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Colorado Wildfire Fundraiser

I know it has been FOREVER since I’ve blogged, but we need your help!!

Sunshine Yarns has started a Fundraiser to help those affected by the Colorado wildfires. I grew up here, and currently live outside of Boulder and its just heartbreaking seeing so many loose their homes. Things have changed in our climate the past decade here, where controlled burns aren’t even making a difference. The warmer Winters have caused less snow overall, which means less Spring runoff and more pine beetle kills. More pine beetle kills and less moisture make the warmer Summer’s a dangerous time. We are currently in the middle of an extreme drought and heatwave, and fires are breaking out across the State.

To date, the High Park Fire outside of Ft. Collins has burned more than 87,000 acres and destroyed 257 homes. The Waldo Fire in CO Springs grew out of control on Monday and is currently sitting at more than 16,000 acres with an unknown amount of homes lost (this number is going to be in the 100s). There are currently over a dozen active fires burning and we need your help (one is called the Flagstaff Fire and is right in our backyard here in Boulder)!!

Donate to any organization from the list below, and for every $10 you donate, you get entered in the drawing once. So, for example $50 = 5 entries. After you donate, just send an email to: [dani at sunshineyarns dot com] with your name, the organization(s) you donated to, and the amount. We are going on the honor system here, so no need to foward us the donation page with your credit card info, etc. Donations made from now through July 10th will be entered in our drawing on July 15th. If you have any questions, definitely email me.

And prizes you say?!?! I will be posting pictures of some of the prizes over the course of the contest, but the grand prize winner will receive a sweater’s worth of Sunshine Yarns in either Merino Sport or Merino Worsted (in your choice of color, 8 skeins of either).
We also have:

*Skeins of handspun!!! I’m donating two, as well as good friend Nisse of Spinning Joy

*A skein of yarn from good friend Wendi of Indieway Yarns ….and, a pattern of your choice from your Ravelry wish list (up to a $5 value) She is also doing a fundraiser, so make sure you check out her shop and site info!!

*A donation from our wonderful, local LYS, Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins. They donated a book, Lantern Moon Needles and Thirsty Hands Beeswax Lotions

*A gift box from our favorite local Spice store, Savory Spice Shop. They are also going to be donating 100% of their proceeds from the weekend of July 6th -8th to the fire… So, please make sure you shop with them on those days specifically!!

*Teas from Celestial Seasonings, which is just down the road from us here in Boulder, CO!

*Thea Coleman, of BabyCocktails is donating a pack of 5 patterns of your choice!!

*Michael-Lyn, our Sunshine Yarnies moderator, and the face behind Aloft Fibers is donating a few skeins of handspun!

*Sheri, of Handmade by Sheri, is donating a handful of stitch marker sets!!

*Ozo Coffee, our absolute favorite coffee house in town, donated 2 travel mugs for 2 lucky winners!

*Some Sunshine Yarns tote bags and needles… grab bag skeins and more!!!

*We have some more prize announcments coming too, so stay tuned!!

And, sites to donate at:

The Red Cross Colorado Chapter. You can donate to any of the fire areas, or you can do a general donation.

The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is helping with the Waldo Fire. Please put a note that its for Disaster Relief with your donation!!

Pikes Peak Humane Society. They need LOTS of help due to the Waldo Fire!!

Larimer Humane Society. They need lots of help for all the animals displaced by the High Park Fire.

Rist Canyon Fire Department. You can donate online to this fire department! This area lost lots of homes in the High Park Fire.

CO Professional Firefighters Association. Aid and support for our firefighters!!

The Wolf Sanctuary. The wolves that had to be evacuated due to the High Park Fire need your help too!

If there are any other places you wish to donate, please feel free to contact us! You can see more information on Help Colorado Now Page, or at 9 News. Thank you, thank you!!!

How is it September?!

I can’t believe how the past few months have flown by! Sadly, the blog and my knitting have been neglected. But, the good news is that we bought our first house and moved mid-August! Our new house still needs a studio proper, and a little TLC, but it does has everything we could ask from Colorado.

Our almost 2 acre little gem:

Other than the crazy amount of house-hunting and dyeing of massive amounts of yarn the past 7 months, we managed to squeeze in a triathalon mid-Summer, 4 weddings, a huge backyard garden, and a trip back to Boston and Vermont. I wonder why summer flew by?! Happy Memorial Day to each and every one of you!!

Simple Thoughts

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Yep, still here! Trying to get a grasp on the craziness that life has to offer. I am hoping to calm things down after we (hopefully) buy a house, get settled, and make some changes to the business. I’m trying to take each day at a time and think balanced thoughts. We are still really awaiting Spring here in Colorado, hope you are all having a beautiful May!

Simple Picture

The view from my front door yesterday morning after the storm cleared:

Spreading the Love

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my amazing customers, family and friends!

Happy Valentine's Day!