Subscription Box Spring 2016

We hit upon the the final wraps for the Spring 2016 ‘Script Box while out on a run. It was November and sunrise was early enough that we could still hit the asphalt and enjoy a run before we headed into 166. It was on our way back that we finally reached consensus the perfect wraps for the box. I remember it so well because we had just passed the Peace Barn after our longest run to date (ten miles!). I was tired and had a leg cramp. Erinea was advocating hard for Phases of the Moon, going on an on about our cycles and the tides, and I just wanted to take a shower and head into work. I realized I was being ridiculous about Phases of the Moon. Why not do it? Why not take the risk? Why was I fighting so hard against it?  And we both said Sparkleberry at the exact same time. Magic, I tell you! 

We had planned to release the first wrap for the Spring Subscription box in the first week of January 2016 and had planned to call it the Winter 2016. Obviously, that didn’t happen because we could not decide which wraps would be part of the subscription box. We went back and forth over this for weeks with no resolution. 

Erinea wanted to have Phases of the Moon (alpaca/silk blend) in the box, but I was reluctant to make it part of the subscription service. I wanted an alpaca Love Birds, but Erinea nixed that idea as we had not done any sampling and had no idea how the alpaca would perform in Love Birds. 

Did we want to do an all wool or alpaca subscription box? Would it be too cost prohibitive? What about those wrappers who did not do well with wool or did not care for wool? Should we run concurrent subscription boxes? One that was all wool and another that was cotton?  We do cotton so well; we both agreed that the subscription box should have at least one cotton wrap and while we were in agreement about this, we could not agree on a wrap. 

So without further ado, we would like to introduce the Winter 2016 Subscription Box.

Phases of the Moon Sea Smoke (67% cotton, 26% Alpaca, 7% Silk)

Miel Indigo (88% Cotton/12% Wool)

Sparkleberry Noir (100% Cotton)

Now on to the more mundane details:

These wraps will be exclusive to the Pavo Guild Subscription and will not listed online independently of the 'Script. 

How do you become a subscriber? 

Pavo Guild Subscription Box will be available on March 2, 2016 at 14:00 EST 

We will have a limited number of subscriptions available. 

Subscriptions will be available in three month commitments and payment will be made in full when committing to the initial  purchase of the three month Pavo Guild Subscription.

Please note that we cannot change shipping addresses and all wraps will ship to the designated shipping address on the order.  We will under no circumstances split the 'script box to multiple addresses.

Subscriptions will be based on size and priced accordingly:

Size 3: $960

Size 4: $1020

Size 5: $1080

Size 6: $1140

Size 7: $1200

Please note that the prices stated above are subject to change and do not include relevant state tax, customs fees, and associated shipping and handling costs.

Wraps will ship on or around the following dates:

Miel Indigo: 3 March, 2016 

Phases of the Moon Sea Smoke: 4 April, 2016

Sparkleberry Noir: 2 May, 2016

A Love Story: Klee

Where do we start with Klee? 

Klee has been with us from the very beginning. It was one of the first swatches we looked at and pondered when we visited The Oriole Mill for the first time after explaining to Bethanne what we were interesting in developing with Oriole for Pavo. I can remember rubbing the fabric between my fingers and interrupting Erin's conversation with Bethanne to remark on how unique the fiber felt. Erin, who is always patient when it comes to explaining the intracies of  fiber to me, stopped her conversation and took the sample from my hands and pondered it for a fair amount of time. Too heavy. Not the right type of rainbow. Too much time to develop. Too expensive.  And I knew she was right. Of course, we went on to release Parterre, but that's a whole different story.  I look back on that conversation and laugh now. She should have just said no. I had wasted the previous hour drooling over a wall of sparkly, glittery lurex threads and fibers and Erin explained to me why Lurex was not an option over and over again, we had vowed to stay with natural fibers no matter how sexy synthetic temptation can be.  In hindsight, I can laugh over this memory. At the time, I was devastated that glitter would not be a staple fiber in the Pavo library. Actually, I wasn't all that sad. We had already committed to natural fibers, but there's something about glittery sparkles that makes the 7 year old in me giddy with delight.  Maybe I will convince her yet.  

Bethanne Knudson, designer of Klee and owner of The Oriole Mill, shows off her creation for the Pavo gals.

Bethanne Knudson, designer of Klee and owner of The Oriole Mill, shows off her creation for the Pavo gals.

But back to the story: Klee fell to the cutting room floor, metaphorically speaking.  And it stayed there for quite some time. Over a year after we first saw the Klee sample, it resurfaced. Erin suggested that perhaps we should revisit it because, well, it had grown on her. This is classic Pavo: One of us falls in love with a sample and the other person is typically not excited about it. Then the dance begins. We go back and forth and back and forth and back and forth until we finally hit upon a consensus. And so it was with Klee. But then the samples arrived and we were both on the fence, but neither one of us wanted to give Klee the proverbial axe, so we sent the samples out to various testers with no expectations or desires. 

When the positive reviews came in, we were a bit taken aback. Klee was too thick, too dense, and yet people seemed to be so smitten with the girl.  Despite the positive response, it went back to the cutting room floor because ultimately it was too cost prohibitive to produce. And there it sat for a couple of months while Erin and I did the dance. Back and forth. Back and forth. Should we take the risk? Will it be too expensive? Will it be to thick? What if it's better than we think? Will we regret taking the risk?  It's such a familiar and comforting routine—I often think we do this because it just feels so fulfilling and perfect. It never gets old. 

Of course, you all well know the end of this story. We decided to run Klee. We both cringed at the cost of running it, we both have stayed up nights second guessing our decision to run Klee, we have texted furiously at 3 am reassuring each other this was the right thing to do. It is fitting that Klee will be our anniversary wrap. Everything about Klee represents Pavo; it's not just the aesthetics or the attention to fiber and weave structure, but the interplay between color and fiber captures the harmony and dialogue that are the foundation of Pavo. Klee is the Pavo Dance embodied.