Crazy Aunt Purl recently blogged about therapy in the form of shopping, and how it is best to do that shopping at a place which has a forgiving return policy. I am going to disagree with her there, theraputic shopping is best achieved at The Loopy Ewe. I had no idea that I was even going to need yarn therapy when I placed this order, but so much has happened in the last couple of days I've been left feeling blind-sided. Plus, I've been too busy with work to make it to knit night 2 weeks in a row! That alone can get a girl in a funk.
For the record, I am not affiliated with the owner, Sheri. That being said, this was easily my best online yarn shopping experience. I placed my order on Sunday, and even though Monday was a holiday it arrived today (Thursday). She mailed the package as soon as my bank cleared the payment. It was carefully packaged. I would have taken a picture, but I was too excited about the contents to think about it before I'd already unwrapped it. Yes, I said unwrap. It was wrapped. Like a wonderful fibery gift, or a yarn burrito. Along with my order were some samples of yarns I had never handled as well as a hand-written note. Now, lots of online yarn retailers will include a quick "Thanks for your order!" on the invoice. Sheri, however, wrote a much more personalized and friendly note. Plus, there was a surprise! I won't say what it is because I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. I will say that it was perfect for me because I love to organize.
Now, the most amazing thing about this experience is that she paid this much attention to my order even though I had ONE skein of yarn. It was such a small order. One skein of yarn, folks! And it qualified for a handwritten note with wishes for happy yarn times!
I originally planned to try purchasing my specialty sock yarns from a variety of vendors so I could see which company deserved to receive my yarn budget. I'm done shopping around. I've found my online yarn store. :)
Oh, and the yarn is lovely, too! I had never seen Fleece Artist in person but I'd heard a lot of people speak favorably about it online. Even though the hank feels very dense it has lots of loft and the colors speak for themselves. They were difficult to capture on film, and even now the purple in that image is a little intense. Colors are accurate at the bottom of the hank, but up top the shadows make it look much darker. Seriously folks, if the Loopy Ewe carries a yarn you've been considering, give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
Many thanks to Lime & Violet for mentioning Sheri's store on thier podcast.