Polka! Polka! Polka! A Churchmouse KAL
Jun
5
Sep 5

Polka! Polka! Polka! A Churchmouse KAL

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Nothing says Michigan summertime like polka! (Just play along with us here.) We’re celebrating the season with Churchmouse’s pretty new “Polka Dot Scarf,” a wearable, simple-to-knit stunner that you can work up in one of two sizes and using a ridiculous variety of lightweight yarns. (Anne is making hers in Traverse City-based Why Knot Fiber’s “Swoon,” a luxe alpaca, silk, and cashmere blend with a hint of sparkle. See below!) 

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How does it work?
Come in to Spun any time before Labor Day to pick up your yarn and a copy of the pattern. Work at home, work at the beach, work on your road trips, work at the shop (Anne will be knitting hers during Spun’s Monday drop-in , from 11am to 1pm), work wherever! When you’re finished, post a picture to Facebook or Instagram, tagging @spunannarbor, email carol[at]spunannarbor.com, or bring your polka dots in for show-and-tell at the shop.

What’s in it for me

  • You will greet fall with an excellent new accessory. [“What? This old thing?”]
  • You will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Spun gift card just for participating.
  • You will be entered into a second drawing to win a skein of lace-weight yarn (Shibui’s Silk Cloud, Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze, or Mrs. Crosby’s Reticule) if you finish your “Polka Dot Scarf” by Labor Day.
Meet the Shepherd: A Weekend with Francis Chester
Jul
7
6:00 am06:00

Meet the Shepherd: A Weekend with Francis Chester

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.

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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! 


Arbor Twist Happy Hour and Trunk Show
Jun
16
4:00 pm16:00

Arbor Twist Happy Hour and Trunk Show

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!

Shibui Knits Spring/Summer 2017 Trunk Show
Jun
1
Jun 11

Shibui Knits Spring/Summer 2017 Trunk Show

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!

Aalto
Bold geometry contrasts with a graceful bateau neckline for the perfect easy-to-wear summer coverup.

Athens
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. 

Crete
The fluid drape of this bias-knit scarf is a graceful accent to any outfit.

Eames
Eames is the definitive modern cardigan. With two sleeve-length options and thoughtful shaping details, it’s tailored to any situation.

Getty
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.

Lucia
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
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.

Siena
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.

 

May
20
10:30 pm22:30

Yaramels! A Yarn and Caramel Tasting with CJ Koho and Sweet Gem Confections

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!

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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.

May
19
4:00 pm16:00

CJ Koho Launch Party

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. 

Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2017 Trunk Show
Apr
15
Apr 23

Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2017 Trunk Show

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. 

Mar
28
Apr 7

Shibui Knits Trunk Show

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.)

 

Michele Wang Capsule Booksigning and Reception
Mar
18
1:00 pm13:00

Michele Wang Capsule Booksigning and Reception

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!

Mar
7
Apr 11

Brooklyn Tweed Knit-along with Christine Craig

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. 

BohoChic Reception and Trunk Show with Annie LuptonBerroco
Mar
3
4:00 pm16:00

BohoChic Reception and Trunk Show with Annie LuptonBerroco

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!

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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
Feb
12
1:00 pm13:00

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!

 

Andrea Mowry Reception and Trunk Show
Feb
3
4:00 pm16:00

Andrea Mowry Reception and Trunk Show

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!

 

Jan
23
6:00 pm18:00

Newbie Knit Night

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!)
--Confidence (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!

 

Jan
6
4:00 pm16:00

Welcome Home Fair Isle Happy Hour

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. 

Dec
18
Jan 15

Pussyhat Project KAL

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!

 

 

Knit It Black Reception and Trunk Show with Alex Tinsley
Dec
16
5:00 pm17:00

Knit It Black Reception and Trunk Show with Alex Tinsley

Across the US, black dogs and cats are the last
to be adopted and the first to be euthanized.

 

Why?
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.

Why black?
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.

 

Midnight Madness on Spun's First Birthday!
Dec
2
6:00 pm18:00

Midnight Madness on Spun's First Birthday!

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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 Trunk Show and Reception
Nov
26
3:00 pm15:00

Mrs. Crosby Trunk Show and Reception

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!

Nov
12
2:00 pm14:00

Reception and Book-Signing with Melynda Bernardi from French Press Knits

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. 

Nov
4
Nov 5

Why Knot Fibers Happy Hour and Trunk Show with Kat and Claire

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. 

Oct
20
Nov 3

Shibui Fall 2016 Collection Trunk Show

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. 

Oct
7
4:00 pm16:00

Queso Cabeza Icelandic Wool Happy Hour

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. 

 

Oct
2
1:00 pm13:00

Happy Fuzzy Yarn Trunk Show

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. 

Sep
9
Sep 20

The Fibre Co. Allium Trunk Show

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. 

Brooklyn Tweed Trunk Show
Aug
27
Sep 4

Brooklyn Tweed Trunk Show

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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! 

Reception for Brooklyn Tweed
Aug
26
7:00 pm19:00

Reception for Brooklyn Tweed

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!

Jul
31
12:00 pm12:00

Anzula Trunk Show

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!

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Jul
5
Jul 18

Quince & Co. Kestrel Trunk Show

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! 

Quince & Co. Sparrow Trunk Show
May
23
Jun 6

Quince & Co. Sparrow Trunk Show

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!