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Bring super luxury handspun yarn from single breeds to the market affordably. Shetland and Polwarth and 25 more breeds!

Bring super luxury hand spun made from single breeds fiber to the market.

I hand spun and hand dye this 100% Polwarth yarn.
I hand spun and hand dye this 100% Polwarth yarn.

Super Luxury Handspun single breed yarns

One of the things about being a knitter or a crocheter is that often options at the local yarn stores are very limited. However, when we decide we want to try different breeds of wool the options are overwhelming and confusing. It would be great if there was a middle ground. That is the point of this project to create that middle ground.

Grey Sulfolk I spun myself. in center pull ball
Grey Sulfolk I spun myself. in center pull ball

The goal of this project is to bring single breed wool yarns to the public in user friendly way. With this project you can try one breed, two breeds, four breeds, eight breeds, twelve or even 26 breeds. This will allow you to dip a toe or take a full dive into the wide world of single breed yarns.

Devon Fiber with the Notecard/Labels that will included with rewards
Devon Fiber with the Notecard/Labels that will included with rewards

I will hand spin all of the fiber into yarns myself. This will be a fun and exciting project. I will share lots of pictures at every step of the way so I hope you will join us and help the project become a reality.

The funding for this project will pay for:

  • FIBER! I have a number of sources that will be able to provide me with as much fiber as needed for the project. 
  • A high quality production spinning wheel. 
Yarn Handspun by me.
Yarn Handspun by me.

How Kickstarter works: Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. If you like the project, you can pledge money to help make it become a reality. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires (the project ends on a sunday night so that it is right after a payday :) ). If the project falls short, no one is charged, and I spend the night drinking away my sorrows.

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Merino Sheep source:wikipedia. Merino wool is extremely soft and feels great next to skin.
Merino Sheep source:wikipedia. Merino wool is extremely soft and feels great next to skin.

What is the project?The goal of the project is simply to bring single sheep breed yarns to market in an affordable and user friendly way.

Corriedale sheep; source wikipedia Corriedale wool is also extremely soft!
Corriedale sheep; source wikipedia Corriedale wool is also extremely soft!

Why single breed yarns?Just as different breeds of dogs are breed for different jobs, throughout the last hundreds of years different regions and groups of people breed sheep to fulfill different needs. Some breeds were bred for their meat or wool or both. Wool of sheep bred for their wool will have different characteristics, usually softer and higher yields. Wool from animals bred for their meat varies greatly and is full of surprises.

The best way to know "what is what" is to feel the yarn and work with it. However, there are hundreds of breeds and thousands of varieties. One skein of single breed yarn can be anywhere from $15 - $70. As a result most of us do not have the means to try more than a few breeds in a lifetime.

I have narrowed down the list to just 26 breeds. Most are fairly common and fairly easy to find. These breeds vary greatly from the insanely soft, rare and colorful California Variegated Mutant to the workaday, affordable Masham. There is the silky Polwarth and the rough and sturdy Jacob and so much more.

Shetland Sheep; Source: wikipedia Shetland wool comes in many colors & is great for sweaters and colorwork.
Shetland Sheep; Source: wikipedia Shetland wool comes in many colors & is great for sweaters and colorwork.

How will you bring these yarns to market?
The first step is to get this project funded.

Once the project is funded, It will all depend on how successful the project turns out to be and how big the demand is. The yarns will be available for sale (at a higher price) in my etsy shop ( kouturecrochet.etsy.com ). Depending on the demand I can handspin the yarn and sell it in my etsy shop or if the demand is greater I will set up a website and have already begun the research and taken the first steps to get it spun at a larger scale spinning mill.

Teeswater Sheep; Source: wikipedia
Teeswater Sheep; Source: wikipedia

How will the money be allocated (so far)?

As you can see even though the goal has been met, in order to offer the best yarn as soon as possible we need to spread the word to get more funding. The breakdown does not include my time or unexpected expenses. 

The current breakdown is as follows:

$565 wheel
$216 kickstarter and amazon payment fees
$829.25 fiber
$250 shipping
$40 mailing envelopes with shipping
$227 Unforeseen expenses

Total needed $2,127.25
Total raised $2,047 
Difference -$80.25

Jacob yarn handspun by me and unspun Jacob Fiber.
Jacob yarn handspun by me and unspun Jacob Fiber.

STRETCH GOALS!!

100% FULLY FUNDED! - REACHED!

150% Everyone who pledged $52 or more gets a mystery 1oz skein of a breed not already included in your pack! -REACHED!!!

225% EVERYONE getting a shipped item, gets a mystery 1oz skein of a breed not already included in your pack. If you pledged $52 or more you will get 2 (two) mystery 1oz skeins of breeds not already included in your pack! -REACHED!!!

290% Spinning Wheel Upgrade to the Hansen MiniSpinner. This is a VERY important milestone. The Electric spinning wheel is fast, high quality, accurate and easy to use. This means that rewards will go out VERY quickly. This would allow rewards to go weeks or even an entire month early.

350% Surprise unlocked!

And last but not least I will take part in Kickin It Forward.  I believe strongly in supporting other start ups and I want to support other projects I love!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

My goal is to have rewards out as soon as possible. July 2013 is the worst case scenario. I have a shop on etsy and already have many of the fulfillment tools needed such as packaging, shipping supplies and a small amount of fiber to start making yarn before the project ends. I already have a lot of experience shipping and fulling orders.

The biggest risk is a delay in getting fiber to spin. Some breeds are rare and there is sometimes a delay in getting fiber. However, a fast production spinning wheel will keep the spinning going at a solid clip.

FAQ

  • Yes it is possible to do and super easy!

    Say you want 
"Pledge $10 or more 
A skein of yarn spun by me from 100% MASHAM in UNDYED sliver gray. About 2oz; 52 to 57 grams. 2ply." but you want 2 skeins of masham. just pledge $20.02 this lets me know that you want two of the same. or if you want 3 skeins just pledge $30.03 and so on.

    You can also do this with plegde levels that have multiple breeds. For example If you want a 4oz skein of each breed in this pack:

    
"Pledge $52 or more 
LEARNER'S COLLECTION: 1oz, 2ply, skein hand spun by me from each of the following breeds: Blue Faced Leicester, Cheviot, Corriedale, Masham, Merino, Polwarth, Shetland Gray Sulfolk." 
just pledge $208.04, plus shipping for international orders.

    This will also work with Mystery Breed Packs. For example:

    "Pledge $36 - 4 BREED MYSTERY PACK. 1oz, 2ply, skein hand spun by me from four different breeds. These breeds will be chosen at random so no requests can be made. " If you want 3oz of each of the breeds in the pack just pledge $108.03

    This will affect all the breeds in your pack not just one. This is the case because the kickstarter survey system has a lot of limitations and does not allow me to ask only some people questions. Therefore every question in the survey would need to be answered by every person. This method allows users to get larger/more skeins if they which for as many ounces as they need without adding a lot of extra questions to the survey that everyone would have to answer (such as: did you add extra skeins, which breed, how many oz, etc).

    One last note this is to get larger skeins of the same breeds. To get more skeins from different breeds you can always go to a different level that meets your needs.

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    A skein of yarn spun by me from 100% MASHAM in UNDYED sliver gray. About 2oz; 52 to 57 grams. 2ply. This wool is crimpy and not ideal for next the skin products but it is very affordable for a single breed wool. It comes in a fun The skeins will be slightly thick and thin worsted weight. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $2.

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    A skein of yarn spun by me from 100% MERINO (21 micron) in UNDYED white. 2ply. About 2oz; 52 to 57 grams. The skeins will be slightly thick and thin worsted weight. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $2.

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    A skein of yarn spun by me from 100% BLUEFACED LEICESTER in UNDYED brown and white. About 2oz; 52 to 57 grams. BFL is not as soft as merino but it has much better drape and comes in tons of fun natural colors and shades. The blend is white and brown undyed fibers that have been gentle blended. The skeins will be slightly thick and thin worsted weight. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $2.

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    A skein of yarn spun by me from 100% SHETLAND in UNDYED brown and white. 2ply. About 2oz; 52 to 57 grams. Shetland rustic warm wool ideal for sweaters and hats. It is famous for the sheer variety of natural colors in comes in. The skeins will be slightly thick and thin worsted weight. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $2.

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    A skein of yarn spun by me from 100% POLWARTH in UNDYED white. About 2oz; 52 to 57 grams. 2ply. Polwarth is soft and very lofty and slightly silky. it almost feels as if it has 5% silk and 5% cashmere added, but it has neither. Thats part of what makes this breed so fun to work with. The skeins will be slightly thick and thin worsted weight. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $2.

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    MYSTERY BREED 2 PACK. 1oz, 2ply, skein hand spun by me from two different breeds. These breeds will be chosen at random so no requests can be made. This is a great way to dip a toe into the world of single breed yarns. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $2.

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    4 BREED MYSTERY PACK. 1oz, 2ply, skein hand spun by me from four different breeds. These breeds will be chosen at random so no requests can be made. This is a great way to dip a toe into the world of single breed yarns. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $2.

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    LEARNER'S COLLECTION: 1oz, 2ply, skein hand spun by me from each of the following breeds: Blue Faced Leicester, Cheviot, Corriedale, Masham, Merino, Polwarth, Shetland Gray Sulfolk. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $3.

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    SHETLAND COLOR PACK - 5 MINI SKEINS of yarn spun by me from 100% SHETLAND in UNDYED COLORS. 2oz EACH in Black, White, Gray, Brown, and Humbug (White and brown mixed together). 2ply. Shetland rustic warm wool ideal for sweaters and hats. It is famous for the sheer variety of natural colors in comes in. The skeins will be slightly thick and thin worsted weight. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $3.

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    12 BREED MYSTERY PACK. 1oz, 2ply, skein hand spun by me from one dozen different breeds. These breeds will be chosen at random so no requests can be made. There will be no duplicates. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $6

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    LEARNER'S COLLECTION PLUS EDITION: 1oz, 2ply, skein hand spun by me from each of the following breeds: Blue Faced Leicester, Cheviot, Corriedale, Masham, Merino, Polwarth, Shetland, Gray Sulfolk PLUS: California Variegated Mutant, Baby Camel, Baby Alpaca, and Cashmere. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $4.

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    12 BREED MYSTERY PACK PLUS EDITION. 1oz, 2ply, skein hand spun by me from one dozen different breeds. These breeds will be chosen at random so no requests can be made. There will be no duplicates. PLUS: California Variegated Mutant, Baby Camel, Baby Alpaca, Angora and Cashmere. for a grand total of SEVENTEEN (1 oz) skeins Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $6.

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    MASTERS COLLECTION - 26 Breed Sample pack. 1oz, 2ply, skein hand spun by me from each of these breeds: Blue Faced Leicester, Brown Manx Loaghtan, California Variegated Mutant (CVM), Cheviot, Cormo, Corriedale, Devon, Dorset Horn, Finnish, Gotland, Herdwick, Icelandic, Jacob, Lincoln, Masham, Norwegian, Polwarth, Romney, Shetland, Southdown, Suffolk, Swaledale, Teeswater, Texel, Welsh, Wensleydale This item is like a master class sheep breeds. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $7.

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    MASTERS COLLECTION PLUS EDITION- 26 Breed Sample pack. 1oz, 2ply, skein hand spun by me from each of these breeds: Blue Faced Leicester, Brown Manx Loaghtan, California Variegated Mutant (CVM), Cheviot, Cormo, Corriedale, Devon, Dorset Horn, Finnish, Gotland, Herdwick, Icelandic, Jacob, Lincoln, Masham, Norwegian, Polwarth, Romney, Shetland, Southdown, Suffolk, Swaledale, Teeswater, Texel, Welsh, Wensleydale This item is like a master class sheep breeds. PLUS: Angora, Baby Camel, Baby Alpaca, Cashmere, and Kid Mohair/Silk. Includes shipping to USA. Canada residents add $9.

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    DOUBLE MASTERS COLLECTION PLUS EDITION- 26 Breed Sample pack. 2oz, 2ply, skein hand spun by me from each of these breeds: Blue Faced Leicester, Brown Manx Loaghtan, California Variegated Mutant (CVM), Cheviot, Cormo, Corriedale, Devon, Dorset Horn, Finnish, Gotland, Herdwick, Icelandic, Jacob, Lincoln, Masham, Norwegian, Polwarth, Romney, Shetland, Southdown, Suffolk, Swaledale, Teeswater, Texel, Welsh, Wensleydale This item is like a master class sheep breeds. PLUS: Angora, Baby Camel, Baby Alpaca, Cashmere, and Kid Mohair/Silk. Includes shipping to USA.

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    The WOW COLLECTION! This is the end all be all. You will get: -3oz handspun skeins of each of the 26 breeds in the MASTER'S Collection instead of 1oz each. -one (1) handspun 3oz skein of 100% Baby CAMEL Hair - one (1) handspun 3oz skein of 50%silk/50%polwarth (a truly amazing blend) --one (1) handspun 3oz skein of 100% CASHMERE -one (1) handspun 3oz skein of 50% cashmere/ 50% BFL wool, now this is soft! -one (1) handspun 3oz skein of 100%suri baby ALPACA -one (1) handspun 3oz skein of 50% baby alpaca/ 50% corriedale -one (1) handspun 3oz skein of 50% shetland/ 50% BFL wool. -three (3) handspun 3oz skeins with the blends of your choice. You can have the 3 of the same blends, 2 different blends or 3 different blends. That's almost 7lbs of handspun yarn at least! As always I will spin all the yarn myself. Shipping to the USA is included!

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