Corinne Hawari will join us for a Spun Sidekicks Happy Hour on August 4 from 4-6pm. We'll debut her new yarn and offer drinks and treats, and Corinne will also be bringing along a broader selection of her hand-dyed Hawari Bazaar beauties that will only be available in the shop that night. . .
Julie's first Summer 2018 Sweater Club sold out soon after it's release this month, but if you missed your opportunity to join you have another chance! Julie will be bringing her club to Spun for one weekend, and we'll kick things off with a happy hour July 6 at 4p.
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.
Please join Spun in welcoming author and activist Krista Suh to Ann Arbor!
Krista will be at Spun on Tuesday, April 24, to meet fellow makers and activists and to sign copies of her new book, DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World
Welcome Vesper Sock to Spun! We are excited to introduce you to this sweet stripey goodness, from Merino fiber sourced and milled in the US and hand-dyed in Southeast Michigan. Julia Vesper has been dyeing yarn since early 2005, creating self-striping colorways in cheerful five- to eight-color repeats that shouldn’t always languish under shoes. Please join us to welcome Julia to Spun for a Kerrytown First Fridays happy hour, from 4 to 6pm.
Due to the extreme snow, we have cancelled our party tonight.
Wool Elements is a compilation of nine accessory designs that are at once simple and luxurious, each crafted to highlight Woolfolk's new warm, tawny browns but perfect for any of the colors in Woolfolk's sophisticated palette. We'll be getting the collection in the shop starting Friday, February 2. If you've never knit with Woolfolk yarn before, here is a perfect opportunity: these patterns are straightforward, and many can be knit with just two skeins. Note too that for the first time Woolfolk has published the patterns in the Wool Elements collection as a small booklet, which is available for sale at the shop in limited quantities.
We will only have this collection in the shop through Sunday, February 11, with a special happy hour reception on Friday, February 9, from 4-6 pm. We will enjoy the usual: drinks, treats, door prizes, and the chance to share in each other's warm company in this cold season. Please make plans to join us!
If you missed your opportunity to join Julie's Sweater Club 2017-02 when she offered membership online at the beginning of December, you now have another chance! We are happy to announce that Julie's two new limited-edition designs in Woolfolk will be briefly available through Spun in 2018. You can see both of these beauties in person at the shop from Friday, January 12, through Sunday, January 14, and you may purchase one of ten Sweater Club memberships beginning on Friday, January 12, at 10am.
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.