Friday, August 20, 2010

I am hosting a...

...giveaway to celebrate my 1 year anniversary on Etsy! To enter the contest please leave your comments about my Etsy Shop, things you like, don't like, or to be improved upon. I have learned a lot in the past year, but I know there are always things to learn! You, my customers are the most important part of my business, because without you, this business wouldn't exist. So, I want to know what you think.

You will be entered in a random drawing to win this skein of fingering weight yarn in sunny yellow. It is my former Lublu base, just this one left and it's a good one, soft and squishy 400 yards in 100% Superwash Merino Wool.The drawing will take place on Friday, August 27th; I welcome your comments through the 26th of August. The winner will have 1 week to claim the prize. Details in the winning post. Good luck and I'm looking forward to reading your comments!
~ Angela

39 comments:

  1. I love that you offer a variety of fiber blends. And the colors are so vibrant!

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  2. happy anniversary! I like your variety of colorways, how some are semi-solid and some are more variegated.
    thanks for this chance to win!

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  3. I love your vibrant colors and all the unique colorways! All your yarns are beautiful and reasonably priced.

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  4. I love the gorgeous colours, and I like how you provide both weight and yardage rather than just "fingering" or "sport."

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  5. Ooh I like contests. :) Our taste in color is very similar, so seriously, I like almost everything about your yarn. I am also in love with your tea and yarn club... I just don't have the money for it this go around. :P One thing is, you seem to tend to always put the fancier colorways on the fancier yarn bases. Sometimes I want a fancy variagated, but don't need the fancy fibers. That's just my perception tho, I might be confused.

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  6. The Oceana roving is gorgeous! Do you do that colorway in yarn too? Is there an option to have a gallery so guests can special order colorways that may not be currently shown? I'm computer illiterate and it may be that I just didn't see it.

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  7. I really like that you work in alpaca and silks, not just wool. I think the one which caught my eye most is.. Sumptuosity Hand Painted 70 Baby Alpaca 20 Silk 10 Cashmere 432 yards Fingering/Sock Crushed Velvet. I'm not into uber bright tones, but I saw that and was like.. Ooooo I could do something fun with that. I really love that it's not a true red, yet perky and cheerful (and looks ever so soft!).
    Sheri
    unhallowedashes@comcast.net

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  8. I love your handpainted yarns! Hmmm, the only thing missing is lace yarn :) Some lace weight in one of your handpainted colorways would be yummy!

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  9. Your yarns are beautiful! Especially the solids.

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  10. Lovely yarns! Your colors are beautiful.
    You ask for specific comments, so here's mine:
    one thing that I find especially helpful when choosing variegated yarn is to see a swatch. Few sellers post pictures of swatches or sample projects, and I can understand that it is not always possible, but I'll tell you what...after several disappointments with the way gorgeous handpainted yarn has worked up on the needles, a photo of a sock or even a few inches of a stockinette swatch can be the reason I click the purchase button. :)

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  11. I think the shop looks great and love the yarns.
    I especially like the idea of the "inspired by you" yarn club. Sounds like fun.

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  12. Happy Anniversary! You colorways are vibrant and lovely. I was looking to see something in worsted weight, but could not find anything.

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  13. Oh my, the hank you're giving away is one of my favorites, I put all of your "yellows" in my faves on Etsy a while back, so I hope you make some more because I have plans for that gorgeous colorway! I still think that your idea to get some worsted weight in your shop is a good one and hope you go on to do that. Your product descriptions are thorough, which I find very important when buying yarn, as do most others I'm sure. Thanks for the chance to win this! I am so excited! Happy Etsyversary, and may many more follow!

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  14. I hope being the 13th commentor is lucky. I like the way you have the home page set up on your shop. The pictures are so eye catching. The bright, beautiful, vibrant yarns just grabs you. Congratulations on having your Etsy shop for a year.

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  15. I think your etsy shop looks great! All the lovely yarn in your banner grabs the attention of us fiber addicts :D Not to mention your yarn is beautiful!
    Rav ID: kristyh1981

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  16. I love your colors. Very vibrant. One piece of feedback. The background for the photos looks gray (at least on my screen) which did make me wonder if I was getting true color on the photos. Is the original background gray or white? But the photos are very crisp and show good definition!

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  17. first off, the link to your etsy shop in your blog post isnt' working......but i got there anyway from the sidebar.

    i do love the way you photo your yarns; you can see the sheen on some of them, but not so much it disrupts seeing the colorway.
    i also really like the fact that you give care instructions, and info on the dyes used, in your descriptions.
    looks good!!

    -oonaghfibersmyth on ravelry

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  18. I love how you've got a sock yarn with cashmere!! wow, what that be great!

    sadiekate on ravelry

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  19. Well, for one thing I kinda like to see how a swatch looks or how long before a color change. If I am expecting a 2 stitches then a color change I will one kind of pattern, if I want 10 I think a different pattern... I actually like my swatches done in the round like you would do for socks but I know some that like them done in squares as well... Of course I don't need that if I know how long the color changes are.

    Anyway, my suggestion is to see about a swatch picture.

    MamaMay on Ravelry

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  20. I really liked your shop - so much that I added it to my favorites...

    Don't think you need a lot of changes - the photos are sharp - the descriptions well written...

    Keep up the good work.

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com
    nhsarab on Ravelry

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  21. After taking a good look through your etsy shop (and bookmarking it), I couldn't find anything that I would say needed changing. You have great descriptions and photos, and all of your shop policies & about me pages are filled out and interesting to read. (These are all things that I look at before buying on etsy.)
    I like that you have a good variety of colours to choose from, not just pastels or brights, but a little something for everyone. I will definitely be back to purchase!
    Paige (ZoePaige on Rav)

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  22. I don't see a need for any changes, and I really love the colors of your yarns.

    greyowl (rav id)

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  23. I don't see anything to improve. The page was easily understandable. Lovely yarns!
    StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

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  24. The Inspired By You idea is brilliant. I also like that you don't limit everything to 3.5 or 4 oz, but offer larger amounts as well.

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  25. I love the way that you list the yarn details (weight, yardage) in the listing title, instead of just the yarn's name, so that if I'm looking for something specific, it's easier to find.

    I also think you have beautiful photographs of your skeins. I'd love to see some other weights, though, too- perhaps a worsted?

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  26. I love your color ways and seeing where you get your inspiration. Your service has been great and I enjoy the extra little treats that come in the package. I'm certainly glad I found you while looking around Etsy and Ravelry.

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  27. You have a great Etsy shop. Your banner is really nice. Your photos are clear and sharp. You have a good variety of yarn but I love to knit with worsted weight, you might want to add that to your selection. I love that you also offer yarn of one colour. My favorite is Sumptuosity Hand Painted 70 Baby Alpaca 20 Silk 10 Cashmere 432 yards Fingering/Sock Crushed Velvet. What a great colour!
    How about adding to your shop more of merino/nylon blend? For a pair of socks, I do love that yarn for its durability.
    But almost one hundred sales in one year...you are doing well!!
    woolyknitsnbits@live.ca

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  28. Susan G- griffgirls on RavelryAugust 23, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    I really like your etsy shop - the mix of borht roving and yarn is nice to see. Your photographs are very good and really give a good depisction of your colorways. I love that you invite your customers to inspire you with their photographs.

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  29. The photography is really good, in my opinion. I like that every yarn has several photos from different angles. It really helps to show off the beautiful dyeing.

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  30. I love your variety of color, weight, and fiber choices. Your photos are very nice as well, and show good detail of the yarn itself. I also think it is a neat idea to have a tea/yarn club:) But by also offering just a yarn club, you appeal to those who may not like tea. I thought it was an interesting mix though, the tea and yarn, both of which I'm a big fan of:) Nice shop! I hope to shop there soon:)

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  31. the yarn looks very nice and i like the idea with voting for flowers!

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  32. You have a very nice shop!!! I am not a big sock knitter...so of course, I would love to see more worsted weight...but the colorways are amazing, you have a great eye for color!! I could see getting some to make a shawl. The way your shop is set up is very informative.
    Nice job!

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  33. I love the way your shop is clean, clear, and communicates exactly what is available. I do wish, however, that there were a wider variety of weights available. I will confess to being a lover of worsted weight. Although I would never turn down the opportunity to knit or crochet ANY of your fibers! The color is simply lovely - and inspiring. Beautiful!

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  34. My suggestion for your etsy shop....maybe have a clearer explanation of what each thing is for sale on the main page. Instead of having the name with the description, give a brief explanation of what it is. I found that I had to click on each item in order to get a better understanding of what I was looking at. Not sure if what I wrote makes sense or not, but it did in my head! :) Other than that, everything looks wonderful and I wish I could buy all of it!

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  35. I just found you, so don't really have any "constructive" comments on your etsy shop - but your fiber is gorgeous - maybe some year you will "vend" at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival? But for now, maybe I'll win this skein of yarn!!

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  36. Your clubs are great! I love how you use pictures as inspiration. The one thing I might tweek would be the title graphic. There's alot of text, but just one thin graphic between it. I think I would add more of a picture to your title. Especially since all your pictures are so great, and colorful!

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  37. I think the photos on your etsy shop are what makes it so wonderful. They give a clear sense of the yarns and what you are getting. I do like the idea of having swatch pictures, too, though.

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  38. I really like the month clubs -- what a great idea! And pretty reasonably priced, too. If I had the money right now, I would totally join one (all) of them. One thing I've noticed is that when you talk about the clubs, you say "You may get three of the following yarns" -- which confused me at first, as it sounds like you mean "...or possibly not; maybe two? Four?" I'm guessing you actually mean that club members will get three of the yarns mentioned, no guarantees which, but I felt it was worded a bit confusingly. (I know it's really nitpicky, but it kind of bothered me.)

    Your photographs are lovely and crisp, much better than the general run of Etsy stores in my experience.

    I'm not really big on variegated yarns, but I *love* your solids and semi-solids -- the colors just GLOW.

    It'd be great to know how your variegated yarns were dyed, as in what the dye pattern is. The colors would be gorgeous for planned pooling, but as they're reskeined, I can't tell from the pictures if they'd work. Planned pooling requires yarns to be dyed across the skein so you get mirrored color repeats: ABCBA. That's as opposed to dyed in the round, which yields ABCABC repeats.

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  39. Glenda (ScrappyGal on Ravelry)August 26, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    Congratulations on one year and wishing you many more! I just found you and love your colors. Also am very excited to hear you will be offering lace yarns shortly.

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