After careful review of the evolving yarn selection available at Knitting in the Loop in Houston, TX, I have deemed it "Heather friendly". They have added more basic wool yarns in useful colors, and appear to be slowing down with the novelty yarns. As such, they are now on my good list and when I was called to action to knit Chubby Chirps for a fundraiser at the Houston Zoo... I got cracking. Proceeds from the sale of these guys will go to help the NZ oil-fouled penguins. I knitted one at the store, these 3 at home with handspun.