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Sunspun Yarn Along 2015-2016

Do you love to ‘share’ your yarn experiences with like minded souls? Well, yarn alongs are a fabulous way to do this.  You work on the same project/s as others and share your triumphs, tears and successes along the way.

Sunspun is running our very first yarn along!  We are calling it a ‘yarn along’ because we sincerely believe that knitting and crocheting should each be given moments in the spotlight!

So …… what item are we creating in our yarn along?  We have chosen a shawl as the project – a lovely accessory that can be made warm for winter using beautiful soft, drapey wools or cool for summer in your choice of lovely cottons or linens.  They are relatively quick to finish (!), almost universally loved and a project that has no pesky fit issues. Winner all round!

So into the nitty gritty:

The Timetable

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The Patterns

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In the words of the designer Melanie Berg:

“Make your own luck with this cheerful, playful shawl – it’s game for anything, and the infinite colour possibilities really let your personality shine. Garter stitch sections take turns with slipped-stitch stripes to create bright daubs of colour.”

The pattern can be purchased from us in the shop or directly from Melanie through her ravelry page.  You can see from the various completed projects in ravelry just how different Moonraker can look with different colour choices.

Our sample has been created using the gorgeous Isager Alpaca 2 – a beautifully soft yarn that is 50% alpaca and 50% wool.  In this yarn you need 2 skeins each of your two main colours and 1 skein each of two contrast colours for the ‘flowers/daubs of colour’.

Being primarily garter stitch this shawl is suitable for all knitting skill levels.  For the daisy stitch flowers we have put together a video tutorial in our youtube channel for you.  They are not difficult but the pattern language may confuse you a little – hence the video tute!

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In the words of the designer The Little Bee ~ Alia Bland

“The Sunday Shawl is a soft & snuggly shawl, perfect for nippy winter days and nights.

Make this shawl your own by choosing a colour scheme to suit your personality or follow the colours suggested in the pattern, it’s up to you!”

The pattern can be purchased from us in the shop or directly from Alia through her ravelry page.  And as an added bonus Alia has graciously offered a 20% discount to SAL participants – just use the coupon code SUNSPUN at the checkout. You can see from the various completed projects in ravelry just how different the Sunday Shawl can look with different colour and yarn choices.  It should be noted that the pattern as purchased directly from Alia is written in US crochet terminology.  We have translated it to Australian terminology for you.  If you purchase through the shop we will give you the converted copy.  However, if you purchase directly from Alia, just present us with proof of purchase (your ravelry receipt will be fine) and we will supply you the converted version – a pdf copy so you can print it out at home.

Our sample has been created using cotton 8ply yarns – we were going for a very light, bright and summery look!  Primarily Debbie Bliss Cotton DK yarns.  You will need 7 balls of your main colour and 1 ball each of 7 contrast colours.

This shawl pattern was chosen for its simplicity – it is suitable for all crochet skill levels.  The pattern is beautifully written with extensive photo support for every row.  Additionally, we have created a video tutorial in our youtube channel for you showing how to do the magic circle to start.

Help Sessions

We are having some help sessions in the shop if you would like some hands on assistance.  These sessions are free of charge.  Just bring your project and your questions and we will sort you out!

There are two sessions each day:

Friday 27th November and Saturday 28th November               morning: 11am – 1pm        afternoon: 2pm – 4pm.

Ravelry Group

We have established a SAL thread in our ravelry group for you to post photos, ask questions and share tears and triumphs.

Please post your finished photos in this thread – by Friday 22nd January 2016. We will choose a winner for our crochet prize and our knitting prize from these pics.  The prizes will be randomly awarded on Saturday 23rd January 2016 and communicated through the Group Thread and to the winners individual Ravelry pages.

# tags

When you share photos in instagram and ravelry and Facebook (notice we have cheekily supposed you will!) please use #sunspunSAL2015.

So are you in?  Let’s make this fab and create and share.

Happy ‘yarning’

Karen.


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Things to See & Make

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Source: Lamington Drive

To look and find

The walls at Lamington Drive have been transformed into pages from Beci Orpin’s latest book, Find Me a Castle. The look-and-find exhibition will be on until 5 September 2015, and looks to be great fun for kids small and not-so-small. At 101A Sackville Street, Collingwood.

To make (i)

Isabell Kraemer’s Reagan has to be the prettiest cardigan we’ve seen in a while, and best of all, it’s one of those that you can flip and wear upside-down. The pattern calls for a wool–cotton yarn, which makes the finished garment perfect for layering. Start now, and you can wear it on spring days and cool summer nights. Reagan

To make (ii)

Our interest in allover patterning continues, and Melanie Berg’s Threshold ticks all those sweater boxes: top town, seamless, boat neck, a subtle criss-cross design, drop-shoulder construction and a boxy cut. One to make if you look forward to many evenings of purely meditative knitting.

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To lift you up

Do you use moodboards? They are a particularly effective tool for when you’re looking to expand your colour and design horizons. Tanis Fiber Arts posts hers every Monday. Whether you’re looking for a lift, or a touch of simple beauty as you go about your day, there’s something to suit every, um, mood.

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Source: Tanis Fiber Arts

To hatalong

Fringe Hatalongs are becoming a bit of a thing now (Amy made the Hermaness Worsted), and the latest project is just up if you want to join in. This time, the project is based on colourwork. The pattern uses between 80 and 125 metres of a main colour and 14–20 metres of a contrast colour in worsted-weight wool. (Cascade would work well.)

To applaud

Debbie Bliss, well known internationally for her amazing yarns and designs has been awarded an MBE for her services in knitting and craft in the recent Queen’s birthday honours list. It is so inspiring to see knitting and the crafts make the headlines, and Debbie’s work thus acknowledged!

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