Hi there! I’m Kalyssa, the elusive yeti behind Yeti Yarns. I tried dyeing yarn in 2016 and instantly fell in love. I’m a slow fiber crafter, but have so many ideas for how to mix and combine colors, so I decided that maybe yarn dyeing would be a better way to express my color lust. This way I can create colors and combinations, and then see what other people do with them–it’s the ultimate creative collaboration.
Yeti Yarns are dyed in small batches of 2-4 skeins, and even within the same “lot,” skeins can end up wildly different. That’s one of the things I absolutely adore about dyeing – the beautiful uncertainty. I know the feeling of walking into my local yarn shop and seeing an extraordinarily beautiful skein, but being deterred by the price, so I do my best to keep my costs as low as I’m able while still providing for my family.
I asked my mom to teach me how to crochet in 2011. I always remember her working on afghans in the waiting room while I was in ballet class, and I wanted to learn something that both had a connection to my childhood and could be useful. She is the one who taught me not to be afraid of using multiple yarns and colors at once (because it makes the projects go much faster and look more interesting). A couple years later, I wanted to try knitting, and asked my (now) mother-in-law to teach me. Now I’m happy to call myself bistitchual.
When I’m not dyeing, knitting, or crocheting, I’m a wife and mother to a cool little dude. We love going to parks, the zoo, and lots of other places around town. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without them, and they provide never-ending support and love when I need it most.
I’m inspired by the creative community around me, and the amazingly talented people who make it up. I’ve been so lucky to work with so many incredible designers, dyers, and fiber-lovers, and I’m so grateful for them all.
Disclaimer: While no cats are allowed near my yarn or my dye area, I do live with cats, so if you are allergic to even the thought of cats, you may want to choose another dyer’s yarn. Feel free to contact me for suggestions – there is an amazingly rich community of fiber dyers out there!
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