Two new cowl patterns!

It’s cold and dreary here, the kind of weather that makes you want to wrap yourself in wool. Lucky for you, we have two new cowl patterns!

Angelia Robinson‘s Jasper Cowl is our first crochet pattern!

jasper

This cowl is designed using controlled pooling. Angelia shows you how to work with hand dyed yarn to plan pooling so the colors stack in this artful crochet cowl she designed using Happy Fuzzy Yarn Corrie Sock (shown in Sulfur Springs).

REQUIRED SKILLS
basic crochet skills (chains, single crochet, skipping stitches, slip stitch, joining new yarn, fastening off)

crocheting in the round

crocheting into a chain space

Buy the PDF for $6.00 at our online store or Ravelry.

 

doubled

Twice as colorful, twice as squooshy, the Twice as Nice cowl is knit with two strands of Happy Fuzzy Yarn Superwash Sport held together throughout, in two different colorways (shown in Papaya and Sugar Plum Fairy). The pattern stitch is the same on both sides, so when you put it on, you don’t need to take extra time fussing with it. Just put it on, wrap it around your neck once or twice, and know you look good.

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REQUIRED SKILLS
basic knitting skills (casting on, knit and purl stitch, slipping stitches, binding off)

knitting in the round

Buy the PDF for $6.00 at our online store or Ravelry.

 

A new feature for local customers

We’ve added a new feature to our online store for our local customers.

pick up

Now you have the option to pick up your order at our studio and save on shipping costs. Just choose “Pick up at our Ann Arbor studio” as your shipping method when you’re checking out. We will notify you when your order is ready and let you know when you can pick it up.

If you prefer to have us mail it to you, that’s fine too! But now you have a choice.

 

Year-End Sale, a Knit-Along, and a Spin-Along — What’s Not to Love?!

Happy Fuzzy Yarn is hosting a series of knit-alongs and spin-alongs in 2015 in our Ravelry living room — you should come join us! There will be chatting, and sales, and prizes! If you haven’t signed up for Ravelry yet, it’s easy to do and free. Joining the Happy Fuzzy Yarn group on Ravelry is also free.

First up, starting January 1st and ending February 28th, is a knit-along for socks and a spin-along for the Local Wool Project. To participate, you just jump in on the KAL or SAL topics on our forum, tell us what you’re going to make, post a progress picture, and, later, a picture of your finished project. For the knit-along, the yarn OR pattern (or both, if you are an overachiever) should come from Happy Fuzzy Yarn. For the spin-along, we’re delving into the Washtenaw Co. sourced wool and wool/alpaca combed top that Riin has dyed up in some of her popular colorways as well as some Local Wool Project exclusive colorways.

Orchid, a new colorway exclusive to the Local Wool Project combed tops!

Orchid, a new colorway exclusive to the Local Wool Project combed tops!

By the way, if you been waiting till one of these days to order some of the Local Wool, NOW is the time! There’s only a limited quantity left. It’s all been dyed, and it’s all in the store.

In early March, we’ll draw a random name of those who participated — and finished — for both the KAL and the SAL — and award prizes!

If you don’t have the Happy Fuzzy Yarn yarn or fiber in your stash that you need for the knit-along and spin-along, don’t worry, we got you covered. We’re having a year-end sale on everything in the store — 20% off with coupon code YEAREND. The sale runs from December 26th-31st. We’ll be spending time with our families so orders placed after December 23rd won’t ship until the week of January 5th.

If you’re not into knitting socks (no one said they had to be fingering weight socks!) or spinning, or know you’re already too busy with other projects, you are still welcome to come cheer others on. We’ll be doing these knit-alongs and spin-alongs all year so there will hopefully be something for everyone to try out.

Wishing everyone a happy, fuzzy holiday full of warmth and good-will!

 

Look Inside a Local Yarn Store: Yarn & Coffee in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Yarn & Coffee, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the perfect combination for many of us: caffeine and wool…drinks and yarn…good cheer and warm fuzzies.  Call it what you will, owner Deborah Grossman calls it her local yarn store.

YC Store shot 1

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

Deborah: I worked in a medical clinic in the IT department, but I crocheted every day at lunch and taught others at work to knit and crochet. I also taught crochet at a local bookstore.

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

Deborah: I was laid off from my IT job and, within a couple of weeks, decided to pursue the long-held dream of opening a yarn store/coffee shop. After five months of one-day-at-a-time, one-foot-in-front-of-the-other progress, I opened Yarn & Coffee.

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

Deborah: There are a lot of great things about running the store. The best thing I thought would happen–being able to knit and crochet all day long–is not happening, but there are plenty of others. My favorite thing at the moment is teaching people to knit and crochet. It’s a little like teaching someone to read–you see the light go on and the excitement build, and the person’s delight at stepping into a whole new world. That’s a wonderful feeling. I also love helping people put together yarns and patterns for that “just-right” project, chatting with the groups that come to knit and crochet in the store, and telling visitors about my lovely town.

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

Deborah: Not being able to carry every lovely yarn, every type of needle or hook, and every ingenious gadget that there is. There’s just not enough room! Also, walking that fine line between having a really good selection and having an overwhelming selection is pretty hard.

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

YC cup of yarnDeborah: Mostly, I buy what I love. It also must be soft to touch–the yarn might look beautiful and come in lovely colorways, but if it’s not soft enough, I won’t buy it. I choose colors I love, and I also ask my employees to choose colors they love, then I channel my customers and add in a few that might not be my favorites but that others like.

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

Deborah: Do you sell washing machine parts? (Our location used to house an appliance parts and repair store for about 30 years. They’ve been closed for over 2 and a half years now, but we still get people looking for them.)

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

Deborah: We sold out of Steel and Pearls pretty quick–but black and gray are really popular this season. We also sold out of Autumn Indigo. Now that we’ve knit up a shawl in Papaya, that color is moving as well.

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

Deborah: Follow your heart. Don’t fight it if you always gravitate toward the same color palate. When you’re ready to branch out, you will. And with Happy Fuzzy Yarn’s unusual combinations, you can stay in your comfort zone while at the same time sticking your toe into another zone.

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story and your shop with us, Deborah!

 

An Interview with Riin

Want to read an interview with me? Penny Shima Glanz posted an interview with me on Little Acorn Creations. You can read the interview here.

 

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Penny’s very attractive cat, Shadow, and the blanket she’s making out of Happy Fuzzy Yarn.

 

Speaking of interviews, we’re soon going to start a series of interviews with LYS owners who carry Happy Fuzzy Yarn. Watch this space!

 

Thank you and a Sale!

Did you have a good Thanksgiving? I meant to write this yesterday, but I found myself knitting and watching 6 episodes of Game of Thrones, so today will have to do!

Each Thanksgiving I like to take time to reflect on what I’m grateful for. This year, I am grateful for Rob, my customers, my health, and my relative safety. I hope some day all people will be safe.

To express my gratitude for you, my customers, here is a coupon for 20% off everything in the store:

SAVE 20% WITH

COUPON CODE: THANKYOU

EXPIRES MIDNIGHT 12/1/14

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I’ll be taking a few days off, but in stock items will ship next Tuesday or Wednesday. Until then, some Doctor Who DVDs need to be watched and knitting needs to happen.

 

What’s new?

I thought I should post an update of what’s new around here. First of all, I got enough votes to move to the next round of the Mission Main Street Grants Program. Thanks to all who voted for me! They will announce 20 winners in January, so I just have to wait until then. Keep your fingers crossed!

In the mean time, I looked at what I could afford right now in terms of hiring, and I hired my first paid employee! Meet Carol.

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Among the many other things she does, she’ll start posting here soon.

I’m also working on a new scarf design, and we’ve got a couple of new patterns soon to be released (we have to finish our new wholesale catalog first). I’ll probably design some super warm mittens next, because it already feels like January here, and my mittens are inadequate. Necessity is the mother of invention!

 

It’s Fiber Expo time!

This weekend is Fiber Expo, so if you’re anywhere near Ann Arbor, come on out! There are over 80 vendors, including Happy Fuzzy Yarn. I’ll have some new colorways. This is Neptune.

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I’ll also have the yarn I spun during Spinzilla.

all the yarn

And this may be your last chance to pick up some yarn from my Local Wool Project. I’ve dyed the last of the yarn, so that’s it. I’m also giving you a chance to buy some of the undyed combed top from the Local Wool Project, both the wool/alpaca blend and the 100% Washtenaw wool blend.

And after you leave my booth, you can go give neck rubs to my favorite camel, Humphrey!

Hope to see you this weekend at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds!

 

6,652 yards

I spun 6,652 yards during Spinzilla. That’s 3.78 miles.

all the yarn

I spun 5.14 pounds of fiber. Merino, yak, BFL, tussah silk, Polwarth, Falkland, alpaca, Corriedale, Romney, and I’m not even sure what else.

I spun enough yardage to get to Ypsilanti.

No wonder I’m tired.

 

Spinzilla Day 6

Yesterday was Day 6. I plied two bobbins of the happy happy fun yarn of happiness.

2 full bobbins of happy

It was way past my bedtime by the time I finished, so no post yesterday. This past week has wreaked havoc with my sleep schedule, so next year I won’t try to post photos at night. I’ll wait till the following morning.

Today is the last day of Spinzilla. I won’t even think about trying to take pictures tonight. I’m just going to spin and ply as much as I can before the 11:59pm deadline.

Tomorrow: pictures of everything I’ve spun this week and total yardage spun.

 

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