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Royal Llama: The Fiber of Friendship

A project in Arica, Chile by Jorge del Carpio
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EXPORTS OF UNIQUE LLAMA FIBER YARNS BRING NEW HOPES TO HUNDREDS OF IMPOVERISHED LLAMA HERDERS IN THE CHILEAN ANDES.
Backers: 501
Average Pledge Per Backer: $85

Funded: $42,614 of $25,000
Dates: Jul 6th -> Aug 20th (45 days)
Project By: Jorge del Carpio
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¡GRACIAS AMIGOS!

August 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Dreams DO come true, as long as you share them with good people.  Let’s keep dreaming together! Let’s stay in touch! With love Jorge, Isa & kids  (Read More)

Celebrity knitters due in Arica early next year!

August 17th - via: kickstarter.com
They are not your common knitting celebs like Antonio Banderas who learned to knit from co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones during the filming of “The Legend of Zorro”, Australian ex-Prime Minister Julia Gillard who knitted a gift for the royal baby of... (Read More)

How much more is needed to get the Fair Trade Certification?

August 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Workshops to producers, artisans and students are a common practice at our plant. However, as we do not have adequate facilities we normally have to squeeze participants in our lobby. With sufficient additional funds we will build a multi purpose... (Read More)

101 uses for the extra money: Get Fair Trade Certification

August 13th - via: kickstarter.com
We will use part of the extra funds raised through crowdfunding to cover the cost of Fair Trade Certification. We need to show the world how a succesful business can also put people first! Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue,... (Read More)

Yarn Weights

August 13th - via: kickstarter.com
The chart below should resolve backers' questions concerning the weight of our yarns.  You will find useful information about Yarn Weight Standards on: Craft Yarn Concil and Knitting Naturally Please do not hesitate to contact us at ... (Read More)

Errata

August 13th - via: kickstarter.com
I thank our dearest friend and backer Elizabeth for the correction on our update #24.  I've always had a hard time with English idioms (I'm not all that good in Spanish either)! Jorge  (Read More)

Additional color card

August 12th - via: kickstarter.com
For your convenience we have inserted an additional color card linking each one of our natural colors to a familiar object. This should give you a better idea of what our colors look like. Just look for the heading COLOR CARD towards the end of the... (Read More)

Once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit Northern Chile!

August 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Pledge $7.500 or more and we´ll take you and a friend on an unforgetable seven day guided tour to the Chilean Altiplano and the Atacama desert. Best time to visit Chile is from November to February. A great time to run away from the cold winter.  ... (Read More)

We are busy preparing rewards for delivery!

August 12th - via: kickstarter.com
After making our goal we are all excited preparing rewards for delivery in September. As we can't send surveys until the campaign is over in eight more days, we would appreciate if you could help us expediting our work by sending us your address and... (Read More)

With your continued support…

August 12th - via: kickstarter.com
We will have a chance to enchant the hearts and minds of thousands of people around the world with products that are unique, functional and intelligent. The expansion of our international market will translate into greater demand of raw fiber from... (Read More)

A GREAT GIFT OF LOVE TO YOUR FAVORITE KNITTER

August 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Many of you will give your reward to someone you love. UPON YOUR REQUEST, WE WILL DELIVER YOUR REWARD TO THE PERSON YOU LOVE AND INCLUDE A SIGNED CARD WITH A REPRINT OF ONE OF ISABEL'S WATERCOLORS!  (Read More)

Attention spinners!

August 8th - via: kickstarter.com
NEW REWARD ADDED! Those who take spinning SERIOUSLY now have a $55 reward consisting of TEN OUNCES of the silkiest Royal Llama Rovings! REMEMBER: ALL PLEDGES ABOVE $ 25 WILL RECEIVE A SET OF HAND MADE EARRINGS.  (Read More)

Lisa-Maria’s pledge was like music to our ears!

August 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
“When I was a kid, I wanted to become either a clown or a singer. Dreams do come true!” Wrote international award winner mezzosoprano Lisa-Maria Jank. She likes knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, yoga and talking to people. She also likes tea... (Read More)

For those of you who did not read our early updates

August 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
We are one of the 7 amazing product innovations that Glo Magazine hopes get funding! Our story attracted the attention of Andie Huber, editor of renowned on-line magazine http://glo.msn.com/ who wrote an article about us. You are welcome to read "7... (Read More)

THANK YOU ALL FOR HELPING US BREAK THE $9.500 BARRIER!

July 31st - via: kickstarter.com
We wish to honor all of you wonderful people who make a difference in the lives of others by supporting our project.  29% of total backers and 29% of dollars pledged came from needleartists, designers, and other fans of the needlearts, followers of... (Read More)

Two grades of yarns available!

July 30th - via: kickstarter.com
You can choose a 165 yd/50 gram or a thicker grade 105 yd/50 gram in any of our rewards that include yarns! Once project funding is successful, we will contact each backer to collect their preferences in color and yarn grade.   (Read More)

Let's add color to the Andes!

July 28th - via: kickstarter.com
129 backers helped us reaching almost 30% of our goal…we're almost there! Each backer's name was randomly assigned a color…except black. Please spread the word…we need to add color to the Andes! Sincerely,   Jorge and Isabel  (Read More)

GREG made it possible!

July 28th - via: kickstarter.com
Thanks to our backer Greg who helped us breaking the $ 7000 barrier!   Greg is a strong supporter of many entrepreneurs like us, trying to make life easier through innovation, creativity and hard, very hard work. We strongly believe in Innovation... (Read More)

PLAN A SWEATER FOR NEXT WINTER!

July 28th - via: kickstarter.com
The 2013 Almanac says that temperatures will be much colder this winter from the East Coast westward to a line from the Dakotas to Texas (www.almanac.com). To those who have sweaters in mind: WE OFFER A THICKER 105 YARD PER 50 GRAM SKEIN AS WELL AS... (Read More)

Bravo Chile Lindo!

July 27th - via: kickstarter.com
We received our first backer from Chile!  She is from Antofagasta, in northern Chile.  Before, we had received pledges from the United States, Singapore, Australia, Sweden, France, Germany, Norway, and Bolivia. Thank you friends from all over the... (Read More)

EARRINGS ADDED TO KNITTERS' AND SPINNERS' GUILD REWARDS

July 27th - via: kickstarter.com
We couldn't let our backers choosing our KNITTER'S AND SPINNERS' GUILD SPECIAL rewards without their earrings!  Isa is organizing her work force, including Lucia (8), who are great at making these cute earrings by hand.  Anything we do will never... (Read More)

GO RAVELRY…GO!

July 25th - via: kickstarter.com
None but Casey and Jessica Forbes, who visited our exhibit at the TNNA show last June in Columbus, could have created such an astounding social network for knitters as Ravelry.com. Over three million fiber-loving users can't be wrong! Ravelry is... (Read More)

Passed the four thousand dollar milestone!

July 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
We thank you all so much for your pledges, spreading the word, and the many messages of support. We have faith we will reach our goal of $25.000 by the end of the campaign in August 19. Before Royal Llama was born, Aymara llama herders' only options... (Read More)

Eudocio the weaver wants to help!

July 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Eudocio Choque and his family weaved all their lives with alpaca and sheep wool spun with their own expert Aymara hands. Last sunday they visited our home to show us a couple of amazing samples of their work. They've heard rumors that we were... (Read More)

Soft, silky, lovely, new, warm…fabulous!

July 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Designer Susan Dingle's could not resist knitting a dazzling piece with light gray Royal Llama at the TNNA show last june in Columbus, Ohio.  We can't wait to start shipping rewards as soon as we get funded!   We see an amazing backer's preference... (Read More)

You can mix any colors of Royal Llama yarns and rovings in your rewards!

July 16th - via: kickstarter.com
You will be able to mix any of our seven natural colors of yarns and rovings in your rewards. We will contact all backers promptly after our goal is met in order to take color preferences. Our white and light cinnamon are great for dyeing!  Thanks... (Read More)

Great needlearts projects on Kickstarter!

July 16th - via: kickstarter.com
We wish to thank you all of you who are supporting our project, as well as other needlearts endeavours.  With remarkable and innovative products, these family businesses compete in the needlearts industry with hard work and dedication, while... (Read More)

Advancing rapidly towards our goal!

July 12th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

We are one of the 7 amazing product innovations that Glo Magazine hopes get funding!

July 10th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

www.glo.msn.com: "Royal Llama is one of the 7 amazing product innovations we hope gets funding".

July 10th - via: kickstarter.com
On line magazine www.glo.msn.com, with 6 million page views per month, believes that Royal Llama: The Fiber of Friendship is part of the 7 CRAZY INNOVATIONS they hope get funding! Read  Andie Huber's article in... (Read More)

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