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June at Sunspun

June is a very exciting month!  Why?  Because Winter is here!!  All that wonderful, head clearing cold air!!  And firesides, and knitting, and hot soups, and knitting, and hot chocolates, and knitting ……..
So, grab a hot beverage, read on and let us tell you more about what’s on in June at Sunspun.

Our regular Friday Sit & Yarn just keeps going from strength to strength.  You can see the June 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!

Term 2 classes have started.  We have some fabulous classes for you during June, including a new one for all the crocheters – How to Join Crocheted Motifs – so you will know how to put all those granny squares and other shapes together.  Don’t forget the ‘oldies but goodies’ on the calendar as well! Towards the end of the month school holidays start.  To help you entertain your small people we have scheduled two kids knitting classes – Learn How to Knit for complete beginners and 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.  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 June is the very lovely Zealana yarn – Tui.  This wonderful yarn is a 12ply (Bulky), 75% merino/15% cashmere/15% possum yarn.  It is very warm with a slight halo – perfect for jumpers, cardigans and scarves – and comes in some lovely colours.  A great chance to try some possum yarn – so warm and toasty. Our upcoming blog post will tell you more.  A yarn that just cannot be ignored!!

As you know, we have a Sunspun Members loyalty programme that allows Members to receive discounts on all their purchases.  In a previous blog post we explained how it all works and let you know that we would be including some special members events this year.  Well, it’s time for another one!  We would like to invite all members to the shop for a special members only shopping day – Sunday 5th June.  As we have many members in country Victoria and interstate, special consideration will be given for you as well!  All the details have been sent out to members in a separate email.  If you  are a member and haven’t received your email invitation to this fabulous event just let us know.

As always, our YouTube channel, Sunspun, has new videos to ‘teach’ you. We know it is not possible for you all to attend classes in the shop and so the YouTube channel is our way of making our knowledge accessible to all our customers. This month we have a couple of buttonhole techniques for you – an eyelet buttonhole and a one row horizontal buttonhole. Great timing as we move into cardigan knitting weather!  Jump over to our channel every now and then to check out our video offerings.

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 June, our garment focus is shawls and in the ‘other’ thread we will be chatting about the shapes of shawls you like to make – asymmetric, crescent, triangular or rectangular, etc, 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).

Saturday 18th June is World Wide Knit in Public Day. It began in 2005 and has been an annual event ever since.  Knit in Public Day is really about showing the general public that knitting can be a community activity in a very distinct way.  Later in the month we will publish a blog post to tell you more about it.  How will you spend this fun day????

And lastly, but importantly, we will be closed Monday 13th June for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.  We will re-open on Tuesday 14th June as usual.

So, that’s June.  A month to learn, shop, share and snuggle inside with your yarn while Mother Nature sends us a lovely cold winter.

Happy ‘yarning’,
Karen.


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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/