Everything is officially in the hands of the USPS! They said it was a bit much for them to scan at the local office, but you should have shipping information with tracking numbers either late tonight or tomorrow when it scans at the regional center. I rented a U-HAUL with my dad to bring everything over to the post office, which definitely made everything easier. I meant to take a picture of the stuffed truck for you guys, but it slipped my mind at the last minute.
Quite a journey we've had with this one! I started off planning to just buy fiber on the open markets, and with the huge support we had, we ended up getting fiber from a co-operative that sources directly from local herders. We also ended up getting some awesome baby camel wool as well, which I'm really excited to see some finished projects with.
I haven't quite figured it out yet, but I'd love to do some competitions or something along those lines where people could vote on finished products, and I could send the winner out a few balls of yarn or something. Having that as a blog of some sort on the website could be a great way to stay in touch.
For future projects, I'm considering revisiting the project I did about a year ago, which offered wool, yak wool, and cashmere throws. I also still want to do a project out of Mongolia for felt slippers. There are a few communities there that make really nice felted products, and I think it could make a great project. I'm just trying to find the right group and right quality. I'll be back in Mongolia at the end of October and hit the ground looking for the next project.
Hopefully in another year, we will be doing ULA + LIA Knitting Yarn Part 2! Even if raw material prices stay high, I'm confident I can continue to offer these fibers at a great value from a responsible source. Most of the sources I saw for cashmere and yak had prices about 4x higher, so I'm still confident we can make a market here.
Please, definitely send me any feedback you guys have about the yarn, both good and bad. While I was stressed out and spinning some balls of yarn here, I felt a few knots and immediately bugged out, as I do, when things aren't perfect. I went crazy googling, and touched base with some knitting friends I've made through this project and asked how common it was.
After realizing it wasn't really an issue, I'm still a little concerned you guys might find a few more knots than normal, but it really shouldn't be more than 1 or maybe 2 in 50 grams. Knots that I did find were also small, usually just 1 ply knotting together out of the 3 or 4 plys, so if you do find one, they should be easy to hide or splice. I was considering if I even wanted to say anything and draw attention to it, but I figured it would be better to make a note. Since I shipped over 3400 balls, there might be a couple that are a little worse off. If you get into a project and the ball seems a bit rough to you, just let me know and we'll figure it out.
Also, don't be afraid to wash these fibers! With the long fiber lengths, the yarn and fiber will just open up and get softer as it ages. Use woolite or even baby shampoo, and you should be just fine.
Let me know when you guys start getting your stuff. I'm super excited to see some finished projects!