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!
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 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!
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.
Knitwear 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.
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.
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.
Our samples, pictured here, were knit up in Colorado River (scarf) and Coastal (stole), both multicolored yarns offered by Happy Fuzzy Yarn.
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.
Carol Ullmann’s Fabulous Fingerless Mitts are super easy to make and use just one skein of our DK Silk. They would make wonderful holiday gifts! (Yes, it’s only June, but time flies.) But be sure to make yourself a pair first!
You can download the free pdf here.
I intended to write about TNNA a few days after getting home. Instead I have been so exhausted I’ve been taking naps every day and still haven’t done half the things I was going to. This is what happens when I’m sick for six weeks with two viruses and then just start to recover and work a solid month of 13 hour days to prepare for TNNA.
I was exhausted when I got there. And then there was the show (which I totally could not have done without Penny! Especially Saturday when I was so exhausted I couldn’t speak coherently and just had to leave for a while. Thank you, Penny!) and all the meetings and meet ups (Starship people! Yay!!!) and it was all fun (except for the meeting at the end of one day when everyone was tired from standing all day and they only had about a third as many chairs as people. Seriously? I sat on the floor). But are you familiar with spoon theory? Basically I had one spoon left and I needed about 57.
So I’ve been spending the last three weeks replenishing my spoons. Taking a LOT of naps. Feeling exhausted. And crying at nothing.
Yeah, good times.
So we are planning ahead for next year’s TNNA so there won’t be so much last minute (well, last month) preparation. We’re also thinking about how we can do some things differently so setting up will be a lot less work. And we will definitely have a bigger booth next year. We didn’t have room to put everything out!
This year was the first year of cash and carry, and that went really well. We’ll have more of that next year now that we have a better idea of what to expect.
But! I digress!
We debuted several new colorways at this year’s TNNA, so we are officially up to 92! Several new patterns made their debut, including Trecolori, which Carol told you about a few days ago. We’ll be releasing them one every week or so, so we don’t overwhelm you.
I talked to several designers who are planning to work with our yarn, so watch for some great things coming up!
I took a “Make it Fit” class from Deb Gemmell, and I learned a lot! I would definitely recommend taking a class from her if you have the opportunity!
Our yarn will soon be in its second yarn store in Canada, so we’re on our way to global domination! (Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?)
I’m really looking forward to getting more of my energy back because I have ideas.
I am so happy to share my first paid pattern, the Trecolori Shawl, with everyone.
Trecolori is an asymetrical shawl striped in three Happy Fuzzy Yarn colorways using an adapted Fibonacci sequence.
The sample I knit for this pattern used Corrie Sock fingering weight yarn in “Peony,” “Granny Smith,” and a multicolor named “Jane” that is pink, orange, and green. The pink and green in “Jane” blend with the “Peony” and “Granny Smith” just enough that the transitions between stripes are subtle.
The color transitions are further softened by the textural stitch I used over the whole body. The simple shaping and straightforward textural stitch make this an easy–but not boring!–summer project. I am especially happy with the elegant, not-fussy Arrowhead Lace that finishes off the end of the shawl.
Now that my baby is out there, I can’t wait to see Trecolori Shawls in other colorways, other yarns, and whatever adaptations people imagine! Please contact me below or on Ravelry (I am entangled) if you have any questions.
Well, approximately. I have no idea how many things are really happening. I’ve been too busy to count them or to tell you about them. I’ve been getting ready for TNNA, which means doing a ton of work. Probably more than a ton, if we’re just going by weight. Weight is probably not a good measure. Suffice it to say I’ve got really great minions helping me, and I’m still working 13 hours/day.
For those of you who have no idea what TNNA, it’s THE major wholesale tradeshow for the yarn industry.
For those of you who are going, we’re at booth #1138/1140. We have free samples and swag, as well as lots of awesome stuff for you to buy on the spot and to order.
We have several new colorways, which I started adding to the shop but didn’t have time to finish. If you want to order online and one of the new colorways you want isn’t listed in the base you want, you can order another colorway and make a note in the comment section to substitute the colorway you actually want.
We’ll have five new patterns available at TNNA. After TNNA we’ll make them available online as well. No time right now.
Here’s a pic of one of the new things sitting on my desk. And I need to get back to doing all the other things!