Just a quick note to mention that Jamieson & Smith Woolbrokers, the mill that provides Shetland jumperweight yarns for Fair Isle knitting, will be discontinuing another 8 colors, in addition to the extensive list of colors they announced last year. I've updated my list of J&S colors to show the new deletions: colors 28, 32, 61, 83, 120, 1284, 1295, and FC7. This is a business decision on their part--there's no need to get angry or paranoid or attempt a petition.
J&S is having a sale on all discontinued colors, which begins February 1. See their website for details.
Luckily, at least for us in the US, our distributors have rather large stocks of yarn. (An aside: Schoolhouse Press has brought back the lovely color 55 warm burgundy--YEAH! Our US distributors are working with J&S to keep some of the colors alive.) And we are seeing new entries into the field: for example, Elemental Affects plans to expand their colorways in their American Shetland fingering-weight yarns (this yarn is spun from Shetland sheep raised in Montana).
The moral to this story is that the more we can learn to create our own designs, the more easily we can move with changes in the market. As Suzuki Roshi said, "Not always so" is the truth about life.