Welcome Deana from Winkler, Manitoba —
My name is Deana Wilson, and my business is Mammoth Yarn Studio. I am an indie Dyer and my mom Judy sews project bags!
I had been playing around with dyeing a bit of yarn for fun! I am also a hair stylist, so color isn’t anything new to me…yarn is just a different version of hair! My husband and two sons had been encouraging me to sell my yarn. Without them I certainly would not have taken the leap to open an Etsy shop.
So, one afternoon I was running some errands with my boys, and we were talking about my potential yarn shop. I asked them what I should call it. My youngest son, who was about 10 at the time, thought wooly madness would be a good name. With a mammoth as a mascot! He also had this idea for the slogan “we dye like a beast!” He said “cause you’re dyeing yarn, and mammoths are dead!” I loved that!! So I just tweeked the name a little and still keeping the general gist of his idea, Mammoth Yarn Studio was formed! I launched my Etsy shop in November of 2017!
All of my colorways are named after people who have played a role in my life, or places and experiences I’ve had. I like to include a little story about the colorway as a way for my customers to get to know me a little better! I love to put colors together in a pot and see how they melt together and create a beautiful piece of art. And I feel so honored when I get to see the beautiful pieces of knitwear that my colorways become!
One of my favorite colorways is probably the yarn I dyed for the Comfort Fade Cardigan by Andrea Mowery. It was challenging to create the fade, but also a super fun thing to knit! It’s also a piece that I wear a lot! Considering I dye yarn in many colors, my wardrobe is fairly bland! I wear a lot of black and grey. I guess that’s the hairdresser in me!! So this cardigan is a black speckle fade, and I absolutely love it!