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This yarn, spun with silver, is magical. Warm as wool, soft as butter, kills odor-causing germs and conducts energy. Read more

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This yarn, spun with silver, is magical. Warm as wool, soft as butter, kills odor-causing germs and conducts energy.

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A Miracle Yarn for the 21st Century!

That may be overstating it just a bit, but really LanaMundi Yarns SilverSpun is an amazing yarn. Here's what's special about it - the yarn is spun with North Carolina grown cotton and PURE SILVER.  What that means is you can knit a pair of gloves, leave them on and still text, type or do anything else on a smart phone (silver is conductive), you can knit socks that won't smell (silver kills odor causing bacteria), or you can knit something that has the soft feel of cotton, but is warm like wool (silver has thermal properties). 


                 * NEW REWARD LEVEL *

During this last week of our campaign we've decided to add a $150 giving level for the home stretch push!  Those who pledge at this level will receive 2 skeins of SilverSpun, a knitting pattern for our texting mittens, and a copy of Wooly 2.0, a Ravelry companion app for your Apple iDevices.  We think this is a perfect combo - You can knit yourself a pair of texting mittens using a yarn that works on touchscreens and then pull up your favorite Ravelry pages without ever taking the mittens off!


 *** Stretch Goal and a New Reward ***

Since our goal was reached in a shorter (far shorter!) time than we ever dreamed possible we've come up with a Stretch Goal of $10,000 and a new reward.  If we reach $10,000 all previous and new pledges of $50 or greater will receive an e-book of 5 knitting patterns for SilverSpun yarn.

We've come up with other Stretch Goal rewards for $15,000 & $20,000, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.  First things first.


Why Silver?

The health benefits of silver have been known for centuries.  Do you know someone who suffers from arthritis, sensitive skin or diabetes? Silver has been known to help alleviate joint pain, cut down on sensitive skin reactions and the anti-microbial properties of silver helps to prevent infection.  You're familiar with the phrase, "born with a silver spoon in his mouth", right?  Originally that was not a reference to "wealth", but "health".  In the early 18th century, babies who were fed with silver spoons were healthier than those fed with spoons made from other metals.

Silver is also conductive and in this age of smart-phones and tap, tap, tapping on touch screens, gloves knit from this yarn allow you to keep in touch without taking them off.  No more holding your gloves between your teeth as your frigid fingers try to type.

All in all SilverSpun is just flat out good for you!  A healthy, conductive yarn produced entirely in the United States.

A skein of SilverSpun - 50g/173 yds.
A skein of SilverSpun - 50g/173 yds.

The Back Story

In December of 2012 I traveled to NC State University to meet with the Spin Lab manager at the College of Textiles.  I had this ambitious idea to produce a hand-knitting yarn using US grown cotton and spinning it with pure silver.  I knew it could be done because incorporating fine metals into fabrics goes back thousands of years, but I wanted to find a modern way to do it creating a product for today's knitters. The school agreed to help me develop the yarn and after a number of yarn-spinning trials, we finally created a product that met all my requirements: 87% NC grown cotton, 11% pure silver, and 2% Lycra (the Lycra gives the yarn a little memory which you don't usually get with cotton yarns.)  All this took only 4 months and in April 2013 I introduced SilverSpun at the Carolina Fiber Fest.  The response to the yarn was overwhelming!  In fact, I sold over half of my stock in less than 2 days, which means I need to make more!

My spinner Tim & his assistant, James at the CFF
My spinner Tim & his assistant, James at the CFF


The Economics

As you can imagine, producing a yarn with this much silver in it is quite costly.  A pound of the silver filament that we use costs $600.  I can spin 7 pounds of cotton to one pound of silver producing just over 60 skeins (like I said, it's not cheap, but it really is an amazing yarn so totally worth it!)  I have convinced my silver supplier to sell me the silver at a discounted rate, but I have to purchase at least 5 pounds at a time.  This is where you come in - I don't have the funds to purchase this much silver all at once so I'm hoping that with your support I will be able to raise enough money to:

- purchase 5 lbs of silver and

- spin at least 21 lbs of cotton and

- offer the yarn in multiple colors


A Testimonial

I received an email the other day from a customer that I just have to share.  This is what she wrote..."I bought 2 skeins of the yarn to make some fingerless mitts for my mom.  She is 91 and suffers from arthritis in both of her hands, making it harder and harder for her to knit – a lifelong passion.  I made the mitts.  I used a #3.0 mm needle and made them just a skinch smaller than her actual hand measurement.  I only used 1 skein and have some left over.  The pattern is just one I made up and use a lot.  Anyway, she has had the mitts now for a few days and she says her hands feel so much better and that she can knit with them on!  She is very excited about them."

Too cool, right?  I'm not making this up.  SilverSpun really is a pretty magical yarn!


A Big THANK YOU to My Sponsors

I want to thank you in advance for even considering supporting my project.  Yarn has been a part of me for most of my life (I started knitting when I was 6), yet I still pinch myself everyday not believing that I can actually say that I own a yarn company.  It's small yes, but perhaps with your help it will grow.  My dream is to start producing socks & gloves knit with this yarn using a US knitting mill, thereby allowing everyone to reap the benefits of this amazing yarn, not just those of us who call ourselves knitters.  I'm a dreamer, but a dreamer who gets things done!

Thanks for reading this, oh and if you don't mind, please pass the URL for this project on to others you think may be interested.  The more the merrier!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge I think I have at this time is keeping up with the demand for the product. My goal is to produce enough yarn so that we can ship immediately upon receipt of an order. No one likes to wait for something they've ordered, especially if it is something as awesome as yarn spun with pure silver!

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FAQ

  • Each skein is 50g, approx. 173 yds. When you use a small needle (US #2) you get a very dense fabric approx. 8st/in, perfect for socks, but if you use a larger needle (US #8) the fabric it creates is similar to a soft as butter chenille, approx. 4st/in.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    8 backers

    I will send you a hand written thank you on a note card printed with a painting by my mother - an extraordinary watercolor artist. I will also include a small sample of SilverSpun.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $25 or more

    18 backers

    For this pledge amount you will receive a PDF downloadable knitting pattern designed exclusively for SilverSpun. I will also send you a hand written thank you on a note card printed with a painting by my mother - an extraordinary watercolor artist and will include a small sample of SilverSpun.

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    Pledge $50 or more

    23 backers

    I will send you a knitting kit for a knitted bracelet. The kit will include: a mini-skein (25g) of LanaMundi Yarns SilverSpun - an American made cotton yarn spun with pure silver, an easy to follow pattern, knitting needles, a darning needle, a yarn cutter, a fabric notions bag and a canvas project bag.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $75 or more

    29 backers

    Due to popular demand I am adding this level. For this pledge amount I will send you 1 skein (50g) of LanaMundi Yarns SilverSpun - an American made cotton yarn spun with pure silver.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $100 or more

    26 backers

    I will send you a knitting kit for a hat. The kit will include: 1 skein (50g) of LanaMundi Yarns SilverSpun - an American made cotton yarn spun with pure silver, an easy to follow pattern, knitting needles, a darning needle, a yarn cutter, a fabric notions bag and a canvas project bag.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $150 or more

    16 backers Limited (4 left of 20)

    This is our "Home Stretch" award. With just 7 days left in our campaign we've decided to bring out the "BIG Guns". For this pledge amount you will receive 2 skeins of LanaMundi Yarns SilverSpun, a knitting pattern for texting mittens (see video to see what I'm talking about) AND a copy of Wooly 2.0 - the Ravelry companion app that brings Ravelry directly to all of Apple's iTouch devices. How perfect is this? You can knit yourself a pair of texting mittens using a yarn that works on touchscreens and then pull up your favorite Ravelry pages without ever taking the mittens off!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $250 or more

    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    Don't knit, but love the idea of yarn spun with silver? If you pledge at this amount I will personally knit you a hat using LanaMundi Yarns SilverSpun - an American made cotton yarn spun with pure silver.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    So, not only will I hand knit you a hat for this pledge amount, but I will also knit you a pair of texting mittens (see video to see what I'm talking about) using LanaMundi Yarns SilverSpun - an American made cotton yarn spun with pure silver.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    OK, so this is the pledge that will have you wearing silver from head to toe! If you pledge this amount I will knit you a hat, a pair of texting mittens, AND a pair of socks (believe me you won't want to take them off, but that's okay because silver is an anti-bacterial so they won't stink!). Of course the 3 items will be knit out of LanaMundi Yarns SilverSpun - an American made cotton yarn spun with pure silver.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $5,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Seriously? First off, you are my hero and I send you a virtual hug. Secondly, I will pay for your transportation to Raleigh, NC & a night in a hotel. Together we will tour the spinning lab at NC State University's School of Textiles to see how LanaMundi Yarns SilverSpun - an American made cotton spun with pure silver - is made. My guess is eating and drinking will be a part of this little adventure, as well. (Open only to those residing in the continental US)

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