Thursday, 1 March 2018

Online Store BritYarn To Close + Discount Code

Image courtesy of BritYarn
Sad news today for lovers of British wool - the online store BritYarn is to close on 28th March.

The website opened nearly three years ago to cater for knitters and crocheters who wanted to know the yarn they bought originated from Britain, not just spun or processed here. Isla, BritYarn's owner, brought together a cleverly-collated collection of big brands such as Blacker Yarns and West Yorkshire Spinners together with lesser-known companies like Garthenor and Dodgson Wood.

In her email to customers today Isla said:
"I can't tell you how sad I am to say goodbye to the business I started from scratch ... life takes us on lots of adventures and my BritYarn one has been amazing ... but my life is taking a different pathway and one that BritYarn ultimately can't be part of."
Small, independent yarn businesses are under pressure from the two big online players in the UK market - Deramores and Loveknitting. They have the clout to buy in bulk and ask for discounts from their suppliers, something that small businesses and sole traders cannot do. Also, so they can cater to the price-conscious customer, many yarns they sell are international, processed and contain non-natural fibres such as acrylic.

BritYarn gives a marketplace to smaller British brands you won't find on the behemoths and has introduced wool lovers to small, niche brands they otherwise may not have heard of. It will be missed.

Until its doors shut BritYarn is offering 20% off its existing stock with the discount code THISISNOTGOODBYE.


With the loss of BritYarn, where can you go online to buy British wool and yarn? If you have a favourite brand already you can usually buy direct from their own website. Try for starters:

For retailers that sell a number of brands, including British yarns, go to:

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