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April at Sunspun

Well knitting weather is certainly here and you have been visiting the shop to restock – or add to – your stash (you know which category you fit into!!).  It is lovely say “hello again” or “welcome back” and help you plan your next project.  New patterns and books are arriving in the shop as we gear up to make sure we have all the necessary supplies to see you through the cooler and colder months to come.  So grab your yarn and needles/hooks and a ‘beverage of choice’ and find out what we have for you in April.

 

Our regular Friday Sit & Yarn has become sooooo popular and some wonderful friendships have been made.  You can see the April dates in the table below.  Don’t forget this free group is open to all – however, we have decided to cap the number of attendees each week to ten.  Our table just can’t accommodate any more people comfortably and still leave room for staff and customers to move around the shop.  Since we don’t want to lock you into a regular commitment we aren’t taking names for each Friday – just rock up and grab a chair till all ten are full. We have some flyers from our local Booroondara Council detailing knitting groups that are held in the Libraries in our area.  Feel free to ask us for one – you may find a group that suits your availability to a tee!  Additionally, check out your own local council – most areas have knitting groups already established.

Term 2 classes swing into action in April.  We have some fabulous new classes for you as well as some oldies but goodies!  We are eager to help you expand your knitting and crochet skills and have a good selection of techniques for you to try.  Just give us a call at the shop (9830 1609, Mon – Sat 10am-5pm) and we can answer any queries you may have as to class content and your suitability for each one.  In the past, our classes have been run on Wednesday nights.  Term 2 sees them moved to Tuesday nights.  We hope this doesn’t cause too much inconvenience and that it allows additional customers access to educational opportunities.

The shop will be CLOSED on Monday 25th April for Anzac Day. We will OPEN again on Tuesday 26th April at 10am.

As you know from a previous blog post, we now have a Product of the Month each and every month!  The highlighted product for April is the very lovely Milla Mia 5ply.  This beautiful yarn is a 5ply (Sport), 100% merino wool yarn.  It is so very soft – perfect for cowls, scarves, shawls, baby garments and all those ‘wear next to your skin’ projects.  An upcoming blog post will tell you more and we have some items made up in the shop for you to see this lovely yarn ‘in action’.  Sadly, Milla Mia will no longer be available to us wholesale (you will be only able to get it through an international online shop) so what we have left is all we can get!  If you love this yarn, and we know many of you do, now is your opportunity to grab some at a reduced price.  A yarn that just cannot be ignored!!

Annnnnd ……. WE HAVE MORE NEW YARNS!!!!  We will just give you the short version here because we will feature some of them in upcoming blog posts.

  • White Gum Wool – a gorgeously soft Australian yarn – we have the entire range of 4ply colours.  We knitted one ball into a sample for you to feel and it just went on forever!!
  • Orkney Angora – it has to be felt to be believed – an 8ply yarn, 80% angora/20% wool (angora from ethically and humanely treated rabbits) in many colours from the Orkney Islands.  Mmmmm…..

You will notice some new faces behind the counter over the coming weeks.  Karyn (not to be confused with Karen – lol, we still haven’t been able to figure out an appropriate way to stop them both answering ‘yes’ at the same time!!!) has been one of our extraordinary sample knitters for quite a while – you will notice her work all around the shop.  She has great technical ability and isn’t afraid to tweak a pattern!  Adele is particularly adept at colour work and is also joining the teaching crew – she will be introducing Kids Holiday Knitting Classes for us during this term. You can find out more about them on the Classes page on the website. Bex has been a customer for quite some time and always has a project or two on her needles.

As always, our YouTube channel, Sunspun, has new videos to ‘teach’ you – this month is ‘garter stitch’ month.  Learn how to graft (Kitchener Stitch) in garter stitch and how to use a double ended crochet hook (available in the shop) to easily and quickly pick up those dropped garter stitches.

In our Ravelry group, Sunspun Fibre Folk, we are starting a couple of new monthly discussion threads for you to participate in.  The first is centred around garments – each month we will feature a new garment and ask you to share past or current projects.  The second will be more general and talk about yarns, colours, shapes, etc.  Lots for everyone!  And don’t forget to share your show and tell by using the ‘Share with Group’ box on the project page for each of your projects.  You will notice lots of folk have already been sharing with us.  Click on the pics and see some really lovely items.

                       

Wow!  Did your ‘beverage of choice’ last through all that? No – then grab another and start knitting/crocheting those ‘yarny’ projects that warm us both inside and out.

Happy ‘yarning’,
Karen.


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Class List Term 2, 2016

We know a lot of you have been keenly waiting for it, so we’re very pleased to release our class list for Term 2.  We have some exciting new classes for you (look for the * in the schedule) and, of course, we will be re-scheduling all those you already know and love!  We have changed the day of the week the classes will run on – classes will now occur on Tuesday nights from 6.15pm – 9.15pm.

This term sees the introduction of our new Fit Your Knit series – a series of classes designed to help you learn about your body shape, create patterns specifically to your measurements, customise commercial patterns from other designers for fit and to re-gauge patterns for different yarn weights.  Watch out for them over the coming terms.

Also new to this term – Kids Holiday classes.  Run on Thursdays in the school holidays (June/July), kids (aged 7+ years old) can learn to knit or increase their knitting skills.  These classes will be 2 hours long and are scheduled for 11am – 1pm.  Are there budding knitters in your household?!?!

The Term 2 schedule is shown below and a full description of each class can be found on our website here.

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We would like to introduce you to a new ‘in-house’ teacher – Adele.  You will see her behind the counter as well so be sure to say hello.  Adele will be teaching our Kids classes.  You can read more about her (and our other teachers) here.

If you have any questions or queries please email us (shop@sunspun.com.au) or give us a call (03 9830 1609).

Happy ‘yarny education’
Karen.


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Yarn in Focus: Trap-art Trapillo

Vital statistics
85% recycled cotton; 15% other recycled fibres
900 g
Super bulky
$25

IMG_6944Super bulky yarn is one of those things that crafters often have a love–hate relationship with. That they work up super fast is a huge, huge plus, and they satisfy instant gratification pangs like no other material. If you need a last-minute gift and have only minutes in which to pull it together, put the super bulky to work and it’ll produce a good result that often needs no blocking. Just cast off, and you’re done. And it’s the perfect yarn for hot summer days when wool can feel a bit sticky to the hand.

IMG_6943The less fun bit? Much depends on how you feel about working with large hooks and needles of 12 mm and above. Some find it hard going and unwieldy – but read on anyway if you do, because we found a work-around.

IMG_6854All of this is a slightly long-winded introduction to Trapillo, the new kid on the Sunspun block. The yarn comes in large balls (bales?) and a little goes a long way. We aren’t told the meterage on the band, but we made six of those bowls pictured above and still have heaps of yarn left over.

IMG_6938This swatch was knit in 12 mm needles in woven stitch. We cast on 17 stitches and it measures exactly 17 cm wide and its thickness comes in at about 1.5 cm. As expected, the fabric is sturdy with little give, which makes it ideal as placemats or pot coasters.

Make a large rectangle, fold in half and slip-stitch up two sides to make a clutch or computer slipcase. Nothing is going to slip out of that fabric, it is that strong.

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Source: Crate & Barrel

If you’ve ever admired the dramatic knitted poufs that can be found in department stores, here’s a chance to make your own; there are patterns to be found online.

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Source: Vogue Knitting, via Craftsy

The yarn would work well as an ottoman cover in seed stitch.

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Source: Ilse Devriendt

Baskets of any size are endlessly useful and make wonderful gifts; we think Ilse Devriendt’s crochet hanging basket is perfect for use inside and outside the home.

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Source: crochetincolor.blogspot.com.au

This ombre basket was crocheted in worsted weight wool, but would work as well in Trapillo.

And we came up with these little crochet fabric bowls that are utterly addictive to make, that do not involve using large hooks at all. What you do is make single crochets to encase the yarn, and stack the coils as you go. The principles of crocheting a coaster apply here.

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We used summer yarns from our yarn-tasting packs for these, and they all have quite different characteristics. Clockwise from top left: Shibui Twig, Rowan Summerspun, Isager Palet and Isager Bomulin.


Best of all, you can use leftover yarn to create different effects, and it’s perfect to showcase a loved yarn. Just know that the thicker the contrast yarn, the sturdier the bowl. We have the pattern instore and on Ravelry if you want to have a play.

We also have Finnish designer Molla MillsModern Crochet book, which is full of great projects – jewellery, accessories, rugs and homewares – that use this yarn. The sky’s the limit!

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Summer Yarn Tasting

What, I hear you say, is Yarn Tasting?  I’m so glad you asked!!  You know how the bread shop gives you little samples to try so you know what you really like?  Well, we are giving you little samples to try so you know what you really like!

Summer presents many opportunities for yarn lovers to expand their horizons and knit/crochet with a whole variety of things that they perhaps haven’t tried before.  We know we are all wool, cashmere and alpaca lovers but have you experienced the wonderful crunch of linen, the softness of cotton or the beautiful sheen of bamboo?

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We have decided that you all need to try these intriguing and fabulous yarns and experience the different textured fabrics they produce.  In a country with the weather vagaries that Australia experiences it just makes sense to have some summer yarns and projects as part of your ‘yarny’ repertoire.  So details …….

When:              Saturday 5th December 2015     11am – 3pm

Where:            Sunspun Shop – 185 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury

What to bring:    Knitting needles/crochet hooks in sizes 3.25mm, 3.50mm, 4.00mm (note knitting needles/crochet hooks can’t be supplied)

Cost:                  Enthusiasm!

We will have small amounts of various yarns wound off for you to try.  You will be able to take home all the swatches you make for your swatch library (we know you all have one!!!).  We will have some samples made up for you to see how these yarns behave in ‘bigger than swatch size’ fabric and some patterns that would be suitable for them as well.

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As a bonus and a ‘thank you for coming’, if you purchase any of the featured yarns or patterns on the day, you will receive a 10% discount.

Please let us know if you are coming to participate (you can email shop@sunspun.com.au us or phone us 03 9830 1609) so we can make sure we have enough yarn prepared.

How exciting – yarn never ‘tasted’ so good!!

Happy ‘yarning’

Karen.

 


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Come and have a Sit and Yarn!

For a while now we have wanted to start a group for those interested in coming into the shop and spending some time with like minded souls and having a natter and a knit/crochet.

And it is finally happening!

Commencing Friday 20th November 2015

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Every friday morning from 11am – 1pm (for the price of a smile!) we are having a sit and yarn around our big square table.  We would love to hear the happy chatter and click clack of needles and hooks of yarn lovers at work.

Bring your cuppa and your current project or maybe start a new one!  Tap into the combined knowledge and skills of the group and share and contribute your own.  Meet and greet those folk you know or get to know new folk.  We know yarn lovers are never happier than when talking yarn with those who ‘get’ them!

If you have any queries feel free to give us a call (03) 9830 1609 (mon-sat 10am-5pm) or email us at shop@sunspun.com.au.

Here’s to working with yarn while having a yarn amongst the yarn!

Happy ‘yarning’,

Karen.