Today on the YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird: Kirstin Muench of Muench Yarns!
Listen in below to hear Marly and Kirstin talk about the company, the companies she works with, their yarns and much more!
Kirstin Muench learned to do all kinds of crafts from her German mother with the book The Workbook for Girls. This book has all (and she means all) of the crafts you can think of from tatting and basketweaving to knitting and crocheting. Her mom knew people in Germany who were in the yarn business and started selling their products in the United States as her own business in 1985. Kirstin became a makeup artist in Germany and was there when her mother learned she had ovarian cancer. So in 1988, Kirstin left Germany to come home to the US and help her mother with both her illness and the business and has been at Muench Yarns ever since.
Muench Yarns is a wholesale distributor of yarns. This means that they distribute yarns manufactured overseas (usually for overseas markets) like GGH Yarns from Germany that makes the Rebecca magazine (which is great if you haven’t seen it yet) and Baa Ram Ewe from England. In addition to these yarns, Muench has their own line of yarn that they sell like one called Touch Me (listen in below to hear Marly’s story about Touch Me). Check out their website at the link below to see all the yarns and things they distribute. Kirsten and Muench Yarn don’t just sell yarn, they also distribute knitting accessories and needles. One of the big companies they work with is Needle Industry Limited (an Indian company), known as Pony here. They make a huge range of needles and knitting accessories and are a great company, check them out at the links below. Definitely listen to hear Kirstin talk about Pony and their company philosophy (they have a hospital on site at their factory!). They also distribute Knitter’s Pride needles as well as buttons from all over the world and patterns. You can contact them yourself, yarn shop owners and crafters alike, by calling or emailing them at their contact info:
Muench Yarns, Inc.
1323 Scott Street
Petaluma, CA 94954-1135
Toll Free Tel: (800) 733-9276
Local Tel: (707) 763-9377
Fax: (707) 763-9477
- Muench Yarns website, Muenchyarns.com
- Pony Neeldes website, Ponyneedles.com
- GGH Yarn website, GGH-garn.de (it will go in English if it doesn’t show up that way, click the little German flag at the right)
- Facebook for Muench Yarns here
- Ravelry for Muench Yarns here
- Twitter for Muench Yarns here
And we can’t forget the Giveaway! Leave a comment below with Kirstin’s keyword for your chance to win !
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