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.

 

 

Free Fabulous Fingerless Fmitts, er, mitts pattern

Carol Ullmann's Fabulous Fingerless Mitts patternWe have a new pattern available, and this one is free!

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.

 

 

TNNA recap

All of our colorways in Corrie Sock

All of our colorways in Corrie Sock

 

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.

 

 

Trecolori Shawl Pattern Now Available

trecolori shawlI 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.

$6.50

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12 million things are happening!

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!

springvalleyondesk

 

 

It’s time again for Fiber Expo! and a note to weavers!

In the mood to fondle some yarn and bond with it?

Well, duh. Of course you are.

If you’re anywhere near Ann Arbor this weekend, you can come to our big booth o’ happiness at Fiber Expo and do just that! You’ll find some brand new colorways that I haven’t had a chance to add online yet, like this one.

 

Happy Fuzzy Yarn Corrie Sock in "Cherry Float"

Happy Fuzzy Yarn Corrie Sock in “Cherry Float”

I’ll try to add the new colorways to the store in the next week or two, but no promises since I’m recovering from not one but two viruses.

Attention weavers! If you bought yarn to make a shawl like the one I wrote about in Adventures in Fibonacci Weaving (or even if you didn’t), you might want to take a look at the helpful footnote I added to that post!

 

New Yarns!

Hey! I started writing this post a week ago, but then I got the plague and had to sleep 20 hours/day. I’m not completely over it, but I’m a lot better than I was, so let’s see if I can finish it today!

I’ve been wanting to introduce some new yarns for a while now, and now that the Local Wool Project Yarn is almost gone (seriously, there’s hardly any left. If you want some, grab it now) there’s some space freed up.

So we are introducing not one but TWO new base yarns! Both are 100% US-grown merino, and both are millspun here in the US.

The first is a fingering weight yarn, Merino Mono. It’s a superwash merino singles. I am in love with it.

merino mono

I may want to marry it and have its babies. I’m working on a scarf pattern with it.

The second is a DK weight yarn, DK Merino. It is NOT superwash. It IS delightfully squooshy, and I’m looking forward to making a sweater with it.

dk merino

Ok, several sweaters actually.

Speaking of freeing up space, did you miss my Fiberganza sale and wish you could have come? Or did you come but wish you would have bought that bag of red alpaca? Well, we sold more than half of what we had out, but that means there’s still an incredible amount left. I’m doing an auction on Facebook, listing several things every day, and wow, there’s a lot of stuff. As of this writing, I’ve got the first 57 lots up. I might be about 20% through…

The auction ends Sunday, April 5 at 11:45pm. And yes, there’s red alpaca.

 

Plan B: Fiberganza! The destash of the decade!

Remember that grant I applied for that would have allowed me to buy a bigger house with a much larger studio space?

I didn’t get it.

So, I wallowed in self pity for about 3 seconds, and then started forming Plan B.

Plan B is making more space in the studio I have. There’s a lot of stuff in here. I use most of the stuff, but there’s some stuff I’m not using so much anymore. I decided I need to focus and not try to do everything. So I’m not going to make art batts anymore. This means roughly 18 linear feet of wall space full of fiber can be destashed.

 

A small fraction of what needs to go.

A small fraction of what needs to go.

And there’s other stuff too. A lot of other stuff.

So.

You are invited to the Destash of the Decade!

FIBERGANZA!

The Happy Fuzzy Yarn studio is bursting at the seams! We need to get rid of some of the really cool stuff we’re no longer using (we love it all, but we can’t do everything, and we NEED THE SPACE)!

What has to go:

  • Washed fleeces (natural and dyed)
  • Slightly felted dyed combed top (it was queued for art batts)
  • Roving
  • Undyed combed top
  • Dyed fiber (some carded, some not)
  • Novelty yarn (also queued for batts)
  • Silk fabrics / damaged and undamaged garments (yep, for batts)
  • Damaged cashmere sweaters (you guessed it! Batts!)
  • Wool combs
  • Wool picker (cradle type)
  • Spinning wheel (Thumbelina)
  • Harrisville Designs 4 harness loom
  • And more!

When: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10am – 4pm

Where: The Happy Fuzzy Yarn studio in southeast Ann Arbor. If you already know where this is, great! Just show up! Feel free to bring friends! If not, sign up for the newsletter and you’ll get the address the day before the sale. (I’m not going to publish my address because crazy people.)

Yes, we take credit cards!

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Look Inside a Local Yarn Store: DocKnits in Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada

storefrontDocKnits, on the shores of Lake Huron, is a cheerful, friendly local yarn store for the beach community of Port Elgin in southern Ontario — a great place to take a vacation and buy some vacation yarn!  Owner Dr. Sue Gundrum shares her LYS story with us today.

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

Sue: I am a family physician who has loved knitting and crocheting since I was a child.  My grandmothers taught me the craft!  I worked in a yarn store when I was a teenager in the 80s when fair isle and chunky sweaters were popular.  The store I worked in was very fashion forward (for our small city of Owen Sound) and carried “exotic” lines like Phildar and Annie Blatt…unheard of in the world of Paton’s 100% acrylic!

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

Sue: I have three growing sons and a husband who is a dentist and coaches A LOT of volleyball.  As the boys have grown, I started to find myself alone more and more.  My immediate circle of friends do not do anything creative (we bond over wine!) and I was missing women who love fiber.  So, as a “prevent the empty nest syndrome” project, I decided to open a store.  I still work full-time as a physician, but sneak into the store on weekends, evenings, and my day off.  I have two wonderful women, Peggy and Jeffi, who basically run the store.  I do orders, pay the bills, fondle the yarn, and knit samples for the store.  I love coming to Friday night “open knit” and try to come to Thursday afternoon “open knit” if I don’t have to do my other (not so much fun) job.  As a result, we have cultivated a real community at DocKnits and they feed me emotionally and spiritually, as much as I feed them with yarn!  I think this is the best part of owning a yarn store.

Sue, Peggy, and Jeffi

Sue, Peggy, and Jeffi

HFY: You created a community! That’s great! What is the hardest part about running a yarn store?

Sue: The most difficult part of running the store is not being able to be here enough!  It takes hours and hours to keep the store up and running, but it is such a passion that I really don’t mind the extra time.  I wish we could knit samples faster because people really need to see the end product, but there are only 2 or 3 of us who knit for the store (sample knitters are welcome anytime!).  The money is always a stressor as well as I seem to have to buy every yarn, in every colour.  I don’t have a very good filter. However, our clientele is growing and we may supplement our “off season” with some online shopping.

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

Sue: I try really hard to get a good mix of yarns in different weights, colours, and price ranges.  I use to buy every colour of the rainbow in every yarn, but now I focus more on specific colours.  Despite the fact that I love golds, greens, and oranges, not too many people can rock those colours.  I love buying North American and home grown yarns, and shun anything from countries that abuse human rights and provide cheap products.  I was so proud of Rowan for discontinuing their angora line when they discovered the rabbits were terribly abused.  I really love natural fibers.  I just sourced out a local sheep farmer who has about 2000 oz of bare 2 ply yarn from his sheep, languishing in his attic!  I will have this dyed for the store.

docknits-interior

HFY: Good for Rowan! Bunnies should be pampered and loved! What is the strangest thing that’s happened at your store?

hfy-at-docknitsSue: I was in the basement stocking yarn and heard an awful sound upstairs.  It sounded like a very loud fire alarm.  I ran upstairs to find a very embarrassed lady, paying at the cash register.  Her husband was parked outside and STARTED THE CAR ALARM because she was taking too long.  I would like to have pelted his car with a paintball gun, but didn’t have one handy and thought better of it.  The poor thing…. I should have given her a big discount for having a spouse like that.  She admitted that he was SERIOUS and not joking.  How sad!

HFY: How awful! What is the most popular Happy Fuzzy Yarn colourway with your customers?

Sue: Undulatory and Petrified Forest (my personal fave) have sold well.  We just don’t have any other colourways like Happy Fuzzy Yarn’s in our store.  They are so unique and appealing. We have a large tourist base from May until October as we live on the beaches of beautiful Lake Huron and there was a lot of ooohing and ahhing over the yarn last year!

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

 

My Sheep Tattoo

Last night I did something I’ve been meaning to do for the last few years.

My sheep tattoo!

I got a tattoo of a sheep on my left arm. A Cotswold hogget to be precise.

Doesn’t she have a sweet face? (At least I think it’s a she.)

I’m so happy!

For the curious, the tattooist was Zera Anderson of Brite Idea in Ypsilanti, MI.

 

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