Dear Dyer Supplier clients,
Our mission at Dyer Supplier since starting the business has been to empower hand dyers to succeed at their business. We have attempted to do this in several ways over the years, but principally in two key ways: 1) providing luxury fibers at budget-friendly prices with small minimum order quantities and 2) helping drive sales to our independent dyers through our KnitCrate community of knitters and crocheters.
Admittedly, being able to accomplish point 1 above has become way more difficult recently. During the past two years with Covid, subsequently with global supply chain issues, and now with the uncertainty surrounding geopolitical turmoil and continued supply chain issues, we have not been able to consistently restock our inventory levels of undyed yarn that you depend on for your own business. If I do not feel that I can reliably restock and carry enough stock of the inventory for you, then I would rather hit the pause button on that side of the business until I can do so. Sourcing yarns for Dyer Supplier is more complex since we deal with various mills internationally, predominantly in Europe and South Africa. The war between Russia and Ukraine and the rising cost of inputs, natural gas, and freight in that side of the world (in addition to increasing cases of Covid) are making it more difficult for me to feel a high degree of confidence in placing orders today for delivery a few months down the road. So for right now, as hard of a business decision it is to purposely stop making money selling our undyed yarn via Dyer Supplier, we think it is the right decision. To be clear, we are not closing down that side of the business, but rather waiting and strategizing until we can reliably source the yarn you need. In the meantime, we are putting everything on the shop, including yarn and dyes, on sale at a 40% discount. We want to clear out the stock we have, so we can restock with completely new blends in the future. The discount will automatically be applied at checkout, but the code is DYERSUPPLIER, in case you need to write it in.
This situation does not affect the KnitCrate side of our business, as we source our yarns for KnitCrate from our partner mills in Peru, which are not being as impacted by the factors mentioned above. Our partner mills in Peru have consistently delivered our KnitCrate monthly yarns on time since November of last year. We are happy that, at least, this part of our business has been stabilizing and growing again.
Which brings me back to point number “2” I mentioned above about the other way we have strived to empower our hand dyer clients: helping drive sales to our independent dyers through our KnitCrate community of knitters and crocheters. Our team is diligently working on a few projects to help support our hand dyer community through KnitCrate, so please keep a look-out in your inboxes in the coming weeks. As KnitCrate continues to grow and improve post-Covid, we want to also support the hand dyer community that has been such an important part of our journey. As hard of a decision as this has been, we are excited about the new ways we are working on to help stay true to our mission: empowering you to succeed at your business.
Rob and the team at Dyer Supplier and KnitCrate