Hello! I'm Kelley, a crocheter, knitter, spinner, dyer, and general crafter based in Ohio. I've been crocheting for over 10 years now, and got into spinning in 2019 and knitting in 2020. I figured I'd try my hand at dyeing and well, here we are!
My inspirations for yarns are largely from my state of residence - my chosen home. I'm originally from the South but I moved to Ohio in 2014 and immediately realized two things: Ohio is not like the South (except when it is...) and Ohio is WEIRD. I don't mean in the craft-brewery-on-every-corner-Keep-Austin/Portland/Asheville-Weird bullshit kind of way. I mean Grandpa's-Cheese-Barn-Hell-is-REAL-Lucky-Cat-Museum-Absolute-Nonsense weird. Weird as in Ohio has always been weird and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.
And I love it. Well, usually.
You see, my other inspiration is generally related to politics - my day job is for a reproductive rights organization in Ohio, and as you might imagine from the past few years, it's... a bit of an uphill battle. You could say that I won't ever be without inspiration.
My goal with Dye Mad Yarns it to let people know what I'm about. My personal values to spill into my dye pots, and so you'll see a lot of fundraisers for incredible organizers doing on-the-ground work. I also like to make people laugh, maybe to inspire a visit here, or to pick up a souvenir to remember us by! I also want to show that Ohio is worth your time and investment. It has become my chosen home because the people here have made it feel like home. Ultimately, Dye Mad is a love letter to this weird damn state.