In 2012, Mckenzie began volunteering in a number of urban garden and farm initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her combined passion for textiles and plants led to experiments with natural dyeing. In 2013, she began working at A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland, California where she absorbed everything she could about natural dyeing, gardening, spinning, knitting, and sewing from the amazing and inspiring Verb staff and community. In 2015, she moved to Boston for graduate school and wasted no time getting involved with her new LYS, JP Knit & Stitch. Her love for wool, color, and plants, as well as a family legacy of entrepreneurship encouraged her to start Emtothethird Yarn Co.