So I don’t know if any of you are familiar with Artfibers, the eclectic specialist yarn shop in San Francisco that sold only their own line of yarn.
Well, they closed a few years ago (due to the owners wanting to get out of the business after 20+ years and San Francisco’s real estate prices becoming just ridiculous) and had a closing sale. I thought about ordering some then but hemmed and hawed too long to buy anything.
Flash forward a year. The owners still had a storage locker full of yarn and they had set up a website called The Yarnist to try to sell off some of the remaining inventory. I had the page bookmarked because I saw some yarns that peaked my interest. Namely the following:
nom nom nom
Camuse (65% baby camel / 35% cashmere)
Sortie (100% superfine merino – 15.5 microns! That’s softer than most cashmeres!)
Svalbard (80% superfine merino/20% cashmere)
Yaqui (100% yak down)
100% yak down – yes please!
Majolica (70% Superfine Merino/30% Silk)
ManRay (70% viscose / 30% stainless steel)
These are fiber contents you don’t typically see in most LYSs so at the prices they were selling for, I was more than interested. They also had all these yarns custom spun for them from Italy and Japan (Lineapiu and Hasegawa among some of the mills that spun the yarns) so these were total one-of-a-kinds. How many times have you ever run into superfine merino yarns? I’ve only seen one, yes, one yarn in the entire retail yarn universe.
Well, today they’re liquidating everything. I guess they no longer want to hold onto their storage locker or deal with running a yarn website. It’s all on the chopping block. At a ridiculously low price: $20/lb for up to 49 lbs and $16/lb for 50-199lbs. 200 or more pounds of yarn and you’re looking at $12/lb. These are all on cones so even better for me who hate joining yarn and weaving in ends.
I went batshit crazy….as in, I was about to drop a 200lb order until I looked at my bank account balance that was looking rather paltry. Scratch that plan. The minimum order is 10 lbs so I did what a sane person would do: order just 10 pounds. (just 10 pounds. hahaha, most people would consider that a lifetime supply of yarn, right?)
Got on the phone first thing in the morning (even though I have phone phobia and hate calling people I don’t know…yeah, I don’t even like calling restaurants for reservations or take out.) and made my order. (The owner, Roxanne, is really sweet and was really patient with me.)
Guess who’s got a shipment of baby camel, cashmere, and yak down on my way? Me, me, me!
Now, off to go destash some rustic wools I’ll never be touching again with a ten foot pole. Only luxury fibers for this yarn snob!
eta: totally kicking myself for posting this all over the internet because some of the stuff I wanted is sold out. Me and my big blabber mouth!