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.

iron

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.

Knit a Spring Valley Shawl for Fall

The last of the patterns we debuted at TNNA, Carol Ullmann’s Spring Valley Shawl features a deep lace border along one edge of a large funky striped triangle. Three semi-solid colorways of DK Merino make it scrumptious and soft. it’s like wearing your favorite blanket, only it looks way cooler!

Spring Valley Shawl pattern from Happy Fuzzy YarnSpring Valley Shawl pattern from Happy Fuzzy YarnBuy the PDF now on Ravelry or from our website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cata cata cata cata Caterpillar Girl

Caterpillar Girl, a shawl pattern by yours truly, is our first pattern with our recently introduced Merino Mono. I love its squishy softness and its singles texture, and I wanted to design something that would take advantage of that. A shawl!

Caterpillar Girl shawl pattern at Happy Fuzzy YarnCaterpillar Girl shawl pattern at Happy Fuzzy Yarn

Caterpillar Girl can be worn three ways. You can wear it draped over your shoulders as a traditional triangular shawl, fold it in half and wrap it around your neck twice for a super warm cowl, or drape it over your shoulders and weave the point through the slots at the other end to fasten it. Different looks work better on different body types. Make one for yourself and find out how you like to wear it!

Buy the pattern on Ravelry or on our website.

 

 

Pop-up at Knitche

If you’re in Downer’s Grove, IL, pop in for a pop-up at Knitche! You’ll find a large selection of Happy Fuzzy Yarn there through the end of this month. Go say hi to the yarn and take some home!

Happy Fuzzy Yarn pop-up at Knitche

Read more details here.

 

 

Heal Thy Soles Sock Pattern by Rachel Russ

Anyone who knits knows that not all socks are created equal. Handknit socks are, of course, the best — made with love, wool, and someone’s bare hands, they embrace your hardworking tootsies like no commercially produced sock ever will.

Heal Thy Soles from Happy Fuzzy YarnKnitwear designer Rachel Russ took it one step further.  While undergoing chemo for breast cancer, Rachel’s feet were very tender and she designed a pair of socks to pamper them.  In the Heal Thy Soles pattern, the fabric of the soles are reversed from normal handknit socks so that the bottom of your feet meet smooth stockinette.

Heal thy Soles

The leg is knit in a stretchy lace that will not constrict and looks elegant.  Knit with durable Corrie Sock yarn, these socks will last and last.  Choose a bright color to cheer, or a neutral to go with everything.

Heal Thy Soles sock pattern is available in the Happy Fuzzy Yarn online shop or on Ravelry.

 

 

It’s a Scarf, It’s a Stole…It’s Hypotenuse!

Hypotenuse is a knitting pattern that uses a reversible triangle lace pattern created by Riin Gill.  You can knit the scarf sized version from one skein of slinky Merino Tencel fingering weight yarn, or go big with the two skein stole version.

Hypotenuse stole in CoastalHypotenuse in Colorado River

 

Our samples, pictured here, were knit up in Colorado River (scarf) and Coastal (stole), both multicolored yarns offered by Happy Fuzzy Yarn.

You can get your copy of Hypotenuse on our website or on Ravelry.

Our Merino Tencel fingering weight yarn is a blend of 50% superwash Merino wool and 50% Tencel, a cellulose fiber that gives this yarn its great drape, shine, and all-weather qualities.  This yarn is very popular with our warm-weather yarn shops and is great for summer knitting.

If your local yarn shop doesn’t carry Happy Fuzzy Yarn, ask them to!  Meanwhile, you can buy yarn for this project online directly from us. If we don’t have the color you want in stock, we will dye it up for you at no additional cost.

 

 

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