Pictured: Anna Boyd posing in one of her crochet pieces
Anna Boyd, aka @slutforyarn, has taken over UMD’s campus with her small business selling original and custom crochet pieces.
Boyd, a junior plant science major from Howard County, MD, learned to knit from her grandma and aunt at just 10 years old. Since then, she has continued practicing and took it upon herself to master crocheting.
When COVID-19 shut down campus, Boyd picked up her yarn and crochet hook and put her new free time to good use. She said she started selling her pieces to friends and followers through her personal instagram, but eventually made a second account dedicated to her work during her freshman year of college. She now sells on campus and ships all over the world, and has built a community around her business.
“I have almost like Internet friends of people that keep ordering from me that I don’t know in person and live in Georgia and California and stuff… As far as the campus, I keep growing and sometimes I get recognized,” Boyd said.
Boyd has an innovation and entrepreneurship minor, which is evident through her business; she started the company alone and plans to continue growing her business independently.
“I think part of the appeal is that it’s made by me –I would love to continue it and have my things in stores,” Boyd said.
Boyd freehand crochets when working on a project. She said she can look at a picture and create the piece with no pattern. She just finished working on a beach cover up for a friend and said “I tried it on about a million times and just was like, ‘Okay I need something here and I need to do this here,’ whatever.”
Boyd explained that she enjoys working on big projects and that she loves the amount of trust her customers put into her.
Boyd mentioned Hailey Yellin, who had just received a long skirt and top set that she had ordered for spring break. Yellin said she had sent Boyd a screenshot of the set she wanted and was amazed that Boyd was able to recreate it.
“She sent me updates along the way and any color/sizing questions right away. She’s very professional and enjoyable to communicate with so the process is super easy,” said Yellin.
Yellin said she would absolutely buy a @slutforyarn piece again.
“I love supporting her, not only because she is a small business owner, but because she is a UMD student, and it’s very honorable to take on that much responsibility while being a full time student,” said Yellin.
Boyd runs her business through her instagram account, @slutforyarn, and purchases can be made through her direct messages. Pricing varies depending on the product, but, according to Yellin, Boyd will either price match the product you send or suggest a lower price. Boyd’s shipping price starts at five dollars but may go up depending on the size of the package.
Boyd plans to continue crocheting for fun and for business and hopes to become an independent seller at some point in the future.