Almost 2011

It’s hard to believe it’s almost 2011. I’m still not really used to years starting with a 2. Anyway, since we’re coming up on a new year, I’m reflecting on the past year and thinking about what I want the new year to bring.

My business has grown a lot in the past year, and I’m so grateful to all my customers. I’ve been in business since 2006, but originally my goal was to make some extra money doing something I loved. This year I decided I really wanted to do this full time. In May I reduced my hours at my day job to half time so I would have more time to work on Happy Fuzzy Yarn. Having more time and the determination to really make this thing work has made a huge difference.

In the new year there will be even more. More classes. More fiber shows. Patterns. Knitting needles. Videos. And of course lots of yarn and fiber. It will be a good year.

I’ve been making some changes to my website to go along with the “more” theme I’ve got going here. (If you’re viewing this in a reader, click through and take a look. There’s a lot more to look at.) I hired Kirsty Hall to do an Artist’s Eyeball on my site, and her suggestions were fantastic. I highly recommend her if you’ve got a website that isn’t quite doing it for you. I’ve implemented most of her changes (still a few more to do), and wow, what a difference. My site is so pretty now!

One change you’ll see is I have a gallery now. If you’ve made stuff from yarn or fiber you got from me, please send me a photo! I’d love to add it to my gallery, and besides, it’s always so nice to see what my babies grow up to become!

What would you like to see in the new year? (Either from me or in your own life.)


  1. Kiki Ohio

    Hi Rin,
    Love your new site! It is really beautiful. I have been lurking on your site for awhile and have noticed that you are both vegan and frugality minded. You also mentioned awhile back about having lost weight as a vegan and then gained some back. You might consider two small changes that will save you money, time, and help you lose unwanted pounds: Instead of canned garbanzos for your hummus, you should try dried garbanzos and cook up a large batch once a month and freeze in two cup amounts. Dried beans are waaaaaay cheaper than the canned version and are easy to cook in a crockpot or on the stove for future use (once frozen). You might also consider avoiding adding oil to hummus and limit the tahini (you can use veggie broth, H2O, or lemon juice for your liquid) as they are both fatty and can pack a real caloric whallop. If you have never read any books by Caldwell Esselstyne (or his son Rip) you might consider that was well as they have some wonderful, really lowfat vegan recipes.

    Keep up you wonderful site!

  2. Riin

    Thanks, Kiki!

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