Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Yarn Yay!

So this is a new company--they approached me inquiring about what I like about buying yarn online, what would I look for in an online yarn company and I responded with probably waaaaaay too much information because sometimes I go crazy buying yarn online because you can find anything!!! But it's annoying and ugly and the websites are frustrating to navigate and I want to touch things. And sometimes I refuse to buy yarn online because local businesses!!! But then I have to talk to people and they don't have the yarn I need and so I usually buy something else which is oftentimes terrific and oftentimes...not so much.

Argyle Sheep will--ideally--combine the two experiences as much as the internet can. It's run by two very nice people who are local to...somewhere...but at least aren't an internet behemoth of doom. They want to create a carefully curated, easily navigable shop, complete with how-to videos (just like how you can get some instruction at your lys) and...drumroll...their own brand of yarn. They're starting with Zephyr, which is a cotton/wool blend, and they're working on getting some colors.

This is an expensive venture, and they are crowdfunding. The cool part is that they created their own crowdfunding platform, YarnFund.com, which they will keep open for other fiber-related projects that need a little help from their adoring masses.

If you click on that link, you'll see that they've already hit their goal. But of course, that means nothing! That goal was just for four colors of Zephyr--they're looking for more colors than that, and also, you know, more than just the one yarn.

And there you are. They are nice.


morgancesa said...

Thanks for posting this! I occasionally glance at Kickstarter but I would have surely missed out on this project if you hadn't posted.

On the subject of buying yarn online, have you ever tried Blazing Needles? It is a LYS in Salt Lake City, but has a small selection of yarn for sale online. From what I understand, they spent a lot of time working on photographing the yarns they sell to best show the textures and colors. It's not the same as buying in person but seems like an improvement over some of my other online yarn purchasing experiences. Plus, if you know what you're looking for and they have it in the store, they've been known to take orders over the phone.

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