Knitterly Things First Fridays Launch Party
Apr
6
4:00 PM16:00

Knitterly Things First Fridays Launch Party

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.

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Woolfolk Wool Elements Trunk Show and Happy Hour
Feb
2
to Feb 11

Woolfolk Wool Elements Trunk Show and Happy Hour

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!

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Trunk Show: Julie Hoover's Sweater Club 2017-02
Jan
12
to Jan 14

Trunk Show: Julie Hoover's Sweater Club 2017-02

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.   

Read more. . .

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Spun 2nd Birthday Party with Why Knot Fibers!
Dec
9
to Dec 10

Spun 2nd Birthday Party with Why Knot Fibers!

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.

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Kerrytown Midnight Madness
Dec
1
to Dec 2

Kerrytown Midnight Madness

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.)

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Mrs. Crosby Trunk Show and Reception
Nov
25
12:00 PM12:00

Mrs. Crosby Trunk Show and Reception

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!

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Shibui Trunk Show and Mix Party
Nov
17
to Nov 24

Shibui Trunk Show and Mix Party

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!

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Nov
6
to Nov 13

Woolfolk Fall 2017 Trunk Show

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.

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Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

Julie Hoover Sweater Club First Fridays Happy Hour

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:

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BERG

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

GUS

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

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WOOLFOLK LUFT
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

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Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Handsome Book Party and Happy Hour

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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. 

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Mitten Made: Celebrating Michigan Fiber
Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

Mitten Made: Celebrating Michigan Fiber

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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.


Witamy Farm

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.


Queso Cabeza

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.

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And the Bunnymen! A Spun KAL
Sep
15
to Oct 31

And the Bunnymen! A Spun KAL

Pattern: “Echo” by SpoutKnits

Suggested Yarn:
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.

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The details:
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 carol@spunannarbor.com, 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.

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Fiberstory Happy Hour and Trunk Show
Sep
1
to Sep 2

Fiberstory Happy Hour and Trunk Show

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.

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Aug
25
4:00 PM16:00

Woolfolk Happy Hour

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
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.

The Source
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.

The Yarn
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.

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Aug
15
to Aug 27

Woolfolk Trunk Show

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.

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Jul
13
to Jul 23

Anzula Luster Trunk Show

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.

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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!

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Meet the Shepherd: A Weekend with Francis Chester
Jul
7
4:00 PM16:00

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! 

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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!

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Shibui Knits Spring/Summer 2017 Trunk Show
Jun
1
to 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.

 

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