12.17.13 Final Shop Update of 2013 and Some Announcements

Hi everyone! This will be my final shop update of 2013, so I made sure to have some truly lovely things for y’all to choose from. Here are the yarns and fibers going up today at 4pmET:

12.17.13 Yarns

12.17.13 Yarns

12.17.13 Fibers

12.17.13 Fibers

Ok, now for a few announcements…

  • Custom orders are still suspended through the beginning of January. I have hidden the listings for sweater quantities to keep any confusion at bay, but the custom order form is still available to be filled out if you want to reserve your custom order dye spot in my January schedule. You can find that here. Custom orders still require payment up front before dyework can start, but please be aware that during the holidays I don’t check the form every day, so you might have to wait a few days before you get a Paypal invoice from me. By filling out the form you have reserved your place in line, and then payment confirms it when I invoice you and you pay.
  • As I stated in my special announcements post last week, the shipping schedule for this holiday season as provided by the USPS is:
    • December 20: last day to ship first class and get the package there by December 24
    • December 21: last day to ship Priority and get the package there by December 24
    • December 23: last day to ship Priority Express (formerly Express Mail) and get the package there by December 24

    I am a bit skeptical of this promised delivery time, to say the least. I’ve had customers’ packages take over 2 weeks to get to them starting right after Thanksgiving, so I’d rather not make any promises I don’t think the USPS can keep. If you order anything past tomorrow 12/18, please don’t be counting on Christmas delivery. I would hate to see you disappointed.

  • I will be having a big sale starting Christmas Day and going through midnight on New Year’s Eve, to give y’all a chance to get some after-Christmas presents for yourselves, and to reduce the amount of inventory I have to do for year-end! The coupon code for this year is ENDOFYEAR2013 and it will save you 20% off your entire order of in-stock merchandise!!! This is the biggest sale I have all year, so take advantage of getting an AWESOME deal! I will be shipping as I can around holiday engagements, so it might take a few days before your order ships; I ask for your patience. Thanks!
  • The shop will be closed from January 1-3 for me to do inventory and taxes for 2013. Orders made before that time will still be shipping during that period, but the shop itself will show “maintenance mode” until it is back up and running. If you need to email me during that time, please do it directly to unwindyarncompany (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • And now the one thing I’ve been dreading… I am going to have to do a price increase in 2014 due to an increase from my suppliers, an increase in dye and acid costs, and the absolutely ridiculous shipping increases that keep happening from all major carriers (USPS, UPS, Fedex, etc.). I have absorbed all price increases on my end since I last raised prices in May 2012, and I believe there have been at least 3 or 4 just from my suppliers alone. At this point the increases have gotten so dramatic that I am no longer paying myself a living wage, and in order to stay in business I am going to have to increase my prices. All yarns will be going up $2 per skein except for Wanderlust Worsted, which will be going up $4 per skein, and all fibers will be going up $1 per 4oz except for spin-your-own-socks kits, which will be going up $1.50 per kit. These prices will be in effect when I reopen the shop on January 4. I know this is disappointing, and it might anger some of you, but I ask that you please continue to support my business. Everyone deserves to be paid a living wage for the work they do, and I want to be able to stay in business doing what I love and providing my customers with the highest quality fiber and yarn I possibly can.
  • Which brings me full circle back to the sale… the sale will be your last chance to purchase items at the old price, and at the largest discount I offer all year, so be sure to stock up!!

Thanks so much for sticking with me and reading all of the above announcements! And thanks SO MUCH for your support this year. It has been a year of a lot of changes (Etsy to my own site, etc.) and I do appreciate my loyal customers more than I can possibly say.

Happy Holidays!!

Dana 🙂

 

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12.10.13 Shop Update

Hi everyone!

Here is today’s 4pmET shop update preview…

12.10.13 Yarns

12.10.13 Yarns

12.10.13 Fibers

12.10.13 Fibers

I am debuting a new-to-the-shop colorway this week. It was originally created for a custom order for a customer, and I liked it so much I decided to make it a regular colorway! This week there are two skeins available in Journey Sock.

"First Frost" on Journey Sock

“First Frost” on Journey Sock

It will be available on other weights and bases very soon!

Please be sure to read the post before this one to find out some details about my end-of-year sale, shipping dates to receive orders before Christmas, and some other info.

See y’all next week for my last update of 2013!

XO-

Dana

December News, Reminders, and Upcoming SALE!!!!

Hey everyone!

I thought I’d write a little post this morning, giving y’all some important info in its own post so that it doesn’t get lost in an update post.

Custom Orders
First of all, I wanted to talk about custom orders. I am temporarily suspending custom orders until after January 3. I am having minor surgery tomorrow (12/9) and won’t be able to dye for at least 2 weeks, so I’m choosing to take the rest of the year off from dyeing just to simplify things. I have removed the sweater quantity preorder listings from the shop, but am leaving the custom order form up and able to be filled out in case someone wants to have something dyed in January. Thanks for understanding about this!

Shop Updates
I will have a shop update on 12/10 and 12/17, and then there will be no more shop updates through the end of the year since the next 2 Tuesdays after that are Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The shop will remain open through that time, though.

Shipping
According to the USPS website, here are the shipping cutoffs for 2013:

  • December 20: last day to ship first class and get the package there by December 24
  • December 21: last day to ship Priority and get the package there by December 24
  • December 23: last day to ship Priority Express (formerly Express Mail) and get the package there by December 24

As you all know, I try to ship via regular first class mail as much as possible, but will ship via Priority if you guys request it. Please send me an email to the shop email address (unwindyarncompany@gmail.com) and I will figure up how much additional cost Priority or Priority Express would be for your order, and can bill you for that amount directly after you place your order.

End of Year SALE
This probably deserves its own blog post altogether, and I might end up writing one closer to time, but I wanted to let you know that my annual tradition of having a huge pre-end-of-year-inventory sale is definitely happening again this year. From 12:01am December 25- 11:59pm December 31, enter coupon code ENDOFYEAR2013 and you’ll save 20% off your entire order! This is the biggest discount I give all year. This discount is only good on purchases made during that time and cannot be used on custom orders. Keep me from having to do inventory: buy ALL THE THINGS!

Store Closure at the beginning of January
I will be closing the store at 11:59pm on December 31 and the store will not reopen until sometime on January 3. I use this time to do inventory and get my taxes in order. If you try to visit the shop during that time, you’ll get a message that says “Maintenance Mode” and it will not come down until the shop is back up and running. I just wanted you guys to be aware so that you wouldn’t think something was wrong when you saw that.

Well I guess that’s all I really have to say! Please be sure to stop back by and see the shop update previews for this week. They’ll go up either tomorrow morning or Tuesday morning (depends on how quickly I can get them done today), and the update will take place as usual at 4pmET on Tuesday. Y’all are the best!

XO-
Dana

12.2.13 Shop Update and Cyber Monday Sale!

Hi everyone!

This week’s update is happening today at 9amET so you can have the maximum number of items to choose from during your Cyber Monday shopping frenzy. 😉

Everything is up in preview mode right now and will be activated at 9amET. Here are the goodies for this week…

12.2.13 Yarns

12.2.13 Yarns

12.2.13 Fibers

12.2.13 Fibers

I am debuting another new colorway today. It is called “More Than Words” and is the newest addition to my Easy Listening Collection.

"More Than Words" on Luxe Sock

“More Than Words” on Luxe Sock

Isn’t it such a beautiful colorway?? In this update there are four skeins available on the Luxe Sock base, and there will be some available next week on other bases (and fiber!).

The TURKEY13 coupon code is still valid through tonight (12/2) at 11:59pmET. It will take 15% off your purchase, no exclusions or minimum purchase required.

Thank you all SO very much for all of your support so far this weekend, and I hope you’re able to pick up a few more things you love today! As always, I ship lightning-fast and package everything with love and care. 😉

Happy shopping!

XO-

Dana