Sunspun Fine Yarns


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Blossoming

Happy new year wherever you’re reading this, and welcome to a Sunspun 2015! How is it nearly February already? We hope you’re lucky enough to still be enjoying a last few days of holidays before the year seriously gets going.

We kick off the year by bidding adieu to Jules and Kylie, who have left us for new adventures. Between them they have taught classes, coordinated sample knitters, written blog and Instagram posts, and offered much knitterly wisdom. Amy, all of us in the shop and our customers will miss their warmth and style greatly. Join us and keep up with Jules’ news from Edinburgh on her blog and with Kylie on hers.

At Sunspun, we look forward to another year of making with you. The shop will see a few new faces and we are developing exciting projects for release during the course of the year.

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The first of our new initiatives – our own Sunspun kit! – is Blossom, a wildflower meadow of a scarf. This lightweight, modular crocheted scarf is perfect for warm-day crafting, and for those days when you don’t want a squishy woolly garment growing on your lap. It’s also wonderfully quick: one round, and you’re done. You’re likely to spend more time picking which colour to take up next than actually making the motif.

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The Blossom Scarf kit comes with sixteen beautiful Isager Spinni colours and the pattern. All you need is a 3 mm hook and you’re off! Or you may want to make a monochrome or striped version, or take inspiration from a Sophie Digard palette. Blossom kits are available now; come in and look at our finished sample in-store.

Since it’s the Australia Day long weekend, we thought we’d showcase the ANZ yarns we carry in-store.

Skein yarns: we have Merino Silk Lace, Merino Silk Sport and Top Draw Socks.

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Jo Sharp: Silkroad Aran Tweed and Silkroad DK Tweed.

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Waikiwi.

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Tailored Strands Alpaca.

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In other news, we have new colours of Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk.

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And we now stock knitters’ graph paper in journal form for you to chart your next cable, lace and colour work. The journals come with a handy symbols cheat sheet too.

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What’s on our needles: Jackie is working on Veera Valimaki’s Simple Sprinkle cowl; we’ll post finished pictures when she’s done.

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As ever, we’re here to help you with ideas, inspiration and advice. Come in-store and say hello, or you can stay in touch with us via Instagram, Ravelry or this blog.

Happy crafting!


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Christmas gift guide 3

Our final list of best yarn-related gifts ever is for all of you last-minute gift buyers… We hope it helps- just so you know, we’ll be here until 5pm on Christmas Eve!

 

Stocking fillers for $15 and under:

  •  A Lilly Brush for removing pills and hair from your hand knits- and other things! $13.95
Lilly Brush

Lilly Brush

 

  • For the plumpest and most beautiful pompoms, you need Clover pompom makers, which come in a variety of sizes (even a heart-shaped one!) and make the process of making pompoms super easy; sets of 2, $9.50-$18.95
Clover pompom makers

Clover pompom makers

 

For $30 and under:

  • A large bottle of Soak, our favourite for washing all your woollies- this stuff is so gentle that you don’t even need to rinse it out. 4 options for scents, including one scentless: 375ml, $22
Soak Wash

Soak Wash

 

  • For the newbie knitter, a Clover accessories set with everything you need to move on from  basic knits, including double-ended stitch holders, a tape measure, stitch markers, needles for seaming, a needle gauge and a pouch to keep them all safe: $29

 

  •  A skein of gorgeous hand-dyed Skein Top Draw Sock yarn, enough for a pair of socks for you or a loved one: super wash merino/ nylon, 400m/ 100gm, $28
Skein Top Draw Sock

Skein Top Draw Sock

 

For $50 and over:

  • Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle knittingthe bible for this style of colourwork knitting with sections covering history, colour, motifs, materials and techniques, as well as some classic 1980’s designs! $46 (you even get some change back on this one!)
Alice Statmore's Book of Fair Isle knitting

Alice Statmore’s Book of Fair Isle knitting

 

  • Everything you need to make Shibui’s No.6 Hat– for you and a friend! Simple and super-wearable, this slouchy beanie is knitted with a strand each of Silk Cloud and Baby Alpaca DK held together, making a super luxurious and soft fabric: $55 for the pattern and yarn (since Baby Alpaca comes in 100gm skeins, you get enough yarn to make two hats).
No. 6 Hat

No. 6 Hat

 

  • And, finally, the old favourite, a Sunspun gift certificate. We know a voucher can seem a bit of an easy way out but most knitters would rather use a voucher on something they’ve been coveting for ages than try to find a use for the yarn you thought they’d like!


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New classes

We’re very excited to announce two new classes, the last ones for the year! These are “extra” classes, in that they are not based on specific techniques but instead are designed to help both beginner and experienced knitters and crocheters get the most out of their craft…

Ravelry Tips & Tricks 

This 3-hour intensive class aims to not only get you up and running on Ravelry but also to show you loads of nifty tips and tricks to help you maximise this extraordinary website and all it offers.

We’ll start with the basics, including creating your profile, adding projects and photos, finding friends, using your queue and favourites, adding your existing pattern books to your Ravelry library, finding special interest groups and getting the most out of the forums. Then we’ll look into some more advanced handy applications, including using filters when for searching for patterns, yarn databases and so on, effective “tags”, matching specific yarns to patterns, searching other users stashes for extra yarn, using the database to choose substitute yarns, buying patterns online and searching through other people’s projects for notes, modifications and errata.

Participants are required to bring their own laptop or tablet- unfortunately, smartphones are not sufficient for this class. Free Wifi access will be available on the night

Fibre and Yarn 101

These days, we have access to so many different types of yarns that choosing the right one for a knitting or crochet project can be overwhelming… and yet yarn choice can be the difference between a garment you love and wear forever and a frustrating mess. This class is designed to teach you how to work out the type of yarn best suited to your project and how to find it.

We’ll look at the various types of natural fibres and the processes involved in turning them into yarn including scouring, spinning and dyeing and you will learn how these processes influence how a yarn looks, feels and behaves during and after knitting. We’ll also swatch with a series of yarns and discuss possible uses for them, as well as how to recognise the yarns that will work for you before you even get them out of the shop!

Please see our full class descriptions and requirements on our classes page at http://www.sunspun.wordpress.com. To book your place, please email or call us.


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New Isager yarns and patterns

We just received a shipment from Denmark with some very beautiful new Isager yarns and patterns!  Just in time for our warm months, we hope that they will inspire and encourage our local knitters to get knitting light-weight garments…

First up, we have Bomulin, a lightweight 4ply blend made up of 75% cotton and 25% linen that is spun and dyed in Italy, has 210m/ 50gm and comes in twelve rich colours. Bomulin is ideal for summer tanks, tees and jumpers, as well as lace, lightweight throws and holding with other Isager yarns for heavier-gauge knits.

 

Isager Bomulin

Isager Bomulin

 

Along the same lines is Hor, a pure linen, lightweight 4ply that is also spun and dyed in Italy, has 160m/ 50gm and comes in natural, gunmetal blue-grey and black. Hor is ideal for soft furnishings and bags but also works beautifully for summer garments and held with other yarns.

 

Isager Hor

Isager Hor

 

Our third new Isager yarn is Palet, a fun, speckly tape yarn from Italy that has 160m/ 50gm and knits to a 4-8ply tension, depending on needle size and stitch pattern. Perfect for summer tops, we’d love to see a tee in this- think Japanese style and Julie Hoover designs such as Marly and Leigh

 

Isager Palet

Isager Palet

 

And our final new yarn is Jensen, a sturdy yet soft 100% wool yarn that works equally well as a 6 or 8ply, has 250m/ 100gm and comes in 15 soft colours dyed over a grey yarn base, giving them a beautiful, heathered texture. Jensen is ideal for lightweight but warm garments, as well as accessories and blankets.

 

Isager Jensen

Isager Jensen

 

And, lastly, we have the brand-new Isager pattern book, the Map Collection! Isager is known for their incredibly beautiful, simple designs and wonderful work with colour and this collection definitely follows that tradition… It’s full of very wearable, stylish women’s garments and accessories that are mostly knitted using two strands of yarn, which adds not only warmth and texture but also a great depth of colour.

We have quite a few favourites already…

 

Kashmir Cardigan

Kashmir Cardigan

Siberia Anorak

Siberia Anorak

Normandy Sweater

Normandy Sweater

Shetland Cowl

Shetland Cowl

We hope that you enjoy these beautiful yarns and designs as much as us!

 

 


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Support Small Business Day!

This Saturday October 4, we are celebrating Support Small Business Day, a great Victorian government incentive to honour the contribution that small businesses make to community!

In celebration of small businesses, we’re offering 10% off full-priced stock to all customers who mention “I support local business!” on Saturday. We’d like to thank you all for your support of Sunspun and the small businesses that we in turn support, such as Shibui, Skein Yarn, Shilasdair, the Fringe Association and Colinette- we couldn’t do it with you all.

We hope to see and thank you in person on Saturday!

 

Merino Silk Lace from Australian dye outfit Skein Yarn

Merino Silk Lace from Australian dye outfit Skein Yarn

 


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Spring sale!

In honour of the long Sunspun tradition of celebrating the end of the coldest months, we’re having a SALE!

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Starting this coming Friday, September 12th and running until Saturday Sept 20th, we are taking a huge 20% off all stock in the shop, including all yarn, needles, books and other supplies. And, as always, the discount applies to email and phone sales and Sunspun members receive their 10% discount off the sale price.

On top of that, we also have some discontinued yarns that we have already taken 20% off; those price will hold until all stock is sold but, just for the week of the sale, will be reduced by a further 10% off:

Debbie Bliss Andes: 8ply, (50gm), 50% silk, 50% alpaca- was $14.95, now $11.95, during the sale $10.45
Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed Chunky: 14ply (100gm), 85% wool, 15% angora- was $23, now $18.40, during the sale $16.10
Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace: 2ply (50gm), 100% merino- was $11.50, now $9.20, during the sale $8.05
Ella Rae Lace Merino: 4ply (100gm), 100% merino- was $29, with 20% off $23.60, during the sale $20.30
Rowan Pure Wool Aran: 10ply (100gm), 100% wool- was $17.95, now $14.35, during the sale $12.55
Rowan Renew: 12ply (50gm), 93% recycled wool, 7%polyamide- was $10.95, now $8.75, during the sale $7.65
Rowan Tweed Aran: 10ply (50gm), 100% wool- was $11.95, was $8.75, during the sale $8.35
Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK: 8ply (50gm), 75% merino, 20% silk, 5% cashmere- was $13.50, now $11.15, during the sale $9.45
Waikiwi: 4ply (50gm), 55% merino, 20% nylon, 15% alpaca, 10% possum- was $13, now $10.40, during the sale $9.10
We hope you enjoy the lovely prices- happy end of winter to you all!


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Pattern leaflets

As knitters who have all been shopping at Sunspun since we first started knitting, we’ve always coveted the beautiful publications put out by the yarn companies carried at the shop. After all, yes, there may sometimes only be one or two projects in a book that we know we want to knit but honestly, who can resist the incredibly beautiful Rowan magazines or Debbie Bliss with her gorgeous, moss-stitch-clad babies?! Those publications are part of a collection and we love having them on our bookshelves at home. We pore over them and find inspiration in the stitches, colours and styling in their pages, encouraging us to try things we really don’t imagine we could succeed at making.

But, having matured as knitters on the internet and Ravelry, we also like being able to buy individual pattern leaflets, often from independent designers whose approach can be quite different to the designers working for large yarn companies. This is why we’re broadening our pattern range at Sunspun and will be carrying the latest books and magazines from our yarn producers, as well as a wide range of individual pattern leaflets.

We now have a good selection of designs (around 50!) from Brooklyn Tweed. This New York-based yarn company and design house are known for their clean designs that blend traditional and modern techniques with wearability and that are always interesting to knit! Like a lot of small companies, these patterns are written with care and precision and include a lot of detail on techniques and sizing, so you always feel you’re on the right track.

 

Brooklyn Tweed Men

Brooklyn Tweed Men

Bedford

Bedford

Blueprint

Blueprint with loads of information on fit

 

We also have a wide range of patterns from even smaller independent designers, such as Olgajazzy, Rebecca Danger, Jane Richmond, Tincan Knits, Joji Locatelli, Tiny Owl Knits and Kirsten Johnstone. There is so much talent out there in the knitting world and we’ve so far only got a small percentage of their designs, from colourwork mittens and lace scarves and shawls to blankets, kids leg warmers and whimsical animals.

 

Aranami by Olgajazzy

Aranami by Olgajazzy

 

We’ll be adding more designers to our collection and are currently waiting on a series of patterns from small but widely-loved designers Kate Davies and Georgie Hallam of Tikki Knits– so do keep enquiring about new arrivals when you come into the shop.

We really hope that you enjoy having access to so many different designers and that the many ways in which they design and construct their patterns creates some really interesting knitting for you!