5 Happy Things

I have five happy things to tell you today!

First, we’ll be at the Midwest Festival of Fibers/Wool Gathering in Yellow Springs, Ohio this weekend! It’s a great show, and we’ll have lots of stuff, so if you’re in the area, stop on by!

Second, I’ll be doing a trunk show Saturday, October 4 at Stitching Memories in Portage, Michigan. Put it on your calendar if you’re in the Kalamazoo area!

Third, we’ve been re-releasing our patterns one by one so they’re easier to read and prettier to look at! We just re-released the Basketweave Lace Shawl(ette), and it’s FREE! Knit a shawlette with one skein of Corrie Sock, or use two skeins to make a full size shawl.

Basketweave Lace Shawlette

Fourth, Happy Fuzzy Yarn is growing, and I have lots of plans for the way I want it to grow, but I need more help! If you’re in the Ann Arbor area and are interested in working as a studio assistant (aka minion), please read the job description and let me know if you’re interested! (If you’re not in the Ann Arbor area, I’m also looking for more yarn reps!)

Fifth, we have a new addition to our family! Please say hi to Fiona!

Fiona

Isn’t she beautiful? Joey is totally smitten with her. She’s a little cranky at him, but she’ll be calmer after she’s spayed. After we’re back from Yellow Springs, I’ll make an appointment with the vet. In the meantime, she likes being petted, and she eats a lot! I forgot how much more young rabbits eat than old rabbits!

And just a reminder: if you’re going to sign up for Spinzilla, you have FOUR DAYS!

 

Did you forget something?

If you’re like me, there are things that you mean to do, but you think about them at 2am or when you’re in the shower or when you’re out for a walk. Times when you can’t do them. So you keep meaning to do them, you may even write them on your to do list, and some how you still just don’t do them.

I understand. I meant to schedule my mammogram for 6 months. I’ve been meaning to make an appointment to get a sheep tattooed on my left arm for…3 years?

(I finally did schedule the mammogram, and that’s coming up this week. I finally called the tattoo place, and found I have to go there in person to make an appointment.)

Anyway, it occurred to me that some of you probably have this same tendency I have.

Have you been meaning to register for Spinzilla?

If you have, you don’t have a lot of time left. The deadline is September 22, which might sound really far away (if you’re like me and can’t wrap your head around the fact that it’s September already), but is in fact only 9 days away.

Whoa! Really?

Really.

Nine days. So if you’ve been planning on registering for Spinzilla, for the love of wool, do it now!

Register here and choose Team Happy Fuzzy Yarn Spinners!

Do it now before you get distracted by a squirrel or something shiny or dinner or laundry. (Yes, I really do know how that goes.)

Think about all the fiber you want to spin.

Merino/Tencel combed top

Now go register!

 

To ply or not to ply

A lot of times I’ll be at a guild meeting or on a spinning forum and someone will show a singles they’ve spun and ask, “Should I ply this?”

Each time I cringe a little bit inside. Why? Because the time to decide whether you want to ply your yarn is before you start spinning your singles.

The singles I spin for plying is not the same singles I spin to stand on its own as a singles.

Behold. Here are three skeins I spun. Each one started as 4oz of 75% BFL/25% tussah silk combed top in the Kandinsky colorway. (Just to remind you that you have options! You can get completely different looking yarn depending on how you spin and ply!)

Left-Right: Singles, 2 ply, Navajo ply

Left-Right: Singles, 2 ply, Navajo ply

These two bobbins both hold singles. But the one on the right is the singles I spun to be a singles. The one on the left is the one I spun to be Navajo plied. Each bobbin contains 4oz, but the one on the right is much loftier.

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When I spin my singles, I’m spinning with intention. Not like some people who know exactly what project the yarn will be used in and how many wraps per inch the yarn should have, and several other details, since for me the yarn is often the finished product, but I’m thinking about what I want the yarn to be like from the beginning. Do I want it to be a singles? A 2 ply? A Navajo ply? So I spin the singles accordingly.

At its very simplest, here’s how I spin and ply:

  • Singles: spin using largest whorl
  • 2 ply: spin and ply using smallest whorl
  • Navajo ply: spin using smallest whorl, ply using largest whorl

Here are the same two bobbins after I Navajo plied. You can see the yarn on the left got loftier after Navajo plying, but it’s still not as lofty as the singles on the right.

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If you’re doing Spinzilla this year, you can count your extra spinning involved in plying. For example, 100 yards of a 2 ply yarn counts as 300 yards (200 yards of singles + 100 yards of plying). 100 yards of a Navajo ply yarn counts as 400 yards (300 yards of singles + 100 yards of plying). So you can spin spin spin and ply to your heart’s content, and it will all count!

Just a reminder, Spinzilla team registration is open until September 22, and it’s September already! (I blinked and missed August. Did you too?) I hope you’ll join us in Team Happy Fuzzy Yarn Spinners!

 

A new shawl pattern and a fiber festival

I met some great designers at TNNA this year, and a lot of them wanted to work with Happy Fuzzy Yarn! This pattern is the result of the first collaboration.

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The Bird’s Eye Shawl, designed by Diane Zangl exclusively for Happy Fuzzy Yarn, features neck shaping so it sits comfortably on your shoulders without slipping off or bunching up in back. And it’s reversible!

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The pattern uses two skeins of Happy Fuzzy Yarn Merino Tencel Fingering (shown in Galactic Gumshoe) and a 36-inch US 8 / 5mm circular needle (circular needle is used to accommodate large number of stitches), and several stitch markers.

REQUIRED SKILLS: basic knitting skills (casting on, knit and purl stitch, basic increases and decreases, binding off), reading charts, lace knitting.

You can buy the pdf here. For those of you who prefer to buy on Ravelry, hang tight. I’ll be selling it there as well as soon as I resolve some technical issues (selling a pattern I didn’t design has some extra hoops to jump through).

Or if you’re going to the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan this weekend, you can buy a print copy. Or a copy of any of my other patterns, and/or yarn and/or fiber. I’m not doing a lot of shows anymore (I’ve transitioned to more wholesale. You can find my yarn and fiber here), but I’m still doing this one because it’s a great show, and it’s a lot of fun. If you’re able to make it, you should! You won’t regret it!

Hope to see you there!

 

Are you ready to register for Spinzilla?

Are you excited about Spinzilla? Are you ready to register for the Happy Fuzzy Yarn team?

REGISTER HERE (this link will go live at 10am EDT, Monday, August 4).

I need to empty my bobbins!

full-bobbins

P.S. Want to follow along on Ravelry? We’ve got our own thread in the Spinzilla group here.

New pattern: Starry Night Socks

Starry Night SocksLoosely based on Vincent van Gogh’s painting “The Starry Night,” Starry Night Socks is a sock pattern using Happy Fuzzy Yarn Corrie Sock in two colors (Cobalt and Vincent) and size 2 needles.

It uses stranded knitting (fair isle type knitting) and includes a color chart to work from. Written for a women’s medium.

PDF $6.50

(This is our first pattern in our easier to read format. We will be going back and revising all our patterns one by one, and we have new patterns coming soon. I hope you like the new format!)

 

SPINZILLA is coming!

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Spinzilla is coming, and yes, Happy Fuzzy Yarn has a team!

What does this mean? If you’re a spinner, it means you can join our team, get discounts on HFY fiber, spin as much yarn as you can, support a program that teaches kids about spinning and other fibery goodness, see everyone else’s spinning, and win prizes!

Sound good?

The details:

  • You can register August 4- September 22.
  • Spin time is from 12:01am Monday, October 6 to 12:01am Sunday, October 12, regardless of your time zone.
  • The cost to participate is $10, which goes to the Needle Arts Mentoring Program.
  • Everyone on the HFY team will receive a coupon code for 25% off all fiber, valid from the time you sign up through October 31.
  • When spin time ends, everyone will measure their yardage (more on that later) and submit photos. The team with the most yardage spun is the winning team. Everyone on the winning team will get a $25 gift certificate from one of the prize donors (HFY is donating 8 gift certificates). All participants will be entered into random drawings for gift certificates.
  • For more details, see the FAQ.

Spinners, are you excited? Put it on your calendar!

 

 

 

Save 25% on Local Wool Project Yarn & Fiber

There are some new yarns I would really like to add to my line, but before I can add anything, I really need to free up some space. So everything from the Local Wool Project is 25% off. No coupon needed. The prices are already marked down. The yarn is 75% Washtenaw County wool/25% Michigan alpaca.

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There’s also combed top in the same blend.

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And combed top in 100% Washtenaw County wool.

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Experience locally grown wool and alpaca and save money. Yippee!

 

18 new colorways

I just wanted to let you know I’ve done a massive shop update. There are 18, count them, eighteen, new yarn colorways!

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This is Corrie Sock in Magic Carpet.

In the next few days I’ll also be adding four new combed top colorways and making some general changes to the website, but I need to rest a bit first! The month of 12 hour days I worked to prepare for TNNA was sort of the equivalent of beating my immune system with a large stick. But hey! At least I didn’t get sick until after TNNA!

TNNA was great, and you’ll start seeing Happy Fuzzy Yarn in a lot more local yarn shops! You’ll also see more patterns designed with Happy Fuzzy Yarn.

This year is going to be good.

Good News, bad news, good news, and good news

Ok! First the good news! Corrie Sock is back in stock! Yay!

Now the bad news. I’ve managed to keep most of my prices steady for a long time, absorbing my rising costs. Yeah, I can’t do that anymore. Not if I want to do frivolous things like pay the mortgage and eat. So I need to raise the prices a few dollars on some things.

But! Good news! I’m giving you a heads up now so you have a chance to order at the old price! Prices will increase two weeks from today, Friday, April 11. Feel free to order as much as you want, including back orders. Even if I can’t get your order dyed till after the price goes up, you’ll still only be paying the old price! (heh, sneaky!)

And more good news! I did some calculating, and I can actually lower the prices on a few things! Woohoo! DK Silk is now $38 per skein, and the Local Wool Project Yarn is $34 per skein. Sweet!

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This photo doesn’t begin to do the yarn justice. It’s hard to photograph shiny things!

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