Review: Sonny & Shear April 15, 2008Posted by jeninmaine in Reviews.
Tags: dream in color, lime & violet, review, sasquatch sock, smooshy, sonny & shear, yarn, zen yarn garden
Who: Kris, Dana, and Anna Grace Haukoos
Online: Sonny & Shear
Tagline: The I Got Ewe, Babe Yarn Shop
There are some really gorgeous indie yarns out there that I have been drooling over forever and a day. I peek into other peoples’ ravelry stashes and think, “Where do they get their wonderful toys?”
I had heard a lot of talk about the greatness of Dream In Color Smooshy, so one day when I saw an ad for Smooshy being offered by Sonny and Shear, I decided to go for it. I visited their site and it took a couple of minutes to get oriented with where things were, mostly because I wasn’t familiar with all the different names for the different yarns I was looking at (the “lingo”, I suppose). After some surfing around and gazing at many lovely photos of yarn I found what I was looking for and a little more.
I selected a skein of Dream In Color Smooshy in the color Giant Peach, a skein of Lime & Violet Sasquatch Sock in Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves (most apropos), and a skein of Zen Yarn Garden Merino/Tencel in Pretty in Pink. The website has great photos including really big closeups, which I like as it makes it easy to really see what you’re paying for.
My order was over $50 so shipping was free, a major selling point in my opinion when it comes to online shopping. I placed my order after 10pm on February 5th and on February 7th I got an email that my order had shipped. On February 11th my package arrived, and there was much rejoicing! Here’s what I found when I opened up the Priority Mail box:
(Please excuse my awful tablecloth.)
Lovely packages all tied up with ribbon! I could hardly wait to tear them open, however, and this is the swag unveiled:
It did not at all escape me that the tea bags sent along with my order matched my yarn perfectly. It’s little touches like this that make my heart go pitter-pat.
Just because the situation screams for it, some yarn pr0n.
Everything was so perfect and arrived in pristine condition, there was even a card from Kris thanking me for my order. Lots of nice little touches that made me feel special and definitely made me decide that the next time I’m looking for indie yarn, this will be my first stop.
Now, about the website itself – they have a number of great promotions available that make shopping with them even more enticing. First, you can sign up for their monthly newsletter. In addition to a special coupon code the e-newsletter also contains shop news, new product raves, contest details, information on their buyer’s rewards programs, and other tidbits and links of interest. It’s worth reading all the way through!
They also offer the aforementioned buyer’s rewards programs, which are all fantastic incentives. Sonny Money lets you earn points every time you place an order so every time you buy something you’re working your way to free merchandise. Can’t beat that! ShearLinks offer blogs (like this one!) the opportunity to link to their website and earn points toward merchandise credit. Last but not least and possibly my favorite, Bust Your Stash encourages you to use the yarn you’ve been hoarding, send the ball bands to Sonny & Shear to earn 10% off your next purchase – it doesn’t even have to be yarn originally purchased from Sonny & Shear, which I think is awesome.
Most importantly the yarn is gorgeous and abundant at Sonny & Shear. Things do sell out, but when I shopped I still found plenty to mull over and I found myself humming the tune to “If I Had a Million Dollars.” The shipping was quick, the customer service courteous and efficient, and now I have some lovely, lovely yarn to drool over. Maybe I’ll even use it to, you know, knit something someday!
All logo images ©2007-2008 Kris Haukoos and Sonny & Shear