September 17, 2020

Meet us at the River’s Edge

  • A pink cabled sweater.

Visit Sew Happy Jane this weekend for a discount on a dyed-to-order selection of DK yarns perfect for knitting the River’s Edge pattern collection by Hanks and Needles.

After a year of dreaming and scheming, Heather Best of Sew Happy Jane and Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles are thrilled to finally share the results of a special collaboration.

Inspired by the quiet banks of a winding river, the River’s Edge Cardigan and Hat patterns echo the flowing life and serene landscape of a river bank. Makenzie’s goal was to balance simplicity and flow to showcase a tonal hand-dyed yarn with this seamless design. The cardigan begins at the collar and winds its way down the back with a flowing cable panel that is easy to work via chart or written instructions. Using an innovative method you’ll work the collar and the body all at the same time and the finished garment will be a classic you’ll reach for over and over.

Not quite ready to commit to a cardigan? The single skein River’s Edge Hat will give you the perfect opportunity to play with cables again or try your hand at them for the first time.

Heather has put together a thoughtful palette of colorways perfect for showcasing the River’s Edge hat and cardigan. The dyed-to-order listing will feature a selection of options at a discounted price on a choice of three DK base yarns. Choose from Delightful DK, Delightful Tweed DK, and the new Dreamy MCN DK. Shown in colorway Electric Raspberry.

The pattern is available on Ravelry, and LoveCrafts for 25% off through the weekend.

July 30, 2020

Let’s Get Cozy Advent Calendars

A white teacup sits in front of fairy lights on a handknit with the worlds Advent 2020 let's get cozy.

Hello, friends.

Looking for comfort?

This week the Sew Happy Jane webshop will re-open after a two week long summer holiday. I’ve been resting and working behind the scenes to prepare for what promises to be a busy fall. So many decisions to make, and so many unknowns. What I’m craving the most right now is comfort, and I bet you are, too. I long for cozy days where I can cuddle up worry free with my knitting, my books, and my tea. As I was searching for inspiration for the 2020 Advent Calendars I realized that “cozy” is just what I’m craving.

The Let’s Get Cozy Advents will feature 13 minis (a baker’s dozen) in my hand painted/speckle technique, and one full coordinating tonal skein. The kits will include some comforting extras that I know will make you smile and feel loved. These special boxes will ship the first week of November, and will be packaged with a winter theme. Open them every other day during the month of December, or choose a special holiday to treat yourself to a little extra love. They’ll go on sale at 9 a.m. MST on Saturday, August 1st.

I hope you are well and finding peace and joy in your creativity.

Happy Making,
XX Heather Jane

July 9, 2020

Dreaming of that beach vacation you had to cancel?

  • A purple and gray striped shawl sits on a dress form.

This summer is definitely not going the way we planned, but we can still have some magic in small ways. Electric Beach is a new design created by Shellie Anderson of Shel Knits Designs. She used one skein of Electric Raspberry Merino fingering, and one skein of Agate Beach mohair to create this dreamy new shawl.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan of whimsy and stripes, so this shawl hits all the right notes for me. Choose from a selection of colorways in my Magic Mohair Bundles or Featherdown Suri Bundles and pretend you’re knitting on your favorite beach. *Yarn and pattern sold separately.

Also included in this week’s update is a new tweed fingering base. A blend of Superwash Merino and tweed neps, this new base would make such a perfect striped or colorwork summer tee or cardigan. I have my eye on the Weekender Light by Andrea Mowry, but I could also see myself knitting up a striped Rock It Tee by Tanis Fiber Arts. Choose from a sophisticated collection of mix and match hand painted or tonal colorways to create your perfect project.

10% of profits from this weekend’s sales will benefit the Idaho Black History Museum. Thank you so much for your support!

Happy Making!
Xx, Heather Jane

June 25, 2020

Delightfully Tweedy

  • Skeins of bright colored tweed yarn.

This week in the webshop you’ll find a fresh batch of Perfect Pairings and a lovely crop of Delightful Tweed DK ready for the picking. 10% of profits from sales this weekend will go to The Loveland Foundation. This foundation provides support for Black women and girls by helping them access therapy through a voucher system.

Perfect Pairings take the guess work out of matching up colorways and get you creating without the stress. Just choose your favorites, browse your pattern library for the perfect two-skein shawl, and cast on. Of course you can also shop the Bouncy Fingering Ready To Ship category and put your very own pairing together from a scrumptious selection of colorways.

Delighful Tweed DK is a relatively new base yarn for me, and I’m dreaming of knitting up a cozy tweed cardigan or a classic pullover with this handsome base yarn. The color palette just works so well together that I can’t help wanting to add a colorwork element or some stripes to make a splash!

May 21, 2020

Introducing Rustic Highland Non-Superwash Wool

  • Skeins of red, gold, white, blue and pink yarn above stones.
  • Skeins of pale pink yarn.

Rustic, crunchy, non-Superwash.

Have you see my new line of non-Superwash wool yet? This mix and match collection is making my heart so happy. It’s perfect for sweaters, hats, felting projects and colorwork.

Preorders are open through May 25 for this beautiful base (as well as my other two DK bases) and will ship by June 15.

100% Peruvian Highland Wool is everything you think of when you think of traditional wool. It’s earthy and full of life, and I’ve chosen 10 colors that mix and match well to introduce this lovely new base.

If you’re considering the 4 Day Knitalong with Marie Greene of Olive Knits in July, this would make a beautiful choice. At $18 per skein, the price point for Rustic Highland Wool makes an affordable and beautiful sweater. Details about the measurements and yarn requirements for the 4 Day KAL are all up on my website along with three base yarn options.

Happy Making!
Xx,
Heather Jane

April 30, 2020

Virtu-wool Fiber Fest is Saturday, May 2nd at 10 am EST

  • A hand touches a skein of multicolored yarn.

Saturday, May 2nd Sew Happy Jane will be kicking off the Virtu-wool fiber festival hosted on Facebook. You can find a link to the event on my website. The webshop will be updated with fresh new colorways, and many of my best selling colors from the past. Come and visit me Live on Facebook at 10 a.m. EDT for a preview of colorways, a look at some samples, and a Kool-Aid dyeing tutorial you can try while you’re stuck at home. Shoppers who attend the live event will be entered for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Sew Happy Jane webshop.

April 9, 2020

PRIMA shawl bundles Re-Stocked and a Knit Along

  • A pale pink lace shawl sits on a dress form.
  • Pale pink speckled yarn.

Did you see the beautiful PRIMA shawl by Shellie Anderson last weekend? Shawl bundles sold out so quickly that I had to hurry and order more mohair so I could offer more. My website is now re-stocked and all bundles ordered by Saturday, April 11th will ship by Wednesday the 15th. The pattern must be purchased separately and is now available on Ravelry.

Don’t like mohair? There is now a Suri Alpaca option available! And pssst…you can use these bundles to knit any mohair project you’ve had your eye on! Love Note anyone?

Shellie and I are excited to offer a KAL starting April 20th that runs along side the Indie Untangled KAL happening now. If you purchase yarn for the PRIMA shawl from my shop you’ll qualify to enter both events!

PRIMA knit along details can be found on my website.

April 2, 2020

PRIMA shawl pattern release update

  • A lacy shawl in pale pink.

Light as spun sugar, this shawl was inspired by my popular Sassy Ballerina colorway. Designer Shellie Anderson and I met while I was vending at Stitches Salt Lake and we instantly connected. Her fresh, classic style drew me in immediately, and we knew we could make magic together. Just last month we re-connected at the Rose City Yarn Crawl where she fell for Sassy Ballerina and its parter Ballerina (mohair). She headed home and immediately cast on this dreamy shawl in a fit of COVID-19 stress knitting. When Shellie shared the photos of PRIMA with me I couldn’t hardly wait to show the world.

The PRIMA shawl pattern will be available Friday morning on Ravelry and I’ll have yarn bundles in the original Ballerina colorway as well as several other confections perfect for spring.

PS: Enter code FREESHIP50 for free shipping on orders over $50. Applies to all ready to ship collections. Take a peek at my scrumptious selection of Silky Cashmere while you’re shopping!

Shawl photos are courtesy of www.sheldesigns.net

January 30, 2020

Colorway For A Cause

  • Gray yarn with pink, teal and yellow speckles.

This year I’m once again joining the efforts to raise money for this worthy cause, and my goal is to raise $500. That’s 125 skeins of Agate Beach! Will you help me?

On Saturday, February 1, the webshop will be stocked with Agate Beach, which is my all time most popular colorway to date. $4 from the purchase of each skein of Agate Beach on *any* yarn base will be donated to Down Syndrome International, and they will use the money to help families and individuals access education and resources to live their best lives.

Looking for a sweater quantity? Now is the time to order! Dyed to order listings as well as ready-to-ship options will be available Saturday, February 1 on my website.

January 23, 2020

Connecting Hearts and Memories

  • A dark blue and green yarn.

Have you ever created something for others based on a memory you share together?

We’ve been going to Lopez Island, Washington, as a family since we were children. My grandparents had a home there and we have so many memories of our visits. Lopez is a magical place of unspoiled beauty with moody seas and verdant forested hills. I wanted to capture the beauty of the Island in yarn to create Christmas gifts for my family so we would all have a concrete memory of a place we love so much.

After some experimentation I came up with “Slo-pez.” A nod to the slower pace of life on the Island (and not a name I came up with!), Slo-pez has all of the inky blue and teal colors of the sea, mossy greens of the hiking paths, and deep greens of the forested hillsides that encapsulate the Island. Of course I had to throw in a little rust to round things out and make this colorway perfectly “Pacific Northwest.”

I was so lucky to be able to join my brother and his family on Lopez to ring in 2020, and we hiked out to a bay on New Years Day to take this photo of us wearing our Slo-pez hat and headband together.

My webshop update this week includes Slo-pez on several base yarns: Simple Worsted, Delightful DK, 2 Ply Bouncy Fingering, Cashmere Blend Fingering, Silky Cashmere Fingering and Magic Mohair.

The update will be “Live” on Friday, January 24 at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.