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Spun Spotlight
Meet Spun's resident YouTube star and super knitter Annri 
(above: a sock in progress using Malabrigo Sock in Parade)
 
We first met Annri as a customer. She often came to the shop with our mutual friend (and jewelry maker extraordinaire) Nancy, and her arrival always made it seem like the sun had come out: She is endlessly creative and generous with her time and prodigious talents, and she was always wearing something beautiful that she'd made by hand. Truth be told, we'd actually heard of  Annri a few months before we opened. We were deep into planning when a former coworker mentioned, "If you're opening a yarn store, you'll probably meet Annri. She's our knitting fairy godmother." Flash-forward a couple of years to 2019: We were heading into the holiday season when Annri suggested that if we needed help handling the busy season, she was available. Not wanting to run the risk of losing track of that casual suggestion, we had her on the shop schedule within a week or so and now can't imagine Spun without her. The moniker "knitting fairy godmother" doesn't do justice to everything she brings to our lives. We expect many of you who haven't met her in person have enjoyed a Zoom private lesson or two with her over the break. She's helped out people everywhere from Hong Kong to the University of Oxford, and seemingly all points in between. She's taught classes and hosted drop-ins and helped Carol figure out any number of things at the shop. And, when we were chatting about creating a series of videos to explain some basic techniques, Annri said, "I'll try it." A dozen videos later, with the help of her daughter Hana, and we're surprised she hasn't hired an agent. This week, we asked Annri a few questions about her life in fiberland.

What kinds of knitting are your favorites?
My favorite type of project is the one where there is a bit of clever construction. I like that moment when I go from being puzzled to the moment when things click, and I get it. I also like anticipation and puzzles, so mystery knit-alongs intrigue me.

What is your knitting background—why you learned, where you're at now?
I learned to knit as a child from my mother and then my oldest sister (note, I learned how more than once!). It didn’t really stick for me though until I began to procrasti-knit in college. It’s been a constant companion since then. Thanks to my work at Spun, these days my love for knitting now counts as work, and I am surrounded by like-minded coworkers that really help blur the line between work and fun! I enjoy teaching and helping with knitting because I want to help folks enjoy their creativity. I also value the work of hands, so teaching such skills is important to me.

Do you have a project you love the most?
Asking me if I have a project I love the most is like asking me which is my favorite color; I cannot give a straight answer! I always have socks on needles. I am distracted by small knits (toys, booties, hand-warmers). And there is nothing like pulling on a handknit sweater . . . See? I can’t decide!

What advice would you give to someone who is just learning how to knit?
My advice to someone who is learning to knit is to choose to learn with projects that light you up, that spark. They will keep your interest strong when you feel challenged. I taught a friend to knit who chose socks as her first project! Wee blankets for a beloved toy can be a great start! Will is important. And if using a pattern, a well-written one is key!

What are you working on right now?
The “knitting right now list” is loooong! I am NOT a monogamous knitter (see earlier comments about distraction). Topping the list right now: Honeybug Bloomers, Lyne Socks, Winter Starlight, Hana, and Myrtil Bear. Oh, and I’m crocheting a Half Granny Square Shawl with the crochet-along group!

What is a knitting tool you just couldn't live without?
Regarding tools, I have a thing for scissors but couldn’t live without my Clover bent-tip needles and their cute case (the sound of them rattling around in my notions pouch makes me unreasonably happy).
 
(Annri styling Steven West's Fantastitch shawl)
Spun Online Demos
Cast-On Party
Our YouTube channel features a series of videos to walk you through commonly asked-about techniques, as well as a few nifty product demos. This week Annri niftily demos the long tail cast-on, the twisted long tail cast-on, and the cable cast-on. We ask you: Is there anything she can't do??
Click here to see all our videos and subscribe to our channel!
Hudson + West Knit Kits
Penn
Designed by Sarah Shepherd
Hudson + West's most recent Deep Winter 2021 collection blew us away with its graphic punch and originality, and we thing Jennifer Peck’s Penn is a standout: an asymmetric beauty that uses mosaic knitting to craft an intricate pattern with a simple technique. Kitted up in Weld’s beautifully saturated palette, it begins with just one stitch and ends with a mosaic border. Each kit includes 6 skeins of Hudson + West Weld (70% US Merino, 30% US Corriedale), 4 skeins of the main color and 1 skein each of two contrasting colors, and the pattern for Jennifer Peck’s Penn, which will make one shawl approximately 41" wide and 52.5" long.
Shop Penn kits here.
Ryder
Designed by Sarah Shepherd
Sarah Shepherd’s Ryder is the perfect lightweight colorwork beanie, made for Michigan days that shift from winter to spring and back again. The bold M. C. Escher-inspired motif is rendered beautifully in Weld’s rich shades. Each kit includes 3 skeins of Hudson + West Weld (70% U.S. Merino, 30% U.S. Corriedale) in your choice of color combinations and the pattern for Sarah Shepherd’s Ryder, which will make a hat in one of four sizes that range from 15.75” to 20.5” circumference.
Shop Ryder kits here.
Cloudbreak
Designed by Melanie Berg
Melanie Berg's Cloudbreak, with a subtle rainbow motif signifying that the storm has passed and brighter days are her, serves as a reminder of just how powerful, hope, joy, and love can be. This simple-to-knit triangle shawl is a perfect match for slightly rustic Weld (70% Merino wool, 30% Corriedale), from Hudson + West. Each Cloudbreak Kit includes sufficient yarn to make the shawl (6 skeins of Weld in Fawn, along with 11 mini-skeins in Raven, Charcoal, Ash, Gold Leaf, Red Feather, Barn Red, Jam, Midnight, Lake, Juniper, and Evergreen), along with a Hudson + West project bag.
Shop Cloudbreak kits here.
Spun Project of the Week
(Buy the kit, and the pattern is on us!)
Shaelyn
Designed by Leila Raven and knit by Anne in Fibre Co. Road to China Light
Leila Raven’s top-down, center-out triangular shawlette is the perfect accessory to protect your neck from cool spring breezes! Road to China Light (65% alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere) might elicit a sigh as you work: it is a luxuriously soft yarn with beautiful drape that shows off Shaelyn's lace design element (both charted and line-by-line in the pattern) to perfection.
Shop Shaelyn kits here.
Welted Infinity Loop
Designed by Churchmouse and knit in Fibre Co. Road to China Light
While we're already swooning over Road to China Light, let's revisit Churchmouse's Welted Infinity Loop--a piece that may be worn in a long and elegant loop or twisted double for twice the cozy. The simple construction in stockinette and reverse-stockinette creates sculptural purl welts that also make it completely reversible! Each kit includes 3 skeins of the Fibre Co.’s luxe Road to China Light (75% alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere) in your choice of color pairings (2 skeins of the MC and 1 skein of the CC) and the pattern for the Welted Infinity Loop, which will make one cowl approximately 11” deep with a 48” circumference.
Shop Welted Infinity Loop Cowl kits here.

Join us for two new online crochet classes with Natalie Thomas of Detroit Knots!
Beginning Tunisian Crochet
Tuesdays, April 6 & 13, 6-7pm • $30
Tunisian crochet, a hybrid of traditional crochet and knit techniques, creates a unique fabric that combines the beautiful texture of crocheted material with the drape and versatility of knitted material. Curious? Here’s your chance to learn more from one of the designers and teachers who’s revolutionizing the form! Crochet designer and teacher Natalie Thomas (aka Detroit Knots) is offering this beginning class and its follow-up, Beyond the Basics. You’ll learn how to hold a Tunisian hook; work the Tunisian Simple, Knit, and Purl stitches; bind off; and seam. At the end of class you'll have a beautiful cowl to showcase what you've learned and an open invitation to enjoy a whole new world of fiber craft.
Book your spot here.
Tunisian Crochet: Beyond the Basics
Tuesdays, April 20 & 27, 6-7pm • $30
Tunisian crochet, a hybrid of traditional crochet and knit techniques, creates a unique fabric that combines the beautiful texture of crocheted material with the drape and versatility of knitted material. Curious? Here’s your chance to learn more from one of the designers and teachers who’s revolutionizing the form! Crochet designer and teacher Natalie Thomas (aka Detroit Knots) is offering this beginning class and its follow-up, Beyond the Basics. You’ll learn how to hold a Tunisian hook; work the Tunisian Simple, Knit, and Purl stitches; bind off; and seam. At the end of class you'll have a beautiful cowl to showcase what you've learned and an open invitation to enjoy a whole new world of fiber craft.
Book your spot here.
New in the Shop!
Handmade Wooden Yarn Bowls
Created by Andrew Scott in Highland, MI
Each of these yarn bowls, handmade in Michigan by Andrew Scott, is a unique and stunning piece of art, signed and dated by Mr. Scott, with the wood varieties noted on the base. This week brings us 3 new beauties from Mr. Scott: a Layered Cherry and Resin bowl (top), a Segmented Maple and Purpleheart bowl (lower left), and a Single Variety Cherry bowl (bottom right). 
Shop Mr. Scott's yarn bowls here.
Wonderland Yarns Restock
New colors of Blossoms and Mad Hatter
Springtime! Color! Enough said!
Blossoms
These floral-inspired, color-shifting beauties have a nice sheen, a soft hand, and a good twist, gifting the maker with a fabric with both drape and a determined resistance to wear and pilling. Blossoms are put up in center-pull cakes that are wound both ways, allowing you to get a good idea of what colors are waiting for you within each skein.
US 0-3/A-C (2.0-3.25 mm) • 5.25-7 stitches/inch • 425 yards • Fingering
80 percent superwash Merino, 20 percent nylon
See all the colorways and shop Wonderland Blossoms here.
Mad Hatter
A plied beauty from Vermont, Mad Hatter will pleasantly accommodate your project desires. It is perfect for wearable garments and baby goods, especially given its generous yardage and washability. 
US 4-6/F-G (3.5-4 mm • 5-6 stitches/inch • 344 yards • Sport
100 percent superwash Merino
See all the colorways and shop Wonderland Mad Hatter here.
Mathilde Reversible Project Totes
New fabrics from Brooklyn Haberdashery
The fully reversible Mathilde is both a bin and a tote, and we are always delighted when new fabrics come our way! Turn down the top for a sturdy bucket; unfold to tote your essentials wherever you go. Made of Japanese linen/cotton, with a leather handle, Mathilde, handmade in Brooklyn, measures 9" by 13.5", with a 4" handle drop. 
Shop all the designs here.
Mondays • 6pm
Join Spun staff members Monday evenings from 6-7pm for drop-in stitching.
Thursdays • 1pm
Join Mary B. to stitch together for an hour or so.
Thursdays • 6pm
We're gathering to work on our Spring Shawl-a-Long CAL/KAL projects (or something else).

If you're interested in joining either drop-in, click here for information, including sign-up links. 
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