August 15, 2019

Give me all the warm, toasty colors

  • A skein of orange red yarn

This week the temperatures have been dipping lower and the days are getting just a tiny bit shorter. I know I shouldn’t rush the seasons, but I’m so ready for fall. Even though it’s going to stay warm here for another month or so, I’m already planning my fall knitting projects.

Cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, red wine, pumpkin, crunchy leaves, golden light… I can tell by my dye pots that I’m ready for it all.

Join me on the website and let’s get our needles ready. Don’t see what you’re looking for in my ready to ship collections? Be sure to visit the Dyed To Order Listings and get exactly what you want on your favorite base yarn.

Xo,
Heather Jane

July 18, 2019

Celebrate the holidays in the most delicious way

Pink macrons

Fancy a visit to Paris?

Close your eyes and imagine a patisserie on your favorite, quiet street in Paris. The morning is fresh, and crisp. The streets are still quiet, and on your cafe table sits a perfect cup of coffee and the most divine plate of pastry. What would you choose from the case? A chocolate croissant? A perfect palmier? Maybe mille-feuille?

As I was reading “Save Me The Plums” by Ruth Reichl a few weeks ago I was suddenly struck with the perfect inspiration for my 2019 Holiday Gift Sets. Reichl, a former restaurant critic and food writer for the New York Times, and editor for Gourmet magazine, travels to Paris for a segment in her magazine. While in Paris she samples the most amazing restaurants and pastries, and she takes us along with her vivid descriptions. As she was describing a cream filled delicacy I knew I wanted to use “Patisserie” for my Advent Calendar and Hannukah Gift Sets.

Maybe you can’t make it to Paris this year, but I can take you there in your imagination! Visit my website for all of the details on this special offering. Quantities are limited and both Hannukah and Advent sets will be available Friday, July 19th at www.sewhappyjane.com.

See you in Paris!

xo,
Heather Jane

July 3, 2019

Two colors are better than one!

  • Cream speckled and gold socks.

I love contrast! One of my favorite, and simultaneously overwhelming, tasks is combing colorways to create contrast in my knitting projects.

My first memories of falling in love with color come from visiting the clothing store at “back to school” shopping time. I loved seeing the displays, but I always wanted one of each color from the tempting spread of merchandise. Choosing just one felt impossible!

As a dyer, one of my favorite things is to create sets of colorways that work well together, and as a result, I’ve been told that my palette is one of my best skills. I really enjoy putting bundles together and helping people choose colorways for their projects.

Today’s featured project is the Walking On A Dream sock pattern from Kalurah Hudson of While They Play Designs. It includes contrasting toes and cuffs along with lovely cables, and an interesting heel construction technique.

I have a fresh batch of sock sets perfect for knitting this (or any pattern that uses contrast) all ready to go in my shop. I hope you’ll take a peek and find something that makes you happy.

Have a Hand-Dyed Happy day,
Heather Jane

June 18, 2019

Sheep to skein to the dye pots – 10% off Friday only!

  • A pink speckled handknit sock on a sock blocker.

This week my update will feature my All American Sock base in collaboration with a new sock pattern from Lindsey Fowler of Lost and Fawned.

Lindsey and I collaborated on this special design to highlight all the best qualities of my All American Sock yarn base. This base is special not only because it is domestically produced, but also because it is perfect for socks! With a slightly more “toothy” texture than my other fingering bases, this base will hold up beautifully for socks and offer brilliant stitch definition for all kinds of stitch patterns. The Wandering Lost socks feature simple and sophisticated lace and cables with a nod to a slow, soul feeding wander through the woods. The pattern is available on Ravelry.

This special yarn is available in several colorways on my website! Sample shown in Sassy Ballerina photographed by test knitter Ashley Shorey. Second photo shown in Sly Fox by pattern designer Lindsey Fowler.

Order yourself a skein or two this Friday, June 21st and you’ll save 10% automatically from your All American Sock order. This discount is only good Friday, so don’t wait! You’re going to love this yarn.

** Shipping delay in effect for orders placed between June 22-June 26**

May 9, 2019

Minis + Tulips + Dyed To Order

  • A collection of pink tulips.

By popular demand, I have restocked mini skeins to my webshop. You can never have enough of these lovely little bundles. They are so perfect for all kinds of accessories!

The limited edition “Tulips” colorway is new this week. Back in the fall of 2006, I remember walking into the hardware store and seeing this big, beautiful display of tulip bulbs. I was immediately transported to one of my favorite memories from my youth when I visited the Skagit Valley tulip festival in Washington state and immediately fell head over heels in love with tulips. The moment I laid eyes on that hardware store display, I just had to have some bulbs for myself. I knew exactly where I wanted to plant them in our newly-purchased home.

The only problem was that I was about six weeks pregnant (sick), the mother to a busy 4-year-old, and a full time music teacher.

I was beyond exhausted.

I knew there was no possible way I could summon up the energy to plant those bulbs myself, but I bought them anyway! They sat on the counter taunting me, and for the next couple of weekends I felt terribly guilty for not getting them in the ground. Seeing my distress, and knowing how much I loved tulips, my sweet husband rescued them and planted them in our front garden bed for me that fall.

On March 29, 2007, we arrived home from the birthing center with our new baby girl to see the very first pink tulip blooming in our front yard. Every year when my tulips bloom I think of this story. It makes me love tulips even more! This year I decided to try and capture my bed of tulips in a limited-edition colorway called “Tulips.” It’s a little out of the norm for me, but I think it captures the essence of this memory, and it makes me smile. I hope you like it, too.

Have you wished for a certain colorway in a larger quantity and felt sad when it wasn’t available? This week I’ve added a worsted weight yarn to my dyed-to-order listing for a limited time. This new base will be perfect for the 4 Day Sweater KAL by Olive Knits or any other project you’d like to cast on.

You can now order Bouncy Fingering, Springy Sport, Delightful DK or Delightful Worsted in many of my most popular colorways and I’ll have it ready to ship within three weeks. If you order four or more skeins of any base you can use code OVER100 and save 10% on your order.

Happy Making,
Heather Jane

April 25, 2019

Dreamy, Dreamy!

  • Pink mohair silk yarn paired with a beige yarn

This week’s update is all about melty, soft luxury. From ethereal Magic Mohair to creamy Silky Cashmere; you won’t be able to resist treating yourself.

I’ve seen so many lovely mohair projects lately that my queue just keeps getting longer and longer. From floaty, light-as-air shawls to kitten-soft sweaters and hats, there is an endless array of choice. I’ve had fun dyeing loads of new colors to coordinate with my other bases. If you’re having trouble deciding let me know! I love to help with ordering.

Happy making, friends!

April 11, 2019

Dottie Jane

  • A brioche shawl in teal with pink speckled yarn.

Dottie Jane is a beautiful, feminine shawl designed by Lesley Ann Robinson of Knitgraffiti. Lesley Ann is known for her drop dead gorgeous brioche patterns, and when she chose to work with my signature colorway Hattie Jane I was very touched. We talked a little bit about how my colorway was named after my grandmother Hattie Jane who had passed away long before I was ever born, and her grandmother Dottie who had recently passed. It was decided that both of our grandmothers would be a part of this design, and Dottie Jane was born.

This week I’m stocking the shop with two skein bundles perfect for knitting Dottie Jane or any two-skein shawl. And as a nod to the Walla Walla, WA, shop Purl2W2 KAL that this design was inspired and organized by, I’ll be donating $5 from the purchase of any two-skein bundle from April 11 to April 15 to my local YWCA. I appreciate the work they do to eliminate racism and empower women in communities across the nation.

Lesley Ann knit her shawl using Hattie Jane, and my shawl sample was knit was Whiz Bang and Teal-E-O. I also have several other bundles in the shop for you to choose from.

Happy Spring! This shawl is perfect for a little dose of happy to brighten your knitting basket.

March 14, 2019

Silky Cashmere, Magic Mohair, and Mini Skein Bundles

Visit Sew Happy Jane for all kinds of lovely updates this weekend! Here’s some of what you’ll find in the webshop right now:

~ Magical Mohair in five delicious shades (ideal for pairing with my most popular signature colorways)
~ Buttery Soft, Silky Cashmere (perfect for spring/summer tees and wraps)
~ Loads of Delightful DK! (Do you have your eye on the new Soldotna Crop by Boyland Knitworks? I’ve got some beautiful pairings for you to consider.)
~ Mini Skeins! (If you’re like me and you have bottomless love for the Mini Skeins, there is a fresh crop ready and waiting for you.)
~ Several new spring colorways in fresh and vibrant shades to help encourage the weather to send in the sun.

January 31, 2019

Pinnacle Shawl Kit Release Update

My friend Kelly Sandusky of Aspen Knits knows how to make Sassy Ballerina and Honey Mead shine. I recently requested that she work her magic on two of my favorite colorways, and she delivered the Pinnacle Shawl. Pinnacle is a beautiful two-skein DK-weight shawl with texture and cozy factor galore. The variety of stitch patterns in each section will keep you entertained, and the squishy Delightful DK yarn will make this project fly off the needles. In no time you’ll be snuggled up in “hand-dyed happy.”

I’ve updated my webshop with kits that make shopping easy as pie. Choose from my favorite pairings, or check out my selection of Delightful DK and make your own pairing.

January 24, 2019

New Year, New Base!

Happy 2019!

I don’t know about you, but I love an excuse to clear the decks and start fresh. I always feel a renewed sense of creativity and energy in January and it seems to be the perfect time to infuse my world with new ideas. This year I’m spicing things up by adding a few new bases to my line up, and I’m starting with Springy Sport.

This 3ply base is round and delicious. It has lovely stitch definition, and takes dye like a dream. I’m excited to use Springy Sport for shawls and lighter weight sweaters that knit up a little faster than fingering weight, but offer a light weight fabric perfect for transitioning from winter into warmer temps, which I just know are coming soon.

I currently have a (rare) dyed to order listing open with so many beautiful color choices on not only my sport weight base, but also fingering and DK! Choose from your favorite Hand Dyed Happy colorways with this limited time offering. Minimum of 3 skeins required for Dyed to order.

Even better: Use coupon code for 10% off orders over $100. Use Code: OVER100

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