Today on the Yarnthing Podcast with Marly Bird: Fiesta Yarns with Jeannie Randolph!
Fiesta Yarns began its rich history over 30 years ago, when the dyeing and packaging was done from the owner’s home located in the quaint Village of Corrales. For more than fifteen years, yarn could be seen hanging from the trees and clotheslines around the private residence. The company was first sold in 1999 and then again in 2001, when Jeannie Randolph became the owner. Jeannie Randolph and her husband were looking to move to New Mexico and were thinking about buying a card and gift shop. Through friends and connections, they learned that Fiesta was for sale and went to visit with the then owners. Jeannie felt a sweater that was on a table while they were there and she was hooked. Her and her husband have owned Fiesta Yarns since 2001. Coming from a business background (she has a Marketing and Journalism degree from Texas A&M) with a bit of crochet know-how, Jeannie approaches Fiesta first from a business point of view and then incorporates what will work in the yarn industry.
2013 was a busy, busy year for Jeannie and Fiesta Yarns. The biggest change for them was they moved their warehouse and business to a smaller and more manageable facility. The second big thing is Fiesta has launched their new website. The website is FiestaYarns.com and is really nice, you should check it out! This new website was built with the web-based Hopscotch Web, which makes building, maintaining, and changing the site really easy. If you sign-up for their newsletter, you get access to their weekly free pattern and yarn special associated with the pattern!
On the subject of yarn, Fiesta is doing a new thing this year, Limited Edition colorways! The way it works is that the colorway comes out on the first of the month and is available to order for the first 10 or so days. They do several yarns in the same colorway so everybody can (hopefully) have their favorite yarn. After all the orders come in, they dye and ship out the yarn! February’s colorway was called Love Triangle (and is unfortunately not able to be ordered anymore, check out your local shop to see if they get any!) and is shown at the left in Boomerang worsted wool.
Fiesta does tons of awesome colors in many types of yarn (a few shown below) and they are introducing a new yarn at Stitches West next week. Their new yarn is a 100% lace-weight silk called Kabuki. Kabuki comes in a 100g/870 yard skeins so you get a lot of bang for your buck. No pictures available right now but check out the yarn section of their website after Stitches: Yarn section of shop. Some of their other yarns include Baby Boom wool/nylon sock, Ballerina alpaca/tencel lace, La Luz silk light worsted, and Rayon Boule rayon light worsted. There are many more so check out their selection to see everything! Their colors are gorgeous!
Listen in below to hear all about Fiesta, Jeannie, their new website, Jeannie’s blog, new colorways and yarn, Stitches expos, books featuring Fiesta yarns, Halos of Hope and lots of other things!
And we can’t forget the Giveaway! Leave a comment below with Jeannie’s keyword for your chance to win the new book, Knitting in New Directions by Myra Wood from XRX Books!
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