Category Archive: Knitting

An interview with the owners of Spun, Ann Arbor’s newest yarn shop

Meet Ann Arbor’s newest yarn shop: Spun! Husband and wife owners Carol and Pete Sickman-Garner opened the Kerrytown shop in December of 2015 with the goal of creating a fiber hub where folks could share “their creativity, their expertise, and their love for making things by hand.” Spun carries a finely curated collection of yarns, tools, …

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Knit yourself a Burwick Tam

Burwick is a small village and harbor in South Ronaldsay, the southernmost of the Orkney Islands, just off the northern tip of mainland Scotland. It’s also the name of this tam. The lower band of “bars” represent piers in the harbor. The motifs that follow represent the heather that grows near there, first at mid-range, …

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Have you made anything with your Spinzilla yarn?

You may recall I spun some merino/yak yarn during Spinzilla with the intention of making super warm mittens since my hands get really cold during the winter. I made them, and then it was unseasonably warm for months. The first day of winter felt more like the first day of spring. But when I woke …

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Look Inside a Local Yarn Shop: Criativity Ranch in Largo, Florida

Criativity Ranch in Largo, Florida, is a yarn store (by demand!), owned and operated by Alicia Chivers, a fiber artist and alpaca breeder. Happy Fuzzy Yarn: What did you do before you opened a yarn store? Alicia: I was (and still am) an alpaca breeder. HFY: How did you get into the business of owning …

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Beautiful Handknit Shawls

Here are some lovely shawls I saw on Ravelry done up in Happy Fuzzy yarns. KeKcreates’ Canyon Shawlette YARN: Merino-Tencel fingering, colorway “Canyon”, 1 skein PATTERN: Ashton Shawlette by Dee O’Keefe (she’s having a B1G1 sale through the end of July!) When I was still very new to Happy Fuzzy Yarn, I saw this beautiful shawl on Ravelry and …

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Knit a Spring Valley Shawl for Fall

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! Buy the PDF now on …

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Cata cata cata cata Caterpillar Girl

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 …

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Heal Thy Soles Sock Pattern by Rachel Russ

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 …

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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.   Our samples, pictured here, were knit up in Colorado River (scarf) and …

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Free Fabulous Fingerless Fmitts, er, mitts pattern

We 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 …

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