I was sad yesterday to hear of the sudden demise of Artesano Yarns, when they announced that their business was going into receivership.
You may have seen me say before that they were my local yarn supplier, literally minutes from my home, so I was a frequent visitor to their warehouse and knew them fairly well. I always found Jenny and Tom to be lovely people, and very supportive of me as a designer. Their yarns were of very good quality at affordable prices and will leave a hole in the market.
What saddened me more, though, was the vitriol that their announcement attracted both on Facebook and on Ravelry. Of course there were many people wishing them well, but there were also a huge number of people making some very unpleasant comments. I fully appreciate that there are some people who have unfulfilled orders; I’m not in that position myself so maybe I don’t have the same perspective, but at the end of the day we are comparing a few skeins of yarn with a family losing their livelihood. Nobody lets their business fail on purpose and I naively expected people to be a bit more supportive.
I have removed the links to their website from my patterns, I don’t want to be sending anyone down a false path. I sincerely hope that one day I will be able to reinstate those links and welcome Artesano back to the market.
In the meantime, I’d like to wish Jenny and Tom the very best and hope that they can get through this difficult time without too much anguish.