Hello! My name is Melanie and I’m the Baad Mom to 6 little lambs. Ok, not all of them are little -- a couple of them actually tower over me! What makes me a Baad Mom? I curse like a sailor, I don't take them to church as often as I should, sometimes I let them eat fruity loops for dinner, I listen to music they probably shouldn't be listening to (RATM anyone?), and I pretty much let them rule the pen. I teach them to fight for any injustices they see in the world but never to start the fight. I also may have told them that I'll get my first tat with them. Have you ever seen the movie "Bad Moms"? Yeah I'm totally Amy. Trying hard to be the perfect mom I'm expected to be and failing miserably every day. So now I own it -- I'm not a perfect mom and I'll fly my baad mom flag proudly.
But they know I love them fiercely and would give my life for them. And so far they're turning out to be pretty awesome human beings.
I've been knitting for 10 years, and crocheting and dyeing yarn for 8 years. I started knitting when one of my kids was a baby. Always the rebel, I was crunchy before it was cool. I used prefold cloth diapers and wool diaper covers since wool is so breathable. But they are so expensive! So I taught myself how to knit. I quickly got bored with knitting so I taught myself how to crochet. I still prefer knitting though.
I started dyeing yarn about 8 years ago. I drooled over the beautiful hand dyed yarns but couldn't afford them. So once again, I taught myself how to dye yarn. But dyeing yarn was so much more therapeutic for me than knitting and crocheting was.
You see, at the time, I was in an extremely abusive marriage. I felt like I had no voice and if I dared to try and express my opinions I was quickly and cruelly silenced. I'm very opinionated by nature but also pretty quiet if I don't feel empowered to express myself. Dyeing yarn gave me my voice! I was able to express myself however I wanted and people liked it! My then husband didn't care -- he thought it was a granny hobby. But I felt alive and fearless. I eventually got the balls enough to leave after 12 years. I'm fiercely loyal to a fault and I'm a fixer. I thought I could fix him but it took me that long to realize I couldn't.
Fast forward to today and I'm married to a man who loves me to the ends of the earth and is completely supportive of me. He loves when I speak my mind! He encouraged me to start my dyeing business up again and Baad Mom Yarns was created.
You may notice a bit of a Celtic vibe around here. That's a nod to my Irish heritage. I'm not 100% Irish, I'm more of a mutt. But I've always loved the culture and am proud to be a part of it.
Thanks for reading and I can't wait to get to know you!
Slán go fóill,