Category Archives: Knitting

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

Happy Easter

Yes, a finished knitting project! And, just in time for baby Isabella’s 1st Birthday (and Easter).

Mr. Bunns in his natural environment:



Yes, I did say Mr. Bunns — that is what I was calling him. He is a very secure man-bunny with the pink bow and all!

Pattern: Loveable Toys by Marion Edmonds. Published in one of my all-time favorite knitting books, Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight in natural, 000.
Needles: US 6 (4.00mm)
Measurements: One size
Started: March 23, 2010
Finished: March 29, 2010
Other Details: The bunny looks like anything but a bunny when you are knitting it. Then you stuff it and put on those ears… aww!

Have a very Happy Easter and Passover!

2009 Recap – Part 2

Towards the end of the year, I also ended up making a few little holiday gifties for some very special people.

Toasty Mitts

Pattern: Toasty, by Leslie Friend
Yarn: My own handspun, spun from Funky Carolina SW Merino in the Smores colorway
Needles: Addi 32″ US4 (4mm)
Measurements: Smallish size
Started: November 30, 2009
Finished: December 3, 2009
Other Details: Love these — now I just need to make myself a pair! I was worried they were going to be too small on our super sweet neighbor Suzanne, but they fit her skinny hands perfectly!

Dad's Thorpe

Pattern: Thorpe, by Kirtsen Kapur
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Merino Worsted in the Mountain Shadow colorway
Needles: Addi 16″ US7 (4.5mm)
Measurements: XL, 22-23 inch circumference
Started: December 10, 2009
Finished: December 18, 2009
Other Details: I made this hat for my dad — its turning into a holiday tradition that my dad gets a new knit hat each year :) He wears them out, which of course I love!

2009 Recap

A much needed knitting recap from the end of 2009!

Some birthday and holiday knitting for Amelia:

Colorful Baby Legs

Pattern: Legwarmies, by Alana Dakos
Yarn: The rainbow striping pair is Sunshine Yarns in various shades of Merino Sport; the green pair is Sunshine Yarns in Luxury Sport (Organic Garden coloway); and the purple striped pair is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in #605 and #606.
Needles: Addi 32″ US4 (3.5mm)
Measurements: One size fits all!
Started: October 3, 2009
Finished: October 23, 2009
Other Details: Each pair is a slightly different size, so that they hopefully continue to fit her!

Gypsy Baby Bells

Pattern: Baby Bell Bottoms by Alison Hansel
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Merino Sport in Gypsy (2 skeins)
Needles: Addi US4 (3.5mm); 40″ for legs and 16″ for body
Measurements: To fit a 12-18 month old
Started: November 3, 2009
Finished: November 27, 2009
Other Details: Love this pattern — will be making again and again! The only change I made was knitting the legs in the round vs. flat.

Sprout Pumpkin Hat

Pattern: Little Pumpkin from Itty Bitty Hats
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Luxury Sport in Organic Garden
Measurements: 1-2 year size
Started: November 25, 2009
Finished: November 29, 2009

Rainbow Marley

Pattern: Rainbow Marley Itty Bitty Hats
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Merino Sport in various colors
Measurements: 1-2 year size
Started: December 9, 2009
Finished: December 19, 2009

Just in case you missed it, I love baby knitting :) I do have a few other 2009 projects to post, but those will come tomorrow!

Keeping Amelia Warm

I have had so few opportunities to knit lately — the smaller the project the better! That’s why I decided to knit Ms. Amelia a new handspun hat and mitten set this year. She had this one from last year, and it looked so cute on her.

A new hat for 2009/2010, with some matching mittens!

Amelia's New Set
Amelia's new mittens

Pattern: The hat was based on Susan B. Anderson’s Football Hat out of Itty Bitty Hats, and the mittens were from her book, Itty Bitty Nursery
Yarn: Aloft Fibers Handspun; Scrappy skein
Needles: Addi 16″ and 40″ US 7, DPN’s US7
Measurements: 1-2 year size
Started: September, 2009
Finished: September, 2009
Other Details: Can you tell I’m a Susan B. junkie?!

Don’t the colors remind you of Anthropologie?? I hope it fits Amelia well, and keeps her warm this winter!