GarnStories is a small artisan hand-dyeing studio located in a small town in Northern Germany. Anke Mönning launched her business in 2015. Back then, she was living in Hamburg, working as a freelance copywriter, and knitting in every spare minute.
Her initial vision for GarnStories was to offer high-quality and hand-dyed yarns from suppliers all over the world. Yarn that she would love to knit with. Being used to working creatively, she soon started experimenting with colours and dyeing techniques - and was hooked right away!
In 2017, she moved from Hamburg to her grandmother’s 160 year old half-timbered house in a small town. For three years, she and her partner rebuilt and renovated the house and set up a workshop in the former granary. She now says that she has everything she’d ever dreamt of: beautiful, ample workshop space, a growing flock of animals, nature right at her doorstep, and fantastic support from a lovely people in town whenever needed.
One thing that Anke has noticed recently: when she moved from the city to a small town, her colour taste changed, shifting from bright and bold to subtler and more muted. However, she is as eager as ever to explore the endless universe of colours. Anke says the best thing about running GarnStories is to see how fibre people all over the world turn her yarn into beautiful projects, telling stories with yarn and needles.
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