Why Knot’s extra-lovely Kat, Claire, and Christine will be in the shop on Saturday, December 9, to help us celebrate the season and mark our second birthday! We first met these three special women when we were just hatching plans for a yarn shop, and Kat had her first small booth at the Fiber Expo. Lots has changed since then, but their friendship and support remain important to us.
Join us for Kerrytown's annual Midnight Madness Celebration! Shops throughout Kerrytown Market & Shops and the Kerrytown District are throwing a party with discounts, special deals, music, food, drinks, and more. Starting at 5pm, Spun will offer every shopper one drawing from our magic bag of discounts, and the discount percentage drawn will be applied to the purchase. Discounts start at 5% and one lucky shopper will get their yarn at 100% off! (Note: discounts will be applied to everything in the shop except consignment items and classes.)
Mrs. Crosby requests your presence on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 12-4pm for a special celebration of vibrant colors and luxurious fiber. Mrs. Crosby's Amanda Jarvis will join us from Chicago with a trunkful of lovely handknits, and Spun will offer light refreshments and a 10% discount on all our in-stock yarn from Mrs. Crosby. We'll also do 4 door prize drawings throughout the afternoon. Sign up for the drawings when you come in the shop and you don't need to be present to win. Join us to help celebrate Small Business Saturday!
Shibui FW 2017 Trunk Show • November 17-24
Spun is hosting Shibui’s Fall 2017 collection at the shop from November 17-24. These designs feature everything we have come to expect from Shibui’s in-house designer, Shellie Anderson--garments that embody a clean, minimalist, wearable aesthetic, in a range of lush fabrics made possible by Shibui’s singular approach to design and construction. Come see these beauties at the shop. We have to pack it up for the next stop on it's tour at 3pm and on the 24th, so don't miss it!
Woolfolk yarn arrived in the shop in August to the expected (and deserved) oohs and aahs. Now, Woolfolk's most recent design collection is coming to Ann Arbor for a few days to provoke even more admiration.
Woolfolk’s FW17 Collection, inspired by the majestic landscape of the Pacific Northwest, features a soft color palette and Woolfolk’s signature modern simplicity.
We'll have the show up in the shop for just a week. Don't miss it!
Dal • PULLOVER • Designed by Sarah Solomon
This boxy pullover has lovely drape and a nonchalant silhouette for easy wearing; a simple purl chevron texture creates flattering lines on the body and sleeves.
Hvide • PULLOVER • Designed by Ankestrick
Simple details--a textured yoke, a scalloped hemline, and a beautiful shoulder--take the classic v-neck to a new level. The easy fit and lightweight fabric of Tynd make this a year-round wardrobe staple.
Høj • HAT • Designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
Brioche ribs meander around the circumference of this clever topper. A flexible tubular cast-on gives a clean line at the brim; worn cuffed or not, it’s a lovely project to give or keep.
Gard • SHAWL • Designed by Melanie Berg
This oversized wrap, beautifully worked in Tynd, has a unique allover pattern of triangles articulated by a twisted stitch and a small cable. Once again Melanie Berg makes simple look lush and elegant.
Gren • MITTS • Designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
Branching brioche ribs wrap the wrists of these fingerless mitts. With three sizes included in the pattern, these mitts are a wonderful option for gifting and a fun way to learn or perfect your brioche technique.
Vejkryds • CARDIGAN • Designed by Woolfolk Design Team
Exaggerated intersecting lines on the back highlight the unusual sleeve shape of this modern cardigan, knit in Far. The abbreviated length and clean collar line make this a year-round layering staple.
Vandre • PULLOVER • Designed by Lori Versace
Lots of positive ease and a loose, tall turtleneck will make this the sweater you won’t want to take off. Brioche rib makes an amazingly soft and light fabric, which is worked in pieces and seamed for stability.
Omvej • COWL • Designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
Three skeins of Far are worked in branching brioche rib to make a cowl that is almost like wearing a hug. Fabricated in the round, this cowl can be worn singly around the shoulders or doubled up for optimum coziness.
Kame • COAT • Designed by Woolfolk Design Team
A classic raglan design is made modern with garter stitch in bold and cozy Hygge. Stockinette panels delineate and lend structure to this seamless garter coat; its timeless style can be worn with anything from jeans to dresses.
Skala • SHAWL • Designed by Melanie Berg
This generously proportioned wrap is worked from the upper left tip to the right edge, with increases along the upper edge. While the textured pattern looks complex, this shawl is surprisingly easy to knit, incorporating simple techniques to create a wavy effect.
Rejse • PULLOVER • Designed by Woolfolk Design Team
Worked in cozy Far, two-by-two ribbing creates flattering lines across the body of this pullover. This pullover is seamed at the sides for stability, while its sleeves are picked up and knit down to the wrist, making it easy to adjust the fit.
Læne • SHAWL • Designed by Antonia Shankland
This shawl embodies Woolfolk's idea of modern lace. A clever tilting block pattern with graduated spacing dances across this elegantly proportioned wrap, creating a timeless piece that you can layer all year.
Join us to welcome Julie Hoover to the shop for our November First Fridays event! In September, Julie launched her 2017 Sweater Club nationwide, offering one hundred sweater kits featuring two new, exclusive designs (both in Woolfolk's Luft). Sweater Club 2017-01 sold out online within a few hours, but now Julie is making available a second limited release of her first Sweater Club through only ten select stores nationwide. We at Spun are pleased and excited to be included.
Here's how it works: On Friday, November 3, beginning at 5pm, Julie will join us at the shop with samples of both Luft designs, so you can see them in person. Membership in Julie's Sweater Club ($30) includes both exclusive patterns and is limited to ten customers at each participating shop, including Spun. Club members must select and purchase Woolfolk yarn from Spun's stock. If sufficient quantities are not available in-store, Spun will special order your yarn at no extra cost and ship it for free if you can't make it back to the store. Club membership cannot be reserved ahead of time or over the phone; it is only available in-store beginning at 5pm on November 3. If any Sweater Club memberships remain after Friday evening's event, they will be available at the shop throughout the rest of the weekend (Saturday, 9am-6pm, Sunday, 11am-5pm), but once they're gone, they're gone! Limit one per customer.
Spun, as usual, will provide drinks and treats for the occasion, while you all, as usual, will provide warm company and camaraderie. Remember that businesses throughout our Kerrytown neighborhood will also be participating in the First Fridays celebration, and plan ahead for a special Ann Arbor evening!
Here's a sneak peek at the sweaters:
A cabled pullover with mock turtleneck featuring Woolfolk’s LUFT yarn. Berg is worked circularly from the bottom hem and sleeve cuffs to underarms, then divided and worked flat. The classic cable pattern, which is worked on the front and back, makes a playful statement centered on minimal stockinette fabric.
37½ (41¾, 46, 50¼, 54½, 58¾)" finished bust circumference
Recommended +5-8" ease
9 (10, 11, 12, 14, 15) skeins
Skill level: 3 of 5
An open-front cardigan featuring Woolfolk’s LUFT yarn. Gus is worked from the bottom up in pieces with beautiful details such as loose inset pockets and full-fashioned back shoulder shaping. The front bands are worked continuously using a combination of ribbing and incorporated I-cord edge stitches that travel up through the collar.
39½ (43¼, 46½, 50, 53¼, 56½)" finished bust circumference
Recommended +7-10" ease
11 (12, 14, 15, 17, 18) skeins
Skill level: 3 of 5
LUFT is an Aran weight yarn that is a combination of Ultimate Merino® in an organic cotton cage (GOTS certified). The fabric it creates is light, airy, and dreamy soft but is also super sturdy. Depending on which color you choose, the contrast between the cotton and the merino is either subtle, bold, or somewhere in the middle.
55% Ovis 21 Ultimate Merino, 45% Organic Pima Cotton • 109yds / 100m per 50g skein
Please join us on Friday, October 13, to welcome Michigan designer Pamela Wynne Butler, whose work is innovative, refreshing, even revolutionary. Pam (who moonlights as a professor of gender studies at Notre dame) recently published the e-book Handsome: Man Sweaters for Every Body, which features not only six gorgeous patterns but online tools to customize those patterns to fit our many, various, beautiful bodies. As Pam says, “In a world that arbitrarily divides just about every aspect of life into ‘his’ and ‘hers,’ man sweaters are for everybody, and for every body.”
Come meet Pam, and celebrate our beautiful differences and commonalities! We will enjoy drinks, sweets, conversation, and each other’s company. Spun will hold a door prize drawing for a copy of the Handsome e-book to an attendee toward the evening’s end.
Follow up the party with some good focused effort! On Saturday, October 14, Spun is pleased and excited to offer Fit: Fashion for Every Body, a special workshop in which Pam will walk you through everything you need to know to customize any sweater to fit your body and reflect your personal style. Bring along some sweaters (handknit or otherwise) whose fit you like, for one reason or another, as well as a pattern you might like to customize.
Spun will be celebrating the Mitten throughout the month of October, and we’re kicking things off with a party focused on Michigan fiber! Pam Doyle from Red Barn Farm and Xania Payne from Witamy Farm will join us to chat about raising sheep and alpaca, and we'll have their yarn on display along with many other beauties from some special, small Michigan producers. We'll also enjoy some Michigan-made treats as we ring in October during Kerrytown First Fridays.
Red Barn Farm
Shetland: Irresistible stuff that begs to be knitted or crocheted, presented in sheep-specific skeins, some from a lamb’s first shearing. Shetland’s hand is nice and crunchy without being rough, and it boasts superior stitch definition.
Alpaca: Make sure you’re prepared before you pick up a skein of Witamy Farm’s alpaca! You might expect softness, but you’ll be surprised by the depth and character of this Grass Lake beauty, put up in a natural palette that is easy to give and easy to wear.
Angora/Merino: Nothing could be nicer than this! Elegant, light, soft, with a mild halo, this blend from Witamy Farm is something special indeed.
Lopi Lamb: This bulky Icelandic beauty, sourced in Michigan and milled in Wisconsin, will come as a surprise to anyone who’s worked with commercially available Icelandic yarn. Lopi Lamb, truth be told, is a bit of a shock: soft to the hands, but retaining the character and tonal depth of traditional Icelandic fiber. Also (obviously): warm.
Michigan Fiber Collective
Fresh Water Fiber: The Michigan Fiber Collective has launched its first limited-edition yarn! Fresh Water Fiber (a perfect name for a perfect Great Lakes yarn) is lovely to work with, a sproingy blend of Merino and alpaca, sourced from farms across Michigan—Grand Ledge, Munith, Mason, South Lyon, Potterville, Scotts, Byron Center, Charlevoix, Milford—and processed at Stonehedge Fiber Mill, in East Jordan.
Pattern: “Echo” by SpoutKnits
Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted
It’s fall! Time to listen to your favorite 80s music while you work on your new favorite accessory! We are welcoming cool weather (and the moody beauty of atmospheric guitar-driven tunes) by making “Echo,” a versatile, asymmetrical cowl from Spout Knits that can double as a shoulder cozy if you opt to make one of the larger sizes. “Echo” boasts cozy rings that gracefully stack around your neck and shoulders, with a tapered back (thanks, short rows!) that allows for a neat and flattering fit.
Choose one of three sizes--Regular (185 yards), Super (385 yards), or Mega (750 yards)--and your favorite worsted weight yarn, and craft yourself a beautiful, wearable accessory, even if you never got into one of the best bands to come out of the 80s. Carol is making the “Super Echo,” using just one skein of the Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Studio Worsted, a hand-dyed knockout from Baltimore that comes in a range of plush hues.
Come in to Spun any time before the end of the year to pick up your yarn and a copy of the pattern. You can of course work on your cowl wherever and whenever, but Carol will be working on hers during our regularly scheduled Friday drop-ins (from 11 to 1), and we’ll be kicking everything off on Friday, September 15. (Expect bunny-shaped treats of some sort, along with high-caliber 80s music.)
When you’re finished, post a picture to Facebook or Instagram, tagging @spunannarbor, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring your “Echo” into the shop for show-and-tell.
All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Spun gift card. Finish your cowl before the turn of the year, and you’ll be entered into a second drawing to win a skein of the Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Studio Worsted.
Celebrate the coming beauty of a Michigan autumn with Fiberstory! Local hand-dyer and Spun favorite Sarah Freitas has an unparallelled eye for color, bringing us tones of depth and sophistication on a wide range of bases that will have you knitting happily through fall and well beyond.
Please join us to welcome Sarah to Spun for a special Kerrytown First Fridays happy hour on September 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. She will be introducing some new colorways and bringing along yarn that we can’t always keep on our shelves (although we would devote a whole room to Fiberstory if we had the space), along with kits and gradient sets to ease you on your way to making something beautiful. In addition to enjoying a lot of pretty yarn, we will also indulge in a few door prizes, light refreshments, and each other’s good company! If you can’t make it to Friday’s celebration, we have good news for you: we will also have Sarah’s beauties available in the shop Saturday, September 2.
Something very special is coming to Spun! We are pleased and excited to offer you Woolfolk yarns, shockingly soft and responsibly sourced fibers whose uniqueness is echoed in clean, minimalist designs that will boost your handmade wardrobe’s longevity and appeal. The yarn will be in the shop on Monday, August 7, and we will celebrate with an end-of-summer party on Friday, August 25. During the happy hour, we'll enjoy drinks and treats, and Spun will offer Woolfolk yarn and patterns at a 10 percent discount.
The softness and quality of Woolfolk yarns are impossible to ignore, so let’s just put it out there: Woolfolk’s Ultimate Merino® feels like cashmere, but with the wear of merino. Why?
The Science behind the Softness
Wool products are composed of strands of fibers that are measured in microns. Generally speaking, the higher the micron count, the larger the diameter measure of a strand of fiber--and larger, coarser fibers mean more “prickle.” Most wool products include a high percentage of fibers that are over 30 microns. Woolfolk’s Ultimate Merino®, on the other hand, has a micron count of 17.5. The resulting long, cylindrical fibers have elongated, flat scales and thus a smoother surface. What this means for you is yarn that combines the softness of cashmere with the wear of merino. The cylindrical fibers, with their flat scales, also reflect light and absorb dye more easily than elliptical fibers, resulting in yarns with an inborn luster, here dyed in deep and lasting hues.
Exceptional in every way, Woolfolk yarns combine high-quality fibers with high-quality practices, careful attention to ethical, sustainable means of production. Woolfolk’s Ultimate Merino® happens not by chance, but through the efforts of farmers on the Patagonian Grasslands to care for their flocks as they care for their land, seeing themselves as stewards of both.
FÅR. Worsted weight. 100 percent Ovis 21 Ultimate Merino®. 142 yards/skein.
HYGGE. Super bulky weight. 50 percent Ovis 21 Ultimate Merino®, 28 percent alpaca, 22 percent silk. 76 yards/skein.
LUFT. Bulky weight. 55 percent Ovis 21 Ultimate Merino®, 45 percent organic Pima cotton. 109 yards/skein. [NOTE: Due to high demand, LUFT will be in the shop a bit later than the rest of the collection.]
SNO. Fingering weight, marled. 100 percent Ovis 21 Ultimate Merino®. 223 yards/skein.
TOV. Aran weight. 100 percent Ovis 21 Ultimate Merino®. 173 yards/skein.
TYND. Fingering weight. 100 percent Ovis 21 Ultimate Merino®. 223 yards/skein.
Woolfolk yarn will be arriving in the shop on August 7, and soon after we'll have a collection of designs to show off what it can do. Spun is carrying every Woolfolk base in every colorway. To learn more about what makes Woolfolk yarn so special, click here, and join us for our Woolfolk happy hour on August 25.
This trunk show of sixteen garments reveals how a singular design aesthetic elevates Woolfolk’s yarn even further above the ordinary. Woolfolk’s color palette is sophisticated and purposeful, its design collections wearable and minimalistic. Founder Kristin Ford’s architectural sensibilities are perfectly manifested in each regard, through garments whose quality is a consistent match for the quality of the fibers—clean and modern, with an eye on the runway that prioritizes timeless appeal and careful attention to details of fit and construction.
This aesthetic is clear in the garments and accessories we will be highlighting in August, designed by the likes of Julie Hoover, Michele Wang, Melanie Berg, Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Laura Chau, Norah Gaughan, Bristol Ivy, Antonia Shankland, and Ashley Yousling.
ARKADE. An oversize scarf/cowl whose reversible eyelet cables yield a fabric with both squish and drape. Designer: Antonia Shankland. Yarn: Fȧr. (May also be made in Tov.)
BIRK. A showstopping, sumptuous classic cardigan with modern proportions. Designer: Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Yarn: Fȧr and Sno.
DRYS. A minimalist wrap that indulges in lavish scale and texture. Designer: Melanie Berg. Yarn: Fȧr and Sno.
FLET. A plush pullover with classic lines and careful attention to detail. Designer: Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Yarn: Fȧr.
KILE. A cushy plush cardigan that embodies warmth and comfort. Designer: Bristol Ivy. Yarn: Hygge.
KOGLE. A relaxed pullover with a classic feminine silhouette. Designer: Julie Hoover. Yarn: Fȧr.
KURV. An oversized scarf whose sophisticated fabric belies its snuggly heart. Designer: Ashley Yousling. Yarn: Hygge and Fȧr.
LØS. An easeful, textured pullover that makes the most of Far’s exceptional stitch definition. Designer: Ashley Yousling. Yarn: Fȧr.
MOS. A modern pullover with exaggerated proportions and lush fabric. Designer: Michele Wang. Yarn: Fȧr.
REB. A snuggly pullover with a modern aesthetic and innovative construction. Designer: Norah Gaughan. Yarn: Hygge.
SPOR. A classic pullover whose mock cable pattern makes for a relaxing, intuitive knit. Designer: Laura Chau. Yarn: Tynd.
TORV. A lightweight, exquisite shawl whose juxtaposition of textures yields graceful drape. Designer: Antonia Shankland. Yarn: Sno.
TRYK. A sumptuous bias-knit wrap with graphic appeal. Designer: Melanie Berg. Yarn: Tynd.
Sabrina Famellos and her crew in Fresno, CA, have put together a beautiful collection of designs showing off one of our favorite Anzula fibers. Luster is a smoothly plied yarn in a decadent blend of silk and Merino.
This yarn is a pleasure to work with, creating light, drapey fabric you might have a hard time relinquishing so be careful if you're starting work on a gift. The trunk show features designs from Leedra Scott ("Rocky Shores"), Romi Hill ("Artesian"), Carrie Sullivan ("Cobh"), Taiga Hilliard ("Sercall"), and Benjamin Krudwig ("Staghorn Cholla") along with Heather Zoppetti's showstopper, "Zucchero," a stunning, full-length pi shawl that highlights Luster's signature colors. The show is only in the shop through July 23. Don't miss it!
Last year we had the pleasure of meeting Cestari founder Francis Chester as he drove his pickup truck around the country visiting local yarn shops. Cestari Sheep & Wool Company is a small, family-owned and -operated U.S. manufacturer of fine wool and plant-based yarn that is based in Augusta County, Virginia. Cestari’s wool, processed in Virginia, comes from sheep raised on Cestari's Augusta County farm, as well as on reputable ranches across the United States, while all Cestari’s cotton products are grown and processed in Virginia. Spun has carried several of Cestari’s yarns since we opened, as the company’s focus on US production, minimal processing, and an affordable price point holds great appeal for us, and we are happy to note that Cestari's wool and cotton yarn has since won many converts among our customers.
Mr. Chester’s lifelong love of farming began when his family moved from Brooklyn to Long Island, New York. He opened his first successful farm stand on Long Island when he was ten years old, using the money he earned over time to buy his first flock of sheep. That first flock both pushed Mr. Chester into his future, setting him on the road he would follow the rest of his life, and connected him to his past, to the generations of his family (as he later learned from an older relative) who had been shepherds in Italy.
Mr. Chester parlayed the money he earned raising sheep into tuition for college and law school, but farming remained his passion. Indeed, he describes his law degree as part of a back-up plan, as advised by his father, who was aware of what a precarious business farming can be. He used his degree over the years both to help finance his wool business and to assist local farmers who were losing their land to the rash of farm foreclosures during the 1980s.
In 1968, Francis Chester, his wife, Diane, and their children left their Mill Neck farm when the suburbs encroached and moved to Virginia, where they have continued to farm together for nearly fifty years. While Mr.Chester at first shipped his wool to New England to be milled, he ran into trouble in the 1980s when many mills began closing, and production largely moved overseas. His response to this crisis was, as usual, creative and proactive: he bought used equipment and established his own mill in Virginia, in order to keep production close to home. Mr. Chester still occasionally practices law in Augusta Springs, but his passion remains farming and now, more broadly, the revitalization of the US textile industry.
But what about the yarn?
Cestari’s cotton, as noted above, is grown and processed entirely in Virginia. Cestari’s wool, also US-sourced, is minimally processed in Virginia, using a scouring process that retains the fiber’s natural lanolin and thus its bounce and texture. The more customary carbonizing acid bath leaves wool very “clean” by burning out all the vegetable matter, but it also leaves the fiber with less lanolin, less spring, and less life. The result of Cestari’s less invasive approach is a lively fiber in your hands; a fabric with integrity; and the occasional easily removed bit of hay and straw, which (as you know) we love. That occasional vegetable matter reminds us of sheep! It also reminds us of all the work that has gone into the fiber before it makes its way to our hands.
So when Mr. Chester wrote to see if we'd be interested in a return visit, we responded with an enthusiastic yes! He will be joining us at the shop for a happy hour reception on Friday, July 7, from 4-6pm and a presentation and Q&A on Saturday, July 8, at 1:30. We'll enjoy drinks, treats, and conversation on Friday night, and on Saturday you'll be treated to the story behind a classic US yarn company. Both events are free and open to all, no reservations required.
If you've made something out of Cestari yarn, please bring it along to show Mr. Chester while he's here so we can show him even more Michigan love. To celebrate Mr. Chester visit, we'll also be offering a 10 percent discount on all Cestari yarn while Mr. Chester is in the shop, Friday from 4 to 8 and Saturday from 11 to 4.
Don't miss this chance to meet a passionate farmer, great yarn maker, and master storyteller!
Celebrate summer with Arbor Twist! Ann Arbor hand-dyer Rachel Leggett’s pretty yarns have been a hit in the shop since we brought them in to brighten up the gray Michigan winter. Now we are welcoming sunshine’s return by celebrating these colorful, lightweight beauties. Both Sycamore and Sequoia (which brings a little sparkle to the party) are fingering weights, and either would be happy to keep you company on all your summer adventures, each delicate skein begging to be knit up into a quick, portable shawl or pair of socks.
Rachel, a Michigan native whose “real life” finds her working in web development and as a skating coach, began hand-dyeing her own yarn soon after she moved to Ann Arbor and “instantly fell in love” with the adventure of trying out new combinations and colorways. She has been pushing her craft forward ever since and especially loves the opportunity to share her work with others and to see how her work transforms when it reaches others’ hands.
Please join us to welcome Rachel to Spun for a special happy hour event on Friday, June 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. We will enjoy refreshments, camaraderie, a few door prizes, and a lot of pretty yarn. If you can’t make Friday’s party, remember that we will have extra Arbor Twist on display in the shop through Saturday, so make plans to stop by later in the weekend!
For a limited time, we'll have the Spring 2017 Shibui Collection in the shop. It's fair to say that when these designs were first released, everyone at Spun took notice. They are refined and classic, and any one of them could become a wardrobe regular. Everyone here seems to have their own favorite.
To get everyone on board with this stunning collection, we are offering the patterns free when you buy the yarn to make them!
Bold geometry contrasts with a graceful bateau neckline for the perfect easy-to-wear summer coverup.
Strike a pose with Athens, a classic tank with clean A-line shaping. Seed stitch anchors the hem, while a scoop neck frames the face in this fresh yet timeless top.
The fluid drape of this bias-knit scarf is a graceful accent to any outfit.
Eames is the definitive modern cardigan. With two sleeve-length options and thoughtful shaping details, it’s tailored to any situation.
Knit the go-to pullover for summer. Getty’s intriguing texture and cropped hem combine for a couture fit, while the halo of Cima lets this lightweight sweater transcend the season.
Master the art of dressing well with Lucia. Sleek fabric and eyelet rib details enhance this versatile tee, so you’ll look elegant wherever you go.
Milan radiates refinement. With a vented high-low hem and sophisticated garter ridge, this essential pullover will be the one you reach for throughout the year.
Embrace minimalism with Siena, a lightweight cardigan with dolman sleeves. Airy construction pairs with an iconic silhouette for a quick-to-knit sweater you’ll want to wear every day.
To celebrate CJ Koho's debut at Spun, we're hosting a yarn tasting with dyer extraordinaire Carla Kohoyda-Inglis. And to sweeten the deal, each tasting reservation brings you not only three CJ Koho yarns to sample but a few delectable caramels from our favorite candy maker, Nancy Beihn of Sweet Gem Confections.
Sign up for a one-hour tasting session, and come knit with Carla, sampling three of her favorite bases: AuSable (a fingering-weight Merino/Tencel), Boyne (a DK-weight BFL), and Ontonagon (a DK-weight Polworth/silk), then take home some of Nancy's treats!
We're hosting two tasting sessions, each limited to 8 people. The first one starts at 10:30am, with a second following at 12:30. The cost for each tasting session is $15, which includes yarn and caramels. You can sign up and pay online, or call or stop by the shop. Plan to bring along your needles, in sizes suitable for fingering- and DK-weight yarns (US1 to US7 should serve).
To register and pay online, click on the "Book Now" button, or stop by the store or call 734-780-7867 to reserve your spot.
We are excited to be adding a new local fiber to our Spun collection, and we're throwing a party to celebrate! Carla Kohoyda-Inglis, the mad genius behind CJ Koho, has been knitting, spinning, and dyeing yarn for over two decades. As she tells it, "I started knitting because I wanted a cute Peter Rabbit sweater for my oldest when he was a year old. They wouldn't sell me the sweater, but they did sell me the kit and knitting lessons. I figured I'd make one sweater, hate it, and never do it again. Never say never, knitting led to spinning led to dyeing and I haven't stopped since."
Carla's hand-dyed CJ Koho yarn has built a loyal following over the years, and we are happy to be bringing both AuSable and Boyne to the shop. AuSable, a soft and supple fingering-weight Merino-Tencel, comes in a range of knockout colors that will bring a bit of sheen and elegance to your feet (or shoulders, or hands, or what-have-you). Each skein of DK-weight Boyne boasts 600 yards (600 yards!) of bouncy, buttery BFL in Carla's signature colors. Imagine all the pretty things you can make out of a skein or two of this mega-sized Ann Arbor–dyed beauty!
Join us for a free event to welcome Carla and her exceptional goods to the shop. We will enjoy drinks and treats and camaraderie and set the stage for our CJ Koho/Sweet Gems Yarn and Caramels Tasting on Saturday, May 20!
To make the hour(s) extra happy, Carla will also be bringing along a special selection of yarns that will be available in the shop only on Friday afternoon and Saturday.
Sure, winter has passed (yay!), but the Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2017 collection is definitely worth a stop at the store (and it's never too early to get started on knitting for next winter!). This collection of sixteen designs includes twelve garments and four accessories, and features beautiful sweater designs from Spun favorites Julie Hoover and Michele Wang along with BT's very first garment designs for Arbor, their worsted-spun DK Targhee wool. Jared Flood’s Svenson pullover, Norah Gaughan’s Shoji cocoon cardigan, and Véronik Avery’s Nila lap-front pullover were designed to make the most of Arbor’s vivid stitch definition and drape.
Join us to welcome Michele Wang to our shop to celebrate her new book from Brooklyn Tweed, Capsule: Winter 2017. Capsule features eight classics designs for women and men, and we'll have samples of each in the shop all week. We'll kick off the trunk show with a special appearance from Michele.
In Capsule, Michele translates Brooklyn Tweed's woolen-spun American yarns into modern loungewear. From sleekly minimalist to opulently textured, Michele explores a range of possible fabrics and forms with strikingly chic results. The eight pieces in this collection will redefine cozy living and provide hours of satisfying knitting.
We'll have treats and drinks in the shop, door prizes inspired by the Capsule collection, and plenty of copies of the book. Is it too much to ask for a nice almost-Spring day to go with it? Keep your fingers crossed!
If you're working on a Brooklyn Tweed project (or planning to start one) and looking for folks to knit with, we have a very special opportunity for you. Christine Craig, Pattern Support Lead for Brooklyn Tweed, just so happens to live right here in Ann Arbor and just so happens to spend a few days a week working in shop. And now she's hosting a knit-along at Spun. How lucky we are!
This event runs for 6 weeks on Tuesday evenings and is limited to 8 participants. The aim is to get together and knit with this amazing yarn, and, if you happen to run into a question about the project you're working on, expert help is at hand.
Cost for this KAL is $30, and we do ask that you bring a Brooklyn Tweed project using yarn purchased from Spun. To sign up, stop by the shop or give us a call at 734.780-7867.
Spun is very happy to welcome Michigan-based designer Annie Lupton and her Boho Chic design line to our shop for our March Happy Hour! Annie's uses a neutral, earthy palette in her modern knitwear designs to create a bohemian and free-spirited feel, and she incorporates lace, cables, crochet, embroidery, and modern silhouettes to create garments that have a great fit and structure.
We'll have a beautiful collection of her designs on display along with patterns and she'll also bring some of her hand-dyed yarn for your consideration. We'll provide drinks and treats and we have door prizes to give away! To enter the door prize drawings, just come to the event, fill out a form and drop it in the box. We'll have two door prize drawings that you can sign up for at the show, one for Annie's Zen Garden pattern along with Berroco Ultra Alpaca yarn to make it and a second for her Everyday Tunic plus Shibui Pebble.
We're also offering a THIRD door prize, two skeins of Annie's hand-dyed yarn and her Reflection shawl pattern. This prize is a little different as you can only sign up using the form below. Bonus, if you sign up for the third prize, you'll also be entered for the other two! As always, you need to be present to claim your prize so we really hope you can join us!
Our happy hours are always free and no reservations required. See you there!
Un-Knit Yourself: A Workshop to Learn How the Alexander Technique Can Ease a Painful Knitting Posture
Local Alexander Technique practitioner Julie Brigham will join us at Spun to explore how we can release harmful tension in our bodies as we're knitting or crocheting. Using games, exercises and demonstrations, Julie will show you how to avoid some of the common repetitive stress injuries that result from our favorite craft, and you'll leave with a better understanding of the Alexander Technique and how it can help you.
$10/person • This workshop is limited to 8 participants
Call 734.780.7867 to reserve your spot!
Join us to welcome knit designer extraordinaire Andrea Mowry in our shop for a happy hour to celebrate her Trunk Show at Spun. As almost anyone reading this already knows, Andrea has been winning raves for her design work for a number of years, and she is bringing over 20 of her best-loved sweaters, shawls, and hats to our shop for a week-long display. Take the chance to meet this celebrated designer at our happy hour, and enjoy drinks, treats, and a door prize drawing. Get inspired by her designs, and get ready to knit one (or more!) for yourself. And, stay tuned for news about upcoming classes that Andrea is teaching in the shop.
About Andrea Mowry:
Andrea is one of the many who was lucky enough to learn how to knit as a child from her grandma. By her late teens, guided by the wisdom of the great Elizabeth Zimmerman and her many books, she began trying to work out her own patterns. After leaving her life as a pastry chef to start a family with her husband, her hands found the necessary freedom to begin creating with fiber instead of flour. She focuses on designing knits to fit the modern wardrobe – fun to knit and easy to wear, with clear directions for every level of knitter. She believes in enjoying every stitch and wearing at least one hand knit everyday! Andrea has a great love for indulging in new techniques and skills and then sharing them with other knitters thru her patterns and workshops. Her goal is to leave knitters feeling empowered and inspired, and wrapped up in their own beautiful knits!
Are you a new knitter who would like a little support? A chance to work and socialize with other new knitters and a few experienced ones?
NOTE: Newbie Knit Night is not designed to teach complete beginners how to knit but rather for people with some experience who are looking to expand their skills.
Join us for Newbie Knit Night, a new monthly Spun event focused on boosting new knitters’ skills. Our Newbie Knit Nights are typically held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month from 6-8pm (check here for updates as the schedule may change depending on holidays or other events). They are designed to help new knitters (that is, folks who already know the basics) as they venture into new projects and new techniques. We'll have some experienced folks on hand to sit and knit together with you and be your safety net as you broaden your skills. See below for details on how to sign up.
What to Bring:
--Your work-in-progress or a plan for a new work-in-progress that we can help you execute (required!)
--A snack or drink to share with your fellow makers (optional!)
The fine print:
This is a free event, but we do ask that you plan to work on a project using yarn purchased from Spun.
Please sign up for each scheduled Newbie Knit Night ahead of time by calling or stopping by the shop, as we need to limit attendance, and please arrive at Spun before 6:00 so we can make sure you get in the building!
Join us to welcome Tanya Thomann and Carla Kohoyda-Inglis as they debut their amazing new Fair Isle knitting kits at Spun! Tanya (the designer) and Carla (the dyer) have teamed up with a woman-owned Michigan farm for the fleece and a woman-owned Michigan mill (Stonehedge!) for the base yarn to create Welcome Home Kits. These kits are a Spun exclusive and come in a wide range of designs, each featuring a warm or cool color palette and each allowing you to make a hat or a cowl. The kits feature just the yarn you need to make these beautiful and intricate designs.
All the designs are on display in the shop and we'll have drinks, treats and door prizes as we welcome Tanya and Carla for a happy hour launch party on Friday evening. And, if you're looking for a boost in your colorwork skills, Tanya is teaching a class on Saturday, January 7 from 10am-1pm.
Spun is hosting two knit-alongs for folks interested in the Pussyhat Project. Our own Kate is heading to the Women's March on Washington, D.C. on January 21, and is joining the campaign started by Kat Coyle at the Little Knittery in Atwater Village, CA. Kate will be hosting two KAL sessions to work on hats for participants in the march.
Session 1: Sunday, December 18, 3:30-5pm
Session 2: Sunday, January 15, 3:30-5pm
We have lots of options for pink/fuschia yarn in the shop in anticipation of this historic event! Meow!
Across the US, black dogs and cats are the last
to be adopted and the first to be euthanized.
Several factors may be acting on the subconscious of potential adopters: black pets are more difficult to photograph in dimly lit shelters; black cats are traditionally associated with bad luck, black dogs with depression and the underworld.
What to do?
Well, if you’re Alex Tinsley, you combine several passions (dogs! design! fiber!) and create a collection specifically to benefit this often neglected population. Alex’s Knit It Black is a group of chic, wearable black or nearly black knits at a variety of skill levels.
It’s metaphorically sound! It’s a perennial wardrobe classic! It goes with everything! It’s flattering! Bonus: If you adopt a black pet, he or she will match your new outfit!
How does all this work?
During Alex’s reception (December 16, 5-7PM), and her trunk show (December 16-22), purchase one or all of the patterns in Alex’s Knit It Black collection, along with sufficient yarn (it doesn’t have to be black!) to make at least one of the knits in the collection, and Spun will donate 10 percent of yarn proceeds and 80 percent of pattern proceeds to the Humane Society of Huron Valley!
Why the HSHV?
The Humane Society of Huron Valley provides an invaluable community resource for neglected area animals and the humans whose lives they enrich. Plus we are, on balance, a pet-crazed population of crafters at Spun, and we like to keep things local whenever we can.
Please join us this season to celebrate with Alex and to take some time away from your holiday stress! (This show, by the way, also offers you the perfect chance to plan something you can make for yourself after the turn of the year!)
Wear black to the reception on December 16, or bring along a picture of your pet to show Alex, and you will be invited to enter our drawing for a door prize at 6:00! You must be present to win.
We're having our first birthday on the same night as Kerrytown's annual holiday bash. It's two parties in one! To celebrate we're putting many of our favorite new yarns and some old standbys on sale. And starting in the evening we'll have cake, drinks and door prizes including a drawing for a $100 Spun gift card. Enjoy Midnight Madness deals at retailers throughout the Kerrytown neighborhood and don't forget to hit the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market for a bit of mulled cider!
Join us to welcome Melynda Bernardi, founder of French Press Knits, to celebrate the release of her new book Comfort and Joy: Seven Original Stocking Designs to Warm Your Holiday Season. Melynda has created a host of new stocking designs and wrapped them all up in a beautiful package for the holiday. She'll start the days teaching a Stocking Techniques class in the shop. Then, she'll join us for a reception in the shop Saturday afternoon. We'll also have her new stocking designs on display all week. Take some time on a beautiful (non-football!) Saturday to meet a brilliant designer and find inspiration for your holiday knitting.