Those of you who read “Yarn Harlot” will already know about this.
Blue Moon Fiber Arts, the company that makes the amazing “socks that rock” sock yarn has recently been the victim of stupidity from a bank. The bank has caused huge headaches for this small business by returning all the money to all the people who signed up for the “rockin’ sock club” where lucky club members receive a different sock kit every month. They did this because they felt it must be a SCAM since obviously it was impossible that this many people would want to knit socks each month.
This might seem like just a clerical error worthy of a shrug, but there are several reasons why I am inclined to take this one personally and rant and rave. First off, Knitters are a potent tribe of individuals worthy of respect. I will not quietly tolerate people disrespecting the creativity, creative prowess, or even purchasing power of the amazing worldwide community of knitters. Making unique items by hand is not “quaint” or “ cute” or “old-fashioned.” We are here right now preserving traditions, pushing envelopes, and expressing ourselves. To dismiss a vast community of sock knitters as “obviously a scam” shows an inherent lack of respect for handcrafts. Grrrrrr
Second, Blue Moon Fiber arts is a really amazing company. It is a small business in a world of enormous corporations and they represent everything I love about small-scale production. They are personally dedicated to their product and it shows. They make Friggn’ AMAZING sock yarn in breathtaking color-ways. And if ever there is a problem, you can call and speak to a REAL person who is incredibly nice and who wants you to be happy because they take personal pride in their product. In fact, I called yesterday before all this news broke. I realize in retrospect that they must have been swamped with craziness trying to sort through a major business disaster, but they still patiently took the time to resolve my (very small) question and were really friendly. So… we have nice talented people making a product that improves my quality of life. I want this business (and others like it) to prosper, not be the target of banks who assume that nothing can be legitimate if it is not mainstream and done by some huge conglomerate.
I am a knitter, hear me roar, and don’t you DARE threaten my sock yarn.
You can read a rant from the Yarn Harlot and a copy of the letter that Blue Moon sent out here:http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/
Blue Moon Fiber Arts itself is Here:http://www.bluemoonfiberarts.com/