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Reminder: Circus Tonic Handmade

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We are counting down the sleeps till Hannah brings her Circus Tonic Handmade yarns and project bags to Sunspun. (Sorry, readers in other states …)

In case you missed our chat with Hannah, you can read it here, and submit that leave application, put alternative childcare arrangements in place and organise for the world to spin without you for a little while.

That’s next Thursday, 1 September, at the shop between 10am and 1pm. Look forward to seeing you then.il_570xN.995962362_7kjc


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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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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.

 

 


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July at Sunspun

July sees us right in the heart of an Aussie winter. Now we don’t have snow here in Melbourne (sadly some of us may think!!) but let’s just pretend, for the length of this newsletter, that we do! And if you are in the Dandenongs or some regional areas of Victoria then you most certainly just had a wee amount of snow.

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So settle in, read on and let us tell you more about what’s on in July at Sunspun.

Our regular Friday Sit & Yarn just keeps going from strength to strength. You can see the July dates in the table below. Don’t forget this free group is open to all, just remember we have had to cap the number each Friday to 10 to be able to accommodate everyone around the table. Some lovely friendships have already been made and new people are joining in!

Term 3 classes have started. We have some fabulous classes for you during July, including a new Knitting Clinic so you can get some help to finish off those projects that have been sitting in the ‘too hard’ basket just waiting for some loving attention. Don’t forget the ‘oldies but goodies’ on the calendar as well! To help you entertain your small people in the school holidays we have the second of our new kids knitting classes – Knitting Skills Extended – for those who are familiar with the basics. Adele is our teacher (you can read her bio here) and we would like to assure you that she has a current Working With Children Check. 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 each one’s suitability for you or your children. Don’t forget our adult classes are now conducted on Tuesday nights. Children’s classes are on Thursday during the morning. Our private classes are proving to be very popular and allowing many customers to have personalised help with their knitting and crochet dilemmas. All the info is on our classes page.

As you know from a previous blog post, we now have a Product of the Month each and every month! The highlighted product for July is the very lovely Shilasdair yarn – Luxury 4ply. This beautiful Scottish yarn is from the Isle of Skye and has been a customer favourite for a ‘wee’ while. It is a 4ply (Fingering), 40% merino lambswool/40% angora/10% baby camel/10% cashmere yarn. Truly exotic!! It is hand dyed with beautiful natural dyes and comes with very generous meterage on the skein. It’s perfect for jumpers, cardigans and accessories – we have some samples knit up for you to see it ‘in action’. Our upcoming blog post will tell you more. A yarn that just cannot be ignored!!

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A lot of us may only get as close to snow as a pretty snow globe this winter!

This year we want to showcase the talents of some very skilled people in our community. Kirsten Johnstone joins us again in July for the launch of her new mini collection, Kei, for Woolfolk. The garments and accessories will be in the shop on Friday/Saturday 8th/9th July for you to see and Kirsten will be in the shop on Saturday 9th July from 11.30 – 3.30pm to chat and help. Come along and say hi. All the details are on the blog.

We are very fortunate to have the lovely Clare Devine as a staff member. Did you know that Clare is a very talented designer and has a very devoted worldwide fan base? Towards the end of July and running into August we are soooo looking forward to being able to share many of these designs with you in a Trunk Show. We will be following our usual trunk show format and having a Sunspun Members’ Meet, Greet and Nibbles Night (with fashion parade) on Friday 29th July (by invitation only) with Clare’s knitted samples in the shop throughout the following week. More info on this later in a separate newsletter and blog post. If you are a sock and hat lover be prepared to swoon!!!

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In our Ravelry group, Sunspun Fibre Folk, our new monthly discussion threads for you to participate in continue. The first is centred around garments – each month we feature a new garment and ask you to share past or current projects. The second is more general and talks about yarns, colours, shapes, etc. Lots for everyone! For July, our garment focus is sweaters and in the ‘other’ thread we will be chatting about the kinds of sweaters you like to make – pullovers, cardigans, vests, oversized, fitted, lightweight or thick and snuggly – so jump on in and tell us what you like! 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. To show everyone how clever you are we will be posting a selection of these projects to our Facebook Page once a week (if you don’t want us to share your happy snaps just let us know in this ravelry thread).

So, that’s July. A month to learn, shop, share and dream about snow while Mother Nature sends us a lovely cold winter just right for our knitted woollies.

Happy ‘yarning’,
Karen.


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Kirsten Johnstone – Kei Collection Launch

As you know, at Sunspun we have a very soft spot and a great deal of affection for designer, Kirsten Johnstone, and her beautiful designs. Earlier this year we showcased many of those designs in our very first trunk show.

Kirsten is a local Melbourne gal who has made a wonderful splash on the international knitting scene. She has designed for such influential companies as Brooklyn Tweed, Quince & Co, Woolfolk, Blue Sky Alpacas, amirisu and Shibui Knits.

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We are privileged to be able to share her new mini collection for Woolfolk with you. In Kirsten’s words, “the Kei Collection (Kei is Japanese for shape) comprises four designs in Woolfolk Tynd with a unifying Drawstring Element and named after a shape to help ‘tie’ the collection together (bad pun fully intended)”. How exciting! We will be one of the first to see them! There are both accessories and garments in the collection.

Have you been in the shop and felt the exquisite Woolfolk yarns? Truly a sensual experience! The softest 100% merino yarn we have ever had in our hands – with the additional desirable qualities of being ethically and sustainably produced. Tynd is a 4ply yarn with a tight twist that creates both an elegant and lightweight fabric. The colour palette is both sophisticated and understated. A perfectly lovely marriage for Kirsten’s designs that also embody both these qualities.

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And so to the nitty gritty details:

The Kei Collection will be in the shop for you to touch, feel and try on! Kirsten will also be present in the shop to answer all your questions. At the previous trunk show she soooo enjoyed meeting you all and being able to help you with pattern and yarn choices.

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Additionally, Kirsten’s patterns from the Kei Collection will be available for purchase with a 10% discount (Sunspun Members are entitled their usual discount as well) for the duration of the mini launch. Annnnd, Woolfolk Tynd will also be available for 10% off during the Friday and Saturday of the collection launch. Cleverly, two of the designs use only one skein of Tynd so it is the perfect time for you to try this truly superb yarn.

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So, we hope that you will come along and touch and feel and try on and chat and enjoy the wonderful creations in Kirsten Johnstone’s new Kei Collection!

Happy ‘yarning’,
Karen.


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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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March at Sunspun

It’s Autumn!! You know what that means – cooler weather is coming. The days are getting shorter, we are spending more time inside with our knitting and crochet warming our laps and keeping our hands extra busy and our spirits are soothed by the yarn running through our fingers.

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March is another busy month for us – lol, they all seem busy! We have our regular Friday Sit & Yarn – it is becoming sooooo popular and some wonderful friendships are being made. It is quite on the cards that we may even have our first baby born this month (the due date is early April but you know babies – their schedule is all their own!). Don’t forget this group is open to all. You can see the dates in the table below.

Wednesday nights sees more classes happening – including a class taught by our special guest teacher, Australian Designer extraordinaire, Kirsten Johnstone. Kirsten proudly flies the banner for Aussie designers internationally and has designed for some of the most popular yarn companies and magazines around today. We are absolutely thrilled to be able to have her garments in the shop for a Trunk Show. As well as teaching for us, Kirsten will participate in an (invitation only) Meet, Greet & Nibbles night for Sunspun Members and will also be in the shop to meet you all, answer questions and watch you try on her lovely garments! All the details can be found on our blog.

This year Easter has come early. We will have a display in the shop of some ‘Easter’ inspiration for you. The shop will be CLOSED from Good Friday through to Easter Monday and will OPEN again on Tuesday 29th March. We will remind you closer to the date.

As you know from a previous blog post, we now have a Product of the Month each and every month! The highlighted product for March is the exquisitely soft Baby Alpaca by Shibui Yarns. This beautiful yarn is an 8ply (DK), 100% baby alpaca yarn. It is so very soft – perfect for cowls, scarves and shawls. An upcoming blog post will tell you more and we have some items made up in the shop for you to see, touch and try on. A yarn that just cannot be ignored!!

Annnnnd ……. WE HAVE NEW YARNS!!!!

We will just give you the short version here because we will feature some of them in upcoming blog posts.

Zealana Rimu (8ply/DK) and Zealana Tui (12ply/Bulky) – both yarns are wool/possum blends
Shibui Maai (8ply/DK) alpaca/wool blend, chainette yarn
Woolfolk yarns – ALL of them!

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As always, our YouTube channel, Sunspun, has new videos to ‘teach’ you and our Ravelry group, Sunspun Fibre Folk, has new discussion threads for you to participate in.

Phew! Did you need a cuppa to get through all that?!?!? Well, save your energy for March because Sunspun will be ‘hopping’ (pun intended!!).

Happy ‘yarning’,
Karen.