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September 20, 2007

So, What’s It Like to Start/Run A Business???

Filed under: Store Updates — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 12:22 pm

The past few weeks have been very interesting. I decided to open an online yarn shop featuring my own hand dyed yarn. I got some yarn, dyed it, took pictures of it and opened up my shop. Great. Now, how do I get people to check out my site. Being that I have started this with approximately three nickels and two dimes, purchasing ad space in knitting magazines is not an option. Friends and family did an excellent job at helping get the word out about SpinningYarnsOnline.com. I then tested the kindness and generosity of the knitting community, specifically the Knit Bloggers. I sent an email to many of the wonderful knit bloggers that I read daily. As I suspected, quite a few were willing to check out my yarn and post about it if they liked what they saw and felt. (You gotta feel the yarn to love the yarn!) SpinningYarnsOnline.com yarn was featured in FluffyKnitterDeb‘s blog. Here is Deb’s mention:

Here’s another kind of pool…

Carolyn is starting a new online shop called SpinningYarnsOnline.com. She spins and hand dyes her own yarn plus has cute bags and accessories. She contacted me to try some of her yarn…

Meet Pool…

I haven’t swatched with it yet but I can say it’s super soft and the colors are vibrant and rich! It’s 100% superwash merino fingering weight and I can’t wait to knit some socks with it! Go pay Carolyn a visit, you wont be sorry ūüôā

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Then came the wonderful review from Jillian, better known as Sknitty. Here is a bit of her post:

Her handdyed yarns come as 100g skeins of superwash merino, approximately 540 yards in the fingering weight skein. The yarn is a 2-ply with a medium twist, on the fine side of fingering. It is cottony soft to the touch in the skein. I had no trouble winding it with a swift and winder and I found no knots. I worked up a stockinette swatch and a garter rib swatch on US1 Options needles. Here they are after a quick steam:

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I have to say I am not accustomed to using US1, usually US2 is abut as small as I go. Even with the sharp Options tips, I had no trouble with snagging. I found the stitches to be even and without a noticeable slant. I also noticed that the ribbing was very even without twisting any stitches. The stockinette swatch was 42 stitches wide, BTW.

I then soaked the swatches in a warm bath with Soak for about 20 minutes. There was barely the faintest trace of color loss in the water, which surprised me for such saturated colors.

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After the soak, the stitches plumped up a tad and the overall fabric became flatter and even more even.

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To the touch the fabric is crisper than in the skein. Still very soft, soft enough for the feet certainly, but not so much that you fear they will pill and wear out in short order. I took to deliberately rubbing the stockinette swatch periodically the last few days as it sat on my desk, and there is no evidence of wear at all.

All in all, a thoroughly positive experience (and Carolyn was a sweetheart too)!

You may notice I didn’t report on gauge or dyeing/color.

Gauge is such a personal issue. Each person’s individual knitting style and preference for the density of their knitted fabric widely influences what resulting needle size and gauge would be found appropriate. I can say, thinking I am a quite middle of the road knitter (not too tight not too loose), that this would be a good fabric for socks and it would even be OK to comfortably go down a needle for even firmer fabric.

As to color, also a highly personal issue. Some knitters just don’t like variegated yarns, and that’s great! If you do, I feel Carolyn has a strong eye for color. Her colorways are bold and mix unusual shades without becoming muddy.

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We also were mentioned by Star in her blog Keep on Knitting in the Free World. She also checked out the Mulberry Bush colorway. Here’s her post:

Mulberry daydream

It’s one of those days when you just want to look at a pretty hand painted yarn and imagine what it will become…

I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to a brand new fingering yarn from Spinning Yarns Online – a site I believe is only a few weeks old.

Yes! New! Yarn!

Carolyn hand dyes all of the yarn there and spins some too. I don’t think you can get this stuff anywhere else. Starting to sound interesting?

The yarn here is called Mulberry bush and I can’t yet decide if they will be socks or a scarf or… well I think I better knit a swatch first. Let inspiration strike.

Yeah so, look for a more comprehensive review after I actually start knitting with the stuff. But early reports indicate vibrant color and soft 100% superwash merino to be sweet. And the texture reminds me of Koigu.

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Notice that Star says the texture of SpinningYarns fingering reminds her of Koigu. Bestill my heart!!

To make starting a business even more fun and adventurous, two days before my kids were to start school, I decided to ever so gracefully fall down the steps and totally mess up my ankle. A trip to the emergency room, an orthopedist and physical therapist later, I found myself wearing a big, ugly black boot that prevented me from driving, walking and basically functioning like a normal mom/yarn dyer/new knitting shop owner/person. I relied on some really great friends to get my kids (and me) where they (I) needed to be.

So, what’s it like to start/run a business? Well, it’s been fun and frustrating and scary and empowering and scary. Now it’s your turn to get involved. I want to hear what colorways you would like to see. I started this with twelve colorways. Send in comments with color suggestions. I’ll dye up samples and post them here. With your input I can provide yarns in colors that appeal to everyone.

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September 14, 2007

Hey, Shipping is on Us!

Filed under: Store Updates — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 6:12 am

Take advantage of the great¬†deal we are having until 9/25/07.¬† We will be picking up the shipping cost on all orders placed¬†by 9/25/07.¬† It’s our way of saying “Thanks for being such great customers!”¬†¬† You can go buy some yarn and not have to worry about those pesky shipping charges.¬† This offer won’t be around for long, so go check it out.

September 13, 2007

New “Knitty” Alert

Filed under: Store Updates — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 5:28 pm

The fall ’07 Knitty is out.¬† You can find it here:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall07/index.html

There are some really nice sock patterns such as the Back to Basics Pattern which can be can be found here:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall07/PATTbacktobasics.html

and the Diamond Waffle Pattern which can be found here:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall07/PATTdiamondwaffle.html

Both patterns use fingering weight yarn and would look great knit up in some SpinningYarnsOnline hand dyed yarn!¬† I’m thinking that the Diamond Waffle Pattern in the Jeans colorway might be a must!¬†

There is also the Henry Scarf Pattern which can be found here:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall07/PATThenry.html.

The slip stitch pattern will work wonderfully with our hand painted yarn.¬† And scarves are so fun because gauge doesn’t have to be a critical issue.

We’ll be adding some new colorways within the next week.¬† I have been working¬†on one that features¬†black with yellows, oranges and reds¬†that will be on the site¬†in the next day or so.¬† I have a few more that I am “cooking up” and those will be making their debut soon.

If you have any specific color combinations that you would like to see, send us a comment.  We love hearing from you!

September 9, 2007

In Depth Review

Filed under: News — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 12:29 pm

A wonderful knitting blogger has reviewed our hand dyed yarn. Her blog is called Snitty and you can go read all about her impressions of the yarn here:

http://sknitty.typepad.com/

Jillian was kind enough to knit up some swatches of Mulberry Bush and subject them to a battery of tests including, washing, steaming, blocking and testing for potential pilling. As you can read, she seems quite pleased with how Mulberry Bush performed. I feel like a proud mother!

Thanks Jillian for all of the time and effort that went in to reviewing our hand dyed yarn!

September 7, 2007

Another Yarn/Blog Sighting!

Filed under: News,Store Updates — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 11:27 am

www.SpinningYarnsOnline.com¬† yarn was featured in “Keep On Knitting in the Free World” blog. You can check it out here:

http://keeponknittinginthefreeworld.blogspot.com/

Thanks Star for your kind words and great pictures of Mulberry Bush!

To all you lovers of hand dyed yarns go check out www.SpinningYarnsOnline.com because we are still having our welcome sale. Use the coupon code SY10 when you checkout and get 10% off your entire order.

Stay tuned for some big updates. We will be adding hand dyed merino rovings on the site within the next week.

September 2, 2007

Shop till you drop!

Filed under: Store Updates — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 8:04 am

SpinningYarnsOnline is having a Welcome Sale featuring 10% off your first purchase.¬†¬† Use the coupon code – SY10 when you checkout.¬† That’s all there is to it!¬†¬†¬†

September 1, 2007

How cool is this?!!

Filed under: News — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 4:21 pm

www.SpinningYarnsOnline.com was featured in FluffyKnitterDeb’s blog!!!¬† You can check it out here:

http://fluffyknitterdeb.blogspot.com/

The colorway Debi showed is Pool.

Pool

Thanks Debi for helping knitters find out about our yarns!

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