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1K KAL: January Update and February Prizes

Andrea Sanchez

I don't know about you, but January has flown by for me. I've been knitting kind of loosey goosey with no real plans in sight. Sometimes you need that! Here are my January totals for the 1K KAL:

Hats: 31

Dollars: $0

So I'm a long way off in my goal of $1000 or 1000 hats but we all have to start somewhere. Remember, you can enter to win the month's prize by knitting a baby hat OR donating ($5 = 1 entry). As always, I am so appreciative to have you on this journey with me!

IK KAL Andrea Sanchez

January Winner:

Since we have no monetary donations for the month, that just leaves one winner, Kristy! You've won a skein of Knit Collage Pixie in your choice of color. I love this yarn! So schlubby and sparkly! 

February Prize:

This month I have a real treat for you: a project bag sewn by my friend Woollybags in custom Knittn' Little fabric.

woolly bags for knittin' little

These bags have the large print chick on the outside, and logo/chick fabric inside. Complete with a pop of color from the robin's egg blue ribbon this can hold about two cakes of yarn along with a small project. I used one of Woollybags' project bags back when I was knitting the boy's Wrigley pullover from my book. We have two bags to giveaway; one for a baby hat donation and one for a monetary donation (FYI, $5 is a steal for a project bag!). 

woolly bags for knittin' little

Running Update 

So my first race this year is at the end of April and with that means half-marathon training is set to start next week. So I spent much of January increasing my average weekly mileage so I didn't head into February cold. Would you believe that last Sunday, on an early morning run to breakfast I tripped and fell and pulled something in my leg. I ran on it 4 more times in the following week and now, after seeing the doctor, I'll be riding the bike at the gym for the next week or two. Hopefully after two week's I'll be back on my training plan. Either way, I'm getting too old to take a spill on uneven sidewalk!

1K KAL knittin' little


Thank you again for joining me on this run to raise money and hats for children in need. You can find all the information you need with info on prizes and a link to my donation site under the 1K KAL tab. If you're interested in donation a prize, please let me know! I appreciate all your support ❤️

Gansey Kids Giveaway

Andrea Sanchez

I hope by now you've had a chance to read my review on the new ebook Gansey Kids by Meg Roke, and that you've had time to pop over to Ravelry and use that discount code she offered us (knittinlittle25 to save 25% off the ebook price) and start queuing up your favorites. My yarn for the Whitby Vest is already ordered and on its way!

Because Meg is super generous (like 25% off her ebook isn't enough!) she is also doing a little giveaway here on the blog! 

Head over to Ravelry and check out the patterns. Fave a few (or all) and come back and tell me which one you love the best! That's it! Do this by midnight Friday (August 12th) and you will be entered to win a skein of Quince and Co.'s Chickadee in the color Apricot which is just the right amount of yarn to make a pair of the Fisherman Mitts for you or your little! 

This giveaway is open only to residents of the US and Canada. Please be sure to leave your email or Rav name so we can contact you if you win. Happy Monday!

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Made by Mama - Sunshine Yarns

Andrea Sanchez

I am so excited to have on the blog today Dani, the owner and dyer behind Sunshine Yarns! This company is one of my favorite indie dyed companies, with amazing colors, luxurious bases, and they are just overall really sweet! And read to the end because I have something super special for you guys as well!

How did you get started in the yarn industry?

I honestly kind of fell into the yarn industry! I was working in Boston as an Environmental Scientist and started dyeing for fun. A few posts on my blog and folks started asking to buy it. I quickly started an etsy store and there began Sunshine Yarns! We just celebrated our 10 year anniversary last month! It still feels pretty unreal most days. 

When did you begin knitting? Are you involved in any other crafts?

I started knitting in the Fall of 2003 when I was just finishing up grad school. My grad department started a little crafting group and I jumped right in. At first I didn't knit, I just did beading and cross-stitch. But then a friend got me hooked and I started teaching myself online. As far as other crafts, I've dabbled over the years in beading, cross=stitch, embroidery, sewing and spinning.

Since Knittin' Little is all about sharing the fiber love with littles, how do you share your love of yarn with your little one?

I have a two and a half year old little girl named Clara. She was blessed right off the bat with tons of hand knits. I think she has naturally become really interested in it all since she sees us handling yarn, whether down in the office for a few minutes or me doing a little bit of knitting. She really loves to pick out her favorite colors from a big batch I just dyed (her favorite color is yellow), or tell me what I should make with it! I also help her knit, which she loves to do. Oh, and I have made her her Halloween costume the past 2 years and she really likes being involved and gives me input on colors and what she wants it to look like. It's pretty cute. 

That's really sweet! Can you tell us more about where you get your color inspiration from?

Wow... Well, it really comes from everywhere! I have wanderlust, so I get lots of inspiration from our travels. Earlier this year we went to Australia and later this month we are head to the Turks and Caicos. I always come back with a fresh mind and lots of ideas. We also live in the foothills in Boulder, Colorado. We live on a couple acres and have lots of open space around us. Walking outside everyday makes it very easy as well :) Other than that, I love doing seasonal color ways. Starting this Friday, I'll begin our 3rd annual Dark Days mini store updates. Basically, I dye darker, more wintery color ways that remind me of the shorter days ahead. 

You shared with me that you and your husband run Sunshine Yarns full time. What does a typical day in the life look like. How is parenting managed?

Well, everyday for us is pretty different based on what needs to be done. But, Clara goes to a small in-home daycare part-time. So that gives us about half the week free to work. My mom also watches her some, especially if we get a little behind on things. Usually I'm downstairs getting yarn batches going and checking in online around 9. Scott is getting yarn rinsed and getting things ready for sorting and/or winding. We do have 1 or 2 part-time people that help us with some of the sorting/winding, but Scott handles a lot of that. The rest of the day Im usually split between dyeing and emails, ordering supplies and working on entering orders and accounting. Scott is generally doing rinsing, sorting, skeining, shipping, and website work. Overall though, our workday goes from about 9am-midnight. We obviously have a few hours around dinner where we all reconnect (from 4:30 until about 8) and days one of us will have Clara in the afternoon. But overall that is our super messy idea of a day. It certainly isa  long day and we work really, really hard at what we do. 

What have been the best and worst parts of running your own business?

I think the best part is the flexibility. Especially with being a parent! We report to ourselves so if Clara is sick or we are sick, we can just take some time off. The problem is, which is the worst part, is that we report to ourselves! There is no one else to do the work for us with most things, so it is easy to get behind. 

Which Sunshine Yarns base do you think is the best for knitting for children and why? 

Personally, I love our Classic Sock yarn. It's so versatile, soft and it just sings on a US3 (and I love knitting with thinner yarn too). But really any of our yarns are suitable for children's knits. I would say my top 3 favorite are Classic Sock, our Luxury Sport, and Merino Worsted.

You Merino Worsted is pretty fabulous! It made a beautiful hat for the Molloy pattern. What has been your favorite thing you've knit for your daughter. 

I would have to say her Rainbow Bear Blanket. It's a free pattern from Purl Soho. It's actually my first real crochet project too, but I love how it turned out and she loves it so much too :)

Thanks again Dani for coming on and giving us some insight into the yarn dyeing business! Another great Made by Mama interview! It is so wonderful getting a little peek into how makers manage their business and families. You can find Dani in her Ravelry group, or on the Sunshine Yarns blog.

For this Made by Mama feature we are giving away a skein of Sunshine Yarns Ultrualuxe Light in the color Toad, (the same yarn used in my Firefly July sweater). To be entered to win this amazing skein leave a comment below by Sunday at noon EST. You guys, this yarn is so amazing that I actually oooohed out loud the first time I wound it up! You don't want to miss this chance! 

Comments are now closed. The winner is comment #14 Kathy who said:

I just found Sunshine yarns this year and love it so much. Most of my yarn is the Classic Sock which makes wonderful shawls. I need to venture out and order something different - like the merino worsted.

Congrats Kathy! I'll be contacting you shortly for your mailing address!

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Dream in Color Everlasting DK Winner

Andrea Sanchez

Thank you to all who entered our giveaway last week. The winner using the Random Number Generator is #45 WikiNZ who said:

Watching the kids in my preschool class jump around in the piles of oak leaves!

I'll be contacting you soon to get your mailing address.

In the meantime, for those of you who didn't win, you can listen to me live today on Yarn Thing, the Marly Bird podcast. I'll be on the air talking about Knittin' Little at 10am Mountain Time (that's 12 EST). We will be giving away a kit for the Molloy pattern which will include a the PDF and a skein of Sunshine Yarns Merino Worsted in the color Edward's Volvo. Good luck!