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Product of the Month – February 2016

One of the exciting new activities we are starting this year is Product of the Month. Each month we will feature a different product – it could be a yarn, a book, a pattern or a tool – and we are offering a 10% discount (20% for members) on the chosen item for the entire month. Woohoo! We will have a display set up in the shop so look for it when you come in.

And now for the nitty-gritty:

  • The 10% discount is only available on new purchases of the featured product/s – it doesn’t apply to items already on lay-by.
  • No lay-bys.
  • If the product/s are returned, as per our usual returns policy, they must be accompanied by the receipt of purchase. Yarns are only accepted for return if we still have the dye lot in stock; books, patterns, needles and accessories are not returnable. The refund will be given as an exchange on additional items or as a credit note and the refundable amount will be the amount actually paid, i.e. the discounted value of the product. Of course, if a product is damaged when purchased please bring it back to us ASAP.

So, keep a watch for the Sunspun newsletter to find out the hero for each month. We hope you find wonderful new products that you may not have previously considered using.

Now to introduce this month’s product, which is Rowan’s Revive, which we reviewed in depth in October.  This recycled cotton, silk and viscose yarn creates a fabric with a subtle tweedy texture (see the swatch below) but not the weight, producing garments that will work for a summer’s evening through to pieces for layering. It drapes well and softens when washed, so check your gauge after a soak.

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Come and see our new sample using Revive instore: Emmer is knitted in the round with a simple square neckline. This versatile top can be paired with a jacket for the office, and dressed down with jeans for Saturday run-arounds. It works up quickly too, so come in and give Revive a try this month.

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Yarn in Focus: Rowan Purelife Revive

Vital statistics

36% recycled silk, 36% recycled cotton, 28% recycled viscose
50 g/125 metres
Gauge: 22 stitches = 10 cm on 4 mm needles

IMG_6002From yarn giants Rowan comes Revive, a yarn very much created with the environment in mind. Fully recycled from new silk, cotton and viscose garments, the cloth is first sterilised, cut up and ground into fibres for carding before being spun.

The result is a lovely tweed yarn that lends a wool-like rusticity to finished garments. The colour palette is usefully subtle, and there is good Rowan pattern support (we carry the books instore, so please ask).

This is a cotton-based yarn with a difference: the viscose lends the finished garment a beautiful drape, and it is much lighter than you’d expect an eight-ply cotton garment to be. The silk flecks lend just enough sheen and pops of colour to brighten up the tweed.

This is a yarn for simple-line cardigans, shrugs and shawls that drape, and also for structured tees. Being a composite cotton yarn, it can be a little unyielding to work with, and the fabric a bit stiff if knit tightly, but the swatch above softened and opened up when washed. This is one yarn whose gauge you definitely need to check post-washing and blocking. The yarn blocks beautifully, producing lovely stitch details and definition.

We’ve previously mentioned the splendid Rowan cardigans Durum and Spelt. From Ravelry, Revive looks like a favourite yarn for tees such as Julie Hoover’s Insouciant, a simple top with a flattering silhouette, raglan seams and side slits.

Source: Julie Hoover

Or Jane Richmond’s Gemini, a seamless top-down with subtle lace panels.


Source: Jane Richmond

We have the much loved kids’ cardigan Granny’s Favourite instore made from Revive.


Source: Georgie Hallam

And this cropped Cardoon knits up quickly – perfect for throwing over summer dresses.