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.
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.
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!
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
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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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