A new SALE celebrating the NEW SHOP!!

Hey friends!

I hope by now you’ve had the opportunity to check out the new shop at its new home! I am really proud to have my own site now, and am excited about the flexibility it affords me!

 

Visit the new shop here!

 

To celebrate the new shop, I am running a very special sale! Through midnight ET on 9/30, enter coupon code NEWSHOPYEA to save 15% off your entire order, even sweater quantity preorders! (this coupon can’t be combined with any other deal, sorry!)

 

Again, thanks SO MUCH for all of your support, and I hope you see something you can’t live without in the shop! 🙂

 

XO-

Dana

New and Exciting Changes!!!

Hi friends! I wanted you guys to be among the first to know about some really awesome and exciting changes that are taking place within Unwind Yarn Company.

As some of you may know (those of you with Etsy shops, at least), Etsy has made a LOT of changes to their site over the last few months, and very few of them are good. It seems like they have lost sight of what made Etsy so great to start with, and are starting to go down the “eBay path” of not caring about their sellers and their businesses. It is unfortunate because I have a really long relationship with Etsy; I started my shop on Etsy in July of 2006, and have been a big proponent of the Buying Handmade idealism that Etsy was so known for. Unfortunately, Etsy has become way too corporate in my opinion, and that is why I have made the decision to remove my shop from Etsy. My shop is now hosted by Big Cartel but has its very own domain!

The NEW Unwind Yarn Company Shop!

This means several awesome things:

1. No more cartjacking! If you want something out of my shop in an update and put it in your cart, it will remain in your cart for one hour. If you don’t pay within that hour, the item will be released back into the shop for someone else to purchase.

2. Preview mode! You will be able to see the shop update items in advance (assuming I’m not a bum and forget to put them up, haha!) so you can plan your shopping in advance.

3. No more feedback! While I love seeing what you guys think about your purchases, feedback is not a part of how Big Cartel operates. If you’ve noticed the new Etsy rating system, they did away with all buyer feedback, and deleted all seller feedback from more than a year ago (costing me 800 positive feedbacks!), so now there really isn’t a clear picture of a person’s reputation on Etsy. Etsy did this without finding out the feelings of its sellers, so you’ll probably be seeing a lot more of your favorite indie dyers moving off of Etsy soon.

4. Payment options! For the moment I still only accept PayPal for payment, but Big Cartel is coming out with a PayPal-free option soon for those of you that don’t like/don’t trust PayPal. I’ll be researching this and implementing it as soon as I feasibly can, to give you more options.

5. Custom Order changes! Custom orders for all items except for sweater quantities will now be offered in the link in the sidebar of the shop. There will be a short form to fill out where you tell me exactly what you’re interested in purchasing, and then I’ll bill you for it and get it out to you ASAP. It’s just that simple!

I know that this is going to be a transition, and I ask that you please have patience with me as I learn the ropes of having my own site. I’m not very experienced with web design so the look and feel of the shop might change a bit as I try out different things, but the shop will be open with items for you to purchase during any site maintenance.

I also feel like I need to mention that those of you with outstanding preorders for TEALtember, and those of you with outstanding custom orders, will still be serviced through Etsy as that is where the purchase was originally made. As soon as those are completed, the Etsy shop will not be used anymore. It will stay open indefinitely so that my customers can still see my prior sales and use the link in the shop announcement section to find the new shop, as well as see my feedback rating.

The shop will be transitioned over to the new site completely by the end of the day today, and the next shop update on 9/3/13 will take place in the new shop at 4pmET. I hope to see some of you there! 😉

XO-

Dana

8.27.13 Halloween Spooktacular shop update!!

 

As promised, today is an all-Halloween Spooktacular update! Most of these beauties you’ll recognize from last year’s Halloween colorway collection, but two of them are brand new and are making their debut today!

8.27.13 Halloween Yarns!

8.27.13 Halloween Yarns!

8.27.13 Halloween Fibers!

8.27.13 Halloween Fibers!

Here are the two colorways that are making their debut today. Goth Girl is available on Twinkle Sock and BFL fiber, and Teen Wolf is available on Journey Sock. Both of these colorways can be dyed on any of my bases if you’re interested in a custom order.

"Goth Girl" on Twinkle Sock

“Goth Girl” on Twinkle Sock

"Teen Wolf" on Journey Sock

“Teen Wolf” on Journey Sock

Thanks so much for your patience with my lateness, and I appreciate your business!

XO-

Dana

 

 

8.20.13 Shop Update and a few Announcements

Hello friends! I hope this week finds you guys doing well! I am back from vacation and straight back to the dyepots, specifically dyeing all of the TEALtember preorders that have come in over the last few days.

TEALtember on Journey Sock, Superwash BFL Roving, and Panda Sock Roving

TEALtember on Journey Sock, Superwash BFL Roving, and Panda Sock Roving

You guys are SO awesome for supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness through your purchase of this colorway, and through your teal nails/toenails and talking to everyone you meet about how scary ovarian cancer is. Hopefully through these methods, we’ll save some lives and draw more attention to this deadly disease. And speaking of TEALtember, if you haven’t ordered yet, you have until tomorrow night (8.21) at midnight ET to order your yarn or fiber. Your patience is appreciated though, because I have gotten over 130 orders so far and I’m working my hardest to get them dyed up fast! I want you guys to be able to participate in all of the KALs/SALs that are planned for September.

Ok, so now we’re on to today’s update preview!

8.20.13 Shop Update

8.20.13 Shop Update

As you can see this update is a little smaller, and that’s because I wanted to really focus on dyeing the TEALtember stuff this week. I think there are still some real beauties in this update, though! Maybe one or two will find a nice home with you!

I also wanted to announce that next week’s update is going to be REALLY special. It is going to be an ALL-HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR!! Aren’t you excited?? I am!!! I will be bringing back last year’s Halloween colors, as well as adding in two new ones! In case you’ve forgotten last year’s colors…

L-R top row: Ghoulish, O Negative, Transylvania Tramp; L-R middle row: O Negative, Transylvania Tramp, Moldy Pumpkin; L-R bottom row: Halloweenie, Ghoulish, Fanger

L-R top row: Ghoulish, O Negative, Transylvania Tramp; L-R middle row: O Negative, Transylvania Tramp, Moldy Pumpkin; L-R bottom row: Halloweenie, Ghoulish, Fanger

I will try to have a good representation of all of these colors, but they will also be available for custom order on any of my bases after next week. It’s time to get our Halloween knit/spin on!!!

Well as always, thank you guys for looking! The update today will go live at 4pmET as always. Take care, and I’ll see you next week!

XO-

Dana

 

8.6.13 Shop Update

Hi everyone! I hope this post finds you all doing very well and having a great week!

Here is today’s shop update, going live at 4pmET:

8.6.13 Yarns

8.6.13 Yarns

8.6.13 Fibers

8.6.13 Fibers

You might have noticed that there is something new in the “Fibers” picture: Spin Your Own Socks Kits!

Spin Your Own Socks Kits!

Spin Your Own Socks Kits!

These kits feature my Panda Sock Roving (60% superwash merino/30% bamboo rayon/10% nylon), 4oz of a main color and 2oz of a coordinating color. You can spin these in many different ways, including spinning two plies of the main braid and one of the coordinating braid and doing a three ply, spin the main braid for the main portions of the sock and then using the coordinating braid for heels and toes… the options are endless! These kits would also be great for two-color shawls, because you could use the coordinating braid to spin for the border. These two kits (Dog Days Are Gone with Silver Coordinate and Stop & Smell The Poppies with Cinnamon Coordinate) are the only two kits going up today, but there will be more in future updates. Please feel free to request a custom kit on Etsy if you have a different color combination in mind!

Thank you all so much for you support of the first week of TEALtember orders, too. I am working as fast as I can to get these dyed up so that you can get your yarn and/or fiber in plenty of time to participate in KALs/SALs for TEALtember. Remember: preorders are only available until August 21, so be sure to order yours ASAP!

Another bit of news: I’ll be on vacation next week (August 11-17) so please know that any orders placed after Friday August 9 will not ship until Monday August 19. I will still have a small update next week (although it might not be right at 4pmET, depending on the day’s activities), and will have limited internet access so it might take me a day or two to get back to you if you email me.

As always, thanks for your support, and I hope you see something you adore in the update!

PREORDERS for TEALtember- Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Hi friends!

I am excited to share some news with you. I very happily agreed to design a new colorway in honor of TEALtember- the celebration of Ovarian Cancer Awareness hosted by The High Fiber Diet Podcast (hosted by the wonderful CoggieTM!).

Some facts about ovarian cancer (taken from http://www.cdc.gov):
* causes more deaths than any other female reproductive cancer, but it accounts for only about 3% of all cancers in women
* each year, about 20,000 women in the United States get ovarian cancer
* among women, ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death, after lung and bronchus, breast, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers

This is a cause that I feel very strongly about, and wanted to do a special colorway to recognize. In lieu of me donating money on behalf of my customers, I have discounted the Journey Sock yarn by $2 per skein and the Panda Sock Roving/Superwash BFL Roving by $1 per braid, and hope that you will donate that amount (plus whatever else you can afford) to one of the following ovarian cancer foundations:
http://www.ovariancancer.org/
http://www.tealtoes.org/

The preorders are for Journey Sock, Panda Sock Roving, and Superwash BFL Roving. They will be available until 8/21.  I will dye these as quickly as I can and get them shipped out on a first come, first served basis. All orders will definitely be shipped by 8/30 so that you can use the yarn to celebrate TEALtember and participate in knitalongs and spinalongs to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. I do not have a preset limit on the number of preorders, but if the number of orders begins to exceed what I can conceivably get dyed within the time frame, I reserve the right to end preorders early.

And now I’m sure you want to see the colorway, right??

"TEALtember" on Journey Sock

“TEALtember” on Journey Sock

"TEALtember" on Panda Sock Roving

“TEALtember” on Panda Sock Roving

"TEALtember" on Superwash BFL Roving

“TEALtember” on Superwash BFL Roving

You can order any of these in my shop as of right now. Thanks so much for your support of this deserving cause!!

XO-

Dana