Now that I am a city urbanite (!) I have added some new teaching digs to my Calendar. I am really excited to be able to share with you the delightful shop where I will be teaching some knitting and crochet classes, starting very soon! Sunspun is a wonderful little shop in Canterbury in Melbourne, a beautiful old suburb with wonderful houses and leafy tree lined streets. It is one of Melbourne’s oldest yarn shops, being over 30 years old. The lovely Amy took over the business in May 2013 with, in her words, a “mixture of excitement and trepidation”. Like me they are “passionate about knitting – we love it for it’s rich history, cultural diversity, the community it fosters, knitting groups, Ravelry and knitting blogs and of course we love it for the beautiful yarns!” Totally understandable how I fit in sooooo well! I will also be working in the shop every Wednesday (10am – 5pm) so please drop in and say hello. And, of course, I will try to tempt you with something very special to take home!!!
This is the class list for the first half of this year
I am teaching the Basic Beginners Crochet, Knitting: Tips & Tricks, Finishing Your Knits, Double Knitting and Next Step Beginners Crochet classes. However, you may very well find me as a student in some of the other classes. I have always wanted to do seeking but have never seem to have found an opportunity. Now …….. ! You can find out more detailed information on all these classes, as well as how to book, on Sunspun’s Class List. Additionally, all the classes I am teaching are listed on my Calendar. The remaining classes are being taught by Sue Grandfield. Take a look at her Ravelry page and you will see why some of her classes revolve around colour!
I thought I would give you a sneak preview of some of the beautiful yarns stocked by Sunspun. Perhaps they are brands you may not immediately recognise but they are beautiful. Starting with an Australian yarn – Skein. Skein is a small, independent hand-dyed yarn company based in Australia. They love to play with colour and aim to produce unique hand-dyed colourways on high-quality yarns and fibres. And they very much succeed! I confess to having a few hanks in my stash just waiting for me to find the perfect project.
For the double knitting technique class I am teaching I am designing a new double knitted cowl pattern. I plan to use the lovely Shalisdair yarns that adorn Sunspun’s back wall like a rainbow! Shalisdair yarns are produced on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and the natural dyes are still extracted by hand from the local plants, just as they were 40 years ago. The colours are gorgeous and inspired by the intense but subtle colours of the Scottish Highland landscape. Having Scottish ancestry, this yarn feels very special to me.
However, my current romantic flame is Shibui. Shibui Knits are based in Portland, Oregon, USA. ‘Shibui’ means “elegant with a touch of bitterness” in Japanese, and they try to bring that sentiment to all of their yarns. The yarns have a wonderful breadth of both color and texture, that are both beautiful to look at and luxurious to touch.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg and Sunspun has many more yarns, patterns and products to choose from. And did I mention classes ……… !! So Monday – Saturday drop into 185 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury to see for yourself.Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ....