Kris of Alk&Me will be dyeing the yarn for A Very Winey Yarntide Holiday Mystery Box! (Don’t worry. She loves wine. I checked!) I can’t wait to see the beautiful colors she will create in the dye pot just for us. Let’s learn a little about the alchemist — that is both scientist and artist — behind the stunning colorways!
Well, for starters, I’m kinda from Oklahoma and New York. I grew up living a little with my mom and a bit with my dad… a lot of back and forth to two totally different worlds and cultures, but I loved it! There’s a little country farm girl in my blood from Oklahoma (and college football!) and a lot of artsy bohemian from living in upstate New York. Now I’m a salon owner and stylist of 30 plus years, and own an indie dye company, both in Ohio.
I’m pretty Irish so anything that leans toward Celtic I love and when I spin I crank Loreena McKennitt. It just feels right and I lose myself completely.
I grew up crocheting. My Gram taught me, and until six-ish years ago that’s all I really knew about the fiber world. Then, one day I walked into my local yarn store, Longtail Knits and there was a lady spinning there and I was mesmerized. I was like, “Ooooh!! Like Rumpelstiltskin!!! Yesssss! How do I do this?”
And down the rabbit hole I went! Over the course of the next year I learned to spin, weave, knit, inkle loom… anything I could get my hands on. I did a little dyeing during that first year and a little more over the next few. I feel like I fell head over heels in love when I took a two-day workshop with Natalie Redding right before Covid hit. That was the turning point for me. I didn’t want just a hobby any longer. I wanted to dye all day, all the time. And it fit so well with having done color for so many years in the salon.
I started Alk&Me on July 1, 2021 just as an online store with the intentions of only selling online and maybe doing a few shows a year. Now, a year later, I still have my online presence with my website, but I also sell my yarns in a local yarn shop, teach macrame at the same store, teach dye classes and some weaving at my studio, and also do commissions. I do go to a few shows a year, but what strikes me deeply is I’ve found I have a passion for teaching fiber arts! I love watching the look on someone’s face when understanding hits. It’s glorious!!
So really my goal is to get as much going in my fiber life as I can handle so I can hang up my shears for good and be all fiber, all the time!
A Very Winey Yarntide celebrates the holiday season with beautifully dyed yarn in colorways that reflect your favorite wine varietals sipped by cozy firelight! Choose six 50 g skeins in rich tonal shades of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chenin Blanc, one 100g variegated skein of “Ipocras,” a traditional mulled wine, or choose both for a total of 400 grams of winey yarn deliciousness that work together.
Skeins will be wrapped individually, and can be opened over a period of days, or all at once! Also included is a wine glass, plus wine charm stitch markers and handcrafted lip balm made here at Chestnut Hills Farm and Fiber.