When my son was little, I took up knitting again as a creative outlet. It soothed and relaxed me, and I fell in love. Having been a clothing designer previously, I soon began designing my own patterns.
In 2012, after I finished a very time-consuming sample only to find the yarn had recently been discontinued, I decided I needed to go directly to the source to make sure that didn’t happen again. I found a local Indie Dyer, Stunning String Studio, to work with.
Ann from Stunning String and I worked closely together over the years to create colors and select yarn bases for our many Mystery Knit Alongs and our Club. Her business grew and so did mine.
In 2015, Ann began talking about retiring. Oh no! What was I going to do? People loved her yarn, I loved her yarn. The answer came from somewhere I never really expected, my husband. He said he thought it was time for a change (he had been a traveling healthcare project manager for over 10 years) and he’d like to learn to dye yarn. So he did, working part time with Ann for several months. He loved it. His art background was being put to use and he found a real sense of calm and fulfillment.
Early in 2016, he left his job and we took over operations and ownership of the company, leaving Ann to retire and relax. We setup a new 5000 square foot studio near our home in the cornfields of Northern Illinois, signed up to do several Fiber Events, and off we went. Every day we get to come to work and play with yarn and color! We love what we do!
Thank you for being a part of our journey and helping us to continue to create beautiful, small batch kettle dyed yarns, kits, and accessories. We couldn’t do it without you!