Category Archives: Friends

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.


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!

From Chicago

Once again, I find myself behind on blogging. I feel like I have so much to share – and, so little time. This past week has been full of dyeing, reading, celebrating (it was my sort of Leap Day birthday), spinning, and seeing some good friends. Tonight in fact, we just got home from the Avalanche/Red Wings game; fun, fun!

Alas, the picture parade has to start somewhere. A few belated things from our Chicago trip:


On Saturday morning, we walked around the city. It was frigid and windy, but I finally got a chance to wear some handknits! If you ever need to search for winter during the winter, Chicago is a good place to start. We had a great time overall, we even had a chance to have a wonderful dinner at Frontera Grill. It’s hard to find restaurants that serve local, sustainable and healthy food. Major, major kudos to Rick!

And, a few snapshots from the wedding….. the happy couple and Scott with some of his high school buddies!


We also ended up making it to Loopy Yarns again this visit. They are now in a new, much more fabulous location. Since I’ve been in my knitting funk, I didn’t bring any knitting with me on the trip (just books). So, when I saw some yummy colored Cascade sock yarn, I knew I had to cast on immediately. I left with a centre-pull ball and a new Addi 32″ US1 needle (cause you can’t ever have enough sock needles, or sock yarn for that matter).


Voila! Some new socks for Scott are underway.

More Baby Love

It never stops over here – more cute finished baby knits:

This one also went to the birthday girl. I’ve heard the mama talk about this scarf for years, how could I resist?!

Pattern: Cherry Scarf by Martin Storey; published in Jaeger JB29 (a truely must have book)
Yarn: Knitpicks Bare SW Worsted, red and green leftovers
Needles: Addi circulars US6
Measurements: 6″ wide by 32″ long
Started: March 3, 2008
Finished: March 15, 2008
Other Details: I only did three cherry pom poms on each end rather than four (that is what fit)!

Gah, I still am so behind on finished projects to post! I have a few more finished baby knits, plus some manly man hats to still go. I’ll be moderately out of commission the next few days (those wisdom teeth are making their way out of my mouth tomorrow afternoon). Happy weekend everyone and see you next week!

Peace Baby

The latest in cute baby knit designs – Peace Baby by Anny Purls. Have you seen her totally cute new shop yet?!

I really enjoyed this knit. I started and finished it last month but wanted to wait until it made it in the hands of the little birthday girl.

Pattern: Peace Baby by Anny Purls; you can find the pattern here
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish in Ballerina, Aloe and Natural
Needles: Addi circulars US6
Measurements: 18-24 month size
Started: February 8, 2008
Finished: February 28, 2008
Other Details: I added a little extra length to the body, since it seemed short in comparison to the arms.