How I prep my fiber PART 2

I sat down today to finish prepping my fiber for Spinzilla, and I realized I totally left out an important step in the video I did last week. D’oh! So here is part 2.


Also, note that TODAY is the last day to sign up for a Spinzilla team!


Spinning in Ann Arbor

Photo of a spinning wheel flyerSpinzilla isn’t just about yardage — it’s also about community.  If you are near the Ann Arbor area, come spin with us!  These gatherings are also a great time to ask questions and get help.  You do not have to be a member of our team to attend — you do not even have to be a registered Spinzilla participant (how would I know?!).

Spinzilla Opening Party

Monday October 5, 2015, 7-10pm

We will officially kick off Spinzilla in Carol’s pole barn — but don’t let that stop you from starting your spinning at 12:01am.  We will have chocolate, wine, and other treats. Bring your wheel or spindle and whatever you are working on.  We have plenty of chairs.  Combed top will be available to purchase (cash, check, or credit).

Contact Carol if you want to attend and need her address.

Daytime Spin-Ins

Tuesday October 6, 2015, 12-3pm
Wednesday October 7, 2015, 12-3pm

Riin will host day-time spin-ins at her house, which also doubles as Happy Fuzzy Yarn’s headquarters.  If the weather’s fine, we will sit outside — maybe get some good pictures for the photo contest.  Contact Riin for her address if you haven’t been to HQ before.

Combed top and yarn is available to purchase whenever you visit HQ.

Spinzilla Takes Over Knit Night! Ahhhh!

Thursday October 8, 2015, 7-10pm

Four days in and your enthusiasm may be flagging.  Your legs may be sore.  Your eyes squinty.  Time to seek solace with like-minded fiber fiends.

Spinzilla is co-opting Carol’s usual Thursday night Knit Night and moving it to the barn so we don’t create a fire hazard at Starbucks. Come spin, knit, snack, and chat with us!  Carol has an impressive tea stash and basic coffee supplies. (She will not be offended if you buy and bring your own fancy coffee. She will, in fact, be perfectly indifferent.)

Again, combed top will be available to purchase just in case you’re running out.

Did you know that Happy Fuzzy Yarn is a Merino Sponsor of Spinzilla this year?  We’re so proud of what they do!

We look forward to seeing you all next week!  Leave a comment and let us know if you’re coming!


How I prep my fiber

I made a video for you!

I hope you like it!


On the Wool Road

Happy Fuzzy Yarn will be on the road for the next couple of months — come visit, say hello, share your projects.  We love to meet our fans and supporters and see what hijinks the yarn and fiber get up to after they leave HQ.

Wool Gathering in Yellow Springs

Allegan 2015

Our booth at the Michigan Fiber Festival, 2015 (click to enlarge)

September 19 & 20, 2015
Truth: we love this show.  It doesn’t have the big name that other midwest US fiber festivals do, but the wool people know it’s there and they come in droves.  It is also at that perfect time of year, when it definitely feels like Autumn, but without the bite of cold that warns of winter.

A Wool Gathering is located at:
Young’s Jersey Dairy
6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Saturday, September 19, 10am-7pm
Sunday, September 20, 10am-5pm

Ann Arbor District Library Green Fair

September 27, 2015
Happy Fuzzy Yarn was invited to participate in the first ever Green Fair put on by our city and district library. The Green Fair is a day-long event featuring classes, local food, and locally made products.

We will be there with combed top for spinning and felting, as well as some handspun yarn.

It’s Easy Being Green Fair is located at:
Ann Arbor District Library–Downtown
1st Floor Lobby
343 S Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Sunday, September 27, 12:30-5:30pm (free admission)

Ann Arbor Fiber Expo

October 24 & 25, 2015
Of course we will be at the Fiber Expo at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds (colloquially known as the county fair grounds). The fall Fiber Expo is huge, taking up three barns and includes classes, shopping, demonstrations, and fiber animals.  There is a small entrance fee, but totally worth it.  Hopefully Humphrey the Camel will be back; he’s very friendly and available for petting.

The Fiber Expo is located at:
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds
5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Saturday, October 24, 9am-5pm
Sunday, October 25, 10am-4pm


Join Us for Spinzilla

Spinzilla logo


A monster of a week, indeed!

It’s that time again. From today through Friday October 2nd, you can sign up to participate in a little friendly yarn spinning competition. Cost is only $10 and you do not need to be an “experienced” or “good” spinner. In fact, this is a good time to learn if you have been thinking about doing so.  The event itself is seven days in early October, 5th-11th, 2015.

I am captain of Team Happy Fuzzy Yarn Spinners and I hope you will join us.  You do not need to live in Ann Arbor to be part of our team, although we will have local spin-ins and it’s always fun to get together. There will be wine and chocolate if you can be there in person. If not, maybe I will send you some. Chocolate, that is.

Don’t hesitate.  There are only 25 spots per team.

Going rogue but still want some company?  Yes!  Watch this blog for meet up information.

Spinzilla organizers have been posting team bios this summer.  Click here to read about Team Happy Fuzzy Yarn Spinners.

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments!



That Was One HOT Festival

We had a great time at the Michigan Fiber Festival and, if you were there, we hope you did too!

Temperatures climbed all weekend, so this year it was all for the metaphysical love of wool and its comrades.

In the heat patterns sold really well, especially the new Trecolori shawl.  I really hope you all cast on soon and share your projects on Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Use #happyfuzzyyarn so we can find you.


Hope to See You at the Michigan Fiber Festival!

Photo of a gradient set available from Happy Fuzzy Yarn

Fiber festivals are fun for vendors too!  Of course we love the wool fumes, but the best part is meeting customers face-to-face.

The Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan, MI, is this week.  This event draws vendors from all over the Midwest and beyond — 18 states in total.  As with any great fiber festival, there will also be workshops, demonstrations, competitions, and fair food.  See a sheep get sheared! It doesn’t take as long as you might think.

Admission is free on Friday (just workshops and some shopping).  Saturday and Sunday admission is $5 per person (children 8 years old and younger are free).  Weekend passes are $8 per person.

Shopping is available:

Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 9am-5pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

Stop by our booth to stock up on yarn or fiber for the winter, check out the new patterns, samples, and colorways, or just say hello.  We have a growing hoard of wool-bunnies — come see what that’s all about, maybe pose for a photo op.

Our gradient sets are debuting at this fiber festival.  They are so delicious, I can’t wait to knit one up!

See you at the festival!


Anemia is a bitch

I found out why I’m so tired all the time. I’m anemic. I started taking iron supplements about a month ago, and they’ve helped a lot, but I’m still tired. I’ve gone from feeling completely exhausted all of the time (fatigue level: recovering from pneumonia) to feeling kind of ok-ish until I try to do anything requiring physical or mental energy, which means I feel ok for about an hour or so a day, and then feel tired for 4-5 hours (fatigue level: recovering from sleep deprivation), and then have to take a nap (fatigue level: zzzzzz).

What’s especially frustrating is the way my brain just won’t work. I feel like my IQ has dropped 40 points.

There are so many things I want to do and need to do, and they’re just not happening. Anything that is happening is happening in slow motion.

So I’m in limbo, waiting for the iron supplements to finish taking effect.


Anyone dealing with anemia? Any helpful words?



Look Inside a Local Yarn Shop: Criativity Ranch in Largo, Florida

Criativity Ranch in Largo, Florida, is a yarn store (by demand!), owned and operated by Alicia Chivers, a fiber artist and alpaca breeder.

Photo of the exterior of Criativity Ranch

Happy Fuzzy Yarn: What did you do before you opened a yarn store?

Alicia: I was (and still am) an alpaca breeder.

HFY: How did you get into the business of owning a yarn store?

Alicia: We had a farm store with limited amounts of alpaca yarn and mostly alpaca clothing. We sold most of our raw fiber or spun it. We did markets and events surrounded by agriculture. We finally decided to open a brick and mortar store. As more people came in and asked for yarn we quietly expanded. Many of the surrounding LYS closed for various reasons. So, my 1,000 square foot studio became what our customer’s have renamed Yarn Heaven. The front remains mostly alpaca-based clothing, gifts and décor items.

HFY: What is the best part about running a yarn store?

Alicia: Justifying having the largest stash without having to justify to your spouse.

HFY: What is the hardest part about running a yarn store?

Alicia: Never enough time to finish what you start.

HFY: How do you choose which yarns to carry? And then how do you choose which colors?

Alicia: I started to say that we consider our local market and our winter visitors. We like to carry staples and I simply love to support small creative ventures. I am a dyer and spinner so color for me is fun. Then Terri comes in and says, “Don’t lie, you buy everything and in every color.”

HFY: What is the strangest request you’ve had from a customer?

Alicia: We do have a lot of strange customers, but that’s what makes it fun! Strangest request: would you mind if I traded a ball of yarn that I purchased somewhere else? (Really? The color was discontinued several years ago!)

Photo of women sitting around a table knitting at Criativity Ranch

HFY: What is the most popular Happy Fuzzy Yarn colorway with your customers?

Alicia: Anything bright!!!

HFY: Anything else you’d like to share with fans of Happy Fuzzy Yarn?

Alicia: Support small and local!

We agree! Thank you for taking the time to share your story and your shop with us, Alicia!


Beautiful Handknit Shawls

Here are some lovely shawls I saw on Ravelry done up in Happy Fuzzy yarns.

KeKcreates’ Canyon Shawlette

YARN: Merino-Tencel fingering, colorway “Canyon”, 1 skein
PATTERN: Ashton Shawlette by Dee O’Keefe (she’s having a B1G1 sale through the end of July!)
When I was still very new to Happy Fuzzy Yarn, I saw this beautiful shawl on Ravelry and contacted the knitter about sharing her work on our website.  Come to find out, Kristi Ketchum is one of our fabulous sales reps! If you own a yarn shop in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, get in touch with her and she will help you find great products for your store. You can also find Kristi on Facebook.

Ladymamierose’s Multnomah

YARN: Corrie Sock, colorway “Macaw”, 1 skein
PATTERN: Multnomah by Kate Ray
The yarn for this shawl came to Amanda in her Yarnbox subscription. She tells me that she always gets so many compliments when she wears this shawl — I can believe it! We love how you styled it with that amazing blue sweater and a flower in your hair. Brava!

OrangeSmoothie’s Enchanted Canadian Maple Boomerang

YARN: Superwash Sport, colorway “Enchanted”, 1 skein
OrangeSmoothie was venturing into new territory with this pattern: cable knitting and chart reading.  Her shawl came out so beautiful, who could tell?  On her website, she writes, “The yarn was a pleasure to work with and had great stitch definition — important for cables. Very squishy and warm.”  I agree.  Superwash Sport is one of our most squishable yarn bases.
Please share your Happy Fuzzy Yarn projects on Ravelry and you could be featured on our website too.

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