Yarnarchy

Radical Yarns for Radical Projects

2590 Sales

Yarnarchy

Radical Yarns for Radical Projects

2590 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Most of what you'll find in my shop is handpainted and handspun. I also offer sock weight yarns which are produced/milled entirely in the US and handpainted. Please feel free to send custom inquiries!

If using a percentage discount coupon code, please note that they do not apply to club/membership or bulk/wholesale listings or sale listings. Thanks!

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Last updated on May 20, 2016

Most of what you'll find in my shop is handpainted and handspun. I also offer sock weight yarns which are produced/milled entirely in the US and handpainted. Please feel free to send custom inquiries!

If using a percentage discount coupon code, please note that they do not apply to club/membership or bulk/wholesale listings or sale listings. Thanks!

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Radical Yarns for Radical Projects

I live in a stone cottage in the middle of 100 acre wood without running water, television, or radio. I spend most of my time teaching, homesteading, or messing around with fiber. Both of my daughters like fiber as well, but the older one has recently decided that boys are more compelling than yarn. Silly girl.

My first spinning wheel belongs to my mother, who made me a pair of legwarmers in 1983 (homegrown fleece, thick homespun and dyed with kool-aid, knitted with traditional Sauk-Suiattle tribal designs) when everyone else was getting nylon ones from Kmart. I currently spin on my dreamy Schacht Matchless and my teeny tiny Majacraft Little Gem. I heart fiber and adore working with color and texture.

I have been making things with fiber and selling them as long as I can remember. I had a clothing company for quite a long time, with both women and children's lines which I sold at events, markets, and wholesale. One major issue for me as a clothing designer and manufacturer was the competition from imported goods.

As someone who is always on a budget, making sure that my goods are accessible and affordable to a wide range of customers is important. When I picked up spinning again as an adult, it took me a while to figure out how anyone might make more than fifty cents an hour as a handspinner. After getting the efficiency worked out, I found that I was still facing some major hurdles with competition from imports and bumping price points to allow for wholesale accounts. I've made some tough decisions, like choosing not to focus on wholesale, but I feel that it has allowed me to manage my business in a way that works for me ideologically.

Sometimes people ask me why my yarn is radical. This yarn is radical because most knitters won't ever get to work with US made handspun; my process may be done entirely without electricity or running water; and my business plan is not focused solely on profit, but places a great importance on environmental impact, sustainability, fair wages, reduction of waste, and affordability of product. I get to do what I love for a living. I get to feel good about what I do for a living. What could be better?

I have 10 lifetimes worth of things on my must do list, and designing things for other people to use, wear, or craft with is super rewarding. I love that I get to make all different types of yarn which is turned into AMAZING items by knitters, crocheters, and weavers. Amazing items I would or could never create. I feel pretty honored that I get to play a little role in some of those creations.

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    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Independent Dyer, Handspinner, Fiber Artist

    I am a fourth generation spinner and lifetime fiber junkie. I particularly enjoy dyeing, spinning, knitting, crochet, sewing, felting, weaving.

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Last updated on October 23, 2015
Hello! Thanks so much for shopping with Yarnarchy!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Payment
I accept paypal. I have decided to officially stop accepting money orders or personal checks due to a high failure rate but if it is very important or you are a return customer just convo me and we can try to work something out.

I need to charge sales tax on WA orders.

I am happy to take custom orders and holds/reservations. Custom orders will require a deposit of 25%, and balance must be received within two weeks of listing date unless otherwise agreed upon. Reserved listings/holds will require full payment within two weeks unless otherwise terms are agreed upon.

No coupon codes may be honored on bulk listings, Buy 6 Get 1 promotion, or club/membership listings.
Shipping
Shipping costs have skyrocketed! I am so sorry for my international customers, but I have to raise my shipping rates. We've had a few rate increases in the previous years but the most recent one was a humdinger. I've been charging $3.50 for the first skein and just absorbing the extra charge of about 75 cents plus shipping materials, but I can no longer do it. Shipping one skein to Australia has jumped from $4.25 to nearly $6.50 for one skein! I have changed my shipping rates to reflect this but I advise all international customers to do two things in order to cut costs:
1. Buy in bulk -when pricing three skeins, it appears that the cost plummets to about 3.70 per skein for shipping instead of $6.50.
2. Convo me with your order before purchasing. I am more than happy to set up a reserved order for you, assemble the package, and have it weighed at the post office so that I may offer the exact (and hopefully less expensive) shipping cost.
Refunds and Exchanges
After 1500+ orders, I had my first refund request.

If there is an error on my part, i.e. I shipped the wrong skein or the listing was incorrect, I will gladly offer a refund if an exchange won't work.

I do not offer refunds in other situations. If you receive the yarn and it doesn't suit for some reason, we can discuss an exchange option but the buyer is responsible for shipping costs.

If there is any problem at all, please contact me within a week of receiving the yarn. I cannot offer exchanges past this point, and the yarn must be returned in the same condition in which it was received.
Additional policies and FAQs
I offer a Buy 6 Get 1 Free promotion! I usually choose the free skein but am more than happy to take requests. The free one must be of equal or lesser value, but feel free to find the average cost per skein. For example, an order which looks like:

2@$20
1@$28
2@30
1@42
Would total $170, or $28.33 average cost per skein. The free one should be equal to or lesser than $28.33, not the least expensive skein in your shopping cart.