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The Finish Line

We’ve had a slew of finished items come our way recently, and thought we’d share them with you.

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One of our lovely customers Claire brought in a finished Denali from Brooklyn Tweed’s Men, which she made for her son. The jumper by Norah Gaughan has come up so well in Debbie Bliss’ Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran: the syncopated cables on the front and back and the stocking-stitch sleeves give the sweater a neat, modern finish. One worth queuing for a loved one.

Another finished object we have to share is Faye’s utterly stunning Isager Spring sweater, made in Isager Spinni. Isn’t it so beautifully realised?

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This is a sister knit to Winter, which we’ve featured before. Both are lightweight, drape like a dream, and look like fun to make.

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Remember picture knits? We love this bold, beautiful cocky another of our customers made from Liz Gemmell’s Woolly Jumpers.

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One of Karen’s recent finishes is Romi Hill’s Zephyr Cove Shawl, an asymmetrical shawl with short rows, garter stitch and a picot edging, which she made in Colinette Jitterbug. The garter stitch makes this a ‘springy, squishy shawl’, and she has this advice for yarn choices if you’re planning to make one: choose one that is not too tightly spun, since the lace edging wouldn’t block as well.

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Nicole has been hugely prolific, and among one of her recent stunning finishes is a Featherweight cardigan in the luxurious Skein, in a silk/merino blend. The colour, the fit and the finish are perfect.

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For a quick one, her colourwork hat uses small skeins of natural-dyed yarns from The Craft Sessions, worked back with Shilasdair Luxury 4 ply. Such a lovely palette.

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I recently took Sibella away with me and came home five weeks later with a finished cardigan (though I’m still deciding on buttons). This is probably one of the most satisfying knits I’ve ever made, and the perfect road project. Perhaps it was being on the road and therefore the imposed project monogamy, but I didn’t get stuck in sleeve-land either – a miracle! I used the fingering-weight Ton of Wool Four Cormo for this, and the fabric is gorgeous, springy and light; the finished cardi weighs about 258 grams.

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Whether you’re a process knitter or one who’s focused on the end product, there is an undeniable pleasure in finishing, even if it’s for the lessons learnt on what not to do. Do keep stopping by and showing us what you’ve done recently; we love hearing the stories behind the knits.

PS: Not that you’d need reminding of the benefits of crafting, but this is too good not to share: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/25/health/brain-crafting-benefits/


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Australian Story

Wool lovers know that Australian merino is among the finest yarns in the world, usually exported, and seldom made available for hand-knitting.

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Australian Country Spinners, owners of Cleckheaton, are changing the local hand-knitting game with their new yarn, Australian Superfine Merino, from sheep raised in a sustainable way.

The yarn is milled at the Wangaratta Woollen Mills in regional Victoria, and reboots an established and much loved brand. Cleckheaton have really gone to town to show how special this yarn is: in place of the more usual paper band is a letter-pressed swing tag with a ribbon that can be sewn as a label on your finished garment.

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There are 30 jewel-like colours in DK merino to choose from, and each ball is 65 g (more meterage means fewer joins, yay!). The yarn’s tightly plied structure gives terrific stitch definition, and it’s beautifully soft. More than a few customers who bought the yarn last week have said how much it reminds them of Zara yarns.

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We have kits of the booties and beanies at the shop, in different colour options, which come in their own project bags.

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And it’s great to see good pattern support too, with a wide selection of hard-copy pattern leaflets (also available as downloads) for accessories, and garments for babies, men, women and children.

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As the weather cools down by the day, it’s been lovely catching up with some of you when you drop by to stock up for autumn/winter knitting. We’re here to help with ideas and suggestions, so please do not hesitate to ask.

In store news, here are two recently finished one-skein projects: an utterly divine Hitchhiker, knit in Colinette Jitterbug.

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And a Dangling Conversation, a quick knit that uses just one skein of Shibui Linen.

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Tell us what’s on your needles, and share your finished projects with us on Instagram, @sunspunyarns.


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Flash sale on Collinette yarns!

We’re having our second flash sale!

  • 25% off all our Colinette yarns and books, including already discounted yarns!
  • Sale runs from this Saturday 7th December until Saturday 14th inclusive
  • Members will also receive their additional 10% off

We’ve cleared a little bit of room for the new and exciting yarns we’re going to be carrying but we’re not there yet- so please help! And, just in case you haven’t come across these lovely Welsh yarns before or you need a reminder of just what a wonderful job Colinette’s dyers do… Colinette Jitterbug; 100% wool 4-ply  Tao: 100% silk 8-ply Please don’t hesitate to call if you would like to purchase some Colinette but can’t get into the shop during this time, as we are always happy to take phone orders!