My yarn loving journey started in 2009. I read a book about 3 friends in their 30's who got together once a month to knit. I thought it was a great way to stay in touch with friends as you get older and life gets busier. A friend and I set off with yarn, needles and YouTube. I learned the basics and haven't put down my needles since. Shortly after I started self publishing patterns on Ravelry and in 2013 my Mandy Cardigan was featured in Knit Picks First Light book.
My yarn dyeing love began in January 2012. I am a go big or go home kinda person. I got my business license from the town opened up a wholesale account at a few mills, ordered my supplies and dove in! From time to time I will do themed collections that are inspired by food, tv, and movies but for the most part my colorways are formed by colors that pop into my head. I specialize in colorways with small pops of color that will not pool but dye pretty much everything but gradients and self striping yarns. Although I do have a few colors that stripe as socks!
In 2015 I opened a brick & mortar LYS in Wilson NC called Elle's Yarn Stash. 2 years later in the summer of 2017 my family and I decided to move back to Maine so that chapter of my journey and the B&M shop closed. I do have plans for a shop like area to host a knitting/ crocheting, spinning group at some point again!
A little about ME! I was born and raised in Southern Maine. I lived there until 2014 when my husband and I decided we were done with the snow. We looked on a map for somewhere between Maryland and Florida and settled on Wilson, NC. After a quick 2 day trip to look around we bought a house and moved down. 3 years later we are now back to Maine. Along with my husband who I often refer to as "The Old Man" I have a daughter, Eloise, 2 Puggles, Stella & Chloe and what I call my big fat Greek family. One of the things I was the most excited about living back in Maine for is the Sunday Desserts. Every holiday, birthday etc there is a dessert buffet at my grandmothers. If you have been following me for any amount of time you will see I am very fond of dessert cake and cupcakes in particular. Everyone brings a dessert and the men watch sports and fall asleep in the living room and the girls eat, drink coffee and chat for hours in the dining room.
Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me!