One of the greatest pleasures of opening your own yarn store is being able to carefully curate the merchandise to your liking. Having been a long-time admirer of Yak (the animal and the fiber), we wondered why there wasn't more yak yarn on the market.
At one VKLive show in NYC, we stumbled upon mYak. A quaint booth with a beautifully minimal yet warm aesthetic and feel. As we got talking to the proprietress, Paola, we realized that not only was this 100% yak yarn beautiful, but that this was an incredibly special company. From their website, a description of their mission and vision:
"IT ALL STARTS HERE
A Company on a Mission.
mYak was born of more than twenty years living and working with the nomadic herders of the Tibetan Plateau. Together we’re building more than a business. We’re building a future for one of the world’s most ancient ways of life.
Ethically Sourced. Expertly Crafted.
We believe in responsibility, traceability and sustainability. We source our wool directly from nomadic Tibetan herders, contributing to the well-being of the local community. Our fiber is hand-combed from the undercoat of baby yaks and cashmere goats with no harm to the animal.
We believe sustainability means respect for diverse cultures and ways of life, adding value to local resources and traditions while protecting their origins, and crafting products meant to last not for a season, but for generations. Our activities are equally imbued with care for people, animals and the environment as well as for the social and ethical values that characterize our entire chain."
Not only do they produce some of the most special yarn we've laid our hands on, but mYak has also been providing the textile industry with beautiful fabric with custom weaves and they also have a line of finished goods.
While G+T will be carrying a range of mYak's Medium Weight 100% yak yarn (more to come), stop by this weekend to see their full range of samples, merchandise and yarn. It will surely get you thinking about Fall and Winter knitting.