Author: Carol

I am mistress of this site. I like pointy sticks and soft wool.
Picture of fiber from Happy Fuzzy Yarn

Conquering Shyness

I was terribly shy as a child.  When we moved into a new school district in second grade, I was nearly friendless for two years because I was too frightened to approach other children and ask to join their play. In fact, I first learned to knit from my second grade teacher because she would allow us to stay inside… Read more →

Picture of a small skein of woolen spun Cormo

Spinzilla was a blast!

If knitting in public isn’t weird enough for you, you should take up spinning. What I learned from Spinzilla last week was that spinners are, on the whole, a very happy bunch of people. We like to get together and ogle each other’s fiber, wheels, spindles, kates, niddy noddies, and freshly made yarn.  We encourage.  We help.  We teach.  We skip tea… Read more →

The Baby Surprise Jacket in Happy Fuzzy Yarn Superwash Sport

Surprise, Baby!

The Baby Surprise Jacket was the most fun thing I knit all year.  Bold statement considering we have three more months to go, but I’m sticking by it. This is probably one of the world’s most famous knitting patterns, first published by Elizabeth Zimmermann in 1968. The knitter just knits along, tracking some not-complicated increases and decreases, and when you… Read more →

Close up of handspun BFL yarn

They put me in charge

Handspinners of the world, I have good news! Spinzilla sign-ups start today and I am a team captain.  For $10 you can join Team Happy Fuzzy Yarn Spinners and have a jolly good time with yours truly. For the record, you can also spend $10 to join another team or, ye gads, go alone.  I will still talk to you,… Read more →

Photo of handknit fingerless mitts

Everyone Loves Fingerless Mitts

There’s been a craze ‘round these parts.  Young and old alike, male and female, everyone’s gotta have a pair of fingerless mitts. It started with the Pageturner Mitts, which was barely a pattern, but gave me a jumping off point. I had a lone and lovely skein of Noro Silk Garden, aching to be knit. I enjoy wearing my fingerless… Read more →

Picture of a cake of sock yarn

Changes!

So much change around here! The Obvious I installed a new theme for the site.  Changing the furniture around here is so much easier than in my actual house.  Also, WordPress is getting easier to use all the time and more and more functionality is trickling down to those of us who mostly use the free themes and plugins.  Woohoo! The… Read more →

Photo of a soft, fluffy pile of cormo pencil roving

Reflecting on My Summer Spinning Ramage

My summer of family fun was also filled with lots of spinning.  I was just in the mood for it and enjoying myself immensely. First up was “Frothy,” a delicious, pink blend of Cormo, Border Leicester, Coopworth, and silk from Fiber Trends that I finished plying in early June. “Frothy” called to me in the depths of winter and although… Read more →

A photo of Matt modeling his new Shawl Collar Cowl

The Shawl Collar Cowl Is a Hug Around Your Neck

Earlier this year I started a Pinterest board for my knit-worthy family members to pin things they’d like me to make them — primarily knitting, but there are no rules … and no guarantees.  I got the idea from my friend Tiffany after hearing that another friend of hers started a shared board for people to pin things to that… Read more →

The Gray Got to Me

Last year I started these socks: It was July.  It was my birthday, in fact.  I thought I was safe from the curse of knitting a gray project in winter. Alas, I was overcommitted on projects and my work on these progressed very slowly. Before I knew it, it was winter.  Have I complained enough about the long, cold, snowy… Read more →

A photograph of a salad with cucumbers

Week #1: What We Did With Our CSA Share

I do grow some of the vegetables my family eats, but the garden has been hard for me to maintain for the past several years, so this year we downsized the the vegetable garden and signed up for a CSA half-share with Tantre Farm in Chelsea, Michigan.  (Read more about community supported agriculture here.) Tantre is well-regarded locally, but I didn’t… Read more →

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