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.

November 28, 2019

Ready, Set, Sale!

A collection of colorful yarn.

This is the big weekend! Bargain shoppers are poised and ready to click. Sew Happy Jane is celebrating with our annual sale starting at 9 a.m. MST Friday, November 29th – Monday, December 2nd at midnight. All *Ready To Ship* collections are on sale. Fingering weight, Sport, DK, and Worsted are all $22.40 USD/ skein. Bulky is $19.60 USD/ skein. No codes needed!

Shipping on separate orders cannot he combined during the sale. Dyed to order and Floozy Bundles are excluded.

November 14, 2019

Mix and Match

This week my webshop update will feature some exceptionally lovely bundles perfect for knitting up the Floozy cardigan and the Floozy Too pullover by Truly Myrtle. The pattern features a colorwork yoke that is worked with slipped stitches and only two colors at one time. The effect is so beautiful and the method is so simple. You’ll want more than one! Bundles are available on three bases for pre-order and you’ll be able to choose between my luxurious Silky Cashmere and my Happy Fingering bases. The shop is also filled to the brim with Delighful DK, Simple Worsted, and a great variety of fingering weight yarns. Pop over for a visit and don’t hesitate to message me if you need help ordering the perfect yarn for the perfect project. I love helping!
Heather Jane

October 24, 2019

Bundle Up!

  • Pink orange and speckled yarn.

Bundle up! The weather is changing here in the Northern Hemisphere. This week my webshop update with feature “perfect pairing” yarn bundles and warm and toasty worsted weight yarn. Visit my website on Friday 10/25 at 5 p.m. Mountain time to see all of the options.

With so many beautiful patterns available calling for two or more colorways, it can be a challenge to shop online for the perfect pairing. There are just so many options and it’s difficult to know for sure if you’ve chosen the best match. This week I’ll make it easy with bundles galore in both fingering and DK weights.

(I’m wearing a shawl called Honeybee Shawl by Aspen Knits in the colorways Agate Beach and Honey Mead. It’s the perfect accessory for my gold polka dot button up!)

Worsted weight yarn is perfect for the coming winter season. I don’t stock it on a regular basis, so now is your chance to snag some mouthwatering colors like Sky, Desire, Storm Dancer and Honey Mead. Grab a skein or two for all of those lovely cabled hats, cowls and scarves. This yarn base has excellent stitch definition and all the next to skin softness our beloved Merino wool has to offer.

Whatever you’re working on this week I hope you’re enjoying the change in seasons and staying cozy with your favorite projects.

Heather Jane

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.

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!

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!

A purple sweater with two skeins of yarn.So many indie dyers. One email.
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