Dyeing like a Crazy Woman

Wow. Well, this has been a crazy month. Actually this whole year has been crazy so far.

I dyed 640 skeins of Corrie Sock for Yarnbox. Actually that started last year. And it was supposed to be 900 skeins, but my supplier was waiting more yarn from their supplier in the UK, and that supplier took longer than they were supposed to. So Yarnbox took the 640 skeins I had dyed plus all the rest of my Corrie Sock inventory.

I finally got more a few weeks ago, and I’ve been dyeing like a madwoman to replenish my stock, to get ready for Fiber Expo this weekend (are you in Ann Arbor? You’re coming, right?), and to dye samples of the new colorways for TNNA.

This is just some of the yarn I’ve been dyeing.

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There’s more yarn not in bins yet. A lot more. I’ve got something like 16 or 17 new colorways. Not sure exactly. My head is kind of explode-y. (12 million things to do! Gah!)

As an aside, I’m afraid my dear rabbit Roxanne didn’t make it through her health problems. She died in my arms a few weeks ago. Thank you so much to everyone who helped me pay for her veterinary bills. I remain grateful.

Teeth: a sale

No, I’m not selling teeth. That would be weird. Ew.

I’m writing this because my sweet bunny Roxanne is at the vet recovering from surgery. She had to have some of her teeth trimmed, and several teeth removed because they were infected at the roots. The infection was so bad, it had gone up into her sinus cavity and her eye socket. She had to have her left eye removed a few weeks ago.

I won’t give you any more details. It’s the kind of thing that makes people queasy.

Meanwhile, I just got a temporary crown. I go back next week for the permanent crown. This is my third crown, and I’ll probably need a fourth next year. I grind my teeth, and even though I wear a bite splint, my teeth are wearing away. If I had lived before modern dentistry, I’d probably have to have someone else chew my food for me. Ew.

Anyway. So far this year I’ve spent over $2300 on dentistry and veterinary bills. And that’s probably not the last of it.

Um…a little help?

Since I have more expenses than just dentistry and veterinary bills, I need to make some extra money quick. So I’m having a sale.

Use the coupon code TEETH to get 25% off any purchase of $50 or more, now through February 14. A lot of my stock is low right now, but you can order any of my hand dyed yarn or hand dyed fiber, even if the colorway you want is out of stock, and I will dye it and send it to you when it’s ready. (It will show up as a back order.)

If you’d like to help out, but there’s nothing you want to order right now, consider my karma program. You pay money up front and then receive discounts for a specified period of time, depending on how much money you paid.

And so you can see who you’re helping out, here’s a video of Roxanne (on the left, back when she still had both eyes) and Joey.

15 minutes

Today I’m playing catch up!

Thing 1 I’ve been meaning to tell you:

There was an article about me in the Detroit News Homestyle section, “Fiber artist takes dyeing skills to whole new level,” this past Friday. You can read it online here. That link will stop working at some point, so I’ve archived it here.

Thing 2 I’ve been meaning to tell you, or rather thing I’ve been meaning to finish so I can tell you about it:

I’ve put the last three sock kits up in the store. This completes the set of eight kits with patterns based on the characters in Grounded: The Seven, book 1 by Heather Ordover and the yarn to knit them.

Want to see the last three kits?

Yeah, I thought so.

This is Mina’s Protective Socks.

Mina's protective socks

Casey’s Solitary Socks.

Casey's solitary socks

And the grand finale, Rosie’s NightSwimming Socks!

Rosie's nightswimming socks

Yum.

 

Free shawlette pattern!

I have a gift for you! I designed a shawlette and I am giving you the pattern for free!

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It uses one skein of my Corrie Sock, or you can use two skeins and keep going if you want a full size shawl. I used the Budgie colorway.

You can download the free pdf here from my shop (easiest if you’re also buying the yarn) or here from Ravelry (easiest if you just want the pattern).

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It’s an easy pattern to knit (I knit most of it while I was watching DVDs) as long as you use lots of stitch markers! Put one before each yarn over so your fingers feel when you need to pay attention.

I hope you enjoy the pattern!

An Homage to the Stubborn people

I admit it. I am stubborn. It has its pros and cons. I am determined and I persevere, no? (I’ll just ignore the cons for now. La la la la la…)

So when Heather sent me the pattern for the newest kit, I had to chuckle at the title. Justin’s Stubborn Socks.

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Yes, Justin is a stubborn character. But I can’t help but think of these as socks for stubborn people everywhere!

The kit contains the printed pattern in a protective plastic sleeve and one skein of Corrie Sock in Shadow, the colorway used in the pattern.

Do you like the semi-solid colorway? I’m planning to introduce more semi-solids next year. Let me know if there are any colors you’d especially like to see!

 

 

25% off everything today only!

Today only, everything in my store is 25% off with the coupon code MONDAY25OFF. The discount even applies to clearance items, and I’ve just moved a lot of stuff into the clearance section that would make great gifts.

Two of the most popular gifts each year are my sock yarn club and fiber club. If you want to buy a gift for a knitter or spinner but don’t know what color or fiber to get, I’ll send them 4oz of something new each month for 3 months.

If you’d like something really luxurious, you can’t beat a skein of hand dyed silk yarn. DK Silk is scrumptious and comes with a free cowl pattern.

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Or how about some luscious handspun yarn?

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And if you buy gifts for yourself, I won’t tell!

 

Ibuprofen and Wool

Usually on Thanksgiving Day I post a list of things I’m grateful for. I missed it this year. It’s not that I’m ungrateful. I’m grateful for many things. But it was hard to focus on anything except my back pain. It’s been aching for the past month.

Wednesday, after realizing I’d been saying “if it still hurts next week, I’ll call my chiropractor” for four weeks, I 1) realized that I’m not very good at this self care thing, and 2) called my chiropractor.

Unfortunately, since I haven’t been there for more than three years, I have to go as a new patient and allow for a longer appointment time, which means I can’t get in until next Thursday. So I have another full week of feeling like a truck ran over my spine.

I know it would be a completely frivolous use of technology, but if I had a time machine right now, I would totally go back in time 5 weeks and call to make an appointment.

Anyway, that’s my excuse for being generally out of it.

I am thankful for Ibuprofen.

And wool.

And all you nice people who buy stuff from me, so I can afford to go to the chiropractor. And buy Ibuprofen.

So if you’re thinking of buying more and you’re local, tomorrow is the Spinner’s Flock Holiday Fair at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. I’ll have my handspun yarn there, and a bunch of scarves and hats and bracelets. Other guildmembers will have awesome stuff as well, like spinning wheels, and ornaments, and more yarn.

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Take a look around the gardens while you’re there too. There’s a cacao tree in the conservatory. I think I bowed to it last time I was there.

Jasmine’s Ethereal Socks

I’ve got the fourth kit in the Grounded series available now, Jasmine’s Ethereal Socks. They’re pretty!

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In case you missed one of the other kits, you can see them all here.

There’s a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on here chez Happy Fuzzy Yarn (dyeing, planning, designing), but nothing else to announce quite yet. Soon though. (tease, tease…)

Subtle Majiks!

Are you enjoying the sock kits? I’ve got the third one in the series now, Jenn’s Subtle Majiks!

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You get the printed pattern in a protective sleeve and a skein of Corrie Sock in Purple Kale, the yarn used in the pattern. Instructions are given for women’s sizes S, M, and L.

Mmm…kale… I think I need to eat lunch!

 

Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago

Hey, are you going to Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago this weekend? I will be there at booth #220, so come say hi and fondle some yarn!

Here’s a pic of just some of the yarn in my booth last weekend at Fiber Expo.

dyed yarn in booth

I will also be demonstrating Navajo plying at noon on Saturday in one of the salon rooms on the third floor, so if you’ve been wanting to get a close up view of how that works, now is your chance. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Wondering what Navajo plying is? It’s a method of plying handspun yarn that keeps the colors together. You can make a 3 ply yarn that looks like this:

handspun navajo-plied caribbean

It’s really spiffy and one of my favorite things to do!

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