Monthly Archives: April 2009

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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.

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 –


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 :)

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!!

March Reading

In March, I started and finished these books:

March Books
1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver
2. The Theory of Light and Matter, by Andrew Porter
3. The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton
4. The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield
5. Wesley the Owl, by Stacey O’Brien

Another amazing set of books! I haven’t found any reading this year so far that I have really disliked. After years and years of reading very little, I have enough to catch up with. My favorite book this month was Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. If you haven’t read it, you MUST! The Daily Coyote and Wesley the Owl fall under the same category – taking in and “taming” wild animals. A controversial topic, yes, but so entertaining. You should check out Shreve’s Daily Coyote blog for some amazing pictures and stories.

Any other reading suggestions you think I would enjoy?!

And, a fun picture for today – hiking with Amelia:


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!