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Knitcare 101

We all have it: that one favourite jumper or cardigan, accidentally put in the washing machine in the wrong cycle, which was never the same again, or worse, beyond salvaging. (More than one person I know has given away the shrunken garment, so traumatised were they and desperate not to be reminded of the loss.)

It’s not always a complete loss though, Amy accidentally felted this little cardi that her mum made for her son, thankfully it now makes a lovely warm cardi for her daughter!

FullSizeRender 2Perfect for sorting the washing in.


However, felting is usually best avoided so after going through all the trouble of selecting the yarn and pattern, and making a garment or an accessory stitch by stitch, it makes sense to take some care with the item.

So here are a few basic knit first-aid and care tips that come to mind. Please share your tips in the comments section with us!

Knitted fabric is not as dense as cloth, so no matter how fine or large the stitches are, it is still delicate. If the threads catch on keys, jewellery or your bag, it will pull. If knitwear has caught and threads are pulled tight, gently ease the pulled area in opposite directions and see if the threads ease back. For very delicate knits, you may need to snip the yarn (yeah, a bit scary), loosen the caught area stitch by stitch, if not row by row, and then secure the loose ends.

Darning is a useful skill to learn.

Most woollen garments don’t need to be washed after every wear; just air well and store in a dry place.

When in doubt, handwash. Your gauge swatch is a good test if you plan to use a washing machine for your hand knits. Know your washing machine before you pop in your favourite cardigan, even in the gentlest of cycles.

When handwashing, use woolwash or a mild, mild soap. Harsh detergents can strip the fibre’s lustre and make the garment look lifeless. Some knitters like using Soak, since the garment doesn’t need further rinsing.

Fill the sink first and turn off the tap before immersing the garment. Don’t soak for too long: 15 to 20 minutes is ample.

Don’t wring or rub the knitted item in water, unless you’re felting. Agitate instead.

Hand-knit superwash garments can be hand- or machine-washed in a gentle or wool cycle in cold water.

Some cotton and linen knits can be machine-washed in a gentle cycle; check the yarn label first for care instructions.

Support the knitted item when you remove it from the sink and have the towels ready. Roll up garment in the towel and squeeze. Repeat until there is no excess water.

Dry knitwear flat on towels and reshape the garment to its size and shape while still damp. Ease cables into place and ensure that ribbing is not too stretched.

When dry, fold your knits and don’t store for long periods on a hanger. They will stretch and grow misshapen.

Shave to remove any bobbles and pills.

Here’s a handy symbols chart for the basic care symbols you find on your yarn ball band.


Source: Oakwood Drycleaners, Nashville


Have you been in our store lately? We have some lovely new samples in to inspire. Here’s Heidi Kirrmaier’s Deep End knit in Rowan Wool Cotton.


This is Jared Flood’s reversible cabled scarf Cinder in knit two, purl two rib, made in Debbie Bliss’ Rialto Chunky.

cinderSource: kgirlknits

 And Helga Isager’s Siberia Anorak in Isager ALJ and Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

isager anorak So many of you loved Jules’ Isager Winter jumper, here’s a close-up of it, made in Spinni.


In store news, we’re having a bit of a clean-up before the end of financial year.  Discontinued shades of Zara are now $8/ball, discontinued shades of Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK are half price at $4.50.  We have some discontinued Rowan books and older magazines at half price and a big stack of books from various companies that we no longer have the yarn for that that are $5 each or free with any yarn purchase.

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Show & Tell (& Yarns on Sale)

For this short week, we thought we’d have a little show and tell.

Just in time for Easter, Amy’s finished the rattle for her daughter. You can see the finished bunny in action on Instagram @sunspunyarns – that bobtail is the cutest ever!


Nicole is swatching with the new Noro Silk Garden Solo, which is the same silk–mohair–wool yarn base in single, subtle colourways.

image1I’ve just started on Helga Isager’s Siberia Anorak using the Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Isager ALJ yarns. Can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s all grown up; the yarns certainly work well together and the fabric is very squishy. It’ll be a warm one, this. Isager

Drop by and pick up your Easter supplies before we close on Friday (we reopen on Tuesday). We also have some yarns on sale – perfect for that holiday project.

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Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk  $13.50  $7.00
Debbie Bliss Andes $14.95 $8.00
Rowan Cashsoft 4 ply  $12.95  $6.50
Jo Sharp Classic DK  $8.50  $4.50
Sublime Extra Fine Merino 4 ply  $12.50  $6.50
Louisa Harding Grace Hand Beaded  $22.00  $11.00
Jo Sharp Silkroad Ultra  $11.50  $6.00

See you at the other end of the holidays. Have a safe one.

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Flash sale on Misti Alpaca, Jo Sharp and Eki Riva

This month, we’re celebrating the beginning of cold weather with a sale on three of our lines, Misti Alpaca, Jo Sharp and Eki Riva. We’re taken 40% off selected yarns, which makes for happy winter knitting!

In Misti Alpaca, the following yarns are on sale:

  • Baby Me Boo: 10ply alpaca/ merino/ bamboo, 100gm; was $29, now $17.50
  • Tonos Worsted: 8ply alpaca/ wool, 100gm; was $24, now $14.40
  • Pima Silk Handpaint: 8ply cotton/ silk, 100gm; was $32, now $19.20
  • Tonos Carnival: 4 ply alpaca/ merino/ nylon/ silk, 100gm; was $29, now $17.40
  • Handpaint Sock: 4ply alpaca, 100gm; was $29, now $17.40
  • Handpaint Lace: 2ply alpaca, 100gm; was $29, now $17.40
Misti Alpaca Handpaint Lace

Misti Alpaca Handpaint Lace

In Jo Sharp, the following yarns are on sale:

  • Alpaca Silk Georgette: 6ply alpaca/ wool/ silk, 50gm; was $11.95, now $7.50
  • Alpaca Kid Lustre: 8ply alpaca/ wool, 50gm; was $11.95, now $7.15
  • Soho Cotton; 8ply cotton, 50gm; was $8.95, now $5.35
  • Silkroad Ultra: 12ply merino/ silk/ cashmere, 50gm; was $11.50, now $11.50
  • Classic DK: 8ply wool, 50gm; was $8.50, now $5.10
  • Rare Comfort Kid Mohair: 10ply mohair/ wool/ nylon, 50gm; was $9.50, now $5.70
Jo Sharp yarns

Jo Sharp yarns

In Eki Riva, we have taken 40% off Supreme 4ply: baby alpaca, 50gm; was $13.95, now $8.35

Eki Riva Supreme 4ply

Eki Riva Supreme 4ply


These prices apply to both in-store and phone/ email sales and will hold until all stock is sold or until the end of May, whichever comes first. Enjoy!


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Autumn flash sale and winter hours

Although you wouldn’t think it after the beautiful warm day we had yesterday, we are now well into autumn in Melbourne and the shop has been busy with Melbourne’s cool-weather knitters (unlike the die-hards who knit all year round!) looking for serious winter projects… So it’s time for us to return to our winter trading hours. As of this coming Monday, April 7th, we will be open from Monday to Saturday from 10-5. I If you’ve visited the shop over the last couple of weeks, you’ll have noticed that things are looking lovely here… The feedback from our lovely customers has been overwhelmingly positive which is really reassuring- you never know how people respond to change! We have one more change in the works, possibly the one that will have the biggest impact on how the shop looks and functions, and that is the installation of new shelving and storage. Most of the work we’ve done has been around shop hours but this final phase will require us to dismantle the shelving and create a big stack of yarn in the middle of the shop, which is going to make helping customers a bit tricky. Unless the shop is just too chaotic, we aim to stay open amidst the installation, so we ask you to be a bit more patient that usual! We hope to avoid closing the shop on any regular trading days but we unfortunately won’t know the installation date until a few days beforehand- we will announce any closures here, on Instagram and Twitter and via the shop newsletter, so we encourage you to follow us via one of these channels to keep informed about any interruptions!

As a celebration of autumn, for this month’s flash sale, we have reduced all Louisa Harding yarns and pattern books by a huge 40%! The rich, warm colours and textures of Louisa’s winter yarns (from 100% silks and chenilles to alpaca blends) come into their own at this time of year and would work beautifully for cosy cardigans, jackets and accessories. This is the very end of our Louisa Harding stock and we will be replacing the entire line with lovely new Australian, European and American yarns- so, if you’ve had your eye on any of the lovely Louisa Harding yarns or pattern books, now is the time to buy them…

Louisa Harding yarns

Louisa Harding yarns

Prices for Louisa Harding yarns : Amitola $8.95 Fauve $5.70 Glisten $9.00 Grace $9.60 Grace Hand-dyed $11.40 Grace Hand-beaded $13.20 Kimono Ribbon$6.00 Mariposa $5.10 Millais $7.15 Mulberry Silk $11.40 Nerissa $8.10 Rosetti $4.80 Sari Ribbon $9.30 Thalia $5.70 Thistle $5.40 Willow Tweed $8.35 As always, these prices apply to purchases made in store, over the phone and by email. Enjoy!