Beginning May 14, 2007, the US Postal service is going to be hiking rates. Again.
For people shipping yarn to each other within the continetnal US, there won't be much change. For people shipping yarn to anywhere OUTSIDE the US, there will be differences, the biggest being that surface rate no longer exists; everything will go air. I've been shipping things to Europe and Canada by air already, so that shouldn't change, but air mail to Australia is extremely expensive. If I can't find a way around it, I'll have to pass on the extra cost to anyone ordering yarn from me. (And I imagine other shippers of all kinds will do the same, or just quit shipping to Australia and New Zeland.)
My advice? By anything you want, now. Not just from me, but from anyone within the US. I've got no idea how this will affect the shipping rates of other retailers, but it's likely they'll use it as a reason to up the charge.
Rae, I believe, wanted the URL to my etsy shop: it is www.samuraiknitter.etsy.com I tried to keep it simple -- I've got enough other stuff to think about.