In the china aisle in a Goodwill store in Clearwater, FL a love story was discovered.

The story belongs to a girl born in September 1897 named Evangeline Withington or Eva as she was called.

Eva was born in Pennsylvania right before the turn of the century.  She had two brothers and a sister.   Somewhere along the way, she met a handsome soldier with dark hair and blue eyes, named Clesson Ernest Mason.  Clesson was from Ohio, a 1917 graduate of Marietta College.  Right after he graduated, Clesson was drafted into the American Expeditionary Force, the first American soldiers sent to fight in a foreign war.    The couple was married in June of 1918 when he was 25 and she was 20.

Clesson was sent to France, where he was a pursuit pilot and flight instructor reaching the level of Lieutenant.  While stationed in France, he had a set of fine china made by Theodore Haviland of Limoges especially for his wife.  The elegant formal service for twelve rimmed in gold is monogrammed with Eva’s initials.  The mark on the back of each piece states:

 

Manufactured by

Theodore Haviland

Limoges, France

for

Mrs. Eva W. Mason

from

Lieut. Clesson E. Mason

Air Service, A. E. F.

December, 1918

 

The china made it home to Eva before Clesson did.  He was honorably discharged in February of 1919.  Clesson was also one of the founding members of the Daedalians, the society of fighter pilots. When Clesson returned to the states he became a chemist in the oil industry in Tulsa, Ok.  While in Tulsa, Clesson began working for a branch of the Foxboro Company.  The family headed to Foxboro’s Massachusetts headquarters in 1929. While with the Foxboro Company, Clesson did extensive mechanical engineering work and invented several patented devices in the area of automated controls, which revolutionized manufacturing. In 1973, Clesson was awarded the Oldenburger Medal for his pioneering work in Mechanical Engineering.

 

In June 1921, the couple had a son, Richard Withington Mason. Richard followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the military as a fighter pilot. Unfortunately, the Mason’s only son was shot down in 1945 and lost in the south China Sea.

Mr. Mason’s career continued and allowed him to travel.  Records show the couple traveling through the port of Miami in 1952.  The Masons eventually retired to Island Estates in Clearwater, FL.

Thanks to Legacy.com, MyHeritage.com, U.S. Military Service Records, Haviland and the Order of the Daedalians Military Aviator Society, the ASME and the Oldenberger Medal for the information they provided.

The Kenny Chesney song goes,
“All I want for Christmas is a real good tan.
Take me to the islands, put my feet in the sand.
Rockin’ to and fro with the rhythm of the ocean
Singin’ Silent Night with the palm trees a blowing.”

And we went to Key West and the wind was surely blowing. A beautiful weekend doing things a little differently than most Key West trips. We drove down and camped. And the wind was crazy, but we got our little tent set up on the point by the water and got a little fire going. The stars at night above the palm trees and the moonlight on the water were heaven sent. We spent the next few days exploring, away from the crowds and the noise of Duval Street. We snuck down little alleyways, following roosters to breakfast. We made good use of our State Park pass and visited Fort Zachary Taylor and its amazing views and beaches two days in a row. We drank our fill of cafe con leche and surrendered to guava pastries and pineapple pancakes. We ate shrimp and hogfish off the grill in the dark by the light of a plastic star that we bought at the Kmart on the island. (And yes, we found the Yarn Shop!)

After being cooped up for quite some time, it was wonderful to take a long drive and see some things we had not seen before. This trip was less people-y than trips in the past, but can’t say it was any less enjoyable. The colors of Key West definitely put the cap on our holiday colors. We actually dreamt them up before the trip, but really felt them in the architecture and the beaches and the flora. And ya’ll, did you know that iguanas come out and sun themselves right on A1A in the afternoon?! How have I never seen them before? I was obsessed with them!!!

So, non traditional color for our holiday season. Hibiscus red, Palm Tree green and Toasted Coconut white. Flamingo and Island Water, Joyful, Lights on the Beach, Festive and Mkeka. You’ll see them popping up in the shop over the next week. Hope you enjoy our celebration of color.

Its finally here–SWEATER WEATHER! In Florida, it comes and goes and we can bundle up in the morning in our lovely, cozy hand knits and be whipping them off at noon, but its chilly and we will take it!
We’ve been looking at new sweater patterns and they are dancing like sugarplums in our heads!
Maybe a colorwork sweater, or a solid color pullover, or a cardigan…have you ever STEEKED?

Fat Bunny Yarn has some cozy options for cool weather sweaters and a bunch for warm weather ones, too.
Our WOO, worsted weight base, is plump and squishy, and feels cottony, even though its 100% superwash merino wool.
We have our DK base, Hotot, on sale right now. You could knit up a quick DK sweater in no time. Check out COSI, out cotton silk blend for a head start on spring/summer knits. And Fat Bunny Bulky is the star of the winter time knits being the softest and squishiest of all. We’ve got some rich shades in Bulky in the shop right now. And if you ever want a sweaters quantity, dyed just for you, pick a color and give us a call. We’ll make some up just for you!

Its time to put some love out into the world, and so we give you our Colors for a Cause:

* Somebunny Loves U, a colorway for Girl Power 2 Cure, an organization striving to empower and support families affected by Rett Syndrome; to educate and enrich the lives of those with Rett Syndrome as well as those who teach and support them, and to help eradicate the disorder through research targeted donor outreach. Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder affecting mostly girls. Rett Syndrome often strikes toddlers and affects purposeful hand utilization, the ability to breathe, eat, walk, and speak. Researchers are closer to a cure than ever. Somebunny Loves U is a fresh pink, orange and lavender tonal on our Lucky Sock base inspired by the laughter of little girls, like our friend Aubrey, who was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome before her 2nd birthday.

* For Breonna, a colorway for the Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship in Nursing at the University of Louisville. Breonna Taylor, an EMT in Louisville, KY, was killed in her apartment by police serving a “no-knock” warrant. We want to remember Breonna by continuing her legacy of helping others. The scholarship will help young women who seek an education in nursing. This colorway on our Lucky Sock base was inspired by the colors of a vibrant young life, magenta, teal and navy on a beautiful base.

* Andrew loves Andrea, a colorway for Fruity Knitting. We love the Fruity Knitting podcast. Hosts Andrew and Andrea have provided so much excellent content celebrating the fiber arts. Their show is delightful and much-loved by knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, dyers. When we heard of Andrew’s recent diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor, we wanted to send them some love. This colorway on our Lucky sock base was inspired all the colors of Fruity Knitting. We love it!

*Finally, for every pink yarn sold from now until October 31st, we’ll make a donation to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. This organization promotes education, advocacy and prevention. They make mammograms and other diagnostics possible for under served and uninsured women.

If you don’t find a lovely yarn to enhance your stash, please consider making a donation of just $5. We also have $5 donation items that you can add to your cart.

We hope you can help us spread some love in the world and we thank you for your help.

The calendar says mid-October, but here in Florida, its still summer! The Florida calendar is certainly different than most. The last day of summer in Florida is October 30th. Sometimes there’s a little chill in the air for the first day of Florida fall, October 31st. Florida fall happens pretty quick, wrapping up on Thanksgiving. Florida Winter begins the day after Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t really feel like winter until that one day in February when its really windy and it feels colder than it really is, because, you know, wind chill and all. Florida Spring is lovely. It starts March 1st and ends pretty much on April 30th. Florida summer gloriously reigns from May through October.

Despite sweater weather being a long way off in Florida, we still want to knit and crochet and weave all the things! Our latest shop update has some new fall colorways, inspired by Halloween movies and autumn colors. You’ll find these on our Petal Silks and a new limited edition base Lucky Penny! Its very similar to our Lucky sock base, but it has a touch of copper stellina! It adds a subtle sparkle and plays beautifully with the Halloween shades especially. Take a look at Graveyard Shift, with all its shades of grey. Those tiny copper lights turn it from basic to gorgeous. Talk about gorgeous, think about wrapping up in a shawl of Hot Cocoa, those creams and chocolates with a touch of copper sparkle, or go for drama in the reds and black of Elm Street. They’re all beautiful.

We’ll be shifting to winter shades soon…emeralds and burgundies, sugarplum and spice. Can’t wait to feel a little chill in the air! We have a garden full of fall and winter shades in our Bulky base. Its the coziest and knits up in a flash. Hope wherever you are, you are enjoying some autumn!

Summertime! Here in Florida, its hot as hot can be right now. Who wants to knit or crochet? We do!!!
On our needles is a summer tank in a cotton/silk blend –perfect for summer wear. Its bright and light in a fun tangerine color.

Although wool is breathable, it still sounds hot, doesn’t it? It really depends on how its made. For instance, our Woo base, a worsted weight 100% superwash wool, feels almost cottony. We made a Shelley Summer Top by Nancy Ricci from Woo in the colorway, LA Lady, and its the perfect lacy summer shell. Look for lighter weight yarns, like sport or fingering weights. And pick summery fibers like cottons and silks or blends with cotton, linen and other light fibers, but save the mohair for cooler days.

The Fat Bunny Yarn Summer sale is on now and includes our Lil Hop sport base, Cosi our cotton/silk blend and many of our light, airy art silks like Silk Ribbons, Mermaid Hair and even our Starlight beaded silks. Check them out and make something beautiful for summer.

UPDATE: Great news, Fat Bunny Friends! When we started down this path, with our 6 little hanks of yarn, we had no idea how generous you would be! We sold all 6 within the day.
We dyed 6 more and they all sold, too. Plenty of those that bought yarn also donated lots of additional money. And some of you, just plain out donated. So, here we are, ready to send the Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund a check for $510!!! In just a week, you made it possible for Breonna to keep helping young women. We will continue to raise funds for Breonna’s Scholarship so she can continue to help people. Thank you for keeping her dreams.

Breonna Taylor has been on my mind for awhile now.  Thinking about that beautiful life cut short.  Thinking about her mother’s anguish.  Thinking about the career in healthcare she had planned.  She was an emergency medical technician (EMT) and had plans to go to nursing school.

On March 13th, just past midnight, Breonna, 26, was shot and killed in her home by police officers serving a “no-knock” warrant.  This is the stuff of mothers’ nightmares.  To have your beautiful, successful, smart, caring baby girl taken so suddenly and so coldly.  It chilled my heart.

I was thinking of Breonna when I was dyeing yarn last week.  I put down the teal, violet and fuchsia speckles thinking of the bright colors of a young woman’s life.  I then covered those brights with a deep infusion of olive dye.  Olive is dark and drab, the way I was feeling that night. The next morning, after the dye was set, I lifted the lid to the pan and I was amazed.  I knew that sometimes that olive dye could be unpredictable, but what I saw was beautiful shades of brown nestled around those brights.  I saw Breonna and I wept as I rinsed that yarn.  But she was still on my mind. When something won’t go away, it usually means God is pressing you to do something.  As a dyer, this is what I can do: I can sell yarn and I can donate money.

UofL Health, where Breonna worked,  established The Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund in Nursing at the University of Louisville.  It is a four-year renewable award for full tuition and fees.  Preference will be given to a black woman who is a Kentucky resident when selecting recipients.  Breonna lives on fulfilling the dreams of other black women who choose nursing as a career.

So, the Breonna Taylor Scholarship Fundraiser is part of Fat Bunny Yarn now.  Just like the Somebunny Loves You colorway for Rett Syndrome, we will donate 100% of the purchase price to the scholarship fund.  If these 6 hanks of yarn, sell, we will dye 6 more and we will keep dyeing these and keep donating to the scholarship fund.

Donating to charity should come from a little sacrifice.  Fat Bunny Yarn will not make a cent off any of our fundraiser yarn.  100% of the purchase price goes to the charity. Click here to purchase this colorway.Lucky sock base – Breonna Taylor Scholarship Fundraiser

Other ways to donate:

If you aren’t interested in the yarn, you can still make a donation.  How about $5?  The price of that fancy coffee we used to enjoy when we were out and about could help someone else.  There’s a $5 donation item in the shop.  Those monies will be added to the yarn money and sent to the scholarship fund in Breonna’s honor.

If you would prefer to give directly, you can visit give.louisville.edu/breonna-taylor

We didn’t make kits.  We want you to pick whatever colors you want.  So, purchase any 2 Fat Bunny Yarn Poppy and/or Fat Bunny Yarn Lucky Sock, and we will send you the coupon code for the FREE Casapinka Hug Shot Shawl pattern.

Here are our favorite combinations:

Poppy in Flopsy and Lucky in Lemonade

Poppy in Flopsy and Lucky in All the Blues

Poppy in So Extra and Lucky in Preppy

Poppy in Flopsy and Lucky in Celery Stick

Poppy in Exotic and Lucky in Nutmeg Pink

Poppy in Amazon and Lucky In Down Deep

Poppy in Highlighter and Lucky in Silver

Another beautiful shawl is coming from Casapinka: The Hug Shot Shawl!  For a limited time, June 5-7, the pattern is FREE with purchase of two hanks of yarn from hand dyers and local yarn shops.  So exciting!

The Hug Shot is a companion shawl to Casapinka’s Breathe and Hope shawl.  Its a little simpler, easier, but still with that classic Casapinka style.  Easy enough for beginners, but interesting enough for experienced knitters.

It is knit with 2 hanks of fingering weight yarn: Casapinka’s sample used a solid and a speckle (the PINK one).  My beautiful friend Maresi is making our sample with Fat Bunny Yarn Poppy in Lime Slice and Fat Bunny Yarn Lucky sock in Dolphin Day (the GREEN one).  They both look great!

The PINK one!

The GREEN one!

 

To get the FREE pattern, simply buy 2 hanks of yarn and the code for the FREE pattern will be emailed to you to download.  What a fun shawl that you can create with ease.  Lots of colors to choose from, although Casapinka recommends the PINK!

Poppy comes in 16 poppin’ shades and plays so nicely with other yarns like our Lucky Sock base or Leap Sport base.  I imagine it might be beeeeeeyoootiful with our Petal Silks, too.  If you need a little help picking 2 colors, please reach out or look at our Fat Bunny Page on Instagram where we’ve been posting color combinations.  We can’t wait to see the Hug Shot knit in Fat Bunny Yarn out in the wild.

 

Here’s the deal: Purchase any 2 hanks of Fat Bunny Yarn Poppy, Leap, Lucky or Petal Silks between now and June 7th and get the coupon code to redeem between June 5-7 for the Casapinka Hug Shot Shawl for FREE. 

 

I’ve recently discovered the thrill of adding beads to my knitting projects.

They can provide just the right elegant, sparkly accent to a fancy stitch or spice up a plain one.

And thanks to some very smart friends, I’ve learned a lot about making them easy to add to your work.

Check out how perfectly this “oil stain” bead makes this little stitch “pop”:

 

 

 

 

 

A few tools make the process of beading super easy: A tiny crochet hook ( I used a size 1.0 mm) and a bead holder.

 

I got my set of tiny crochet hooks on Amazon for $14.99.

It came with 10 hooks ranging in size from 0.5mm to 2.75mm

with a super cute zippered bag.

There are several types available, but I’m just thrilled with the set I got.

 

 

 

You can buy a bead holder, but I made this one from an old cd case and a piece of clear packing tape.

It holds the beads securely until I’m ready for them. It closes nicely and holds my tiny crochet hook.  And it fits inside my project bag.

Do yourself a favor and preselect your beads so you know your crochet hook will fit through them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here’s how the magic works:

First, using removable stitch markers,

mark the places you want to add beads, before you start to knit the row.

By eliminating counting, this will make beading so much easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knit your pattern and when you come to a marked stitch pull it off your left needle.

Don’t panic. The stitch marker will prevent the stitch from dropping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With your crochet hook, select a bead and load it onto the hook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the crochet hook pull the stitch through the bead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place the stitch back on the left needle,

remove the stitch marker and your beaded stitch is ready to work in your pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a little preparation and the right tools, you can add sparkle to any project with ease. So get beading!!

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