We first heard of a neat event at the local university through ABC News and it was filled with just the right amount of warm fuzzy feeling that Ecoyarns had to jump on board. Australian National University (ANU) had called upon its staff and students to knit scarves for its newest students who will begin their university life in one of the coldest campuses in Australia at the moment. Over the last couple of months, knitters and crocheters throughout the campus had picked up their needles and hooks, some for the very first time, and worked tirelessly to make over 110 scarves! The Canberra community rallied around this unique initiative through yarn donation, including some of our Ecoyarns yarn. Some generously contributed their time to teach their craft to those eager to learn to make a scarf for a fellow student.
The scarves will be on display at the Orientation Week Wellbeing Mini-Market Day this coming Monday and new students are encouraged to pick a scarf for themselves. Each scarf comes with a handwritten note from the maker to its new owner, with care instructions and a little personal welcome to ANU. How good is that for building new friendships? Handwritten note to go with each scarf. Photo courtesy of ANU
As you can already imagine The Knit for New Students Initiative is not just about keeping these newbies warm. It is much, much more than that and that is why we chose this ANU project to be our first sponsorship. Knitting and crocheting is not just a personal hobby. Normally it keeps us and our loved ones warm, and our homes looking groovy. Then a little event comes along and our sense of camaraderie kicks in and we knit for strangers, be it to wear or just for public viewing and appreciation (think yarn bombing). We sit around with friends and people we hardly know, physically or virtually, and our hands keep making while we chat and form new friendships. Our often mundane lives suddenly get a little pick me up and the warm fuzzy feeling puts a smile on our dial for most of the next day. It's a beautiful thing. It's good for our mental health and it's food for our soul. Our lives are enriched because we care enough to spend the time to create for strangers. A Student common room transforms into a knitting hub. You can almost hear the clinking of the busy needles.
So thank you to all those who knitted and crocheted in earnest to create these scarves. We hope you enjoyed our yarn contribution and we will see you on Monday. Ecoyarns will be posting photos of the event live through our Instagram. Follow along if you're interested. Have a warm, snuggly weekend. We're praying for our first snow on Sunday! Fingers crossed.
Ecoyarns has seen several homes in its 9 years. It's lived in Budgewoi on the Central Coast then up to Newcastle, and now it's in chilly Canberra, rubbing shoulders with politicians. Well, not quite. But our former Prime Minister knits, so there is a super slim possibility that a politician might be wearing a scarf made from an Ecoyarns yarn! What a funny thought.
It's been a busy few months for us. Richard and I moved our young family to Canberra for personal reasons, and a week later we took over Ecoyarns officially. It was a lot to take on, unpacking our personal belongings and the shop stock simultaneously, while keeping the business running. There was a lot of "what was I thinking?!" kind of moments.
We had an extra pair of hands to help with the move and he flew in from Singapore! Thank you to my brother, Hakiim, for his tireless effort.
I'm happy to say we have overcome the dip and are settling in nicely in our new home and roles. We're pretty dang proud of ourselves to say the least. So what does it mean to our customers? Firstly, we are now shipping orders in 1 to 3 business days. There is nothing stopping us from sending off these lovely yarn and fibres to their new homes pronto.
Secondly, most parcels are being dropped off at the Canberra GPO and that means you will get your fluff mail even quicker!
Lastly, we are very focused on the business. We are going through everything with a fine tooth comb so as to improve your shopping experience. If you notice something not right on the website, email us at email@example.com. Help us help you shop. We want your online shopping experience with us to be enjoyable.
Our in-house technical and financial expert, Richard aka Mr Ecoyarns; From fixing web servers to setting up complicated ball winders, he's the man!
We have a huge announcement here in Ecoyarns. Ecoyarns has changed owners. Vivian has sold the business to myself, Salihan, and my husband, Richard. Vivian started Ecoyarns when she was desperately looking for organic and environmentally friendly yarn in Australia 10 years ago. When she couldn't find any, she hunted the world and brought in some of the loveliest yarn and fibre to sell in her brand new shop. She even started her own line of yarn, EcoOrganic Cotton. Fast forward to today, Vivian's medical career has taken off and she needed to pass the baton of Ecoyarns to someone else, so she can focus on her family while managing the rigorous demands of being a doctor. We are more than thrilled to carry on her work at Ecoyarns and wish her the very best!
Richard and I have worked with Vivian for a number of years, helping her with several different aspects of Ecoyarns. So we know a lot of the ins and outs of her business already. Handing over the reigns was much easier than anticipated with Vivian making herself available to any ongoing questions. Rest assured that it is business as usual at Ecoyarns. We are determined to bring lots of energy and enthusiasm into this business. We have a big challenge ahead of us to bring Ecoyarns up to a high standard but we are eager to make Ecoyarns better than ever. It is a fresh new Ecoyarns.