GroovyHues

Hand-dyed Yarn, Spinning Fiber, & Fiber Arts Accessories for Your Groovy Side!

Ronkonkoma, New York · 2251 Sales

GroovyHues

Hand-dyed Yarn, Spinning Fiber, & Fiber Arts Accessories for Your Groovy Side!

Ronkonkoma, New York 2251 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Last updated on Nov 26, 2016

Happy Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday weekend! The SAVINGS for you:
Saturday 11/26/16 - use coupon SHOPSMALL to get 20% off of your order!
Sunday 11/27/16 - use coupon STILLSHOPPING to get 15% off of your order!
Monday 11/28/16 - use coupon CYBERMONDAY to get free shipping in the USA!

Suzanne Burkett

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About

I Want To Help You Color Your World!

I am Suzanne Burkett, owner and operator of Groovy Hues Fibers. My Etsy shop was officially born sometime in August of 2014, but I believe it truly started many, many years before that. I just didn’t know it at the time.
Growing up, I wasn’t a crafter, but I had always wanted to be. One of my earliest memories is of sitting with my grandmother. She had an acrylic crocheted blanket from the 70s. I would take twigs to the fringe ends of the blanket, and pretend to “knit.” My mom swears my grandmother never knit, but I remember her telling me that she would teach me when I was old enough. That day never came. Cancer took her before I could learn.
I eventually forgot about wanting to knit, but I loved to color and draw. It was calming, and I enjoyed wild combinations. I owned obscenely embarrassing amounts of brightly-colored things – nail polishes, Caboodles, and Lisa Frank folders, posters, and dolls. I was a very gaudy kid. I admit it.
In 2002, I was in college, but in February, my appendix burst. I spent the year in and out of hospitals. I couldn’t afford to finish school. To cope, I still did a lot of coloring with whatever I could doodle on. It brightened my day, and anything I could do for myself in that way was a big help.
In 2005 I moved away. I knew no one, and really did not fit in. I finally remembered my desire to learn to knit. In southwest Florida, where there are two seasons: summer, and Christmas. And I wanted to play with wool! This was before the days of myriad online video tutorials. I had only books! I am ever so glad that I taught myself. My first scarf was an ugly mess, but I kept trying. Knitting colorful things got me through the extreme loneliness of being away from home.
Before long, I moved back home and took my knitting with me! At this point, I had begun to use food dyes to achieve fun color combinations I could not find in stores. I also went back to school to earn a degree in Anthropology with an unofficial minor in Biology.
I graduated with honors, but life was not shaping up how I had planned it. It was Christmas 2011 – For reasons beyond my control, I lost my marriage, and my beloved dog at the same time. I continued to take whatever life would throw at me in stride. My knitting, beginner dyeing, and, admittedly, some coloring books, too, got me through these painful life changes.
Returning to school gave me an amazing gift: my boyfriend, Thaddeus. He is a Textiles Archaeologist earning his PhD in Textile Production in the Iron Age II Levant. His knowledge is enviable. He has inspired me to do more with fiber, string, and sticks than I ever would’ve imagined. Because of his specialty, I taught myself to dye my own yarn on a “professional” level, but was doing this for only myself at the time.
I hunted for a job within my field to no avail. I began nannying. I was gone 13 hours a day for far below legal minimum wage. One day, a knitting friend saw some yarn I was about to use. She gasped and said, “WHERE did you get that?! I need to go buy one!” I told her I’d have to sell it to her if she wanted some, because I had made it. She thrust a $20 bill at me.
I hadn’t thought anyone else would like my yarns! Last spring, Thaddeus turned to me and said, “If they’re pleasing you, maybe they’ll please someone else. Do what makes you HAPPY! Dye yarn. Sell it to the masses.” So, I ordered lots more blank yarn than I could comfortably afford. I dyed a few. And then they sat there. I was terrified to bare my soul to the world. It’s more than “just yarn.” My colors are all of my experiences: pain, pleasure, joy, love, desire, and fear, thrown onto a fluffy canvas. What if people thought my stuff was ridiculous?!
Eventually, I put a few photos of my wares on a knitting Facebook group. I didn’t have an official shop yet. But, I had to work very quickly to throw one together. People wanted my yarn! I was amazed, flattered, and panicked that it might just be a fluke, or people just being kind. It wasn’t. Business has grown steadily since. Every time I get an order, I am so thankful that I have a chance to do what I love, and someone is going to work with and appreciate it. I’m always delighted to see what people make with my yarns.
My Anthropology degree has brought me a deeper understanding of people, and a pathway to make others happy, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted. My business enhances my life – I truly am whole again. Making people smile is what floats my boat. If I can help them color away any sadness the way I did when sorrow found me, I feel as if I have done my bit for the human condition. My customers are more than “just customers” to me. They are all my friends. I have learned so much from them. They have given me ideas, made me laugh, and have made me truly revel in my choice to experience the rest of my life inside happy walls of fiber. Fiber friends, I love you. I could not be more grateful that you help me paint my world so vividly, so I can help you paint yours.

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Last updated on May 30, 2015
Hi! Welcome to Groovy Hues Fibers! I'm Suzanne from Long Island. I'm compulsively crafty, and since the job market isn't exactly ideal, I'm hoping to get more month at the end of my money by putting my craftiness to good use. I absolutely adore color. Making colorful items is my passion! Here, you can find modern, bright colorways or traditional, classic color combinations. I promise you rich, creative hues!

All of my items are professionally hand-dyed, hand-knit, or hand-crocheted by me. They come from a smoke-free home, but we do have cats. These cats are blissfully unaware of how fun yarn can be, so they do not touch the items I make. But, if you're very cat-sensitive, I'm just letting you know that we do share our space with two of these lovely creatures!

Mostly, I hand-paint my yarns and roving so that each piece is entirely unique.

I also knit baby and children's items. I have a newborn niece, and she is my whole world. I started knitting for Ella before she was even conceived. I'd love to knit for your loved ones, too!

I DO take custom orders. Please contact me WELL ahead of the time you will need the item, and I'll see what I can cook up for you!

My items are made from high-quality material - both animal fibers as well as synthetic and cotton are used. My yarn and roving consist of generally animal and protein fibers (i.e., wool, silk, angora, alpaca, nylon). If you are allergic to any type of fiber or you are ethically opposed to wool/animal fibers, please be assured that I separate my items in storage so they do not contaminate one another with stray fibers, but I do have all types of fiber in my home.

A lot of my hand-knit and hand-crocheted items will be vegetarian/vegan/animal-free, and it will clearly state that on the listing!

I'm happy to make a garment or accessory out if any material you wish (within reason)!

Measurements are taken in inches of garments lying flat, unstretched. Remember that knitting/crochet is VERY stretchy and will fit a wide array of sizes and shapes. If I mention "negative ease," it means that the item is knitted to be smaller than the intended wearer, like a fitted t-shirt. "Positive ease" means the opposite, and that the item is larger than the intended wearer, such as a baggy sweatshirt.

If in doubt, please ask before buying! Ask any and all questions you wish. There is no such thing as a silly question! Questions ensure a happy experience for both you and me! Always happy to answer questions.

More items will be added weekly, so please visit often. If there's something you want that you haven't seen me offer, send me a suggestion. I love new challenges!

Enjoy, and happy buying!

~ Suzanne @ Groovy Hues Fibers

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Payment
I take credit/debit cards, Etsy gift cards, and PayPal. Please understand that if you pay by e-check through PayPal, your item will wait to ship until the check clears. That policy protects both of us!
Shipping
I usually ship within 5 business days of receiving payment, unless your item is custom or dyed-to-order. At that point, I will ship within the promised time frame for making your item to order. If for some unforeseeable reason I cannot, I will absolutely contact you to make you aware of the delay. Expedited shipping is available upon request, at buyer's expense.

If you need your item shipped with signature-required status, please tell me ahead of time.

If you have any questions or concerns about shipping, please inquire before buying!
Refunds and Exchanges
There will be no refunds issued unless I have made an egregious error in producing your item. All of my listings explain my items thoroughly. Please read the entire listing and ask all questions before buying to ensure you are purchasing the item you want!

PLEASE do not open your yarn package with scissors or a knife! I do NOT issue refunds if a buyer has cut through his/her yarn or roving! Sorry!
Additional policies and FAQs
All of my items come from a smoke-free home, but we do have cats. These cats are blissfully unaware of how fun yarn can be, so they do not touch the items I make. But, if you're very cat-sensitive, I'm just letting you know that we do share our space with two of these lovely creatures!

I DO take custom orders. Please contact me WELL ahead of the time you will need the item, and I'll see what I can cook up for you!

My items are made from high-quality material - both animal fibers as well as synthetic and cotton are used. If you are allergic to any type of fiber or you are ethically opposed to wool/animal fibers, please be assured that I separate my yarns in storage so they do not contaminate one another with stray fibers, but I do have all types of fiber in my home. A lot of my items will be vegetarian/vegan/animal-free, and it will clearly state that on the listing!

I'm happy to make a garment or accessory out if any material you wish (within reason)!

Measurements are taken in inches of garments lying flat, unstretched. Remember that knitting/crochet is VERY stretchy and will fit a wide array of sizes and shapes. If I mention "negative ease," it means that the item is knitted to be smaller than the intended wearer, like a fitted t-shirt. "Positive ease" means the opposite, and that the item is larger than the intended wearer, such as a baggy sweatshirt.

If in doubt, please ask before buying! Always happy to answer questions.

Enjoy, and happy buying!