About Sunshine Yarns

Sunshine Yarns is a small artisan yarn company that creates unique hand-dyed yarns and fibers. The company was founded in the Fall of 2005 by Dani Frisbie, after working for a short time as an Environmental Scientist. She always had a love for color and found that dyeing yarn allowed her to blend two of her favorite things in the world: nature and yarn. Based in Boulder, CO and the beautiful outdoors, she soon started creating colorways inspired by recent travels, the backyard, books and more. “I love taking a picture and translating it onto yarn - there is nothing better than knitting with something that is meaningful to you or me”. Sunshine Yarns has grown to encompass a huge range of colorways and unique dyeing techniques, a strong web presence, and a growing list of patterns.

This family and friend run business wants to thank you for your amazing support over the years and hopes that you continue to help us "spread color". From all of us at Sunshine Yarns -- Dani, Scott, Clara, Bich-Thu, Valerie, Michael-Lyn; the pup Layla; the kitties, Soma and Kali; and our 7 chickens.

 

"If I had a wish I could wish for you, I'd make a wish for Sunshine all the while". -John Denver

Base Yarns and Fibers

We find the highest quality yarns and fibers for your knitting and spinning needs. We choose the yarns based on a variety of characteristics, including: softness, spin, durability and dyeability. We have a growing list of yarn bases and weights, ranging from our soft and cushy superwash merinos to our luxurious Silk Cashmere blends. Please view our current yarns below and let us know if you have any questions!

Silk Cashmere 2ply

55% silk, 45% cashmere
400 yards per 50 gram skein
Needle size 1-3 US or 2.25 to 3.25 mm, 6-8 sts/inch 
Handwash delicate cold, shape flat to dry.

Sure to make you swoon, this 2ply heavenly blend is perfect for lace knitting, especially shawls and delicate garments.

Sunsilk Lace

100% silk 
400 yards per 100 gram skein
Needle size 2-8 US or 2.25 to 4.5 mm 
Handwash cold, shape flat to dry.

A gorgeous, lustrous, heavy laceweight - light fingering yarn, perfect for lace projects. This 2 ply has an amazing drape and holds up to the test of time.

Classic Sock

100% superwash merino wool
370 yards per 100 gram skein
Needle size 2-3 US or 2.5 to 3.25 mm, and 6.5-7.5 sts/inch
Machine or handwash cold, dry flat.

A super soft and squishy medium-weight fingering yarn perfect for all your knits, from baby sweaters, to hats, shawls and socks. A great, durable workhorse yarn.

Luxury Sock

80% superwash merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon 
355 yards per 115 gram skein
Needle size 2-3 US or 2.75 to 3.25 mm, and 6.5 sts/inch
Machine or handwash delicately cold, dry flat

A wonderfully soft and luxurious blend of medium to heavy-weight fingering yarn. This yarn is perfect for next-to-skin projects, shawls, socks and more.

Merino Silk Fine

50% superwash merino wool, 50% silk
430 yards per 100 gram skein
Needle size 1-3 US or 2.25 to 3.25 mm, and 6-8 sts/inch
Machine or handwash delicately cold, dry flat.

A soft and lustrous 4-ply fingering weight that is a dream to knit! Perfect for light and airy lace projects, garments and next-to-skin items.

Single Ply Merino Fine

100% superwash merino wool 
420 yards per 100 gram skein
Needle size 1-3 US or 2.25 to 3.25 mm, and 6.5-7.5 sts/inch
Machine or handwash delicately cold, dry flat.

A squishy soft single ply with incredible sheen! This yarn has a great rustic quality to it, and is a favorite for shawls, baby knits, sweaters, hats and mitts.

Luxury Sport

80% superwash merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon 
250 yards per 115 gram skein
Needle size 3-5 US or 3.25 to 3.75 mm, and 5-6 sts/inch
Machine or handwash delicately cold, dry flat.

A wonderfully soft and luxurious blend of a versatile sportweight! With the generous yardage, this yarn is perfect for next-to-skin projects, sweaters, baby knits and more.

Merino Sport

100% superwash merino wool 
225 yards per 100 gram skein
Needle size 3-5 US or 3.25 to 3.75 mm, and 5-6 sts/inch
Machine or handwash cold, dry flat.

A super squishy and soft workhorse yarn. This has long been one of our favorite bases because it can be used for anything!

Cashmere DK

100% Mongolian cashmere 
200 yards per 50 gram skein
Needle size 5-6 US or 3.75 to 4 mm, and 5-5.5 sts/inch
Handwash delicately cold, dry flat.

Our most luxurious yarn, its pure soft and heathery heaven! Perfect for those special one-skein projects.

Merino Worsted

100% superwash merino wool 
175 yards per 100 gram skein
Needle size 5-7 US or 3.75 to 4.5 mm, and 4.5-5 sts/inch
Machine or handwash cold, dry flat.

A super squishy and soft workhorse yarn suitable for just about any knitting project.

UltraLuxe Worsted

75% superwash merino wool, 15% cashmere, 10% silk 
175 yards per 100 gram skein
Needle size 6-8 US or 4 to 4.5 mm, and 4.5-5 sts/inch
Machine or handwash delicately cold, dry flat.

The perfect blend of durability, softness and sheen, this gorgeous yarn will make you never want to cast off! Quick to knit up, this yarn is great for those cooler weather months.

Alpaca Merino Silk

50% Alpaca, 30% merino wool, 20% silk 
Handwash cold, dry flat

A super soft and heathery fiber perfect for the cool crisp Fall months. Would make lovely, delicate knits such as shawls, hats, cowls and mitts.

BFL Silk

75% Bluefaced Leicester wool, 25% silk 
Handwash cold, dry flat

Finally! The rustic quality of BFL, and the gorgeous sheen of silk! The perfect blend for beginners.

 

SW BFL

100% superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool 
Machine or handwash delicately cold, dry flat

The long stable-length of BFL makes it wonderful and easy to spin. Combine that with the ease of superwash and we have a new favorite, perfect to use for any knitting project!

Merino Silk

65% superwash merino wool, 35% silk 
Machine or handwash delicately cold, dry flat.

A warm and luxurious spinning fiber that has just the right amount of sheen. Would be especially beautiful to use in lacework.

Merino Tencel

50% superwash merino wool, 50% tencel 
Machine or handwash delicately cold, dry flat.

This buttery soft roving has lots of strength and sheen. It dyes up beautifully and creates a wonderful yarn.

SW Merino

100% superwash merino wool 
Machine or handwash delicately cold, dry flat.

Our versatile superwash merino is scrumptious and soft. Perfect for any handknitting project, and a favorite of ours to use for baby knits and socks.

Please check back often for the latest at Sunshine Yarns! Thank you for stopping by and please email us if you have any questions or comments.