Category Archives: Sunshine Yarns

Scott’s Socks

It’s kind of a tongue twister, but Scott’s Socks are finally finished. Bless all of you out there that can pump out sock after sock after sock. I’m lucky if I can finish a pair within a few months…

Scott's Socks
Two Socks

Pattern: Just a basic sock, using the Yankee Knitter pattern #29 as a guide
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Handpaints in Indian Summer
Needles: Addi 32″ 2.5mm
Measurements: Mens US11
Started: February 20, 2009
Finished: April 11, 2009
Other Details: I cast on 68 stitches for the leg and kept the foot at 70 stitches. These fit him perfectly.

And, a very colorful picture to leave you with –

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Sunshine yarns store update this coming Tuesday, April 21st. I dyed up lots of Sunsilk (pictured above), a new Luxury Sport and some soft overdyes. There are also mini-skeins to boot! See you there :)

Breathe. Spin.

Three weeks of mad dyeing all done! Now, I can enjoy Rachel, Peter and Amelia’s visit.. they arrived yesterday and are staying until Monday. She is just so, so cute – I can’t wait to show you some pictures after the weekend!

The past few weeks have had a few finished knits, which I will also show you soon. But for now, a little bit of spinning to catch up with –

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I spun up a little 1.2 ounce leftover piece of my Sunshine Yarns SW Merino Roving in the Smoke colorway. I loved this colorway and needed to spin up some for Scott. I only have 76 yards of worsted weight, so I will have to stripe it with maybe some black for a hat.

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A few weeks ago I pulled out a little 1 ounce sample that was part of the Be Mice Elf Wildflowers Collection. It was late and I was tired. I quickly became frustrated and rushed through this mini piece. But, its still sweet and will make a nice baby hat. I have about 61 yards of sport/dk weight yarn in the Marigolds colorway.

Also, some very cool things are going on in the Sunshine Yarnies group on Ravelry. A wonderful customer of mine (cabinfour on Ravelry) has started a Spring KAL (knit-along). You can head to the group to see all the details, but the general idea is that you begin and knit a project using any Sunshine Yarns yarn in the month of April. As long as you post a finished project picture to the KAL thread by May 1st you are entered in a contest to win some prizes! Its fun and easy-going and the thread is a great way to be involved with Ravelry! I am joining in with the KAL and started up a new project today. You’ll have to go to the group to check it out in the meantime.

Will be back soon!

Celebrate Spring Sock Pattern

I have some exciting news – a new sock pattern using Sunshine Yarns! The pattern is called Celebrate Spring and it is by the amazing Ann Budd (yes, the Ann Budd). A couple of months ago, a local little yarn/ice cream store, Purl Knit Cafe, started carrying my yarns. Kim, the owner, is one of the sweetest people I’ve met. Anyways, Ann teaches classes there and offered to do a pattern with my yarns. I didn’t even realize she lived in Boulder until I moved back here!

Kim, and Ann, have graciously allowed me to post the pattern here on my blog. I have a link below for the full pattern download, but for now, a few pictures!

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The pattern uses one skein of Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock. The sock is knit on the tighter side, with 9 sts/1″ on a US0. The good news is that you could also use the Twist or the Soft sock yarn bases if you want with this gauge! I am updating the store tomorrow (March 24th at 11am) with lots of Classic sock overdyes, a new Sportweight collection set for all those heels and toes, and a new Spring Color Collection Set!

The full pattern can be seen here.

And, a few pictures of the uber cute store here in Boulder. If you are in the area, you should stop by for a wonderful selection of yarn and some ice cream!

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Have a great week everyone!

February Reading

In February, I started and finished these books:

February Books
1. Blue Highways, by William Least Heat Moon
2. A Walk In the Woods, by Bill Bryson
3. The Future of Ice, by Gretel Ehrlich
4. A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson

Not as strong as January’s seven books, but the month was short and life got busy. These were all very good non-fiction reads (can you tell that I heart non-fiction?). My favorite out of the above books was probably Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson. You’ve probably heard of him and his witty writing style. He was able to liven up a book about, well pretty much everything in the final book of the month (which I highly recommend if you have any interest in science).

What am I reading now? Well, I’ve been slowly making it through Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. This is a fabulous book, but one that I’ve needed to read slowly and carefully. This book will really change your life, and how you look at food. Kingsolver demonstrates the importance of buying local, organic foods to help sustain small farms, and the environment. I’ll save the review for Goodreads, but I really think everyone should pick up this book (it has fabulous recipes in it to boot)!

And, a sneaky little picture for today. I’m going to try to post more sneak peak pictures prior to my Sunshine Yarns Tuesday store updates. For this Tuesday’s post, I have lots and lots or roving, Sunsilk, Silk Lace and sock yarn.

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Have a very happy weekend!

Turn On the Green

I went from all the baby pink, to a pretty neon green. I needed some new wristwarmers for the year -not that our winter here has been anything that really requires wristwarmers. But, this pattern caught my eye amist the 60 degree days, and voila….


Pattern: Nalu Mitts by Leila Raabe (a free Ravelry download)
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Merino Sport in Split Pea
Needles: Addi 32″ US 3
Measurements: Large size (I had a slightly smaller gauge)
Started: January 4, 2009
Finished: January 21, 2009
Other Details: Yum! I love how comfy these are; and the pattern is just gorgeous. I have a little less than half a ball left; not bad!