In the spring of 2005, when the infamous Clapotis pattern was published on Knitty and became all the rage, I decided I must have one for myself and set out on a quest for the perfect yarn. After fruitless searching for the ideal combination of softness and color, I thought that there must be an easier way. I decided to find my own perfect yarn and dye it myself. It wasn’t long before I realized that dyeing yarn was way more fun than knitting with it and that others might like my version of the most perfect yarn too. And so Sundara Yarn was born.
I chose to name my little business after myself, as after years of minor resentment towards my mother for saddling me with a name that elicits questions and mispronunciation any time I meet people or have to give my name for a Jamba Juice, I was happy that I could finally put the word Sundara to good use.
Sundara is pronounced SUN as in "sun", DAR as in "are" with a "d" in front of it, and A as in "arena." You can accent either the first or second syllable. It is Hindi for “beautiful” and, apparently, still used as an adjective.
It is my belief that I have little natural artistic talent, despite obtaining an art degree from the University of Puget Sound. What I am exceptional at is working with and combining color. Putting color on yarn works well for me.
In the years since Sundara Yarn started, we have become a bit of a family affair. My mother, Carol, works as the bookkeeper, manages our dye studio and lovingly ships out your yarn. She has provided endless counsel and continually shows more love and support for me than I deserve.
My youngest sister, Mikaela, has been fully trained on my processes of yarn dyeing and does much of the Sundara Yarn production dyeing. She, along with my mom, helps with the day to day operations of our dye studio and excels at making sure all we need to get done actually gets done. She is a godsend.
When not scheming up new colors, I live in Seattle with my two dogs and my daughter.