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ULA+LIA: Mongolian Yak Down, Cashmere, and Camel Wool Yarn

Created by Jon Hetts

ULA+LIA: Mongolian Yak Down, Cashmere, and Camel Wool Yarn
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565 backers pledged $39,623.00 on Kickstarter

From herders to home, our yarns are made with exotic fibers from nomadic, free-range animals on the remote Mongolian plains. Enjoy our super soft cashmere, yak down, and camel wool yarns in a variety of colors and weights!

Raised in Kickstarter
$39,623.00 / 565 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$16,199.00 / 556 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Fiber is on its way, and spinning scheduled for August 15th!
3 days ago – Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 02:05:58 AM

Hey everybody,

Breaking radio silence now that I have some info to update everybody with! Over the last few weeks we've had the summer festival in Mongolia, and that pretty much grinds everything to a halt for a couple weeks. Everything is starting to move again, and am starting to get the last steps of the project scheduled.

Currently, the cashmere and yak wool fiber has been cleaned, combed, as is ready for spinning. Since the camel wool order is relatively small, it's getting juggled around a bit behind bigger orders in the processing facility my co-operatives use, but I've been promised it will be out and ready before August 10th.

After speaking to the spinning facility, they confirmed scheduling to start spinning mid August, which still puts us perfectly in line to have everything ready for September! 

Nervous and excited to get everything moving again, and pumped to book my trip home and start on fulfillment. As always, holler at me if you have any questions. Pre-ordering is still open on Backerkit, and I'll keep it open through August. Feel free to add or adjust any orders! I'll give you all a few days warning before it locks down and I charge credit cards.

Thank you!

-Jon

Still waitin for fiber!
2 months ago – Mon, May 21, 2018 at 02:19:16 AM

Hey all,

Been on radio silence for a while so just wanted to touch base and say everything is still going fine over here, although not much to report. Still on schedule to get our fiber in mid-July. Until then, it should be pretty slow.

I've been trying to arrange some trips to the countryside, but it's been hard to schedule between the guy that visits some of the herders, the herders, and my work schedule. I'm still hoping to get out soon, but the stars kind of need to align a little bit. The weather has been gorgeous lately, so I'm kind of itching to get out to the countryside a bit anyways!

As always, holler if you have any questions!

-Jon

Deposit down for the fiber, contract is made, and still on schedule!
3 months ago – Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 01:48:33 AM

Hey all,

Just a quick update to say that everything is still on schedule here, and we should have all our fiber by the middle of July, which is still perfect for September delivery. A couple weeks ago I signed the contract and sent the deposit to the local co-op here that I spoke of in the last update. All of our fibers will be laboratory checked for quality and come from sustainably grazed and raised animals.

A bit of a waiting game for the next few months, but feel free to ask any questions as always. Hopefully soon I'll be taking a trip to the countryside to get some pictures!

Thank you again!

-Jon

Just Keepin' in Touch ;) And an update on fiber procurement
4 months ago – Sun, Mar 25, 2018 at 11:51:35 PM

Hey all,

Everything is going great so far with backerkit and surveys. About 90% of people have their surveys in, so that gives me a great estimate of what to order for with my fibers and yarn. I hope the process was relatively painless for everybody!

Tuesday morning, I should be signing a contract to lock in our fiber for the production run. I ended up finding a great organization that works with a number of herding co-ops in Mongolia, which is great news and has a lot of great upsides to it:

  • By working with the co-ops, the herders and their families end up with more money for their fiber.
  • All of the co-op members follow guidelines to ensure pastureland sustainability and to stop overgrazing
  • All the fibers will be laboratory tested for purity and (top) quality.
  • All fibers will be traceable to their area of origin in Mongolia, which is also really cool!

Originally, I wasn't planning on getting this far with this Kickstarter project, as I didn't think it would be worth it to have fibers specially procured here for a small-ish order. With the great result from the campaign, I thought it was best to push for it this year. It is a little bit more expensive this way, but definitely worth it. I'm hoping in the coming months to take some weekend trips out to the countryside for some pictures of the animals getting brushed and to meet with the herders a bit!

Will continue to keep you guys updated. As always, holler if you have questions!

Thank you!

-Jon

Backerkit Invites Out to Everybody Else!
4 months ago – Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 08:50:01 PM

Hey All,

The world hasn't ended, and seems like Backerkit is running smoothly! Going to send the rest of the invites out after posting this update. You should receive an e-mail that will look like the following pic:

Just hit the "click here to respond" button to link Kickstarter and Backerkit together. If you didn't get an email, please check your spam folders. If you still can't find it, send me a message and we'll get it figured out!

Fiber Pics:

Also, got some pics of fiber when I was at the factory the other day. They had cream and taupe cashmere (although this taupe was a bit dark/brown) and some camel wool. They didn't have any yak on hand, but hoping to get pics of those soon as well.

Cream Cashmere - Brown/Taupe Cashmere - Sandstone Camel
Cream Cashmere - Brown/Taupe Cashmere - Sandstone Camel

 

Camel Fiber
Camel Fiber

 

OK that's it, just wanted to keep everybody posted. As always, if you have any questions, just get in touch and we'll get it figured out. Thank you!

-Jon