Shannon Dunbabin of Cascade Yarns shares 60 Quick Knitted Toys

Shannon Dunbabin of Cascade Yarns shares 60 Quick Knitted Toys

Shannon Dunbabin of Cascade Yarns shares 60 Quick Knitted Toys with her personal touches on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.

The history of Cascade Yarns began in the late 1980’s. Bob Dunbabin found a location for Cascade Yarns® in a vacant storefront, in Pioneer Square, Seattle. The space was modest, squeezed between a mission for the homeless and the main north-south rail line. To Bob, the modest but logistically well located space suited the company’s needs. Best of all, it came with a good price. Bob believed that knitters cared more about the quality of the yarn, than the prestige of the office location. Bob would use the savings from the location to provide a better yarn at a better price. The real estate market in Seattle changed and Cascade Yarns® has moved 3 times, but the dedication to quality and value in the yarn remains. 

Bob is not a conformist and cared mostly about quality and value. In the 1980’s most premium yarns came from England or Italy. Bob looked instead to South America. There he worked with Cascade Yarns® supplier to upgrade their equipment and improve the process of production. To Bob, it didn’t matter were a yarn was made, so long as the materials were good, the spinning equipment right, and the workers happy and well trained. Cascade Yarns® continues to work closely with its business partners to insure the highest quality of production is maintained. In short, the proof is in the knitting.

Cascade Yarns® remains a family business with Bob’s daughter-in-law, Shannon, joining the business in 2003 and his son, Rob, moving full time into the business in 2005. We love our yarns and we hope that you enjoy knitting with them.

From stuffed animals to hand puppets, this book is a treasure trove—or toy chest—bursting with inventive and irresistible patterns to knit!
Knitters will love creating this collection of 60 cool toys, which range from tools like a saw, hammer, and screwdriver to a ballerina doll. Whip up a menagerie of stuffed hippos, owls, foxes, and monkeys; games like a jumbo knitted tic-tac-toe board and penguin bowling; or a unique medieval set that includes a king, a queen, an adorable dragon, and a building-block castle! Every project will capture your heart.

Find Cascade Yarns website at www.CascadeYarns.com The book is available through Amazon (with Marly’s affiliate code) at this link. Here is the link to the show notes from Shannon’s last visit.

You may view the LIVE video Marly posted in her Facebook page.


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  1. Susan Oeltjen says:

    Wonderful show today. I have all of the 60 Quick books. Love them. This new Quick knitted toys is so adorable. Lots of bunny love all around!

  2. Carol T says:

    Awwwww, I want some bunny love too! I would love to knit toys from this book. It sounds like a great place to start to learn how to knit toys. All the kids and babies in my life would be showered in toys. Great podcast and interview. Thanks Marly, Shannon and Tammy.

  3. Robin D Berry says:

    I have used cascade 220 superwash yarns and love the idea of knitting fun animals with it. Some Bunny Loves Some Bunny Sometimes and I would bunny love to win 60 Quick knitted Toys! Fun podcast today loved all the baby giggles in the background.

  4. Louise Gingery says:

    Love a Cascade Yarn podcast! I will be checking out this book, who doesn’t love some bunny love?

  5. Lee Ann says:

    I listen to your podcast driving to work in the mornings and then if I don’t finish like today I listen on the way home. I love to make and create knit and crochet toys. I hope to make Bunny Love. Thanks again.

  6. Chris Lopez says:

    What a great show! The book is awesome and I can’t wait to find someone’s kiddo and start knitting some bunny love!

  7. Suzanne says:

    I was happy to hear your chat with Shannon live. The sounds of her son in the background were better than bunny love. With Easter coming that bunny would be perfect as a project.

  8. Diane says:

    I enjoyed your conversation with Shannon, especially hearing her little guy in the background. The picture of “bunny love” on the cover of her new book is adorable – especially the little carrots. I haven’t knitted toys yet; this book would provide me with lots of inspiration to do so. Thanks for all your podcasts, Marly – I’m smiling and laughing along with you!

  9. Luanne Noon says:

    I just started my third blanket from the 60 Quick Baby Blankets. It will be for my fourth grandchild. I’m sure she will be feeling some bunny love if I win this amazing prize package! Thanks Marly for another great show.

  10. Hazel Vaughn says:

    Cascade 220 Superwash is my favorite yarn to knit things for children. Would love to try some toys, especially the bunny love.

  11. Katelyn says:

    Thanks for sharing the new book with us. I love the cute bunny on the front cover. I have started making little toys for my boys. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  12. Debbie G says:

    I’m not only going to make bunny love for my little ones in the family… can’t wait to make elephant love and turtle love for us BIG people 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing such a great gift… Loved the podcast ❤

  13. Trisha says:

    Bunny love – how coincidental. I happen to be knitting with angora at the moment. Last year hubby surprised me with a stuffed bunny. I haven’t knit any toys yet, but maybe some day…

  14. Edith says:

    I collect the series of 60 things ……….
    60 Quick knitted toys has to be on my bookshelf – one way or another.
    Best wishes and lots of bunnylove to children all over the world
    My favorit things to knit or crochet are things, clothes, toys and blankets for baby and children up to 4 years old.

  15. Mary says:

    Bunny love on the cover is so cute! I will FIND a small child to knit these for, even though my own kids have grown well past these adorable toys!

  16. Anita says:

    The first thing I knitted for my only grandchild was a small bunny. I love knitting toys for young children. Bunny love is the best.

  17. Amy L. says:

    The bunny love on the cover of the book has sold me! I loved hearing about the Cascade Yarns family business (including input from its youngest family member!). Thank you for another excellent episode and for the chance to win this very generous prize!

  18. Diane Patterson says:

    Great show today! I enjoy these books and look forward to getting this book. My grandchildren love Knitted toys. Bunny Love to all

  19. JulieRKnits says:

    Bunny love is so fun. It flashed a memory back to when my son showed rabbits when he was in 4-H. Great interview. I plan on making this afghan and my favorite show yarn is the Heritage prints!!!

  20. Staci Lockman says:

    There’s going to be a new baby in our extended family and this book would be perfect to show him/her some bunny love. I’m going to check it out!

  21. MOLLY Reed says:

    Love your podcasts! Would love to knit some BunnyLove toys for mr adorable Grandbabies!
    Keep up the good work Miss Marly! You are Awesome!!!

  22. Elise DesJardins says:

    Great show!
    The cover of 60 Quick Knitted Toys has the cutest bunny on it, fills me with bunny love!

  23. Heather says:

    Oh my goodness! That little sweater with carrots! Spring time is exactly when we need more bunny love! Thanks for doing the interview!

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