Category Archives: Babies And Kids

Lots and Lots

I have so much to say! Hello everyone; how are you?! Sunshine Yarns has been so, super busy these last two weeks. We have tons of new, wonderful customers, lots of fun KAL’s going on in our Sunshine Yarnies Ravelry group, and some new yarns and rovings. Go see the main page, doesn’t it look more fun to you? With all this action going on, I’ve been dyeing and dyeing and doing lots of updates. Its all so much fun, so I can’t really complain. We have still been able to run, hike, bike, ski and well, do a little bit of knitting :)

I finished this a few weeks ago, but it took me a while to redo the neckline and block (oh, and add buttons). To me, those little details can sometimes take a lifetime – you know? So, I present to you, Amelia’s newest little dress (that will be heading her way shortly) —

Vine Flower Dress
Vine Flower Closeup

Pattern: Vine Flower Dress by the amazingly talented Anne Hanson
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Merino Worsted in Aqua; 2 skeins
Needles: Addi 16″ US 7
Measurements: 6 month size
Started: April 2, 2009
Finished: April 12, 2009
Other Details: I tore out the neckline and added a button closure on the right shoulder. This way, Amelia’s noggin can keep growing and she can keep wearing this (hopefully from a dress into a shirt). I love this pattern, it so, so pretty!

In other news, we started up a garden this year at my parents house. Since our lives are still unsettled, we don’t quite have a permanent living situation with space. But, my parents do and we jumped on it :) My dad has done a garden here in the past, and gave us the encouraging nudge to take the plunge.

Some seeds

On Earth Day, (since that was just the perfect day, right?!), we finished tilling the garden plot and working the soil. We went to the farmers market and picked up a handful of wonderful organic, heirloom seeds and plants. We also picked up lots of tricks of the trade. Where I see myself in 10 years – dyeing yarn and having a nice little ranch house on about 10 acres. Garden, animals, kids running around with chickens; you get thie picture!

And then I can say, this is where the gardening part began:

Planting Chard

I planted chard seeds today! A few days ago we put small little spinach plants and speckled leaf lettuce into the ground. Here is Scott in front of our garden plot (the small fencing is because of the bunny named Laurel who lives under the porch):

Scott with the Garden

Hopefully when I show this garden in the middle of the summer, it will be all green behind Scott and full of colorful vegetables! Have a great night.

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!!

Family Time

We are having so much fun with the family being in town! Unfortunately, they leave tomorrow so we’ve spent as much time as possible getting our snuggles in (ignore crazy patterned shade behind us).


When Amelia was born, I asked Rachel about a stuffed animal. I wanted to make something for her, but wanted the momma to choose. We settled on the colorful Slithery Snake, from Zoe Mellor’s Knitted Toys book. Now, they have a new pet to take on the airplane!


Pattern: Knitted Toys by Zoe Mellor
Yarn: Rowan Handknit dk cotton in #219, #303, #215, #318, #287 and Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in #42, #35, #39, and #34
Needles: Addi 16″ US 3 (3.25mm)
Measurements: One size with a few extra stripes for good measure
Started: March 7, 2009
Finished: March 27, 2009
Other Details: A super easy and fun pattern! I knit this flat like the pattern states, and then seamed. This allows you to stuff it as you seam, rather than having to stuff as you knit. My only concerns are the felted tongue. Its not going to last with those little grippy hands – so buy some extra felt :)

More Amelia knitting and pictures tomorrow!

An Ode to Spinning

It had been four or five months since I sat down with my new wheel. Traveling, the holidays, and moving got in the way. Oh yes, I don’t think I mentioned it here, but we moved early January – out of my parents finally and into a small place 7 miles down the road. Anyways, I missed spinning all of a sudden, really missed it! So, two weekends ago, I got the courage up and pulled out the wheel. Here is what happened:

To get the feeling back, I started with a small 1 ounce sample of 100% merino roving from Be Mice Elf. I struggled with this sample, but felt a lot better once finished. I ended up with 68 yards of sportweight yarn, which turned out to be exactly what I needed for Hello Yarn’s Top Down Bonnet pattern.


Pattern: Top Down Bonnet by Hello Yarn
Yarn: Handspun – Be Mice Elf 100% merino wool
Needles: Addi 32″ US 4
Measurements: Baby size
Started: February 8, 2009
Finished: February 10, 2009
Other Details: Very cool-looking bonnet! For more pictures, you can check them out on flickr.

The story continues…. I then felt comfortable enough to try out one of my most favorite purchased rovings. This is what happens when you spin up Carrie’s Smores superwash roving :


I haven’t decided what I’m going to make with the Smores roving yet. I have about 280 yards of sportweight yarn. Any pattern suggestions?

And, lastly, I spun up a new blend I had been wanting to try. Its a 60% merino/40% bamboo mix from Fat Cat Knits. The colors are not quite my style, but I loved them just the same. They remind me of an English Garden:


I ended up with a little bit more yarn in this skein – about 312 yards. I seem to have this nack for spinning up sportweight yarn now, don’t you think?! I was really worried that I overspun this skein as well. It was coiling a little bit and was stringier than I wanted… but, washing it seemed to make everything all better!

So, was that enough spinning for you?! I’m actually finishing this post while sitting in a hotel room, looking out at the beautiful Chicago skyline. We flew in today for a wedding. Yep, another Chicago wedding! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – I’ll catch you on the other side!


I love owls – so when I saw Parikha’s version of this hat, I knew I had to knit it up for a few little ones out there…. immediately!


So, sorry for the not fabulous pictures, I’ve really been trying to get my act together this week after lots and lots of dyeing/posting/winding. I’m already working on a second one; and have plans for a third in this same yarn for little Amelia. I can’t wait!

This specific hat will be gifted with the totally awesome and crunchy Kaya’s Kloset new organic shoes! I think someone who values O-wool, will also value organic shoes for their little one. You have to go take a peek at Johanna’s etsy store! Every little baby I know has some of these :)