If you haven't heard about Kickstarter yet, you're missing out. It is an awesome website that allows people to post projects they're hoping to launch and lets friends, supporters, interested parties and family support these projects with varying donation levels. Many of the donations also come with a gift to the person who donated, PBS style. I am very much in love with Kickstarter because it allows small companies and individuals to fund big business dreams -- attending a trade show, launching a clothing line, or releasing their first book. And all you usually need to donate to help is a few bucks. Every little bit counts!
I wanted to introduce you to a Kickstarter project that has come really close to my heart. A few of you may know that when I first 'started' down my career path, I was an administrator for the Malabrigo Junkies group on Ravelry. At the time the group was a lot smaller than the 5,000 + members that participate now, and the group was very close-knit (pun intended, always). I got to know a lot of aspiring designers and knitters on a very personal level. We shared our lives with each other -- hardships and personal revelations and hopes and dreams. Many members in the group got very close. Two people I got to know really well through the Junkies were Sam Boice and Breean Miller. Breean and I even ran a KAL together during the first Malabrigo March!
Sam and Breean are the kind of folks that I love to support on Kickstarter. They're both level-headed, have a good idea of how the industry functions (Sam used to work for a well-known dyer, Breean is an awesome designer with lots of work under her belt), and what they want to do within it. They're starting their own wool-dyeing company, called 'The Wool Dispensary'. Each of the collections the Dispensary produces has a color theme and storyline that forms the mood for the collection. And the yarn is beautiful -- several different gorgeous bases and a handful of jewel-toned colors. I am especially excited about the Suri Merino base, pictured at the top of this post!
They aren't asking for a lot of help, just a little boost so that they can attend their first conference show, Yarn Con, in Chicago this year. What I really appreciate in a Kickstarter proposal is a knowledge that the original folks aren't expecting you to back everything - Sam and Breean have put a lot of their own money and time into making their dreams happen. If you're interested in helping, please jump over to their Kickstarter page and make a donation to this budding yarn company!