It has LONG been discussed that we’d like to share more of what goes on behind the scenes at MFY - from the yarny goodness and running a small business to, of course, the shenanigans that ensue! Our hope is that we can continue to build out this content and share the hearts behind MFY. 💜
Newsletters - From Content Ideas to Your Inbox
Our team is always chatting and sharing fiber news, fun pattern releases, upcoming make alongs and general ideas for what our MFY Family might like to see. These conversations are at the start of our content cycle…
The first task is to determine the topics we want to cover. When we made the decision to move to weekly, bite-sized newsletters, we developed a theme for each week: Creation, Education, Inspiration, Connection and in the event there is a fifth week, Reflection. Within each theme we have general ideas of what we want to cover, and - based on what's going on in the shop and the fiber world as a whole - we choose specific items to include.
Our Content Manager Becky takes the teams' notes and ideas and crafts the words to share our messages. She mentioned this as it relates to writing newsletter stories:
I love when we are able to include quotes from the MFY team, designers, instructors, other makers, or anyone who supports the fiber arts! To me, it more deeply connects the heart of the messaging with our readers, and I do my best not to edit a thing! This community is full of genuine, authentic souls and being able to share THEIR words means the world to me!
Once our articles have life, we give them a face with a graphic. Whether we have images from products or events or create fun and vibrant graphics with text and color, we hope these visuals provide context to the written words and allow you to quickly scan the message for what is of interest to you!
Our dear and patient Kara takes the text and images and molds them into the final form you see when you open your email. Her attention to detail is the final filter to confirm we haven't missed anything throughout the development process. She works hard to ensure links are provided, formatting is clean, easy to read and ultimately an experience you enjoy!
Finally, the completed design is scheduled to send out to our MFY Family! We do our best to ensure everyone is getting the content they want, but you are always able to update your preferences! We want you to be receiving the messages that are helpful, relevant and resonate with you.
Product Photos - An Interview with Armaan
What does it take to get product photos up on the website for each new product?
What is your favorite part of the process?
I like making sure that the pictures and colors shown are accurate and as close as possible to what it looks like in person by adjusting the exposure for each skein. If the picture is lighter/darker than what it looks like in person, I retake the picture until its right!
Did you have photography experience prior to taking on this responsibility?
No prior experience!
Is there anything fun or unique about this process people may not realize?
I really enjoy feeling different yarns and definitely have favorites even though i don't knit or crochet…..yet. [Also,] I have Deuteranopia (red/green) colorblindness, and it can be difficult to perceive certain hues. Which is why I focus on the exposure to make sure im taking the most accurate photo for the website.
🎃🍬 Bonus tidbit about Armaan...
My favorite color in the store is malabrigo’s 850 - Archangel in any of their bases.