Over the past few weeks, I have been experiencing the exceptional customer service of Earthfair. I will let them tell you what they are all about. "Earthfaire specializes in hand-crafted yarns, beads, kits and knitting patterns. We partner with the finest designers and dyers in the world so you can make beautiful things." I don't even remember the first thing I purchased but I do receive weekly emails announcing some pretty exquisite projects. My sister Kathy told me about this fabulous knitting book she just purchased "Knit The Cat 7." She said it was really something.
After I received the books, I got an email from Earthfaire announcing three of the most fabulous kits I have ever seen. Of course, I had to buy them. They are now "in the queue."
You may want to call me Sybil after my last post extolled the virtues of the LYS over the online shop. I do not have multiple personalities, I am not inconsistent and I definitely am not flip-flopping. I love LYPs. I love going back and developing relationships. I love walking in and having someone say, "hi, Jan." Most of the time you do not build a relationship buying yarn online, but Earthfaire is an exception. I didn't actually get a hug from Ellen, but she did PERSONALLY do everything in her power to fulfill my wishes. (I almost said needs but need has no place in the yarn discussion. It is always about want.) I am a verbal communicator. I love the art of conversation. I would love to have an actual conversation with Ellen. I know if I walked into Earthfaire (which by the way is in Newfoundland, NJ), Ellen would say "Hi, Jan!" and give me a hug. Even though LYS are my favorite, online shopping has given me access to yarn shops all over the world. I remember the day American Express put a stop on my credit card because it had been used in Adrian, MI and a few minutes later in Denmark. That was a purchase from my favorite shop to buy Kauni. I would never have had access to Knit Purl in Portland or Caterpillar Green in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada or Websters in Ashland, Oregon or Little Knits in Seattle just to name a few. I would love to have every one of these be my LYS, but until the time that is possible, I will have to do without the hugs and family relationships for mind blowing yarns. Each one is a little bit of heaven. I would encourage you to visit Earthfaire and when you do tell Ellen "Jan Parson sent me." and you read about Earthfaire on Knitting: A Love Story. I may have actually felt a cyber hug from Ellen.