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Closing the Doors

Well, friends. The cat is out of the bag. It’s true. Candy Shoppe Yarns dyeing studio is closing its doors on December 30, 2019.

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This is a decision that took six months to make. I love what I do here more than anyone will know, but sometimes, there are other things that need to take priority. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When I began this yarn dyeing journey a year and a half ago, I had a big dream of what I wanted to create and accomplish. I wanted to create a business that filled people who passed through with the joy and wonder that only comes from the innocence of childhood; to help people forget the worries that accompany adulthood and focus on bright and happy things. Interestingly enough, I found I needed this as much, or more than anyone else. It filled a hole in my life, and helped to heal things that needed healing.

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As I look back on what I have accomplished in such a short time since I began, I feel immensely proud. I feel that I have completed all that I set out to do, and more, and it is time to close the doors of my yarn-dyeing shoppe. I am so thankful for each of you who have supported my endeavors in so many ways. I feel honored to have met new friends and hear your stories.

I dreamed it, wished it, and did it. 💖

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Lots of love,
Deborah
Dubbed “the Willy Wonka of Yarn” by Manda @littlebittydelights when she said that visiting my booth was the closest she would ever come to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

Vending at the Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair

I have long dreamed of becoming a vendor at fiber festivals so it was a goal of mine to become one at the Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair, a local event in the state of Utah. I didn’t think I was going to pull it all together in time to make it happen within my first year of opening my yarn dyeing business, but with much encouragement from friends, I decided to just go for it, and I am so glad I did!

Welcome to the Sweeter Side of Yarn

I am over the moon with excitement about the Grand Opening of my new adventure with Candy Shoppe Yarns!

I wanted to share a bit about the inspiration behind my brand as I always find this part fascinating when I hear other business owners share how and why they got started.

In 2015 I began knitting after an extremely long hiatus. I quickly fell head-over-heels in mad, passionate love with this art and began a knitting video podcast in 2016 with my sister, Emily, called Meanwhile, at the Castle. This opened my eyes to the world of hand-dyed yarn. Man, oh, man, was I in trouble now!

I began a love affair with with all the indie dyers, mini skeins, and project bags, and immediately began making and selling my own projects bags on Etsy. After some fun experimentation, I learned how to dye yarn myself, and dreamed of opening my own business selling hand-dyed yarn. I spent a year collecting ideas, planning and preparing, but the only catch was that I didn’t have a clear vision or identity to my creations. What good is a business without a clear vision?

On the morning before Mother’s Day 2018, I was telling my husband that what I really wanted was to have a shop that made people feel like a kid in a candy shop when they entered, and BAM! That was it! Everything fell into place.

 

I pictured a 1910’s vintage candy shop set on a boardwalk, alongside an amusement park. This vision provides me with a whole host of fun and playful inspiration to create cheerful and bold color combinations.

I have so many fun and creative plans in store for this theme, and I cannot wait to share them all with you. My hope is that you find a lost piece of your childhood as you browse through my images and colorways. Let your imagination conjure up memories, flavors, and dreams as you knit with my yarns.

 

Much love,

Deborah