Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fire consumes BFL stocks in UK

I have sent this letter to several BFL customers this morning. Read on ...

Over the past weekenhd, the warehouse in England which housed all our BFL (Bluefaced Leicester) yarns, was burned down. Arson. The fire consumed the remaining kilos of our private yarn, BFL Ultra! which was one of the first yarns I had a hand in designing and a yarn close to my heart. Also consumed were tons of BFL Aran on cones and skeins, one of our best sellers.

The BFL Aran can be replaced, not immediately but over time. It is a time consuming process to buy up the rare BlueFaced Leicester fiber at Market, and then ship it in different directions to be processed by hand, sent to mills and spun and then returned again. We are looking at a recovery period of months.

We have a limited supply of BFL Aran on cones right now.

Luckily, we had contracted for spinning two of our former BFL sock weights at a mill which spins our merino yarns, and the shipment had not been sent at the time of the fire. This means tha we expect to welcome back our old favorites, BFL Platinum and BFl-4 Socking, sometime this fall. Wool2Dye4 may have to share our portion of this shipment, though, with our British friends as they will be starving for white yarns!

If you are on Ravlery, I invite you to join a knitted project I am trying to put together. (If you are a knitter or crochet'er, and have not yet heard about Ravelry, you must join the fun! to join) Something in the order of a knitted homage for our BFL supplier, who comes over to work with me a couple of times a year. (Wool2Dye4 is the US distributor for HW Hammand & Co. / We are thinking of garlands, knitted garlands. If you would like to join that effort, we will welcome your contributions. The group is called: Friends of Wool2Dye4.

We will be sending out more information as we learn more about the production schedules in the future by newsletter, and on Ravelry and the blog. Thank you for your past support of our BFL distribution. We hope to get up to speed by the springtime once again with this line. In the meantime, our merino and other fiber blends will continue to be offered in our regular lineup, as they are not housed in England.

Best wishes,

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