Episode 027 : Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit

Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit


Today I’m bringing you a juicy conversation about yarn, motherhood, and self-care with Portland-based dyer Lorajean Kelley. 

Lorajean founded her yarn dying business, Knitted Wit, after being laid off from her day job. Just like that she went from playing with yarn and dying fiber on the side for fun to having to decide whether or not she was going to pursue creating a full time business. 

It’s now 10 years years later, and I think you will see that Knitted Wit has grown into a colorful success!

In this episode Lorajean shares the nuts and bolts of how she’s built her business.   She talks about her Colorways for a Cause project and how she values taking action and contributing something meaningful  to help others. 


Lorajean also opens up about what it’s been like growing her business and her family at the same time. She shares her experiences with postpartum depression, the  importance of self-check ins to manage mood and productivity, and how she’s winning at practicing really good self care. 

She also discusses the role of crafting in her personal life (away from parenting and working), and why she’s not allowed to have coffee. Like ever. 

You can read more about Lorajean and Knitted Wit in our Featured Dyer interview here

In This Episode

Bread and Ink Cafe

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival

Indie Socks by Chrissy Gardiner 

Colorways with a cause:

  • Love is Love proceeds to benefit Q Center and Outside In
  • Be Mine
  • She Persisted
  • Alternative Facts Rainbow
  • Death to Sexism

Chrone’s Disease

Postpartum Depression Resources & Symptoms 

Headspace App

H.A. L. T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired) Checklist for Parents

Watching, Reading, Listening

The West Wing

The Office

Parks and Recreation


Golden Girls



Hamilton Mix Tape

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1 Comment

  • Rorie Solberg says:

    Just listened to the latest episode and was thrilled that I have something in common with Knitted Wit. I have been binging on West Wing since the election as well!!! I also appreciated the frank conversation about depression and work/life balance. As always, the podcast is a great listen and a wonderful inspiration.

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