difference between places – the climate, size of a place and access to yarns has a huge role to play in how people knit and how we interact.

I loved living in Edinburgh and sometimes think I was spoilt by how awesome it was – the knitting scene there is really active and I had so much access to all sorts of wonderful yarn and fibre inspiration.

That said, I’m really enjoying finding my way around the Aussie fibre scene. Nothing beats making new fibre friends and discovering new yarns. I am really interested in locally produced yarns so I’m currently on the hunt for interesting producers in Australia. There isn’t the same small-mill-style yarn creation happening here as in the UK, but I’m finding some stunning yarns and am always on the look-out for more.

Let’s talk about your design life. Are you led by the yarn, or does the design come first, then it’s a matter of finding the right yarn to do it justice? Or is it a combination of all that and other intangibles?

This really depends on the design. Sometimes I am led by an idea for a collection where I know what I want and I pick yarns to match; The Tea Collection was a little like this. Once I knew I wanted to create a series of Tea Hats I picked out yarns that balanced the collection and matched my design ideas for each tea.

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In other collections I’m very much driven by the yarn. Neighbourhood Sheep Society is very much like this. This is a really fun project I work on each year with Jess from Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh. We pick yarns that fascinate us, she works her colour magic and dyes them up, and I let them speak to me about what they want to be. I’m a firm believer in swatching and letting the yarn tell you what it wants to be – this always works better than trying to make yarn into something it is not suited for.
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Tell us about your ongoing romance with socks and hats. Why? 

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For ages I swore I wouldn’t knit socks – I just didn’t see the point! Then a switch flicked in my brain and I was madly in love with sock construction. I love that there are so many different ways to turn a heel or shape a toe. I’ve had lots of fun over the years designing socks. Socks also make perfect travel projects, so I always have a few on the needles ready to pick up as I dash out the door or set off on a big adventure.

Hats – they were my break from socks! I started with Lapsang and then I found myself obsessed with the idea of Tea Hats and I took it from there. I love that you can get a hat from a single skein – I can pick up interesting yarns here and there and always have enough yarn for a great hat.

I also detest having a cold head or feet, so hats and socks are must-have accessories in my wardrobe.

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What are the signature Clare Devine touches to your work?

I think my signature would be incorporating tips and techniques into designs that elevate your knitting. I love teaching and am always trying to learn new things that I can use in my workshops to help knitters improve their knitting. I try to factor these things into my designs so you are always adding to your knitting repertoire. I recently started producing tutorials to accompany my patterns – they can be found here.

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Tell us about your design process, and how you know when you’ve got it with a piece of work.

My design process isn’t as streamlined as I would like. I think that is partly the way my creative brain works, and partly because the last few years have been pretty chaotic with many house moves and lives spread across three continents.

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I have lots of ideas and notebooks full of sketches. Sometimes things take ages to click into place, but occasionally everything just falls into place pretty quickly. The process of taking an idea from concept through swatching to a final pattern is fairly long. There are lots of bits and pieces that need to be aligned to get to the final proofed pattern. Working with supportive technical editors and brilliant testers is always a joy and helps me fine-tune the final product.

Do you get a chance to knit others’ patterns? And do you tinker with them – does the designer brain kick in and go, hang on, you can get a better result if you do this …

Not as much as I would like! Knitting isn’t the quickest activity and I almost always knit my own samples so most of my knitting time is taken up with sample knitting and design work. I do try to knit other patterns occasionally though. When I’m knitting another designer’s pattern I like to let my design brain switch off and just enjoy the process – I find it more relaxing that way.

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Which other designers, artists or creative people inspire you?

This is a hard one – there are so many inspiring designers and creatives out there! One of my favourite knitwear designers is Bristol Ivy. I think she’s a genius when it comes to pushing the boundaries of construction and knitting technique. I love her aesthetic and style, and wish I could have endless knitting hours to work on knitting some of her amazing designs.

Yarn and colour is a huge inspiration for my work, and I’ve enjoyed discovering local hand-dyers since I moved to Australia, including August Bird, Miss Click Clack, Circus Tonic Handmade, Gradient and, more recently, spotted at Bendigo, Owl of Athena.

I also find lots of inspiring creatives on Instagram and have enjoyed discovering local artists and designers. At the moment I am fascinated by dyeing, fabric, quilting, exploring our new adopted home country and knitting. Some interesting accounts I have seen recently on Instagram include @Iamalchemy@Arrowmountain@Maxhosa@Mazeandvale@Rebeccadesnos@Trinannelie@Salt_and_still@Seaskyeat@Vic_pemberton and @Thefolkmaker.

What can we look forward to in your trunk show at Sunspun?

We have picked out a selection of hats, shawls and socks for the trunk show. I also have a few new patterns that will be debuting at Sunspun.

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Akin (pictured above, and Clare is wearing one too, at the start of the story) is an easy hat that is perfect for the whole family – it comes in seven sizes – and you can knit it in almost any yarn weight. Perfect for a quick winter warmer (certainly very much needed in Melbourne at the moment).

I’m also releasing three socks that were previously only available in The Knitter, a UK magazine, so I’m very excited about showing those off.

Most of all, I am looking forward to meeting local knitters and fibre folk!

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From 30 July, drop into Sunspun for Clare’s trunk show, where you can touch, feel and try on her wide selection of accessories. All of Clare’s patterns are available for purchase with a 10% discount (Sunspun members can add their usual discount) for the duration of the trunk show.  On Saturday morning, Clare will be in the shop to say hi, answer questions, sign patterns and help you decide which beautiful yarns to choose for your next knit!

On Tuesday 2 August from 6.15pm–9.15pm Clare will be teaching her Snell Cowl class, a slip-stitch colourwork project.  Call us on (03) 9830 1609 to secure your spot.