YarnOrATale

Yarn Or A Tale Kettle Kolors Kettle Dyed Yarn & Fiber

787 Sales

YarnOrATale

Yarn Or A Tale Kettle Kolors Kettle Dyed Yarn & Fiber

787 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Last updated on Apr 2, 2014

Will be sorting inventory, building inventory and otherwise getting my ducks in a row for a little while. But I'll be back and ready to go shortly!

Leah

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A belief in American fiber producers and desire to support a more local economy

I started my fiber business the way most people start ... a love of all things fiber, a love of color, a love of the tactical experience of spinning and knitting. A desire to create something lovely, something useful, something unique.

Somewhere along the way, I started to feel that it was important to find out who and where the fiber I love working with so much came from. Who are the people who grow it, sell it, sacrifice so much of their lives & incomes raising the animals who so generously give it to us?

I met them at fiber festivals, at work, at knitting and spinning guilds. They became my friends, my neighbors, the people I work for. They became the backbone of my business and why I do what I do.

I don't sell many fancy imported fibers ... not much superwash merino, not much silk or cashmere. I don't sell really anything that's produced commercially on a large scale. That's not my dye stock, not my inventory, not what I seek out when I seek out raw materials to work with.

I seek out small producers, people I know through my fiber network. I buy fleeces from other fiber-mad people either here in Michigan or in other parts of the country. I buy their raw fleeces, one or two or three at a time usually, and I have that wool either processed a few miles from where I myself live, or I hand wash it at home & dye it in the lock.

I buy most of my yarn from a local mill that buys local or at least domestic American wool and other fibers ... I do my best to keep my money within the fiber community here, at home. I buy some of my basic dye stock for spinning fiber from that same mill and I know that the wool or alpaca or mohair or what have you in it was purchased by them from a small Michigan or American producer. I know where it is made, how it is made. I know the people that process the fiber and they know the people that produce the raw fiber.

My batches are unique ... I don't have a "base" that I always buy & use. Each batch, each colorway, each run ... is as unique as the individual animals and growers that produce the fiber.

I realize that my resistance to buying imported fibers in large quantities isn't going to make me rich anytime soon, if ever. But I'm not in this business to get rich. I'm in this for the love of the craft, for the love of the fiber animal, for the love & deep appreciation of the hard-working people that steward the flocks.

I understand the desire for people to always work with something soft, something shiny, whatever new thing happens to roll down the fiber pike at any given time.

But I hope there are also people who can appreciate good sturdy homegrown wool & who will find pleasure in its unique qualities. I'm one of those people. I love to work with Jacob, with Border Leicester, with Shetland and with locks from Cotswold & Lincoln. It's a joy to discover and work with the old, rare and now-declining breeds.

Some of my stuff is soft enough to wrap around your neck, some might not be (but I always tell you if it is or isn't). Everything has a purpose, and a use. All it takes is a little exploration and ingenuity; some creativity and working outside the box. There is a world of rare & precious fiber to explore grown on farms and ranches right here, all across America.

I hope you'll take a few of your fiber dollars and explore that world with me & in doing so, join me in supporting our hard working American fiber growers. If we support them, we can help them continue to steward these small flocks of rare & perhaps threatened breeds.

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  • Leah

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Dyeing, Knitting, Spinning, Packing, Shipping ~ The Whole She-bang!

    I've been interested in knitting and other fiber arts my whole life, and started knitted when I was a teenager (I'm close to 50 now). I learned from my mother who still mentors me

Shop policies

Last updated on February 4, 2011
Welcome to my Etsy shop ~ in conjunction with my own website, I've opened the Etsy shop to primarily showcase my hand-dyed yarns and some of my special hand-dyed fibers. I use commercial acid dyes in my work and try very hard to assure that there is zero to minimal bleeding and that my spinning fibers remain open and easy to draft.

It's very important to me that I offer as much USA produced product as possible ~ I spend a lot of time and effort searching out US fleeces and having them processed here in my hometown, which is also where I buy my mill-spun yarns.

I try to buy commercial rovings from US sources as well whenever possible. This means that I often buy directly from the shepherds and can offer a wide variety of fibers from many different breeds of US grown sheep :)

Many of my items are OOAK but I am always happy to offer custom dye work and if you need more of something, just convo me and I'll be happy to see what I can do and list it in Etsy just for you! Special orders make me happy :)

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Payment
Paypal is preferred, but I'm happy to accept checks and money orders ~ please convo me for more information. If you wish to send a check/money order please try to make sure it arrives within 10 days or your item could be relisted.
Shipping
Your fiber items will always be shipped via priority mail in a box (Books and magazines ship first class mail within the U.S.) and you can expect to receive your item within 5-7 days of purchase. I work full-time and don't pack/ship every single day ~ I try to keep it to a couple nights a week for sanity's sake. Please feel free to convo me at any time if you have questions regarding shipping or need something ASAP ~ I'll do everything I can to help.

I'm happy to make arrangements for International buyers but please be aware that I ONLY ship to other countries using Priority Mail ~ I don't use any other international option. If you're interested, please convo me and then I can set up the listing for you with the correct shipping based on where you are.

If you purchase a "free shipping" item, please note that it will be shipped using the most cost effective option and that is usually NOT Priority Mail.
Refunds and Exchanges
Yarn may be returned for a refund, minus shipping, as long as it hasn't been wound into a ball or been used, within 10 days. Fiber may also be returned for a full refund, minus shipping, within 10 days. Items MUST be in their original condition and you must contact me prior to returning your item. I'm easy to work with and want my customers to be happy so am always willing to work something out.
Additional policies and FAQs
I'm happy to take special orders and do custom dye work but am not interested in wholesale orders or consignment at this time.