YarnGeekFibers

Hand dyed yarns and spinning fibers

Keokuk, Iowa · 166 Sales

YarnGeekFibers

Hand dyed yarns and spinning fibers

Keokuk, Iowa 166 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   The shop here is now closed and has moved to our website at http://yarngeekfibers.com . We can still be contacted via convo as we will be regularly checking them.

We will custom dye wool if you have a special color combo you would like.

If there is an item that has sold or that you would like more of, please contact us and we may have more in stock. If not we can dye more similarly, but we can not guarantee exact replication of any item.

We welcome custom orders. If you do not spin but would like yarn from a roving we have, we offer up our services as spinsters as well.

Announcement

The shop here is now closed and has moved to our website at http://yarngeekfibers.com . We can still be contacted via convo as we will be regularly checking them.

We will custom dye wool if you have a special color combo you would like.

If there is an item that has sold or that you would like more of, please contact us and we may have more in stock. If not we can dye more similarly, but we can not guarantee exact replication of any item.

We welcome custom orders. If you do not spin but would like yarn from a roving we have, we offer up our services as spinsters as well.

Sarah Hollandsworth

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Sarah Hollandsworth

About

Have Your Fiber and Spin It Too

This all began like many things do, inconspicuously and in a most unexpected way. I was minding my own business when all of a sudden my friend, who spins, (weirdo, I mean, who even does that anymore?) invited me to go with her to a fiber festival. I said "Sure, why not?" because I really didn't have anything else going on and maybe I could score some yarn. I mean, I did at least knit and crochet, I'm not without some sort of hobby. How dangerous could it be?

The answer to that is, really, very, seriously dangerous. I might have come home with a spinning wheel...and some wool...and a spindle...and a new hobby. Maybe Mr. Yarn Geek is justified by blaming my friend for all this. She did have to leave early, so I was unsupervised, all alone, by myself in a strange new place populated by weavers, spinsters and fluffy animals all afternoon. It was only a coincidence someone in the bunny barn was selling her old wheel for $100 and that is exactly how much money I had left. Do you have any idea how hard it was to put that thing into a 1991 Corolla? I must have soaked up a bit of determination there as well.

It turns out, 8 ounces of wool is not enough to keep a girl busy for very long. I had to turn to outside sources for fiber. Soon I found Etsy and joined a Fiber Of The Month club. Then I discovered Ravelry where I met other spinners, one who casually mentioned she dyed her own wool. This sparked my curiosity about where one would get wool to dye. This lead me to a lady who sells mill ends. I went to her website and found out she sells them by the half pound, but if I bought in bulk the price went down. So...I bought 50 pounds. That's right, 50 pounds on the first order! This was turning into something bigger and I had not even started dyeing yet. I have since moved on from mill ends, but they still have a special place in my heart.

I turned to the same friend who got me into this mess for help. She invited me over to teach me the basics and we had a great time. I had so much fun, I did more when I got home. Those turned out so well, I did more. For the first time in my life, I had more fiber than I could spin on my own. It was pretty, and people liked it. They even wanted to buy it, which I was happy about because Mr. Yarn Geek was starting to get concerned about my well-being and my budget. "You have to sell some of this" he said. What he actually meant was, "Our house isn't big enough for this."

I was hesitant and unsure of myself and my skills, so it took some prodding and cajoling from Mr. Yarn Geek to finally work up the confidence to start the shop. The online portion was easy, but doing shows, well that was harder. Putting in applications made my stomach tie itself into knots, but after the first acceptance email, I was ecstatic! We did our first show in April, 2011 at Fiberpalooza in Winterset, IA and it was fantastic. After that, I couldn't apply to new shows fast enough to suit me. Mr. Yarn Geek was with me the whole time, cheering me on.

That's how we got to where we are now. I'm still working towards being able to do this full time, but it may happen in 2013. I love this life of having my fiber, but being able to spin it too.

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Shop members

  • Sarah Hollandsworth

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Head Yarn Geek

    Sarah found crochet in high school and knitting in 2003. She started spinning in 2009 and dyeing her own spinning fibers in 2010. She is lives with two huge dogs who are rescues and one perfect man who rescued her.

  • Robert Hollandsworth

    Maker, Mr. Yarn Geek, Spindle Maker

    Bob is the anchor to the operation. He has a degree in Metallurgy from Rolla and a full time job using it at the foundry. He is supportive, funny, smart, resourceful and the perfect business partner. He also loves to shoot guns and play video games.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 5, 2011
WELCOME TO MY LITTLE SHOP

Here is all the legal mumbo jumbo that we shop owners have had to add in recent years. Sorry about that. If any questions you have are still unanswered after reading this, please contact me and I will answer them for you.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
Payment is required within two days of checkout. We accept PayPal only at this time. The new PayPal allows you to use your credit card even if you do not have an account. If you need help with the checkout process, I will be happy to help you through it.

If payment has not been made within 2 days and you have not contacted us for checkout help, the sale will be canceled and the merchandise returned to our stock.
Shipping
All orders are shipped First Class USPS mail the next business day after payment is received with the exception of orders weighing over 13 ounces which will be shipped priority mail. All fiber is packaged inside almost indestructible, recycled poly bags for most orders. If your order is a larger one, I like to recycle boxes. If you would like a brand new box instead, please let me know.

SHIPPING COSTS
Shipping costs cover the packaging, and a small handling fee for my gas to the Post Office. Shipping insurance is also included in the shipping costs for the United States. I can not be responsible for lost items outside of the USA.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred when sending packages outside of the USA. They have not been included in the shipping price.
**All international buyers are responsible for their own custom fees and duties.
Refunds and Exchanges
REFUNDS
I take great pride in what I create for you, and I hope that you will love your fiber.

If you wish to return an item for any reason, contact me right away. Return the item unused and in it's original state within 14 days of the sale for a full refund of the purchase price & original shipping fee. Note, however, that I will not refund the price of return shipping. If the item returns to us and smells of smoke or strong perfume, we will not be able to accept the item back into our stock and you will not be refunded. ( I am really sorry to have had to add this one. I don't mean it in a mean way at all, but it can't be resold.)

IN CASE OF AN OOPS!
If we have goofed and sent you the wrong item, please convo me with a picture. We will quickly correct the problem and pay all shipping to send the correct item and for you to send back the incorrect one.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS
I will be happy to spin any roving into yarn for you. Just contact me and we will discuss what sort of yarn you desire.

***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!***

GEEKY FIBER LOVE REWARDS
(otherwise known as Free Fiber!)

Everyone who orders from me will get an index card in a box on my desk. On the card I will keep track of the price of everything you order. For every $10 you spend on YARN or FIBER, you will get one stamp on the card. When you collect 10 stamps, you get a $10 DISCOUNT towards your next order. I will send a redemption code with your package, unique to you, which you will put in the notes to seller at the time of your next order.

This is retroactive to when you started shopping with me, so some of you are really close to your first discount.

This does not include any shipping or insurance amounts or tax if you live in Iowa.