Category Archives: Family

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.


My Little Model

Rachel and Peter sent me some fabulous new pictures of Amelia yesterday, and I just had to share. Remember this dress? Doesn’t she look like a little model, straight out of a Rowan baby knits book?

My little love – growing up so fast!

Amelia Vine Flower Dress

A big thank you to Anne Hanson, for dreaming up such a great pattern! Enjoy :)

Happy Birthdays!

Today, Soma and Kali turned 5! My big baby kittens are still total cuteness –

Kali Sweetness

Kitty Licks

Sweet Soma

Kali Closeup

We had alot of other stuff going on this past weekend. Scott was in California for a wedding, I was here doing my first Olympic distance Triathalon. My dad turned 60. A big weekend all around! I am taking the day off and recovering, eating, drinking, stretching. More Tri news tomorrow :)

Happy Birthday again Dad!!!

Dads 60th Mosaic

Boston and Maine

We had a wonderful trip back East! We saw tons of friends and family, got a chance to have a few days in Maine, and were there to witness two super fun celebrations.

After a long, delayed flight back and a full week of dyeing, I finally had a chance to take a look at some pictures. I’ll let them do the talking for today; enjoy!

Cadillac Mountain
Mitch, Pam and AmeliaMy Sweet KayaRachel and Peter
Camden, MaineHiking in Acadia
Rockport Maine
Scott and AmeliaParty at Audubon
Sunset in Boston
Maine EatsCamden Docks
Miss Amelia

Happy weekend everyone!

Little Liza Jane

I’m still catching up on finished knitting projects. I really want to take some pictures, but its looking kind of scary outside right now. Rain, sleet, snow – can you just make up your mind Mr. Weather?!

While the family was visiting, I did get this finished up –

Little Liza Jane

Pattern: Little Liza Jane by Alison Green Will; published over at Twist Collective
Yarn: Elann Calista in Boysenberry #3703
Needles: Addi 16″ US 4 (3.25mm)
Measurements: 6 month size
Started: March 13, 2009
Finished: April 2, 2009
Other Details: Okay, this is one of the cutest things ever! Maybe seeing it on the CUTEST BABY EVER helps… but, it just seems so practical. The yarn has the perfect amount of drape and the lace pattern is just right. There is plenty of room to grow, even in the 6 month size, that I think Amelia will have this into the fall. Hip-hip-horray!

Sooooooo cute (even in blury moving baby mode):


Have a great weekend!!