Online Yarn Shops:
Ann Cannon Brown has done a remarkable job of building an online yarn empire for herself. Since I started purchasing from Elann four years ago, Ann has continually updated the site's technology. In late October 2000, she completely relaunched the site.
New features include an auto-email function to email you your password when you forget it, an auto-email function to email you confirmation of your order, three new search engines, and a new index of all the latest products added to the site.
Elann also now offers a new member discounts program on books. Every book you purchase from Elann now comes with vouchers, each worth $2.50 USD off a $25.00 USD yarn purchase. Each book displayed at the website now shows the number of vouchers you'll earn when you purchase it, and the number of vouchers shown will automatically be added to your customer account when you go through the checkout, and then automatically deducted from your future yarn purchases.
A monthly newsletter tells of new specials, closeouts, and oddballs. Books come individually wrapped in paper to prevent damaging the cover -- a very nice touch.
She carries Austermann, Brown Sheep, Circulo, Classic Elite, Cleckheaton, Crystal Palace, Dominion Textiles, Filatura di Crosa, Forsell, Ilse-Wolle, Jaggerspun, Laines Pierber, Lane Monterosa, Mondial, Neveda, Pingouin, Real Indigo Company, Reynolds, Schaffhauser, Scheepjeswol, Schoeller Esslinger, Schoppel, Shepherd-Cynthia Helene, Silk City, Stahl, and Tahki. This site is a definite bookmark for the online yarn shopper.
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"For years Ann has promptly answered my MANY questions via e-mail and always within 24 hours but usually within a few hours. And if she no longer carries the yarn I want she has an even better alternative. My orders have always arrived quickly and in perfect condition. It is such a delight to order from Elann's. Ann is a very gracious lady. Thank you Ann!" sbgally, 7/13/01
"I, too, have been using Elann for several years. It is by far my favorite on-line shop. Very seldom can I find a less expensive price for the yarn brand and type. The order arrives quickly and usually includes flyers with samples and pattern suggestions for other yarn in stock or on sale." L. Todd, 9/26/00
"I am very happy with the quality yarns but even more so, with the great service." J. McClure, 11/16/00
"Elann was very quick to process my order and their prices are great as long as you don't want large quatitities of something very specific. They tell you online exactly how much is in stock which is great. Given current exchange rates an Australian dollar doesn't go very far, so cheap yarn is a blessing. Their newsletter of specials contains yarn samples so you get to feel it as well as look at a picture. Found them thru an add on Knitnet." C. Denehy, 11/27/00