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.
We're bringing in a collection of seven stunning Shibui samples including a brand new design from Julie Hoover and two designs from Shibui's Spring/Summer Collection featuring new yarn set to launch March 28, 2017. Check the samples out below (we'll add the new designs when they're released) and stop by starting March 28 to see them in person.
To celebrate, we're offering a 10% discount on the pattern and Shibui yarn purchased to make one of these trunk show patterns. Plus, everyone who makes a trunk show purchase will be entered in a drawing to win one of three Shibui cowl kits.
Kaplan. A feminine sweater with subtle details, rendered in a luxe blend of merino, silk, and mohair. Julie Hoover’s“Kaplan” is her most recently published design, and it’s a beauty, knit up in Maai and Silk Cloud.
Martine. A well-fitting summer raglan with texture and ease. Julie Hoover’s “Martine” is knit with Rain, a papery soft 100 percent cotton with a sheen that makes Shibui’s signature palette soar.
Wintour. A perfect year-round sweater with ease and elegance. Julie Hoover’s “Wintour” is knit holding Twig and Pebble together, yielding an irresistible fabric.
Simple Tee. A versatile garment that elevates the standard t-shirt to a new level of elegance while retaining the necessary comfort and ease. Churchmouse’s “Simple Tee” is something special in Twig, worked in our version to a tunic length with cap sleeves.
Tier. A thin scarf that will be your go-to summer accessory. Shellie Anderson’s “Tier,” free at the shop with the purchase of appropriate Shibui yarn, may be worked to two different lengths, out of either Twig or Cima. (We made ours with Twig.)
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!
Mrs. Crosby requests your presence on Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 3-5pm 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 all of our Mrs. Crosby yarn at a 10% discount, and we'll also give away door prizes throughout the event. It's a great way to celebrate Small Business Saturday!
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.
Join us to celebrate this luxurious hand-dyed yarn from Traverse City. Kat and Claire will be in the shop over the weekend showing off new colorways and bringing a trunkload of northern Michigan goodies to the shop.
We'll welcome Kat and Claire at a happy hour reception on
Friday from 4-6pm with drinks and locally sourced cheeses.
We've enjoyed selling Why Knot Fibers since we opened and for this weekend only our regular lineup of Kat and Claire's yarn at Spun will be enhanced with many exclusive bases and colorways that aren't usually available in shops.
Shellie Anderson's elegant designs are making their way to Ann Arbor! We'll have the full collection on display in the shop starting Thursday, October 20 through November 3. The designs in this collection bring you soft fabrics and subtle details that will have you reaching for these essentials throughout the season and beyond. Many feature Shibui's newest yarn, Drift, a worsted-weight blend of Merino and Cashmere that feels soft on the hands with a relaxed, velvet like drape. See them firsthand and get inspired to knit one (or more!) of these lovely creations.
Join us for happy hour as we welcome Rick Boesen and Laura Volkmann from Queso Cabeza Farm. Rick and Laura have been raising Icelandic sheep on their small farm in Olivet, MI, and now they are creating luxurious Lopi yarn from their flock. As Rick notes, "we found the Icelandic sheep breed in 2003. We immediately liked the breed. It is one of the few true triple-purpose breeds of sheep (fiber, milk, and meat) and produces a lot of wool, which makes it ideal for the cold Michigan winters." Whereas sheep raised in Iceland are primarily bred for meat (the fiber is a byproduct), Rick and Laura are focusing on the fiber and raising animals with fleece that is softer to the hand than their Icelandic counterparts.
Our original vision for Spun was to become a recognized source for yarn that is local, sustainable, and minimally processed, and working with Rick and Laura helps us achieve all three of those goals. "As farmers, our primary goal is to be responsible to our livestock in the most humane ways practical," say Rick. After shearing, Queso Cabeza fleece is sent to a small mill in Wisconsin that is one of the only places in the U.S. that creates Lopi yarn. When the milled yarn comes back to the farm, Laura and Rick dye some skeins (in their kitchen!) and leave some their earthy, natural color.
In addition to tending their flock, RIck and Laura are active members of the Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America (ISBONA) and founders of the Icelandic Sheet Owners Facebook group which brings together over 1,400 owners and enthusiasts from all over the world.
Take some time on a beautiful fall Friday evening to meet Rick and Laura, experience their yarn first-hand and enjoy food and drink in the shop.
Over the past decade Ann Arbor's Riin Gill has built a following of fiber fans from all over the world. The lavish, almost decadent colorways she creates at Happy Fuzzy Yarn have people flocking to her booth at fiber festivals and never fail to turn heads in our shop.
With our small space we can't feature everything she creates but on Sunday, October 1, Riin will be in the shop to show off the full range of Happy Fuzzy's offerings. In addition to yarn and colorways you can't typically find at Spun, she'll also have a great selection of combed top on display, and we'll have drinks and treats to welcome her.
Our trunk show and reception also kicks off Spinzilla, a "monster week of spinning" from October 3-9. Riin is organizing Team Happy Fuzzy Yarn and will bring her crew in to the shop on Monday and Tuesday, October 3-4, for live spinning. If you're interested in registering for Riin's team, click here.
The Fibre Company's new trunk is now on display at Spun! Harriette's sample of "Twin Leaf" has been a huge hit in the shop for months, and now it is joined by 7 amazing designs as part of Grace Anna Farrow's Allium collection. In addition to the samples, we're fully stocked with printed patterns for each garment.
Join us for a reception on Sunday, September 11 from 1 to 3pm in the shop and check out this beautiful collection. We'll serve treats and drinks, and to make it even more fun, we'll hold a drawing for a two skeins of Meadow and the Allium Collection pattern of your choice.
To enter the drawing, come to the reception and sign up or fill out the form below. No purchase necessary, but you do have to be present to win. We will hold the drawing at 2:30pm on Sunday during the reception.
Our Brooklyn Tweed Party was a big hit, and though that event has passed, it has left this lovely trunk show with us for the next few days. We have hats, sweaters, scarves, and more in Shelter, Loft, and Quarry from Jared Flood, Julie Hoover, Michele Wang, and more. We also have a huge stock of BT yarn ready and waiting. If you missed the party, you have a second chance!
We're gearing up for a big celebration of one our favorite fibers. Brooklyn Tweed designer Julie Hoover and pattern support lead Christine Craig will join us to toast a full selection of Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft, Shelter, and Quarry in every colorway, along with over 30 samples from the Brooklyn Tweed collection, including designs from Julie Hoover, Jared Flood, and Michele Wang.
Yarn tasting stations will allow guests to try out Loft, Shelter, and Quarry while they learn about Brooklyn Tweed’s unique woolen-spun yarn and enjoy appetizers from The Lunch Room and drinks provided by Spun.
We'll also be offering door prizes and announcing the details of an upcoming KAL and class series. The cost of the event is $10 per person, and it is limited to 50 guests, so sign up soon. You can stop by the shop or call 734.780.7867 to reserve your spot!
Anzula owner and dyer Sabrina Famellos brings her whirlwind trunk show tour from Fresno, CA, to Spun! Sabrina's vintage suitcases are stuffed with her beautiful hand-dyes and copious sample knits. Many of the yarns are new to our shop and only here during the show. You have two short hours to take advantage of this great opportunity to meet one our favorite dyers, explore her lovely samples, ask questions, and pick your favorites from her trunks overflowing!
And, to make it even more fun, we're holding a raffle! Just add your name to the form below and type the message "I heart Anzula." Make sure you enter by noon on July 31. If you'd rather, you can call or stop by the shop to sign up. We'll do the drawing at 1:30 on Sunday during the show, and the winner gets a $25 Spun gift card. You must be present to win, so put this great event on your calendar and help us welcome Sabrina to town!
We've joined up with our neighbors from Brighton to Tecumseh to put together
a weekend of specials, demos, giveaways and more.
Our second Quince & Co. show of the summer features Kestrel, an organic linen spun into an aran-weight ribbon that knits up quickly, with built-in texture and drape. This show features bold, wearable shapes representing both classic and modern styles. Unfussy details keep the knitting interesting. Other great things to keep in mind: Quince’s unparalleled pattern support and the fact that linen gets better and softer each time you wash and wear it. Come by and see all the possibilities Kestrel has to offer!
A special launch party to celebrate the arrival of Washtenaw Wool Co. yarn at Spun
We've had Quince & Co. Sparrow in the shop for a few weeks now, and the response has been terrific (big surprise). Everyone who walks by the Sparrow bins stops and turns at the sight of the beautiful colorways and reaches out to touch the shop samples, marveling at how this yarn knits up.
Now, Quince & Co. has sent us five lovely new designs from Pam Allen and Dawn Catanzaro for a special spring trunk show. Starting Monday, May 23, and running through June 6, we'll have the Forsythia Top, Petunia Cardi, Fir Apron, Dahlia Scarf, and Azalea Tank on display, along with our own Amalia, and you can take a 10% discount on any yarn purchased for these patterns. Smooth and crisp as you work it, Sparrow is ideal for lace work but happy in stockinette and increases in softness as you wash and wear it. Plus, Quince & Co. has terrific pattern support to boot. Stop by soon before this Sparrow flies away!
Spun is offering a store-wide 15% discount Mother's Day weekend (Fri-Sun)!
Let's join together and knit Puck from Boo Knits!
Recognized for her minimal aesthetic and attention to fine detail, Julie focuses on designing knitwear that is simultaneously casual and elegant—a signature style that has developed over the years in her work as a visual merchandiser, art director, and freelance designer. Based in Ann Arbor, Julie spends her time designing as part of the in-house design team for Brooklyn Tweed and her own independent label.
Seven of Julie's favorite patterns will be on display in the shop and during the show take 10% off specified yarn purchased for these patterns. Buy the yarn and we'll throw in the pattern for free. We'll also welcome Julie in the shop on April 17 from 1–3pm with a wine and cheese reception from 1-3pm.
Meet Shibui's Spring/Summer 2016 collection at Spun in March. We'll have all 8 garments from the SS16 Lookbook in the shop and shelves bursting with new Shibui yarn, including Rain, Twig, and Linen. During the show, patterns from the SS16 collection are free with the appropriate yarn purchase, and yarn purchased for these patterns is 10% off. This is the perfect opportunity to plan your spring projects!