Recipe Books

Sunshine Yarns has been in business for almost ten years and has hundreds of different colorways.  These colors have been inspired through her travels in the mountains around her home in Boulder, popular books and movies, as well as experiences with her friends and family.  All colors have unique names like Dancing Clouds, Summer Wind, or (one of my favorites) Yarn Bombing.  Dani’s colors are both complex, as seen in her variegated yarn and gradations, and simple with her solid colors.  I am amazed at all of the colors she is able to create, but I am even more astounded at the fact that Dani is able to repeat the same colorways with similar results.  Her secret to recreating her colors comes from her recipe books. DSCN3104

At first glance, you can tell that they have been well used.  They are wrinkled from water, their pages torn and dog eared, and the covers are stained or missing all together.  Upon further inspection, I have found that these books don’t just contain the recipes, they also hold stories in a year of Dani’s life.  These books play the part of a diary, cataloging all of the vacations, birthdays, yarn updates, and minor disasters that occurred throughout the year.  It has become my job to inspect each page and pick out the colorway recipes and copy them onto the computer. That way if (heaven forbid) these notebooks were to get lost or destroyed, the recipes would be safe.

This isn’t a simple task.  The notebooks are like a labyrinth of words, abbreviations, and notes that only hold meaning to Dani.  As I copy the recipes, I try to form the color in my mind.   By recipe alone, many of her colors appear to me to make black or mottled browns; yet when I look up the skeins, I find a beautifully dyed skein with all of the colors showing.

DSCN3108Currently, she has filled at least four of these books and is working on her fifth. As each notebook is filled, more delightful colors come to life.

 

The Sunny Side of Sunsilk

Working here at Sunshine Yarns, I am surrounded by beautiful yarns all waiting to be worked with knitting needles or crochet hooks.  One particular yarn stands out.

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Straight out of the box, this yarn shimmers like the sun and brightens up any yarn stash.  Sunsilk is a two-ply fingering weight 100% silk yarn.  It is cool to the touch and drapes like water; perfect for both summer and winter projects.  The drape and sheen of this yarn will make your lace knitting stand out more than any other yarn.  Here are two shawls that Dani made out of Sunsilk.

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The yellow shawl is Ishbel by Yoslda Teague in the Sunshine colorway.  The tan shawl is dyed in Mushroom and was knit in the Swallowtail pattern by Evelyn A. Clark.  Both of these patterns can be found on Ravelry

An Introduction!!

Hello Sunshine Yarns readers! My name is Chelsea Moller and I am a Sunshine Yarns intern that started this summer. To tell you a little bit about myself, I am a fine art student at Colorado State University where I concentrate on textile arts. I first found out about Sunshine Yarns after a field trip to a local yarn store in Fort Collins called My Sister Knits. There I discovered that Sunshine Yarns were looking for an intern. As I head into my last semester of school, I am interested in learning about the business end of running a yarn company. After hearing Dani’s story about how she started her company, I knew that I could learn a lot from her. As part of my assignments, I will be posting about what I learn during my time with Dani and share behind-the-scenes pictures, giving you a sneak peak into the workings of Sunshine Yarns. Here is the first sneak peek. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Here are pots set to cool with freshly dyed Summer Wedding skeins. This is part of Dani’s Sun Days series colorways. It’s amazing to watch once white yarns become these beautiful skeins ready to be knitted into something wonderful.

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I am excited to share all that I learn and experience with you.  Look for more to come in the following weeks!

Fundraiser Finale

HOLY MOLY!!! Thank you all SO much for helping us raise $8,760!! We didn’t quite hit our mark with $10,000, but I am so, so proud of everyone and am just amazing at what we can do. We had probably about half of the donations go to the Red Cross, and the other half to the Humane Societies and Wolf Sanctuary. It was a hard, hard month in Colorado, and hopefully July stays cooler with more rain. Even though the fires have passed, those that lost their homes will remember the firestorm we had here in June forever. So, big hugs and thanks to each and every one of you!

The best part is, we have TONS of prizes to give away!! If you just gave me your first name, I’ll try to post an added descriptor next to it as well. If you did win a prize, I will be emailing you in the next day or two to get your address :)

AND HERE IT GOES!!!

The Grand Prize winner of a sweater’s worth of Sunshine: COLLEEN L.
Handmade Card Set #1: KAT
Handmade Card Set #2: PATTI C.
Le Florimond Handspun and stitch markers: MARDEE B.
Wonderland Handspun and stitch markers: LISA H.
Paper Dolls Handspun and stitch markers: DIANE P.
Cherry Blossoms Handspun and stitch markers: JESSICA L.
Italian Riviera Handspun and stitch markers: NANCY M.
Denim Blue Handspun and stitch markers: LAURA (wombatgirl)
My wool/silk pink/green handspun and stitch markers: JENNIFER K.
Sensational Knitted Sock books — CONNIE G.
Start Spinning book and lotion — LISA M.
Mom’s Quilted Wall Hanging — CINDY O.
Lantern Moon Needles/bag and lotion — ANGELA W.
Savory Spice Gift Set — MICHAEL-LYN
Sunshine Tote Bag and Lotion — LIZ D.
Indieway Yarn and pattern from wishlist — NISSE B.
Nisse Citrus Peel Handspun — MANDY (don’t have a descriptor, but will email you tomorrow)
Thea Colman Babycocktails 5 pack of patterns — KATHERINE C.
Barbara Benson pattern set — JUDITH L.
Terri Kruse 2 pattern set — WENDI W.
Ozo Mug #1 – JILL K.
Ozo Mug #2 – VALERIE S.
Set of 6 stitch markers — STEPHANIE M.

YAYYYYY!!!! I’m going to go through and make sure I didn’t miss any prizes, etc. tonight. If you have any questions, definitely email me :) Thank you all so, so much again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Final Prizes

We hope you all had a great weekend! We wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow, the 10th of July, is the final day to get your donations in, if you wanted to be in the running for our drawing! We thank ALL OF YOU for your love and support. Thankfully, the past few days have been full of rain and some Seattle-type weather. The cooler temperatures, moisture, fog and high humidity have been a complete blessing!

Speaking of blessings… we have a new member of the family to introduce to you all soon! I’ll be posting more about that tomorrow.

For now, here is another picture of some prizes, just to tease you!! Good friend and knitter Kate, has donated some books and 2 skeins of handspun… gorgeous!!