Two farm girl crushes in a row, I know, but what’s not to love about a farm girl? Seriously though, while Kate is a produce farmer who is also an amazing knitter, Kacie Lynn of Fiber Farm is a “textile farmer.” Her farm is at the top of Monteagle Mountain in Tennessee (not far from me!) and I first met her through Stitches South this past spring, where she shared a booth with my friends from Reunion Yarn. Kacie grew up in the South, majored in apparel design in college, and has now committed her life to raising fiber animals and contributing in many ways to the effort to better understand the fibershed of this region for the sake of local textile production. She’s also a spinner and dyer, gives farm tours and teaches workshops in all sorts of fiber-related disciplines, and makes the most beautiful little weavings on wood blocks, which she was selling in that aforementioned booth and which are so well done. You can see currently available pieces (she appears to be in an indigo period at the moment!) in her Etsy shop, check out her blog and follow her on Instagram @fiberfarm. If you’re in the vicinity and interested in workshops or farm tours (or an overnight stay!) see her website for details.
PREVIOUSLY in Maker Crush: Kate of Fox’s Lane
I’m pretty sure Kate — aka @foxslane — first came to my attention through the old #fringeandfriendsknitalong feed, where she posted many fantastic shots of her Amanda cardigan in progress. Then came her FO photo — and not only was the finished sweater a beauty, but I was enamored with how she paired it with a little embroidered cotton dress, South American-style. Since then, her Instagram feed has become one of my all-time favorites (and I’m obviously far from alone). Kate and her husband are organic farmers in Australia, where they have three beautiful girls and the most charming roadside produce stand I’ve ever seen. In addition to being a brilliant knitter, Kate crochets, gardens, writes, takes incredible photos … and so much more. And her Instagram feed and her blog, Fox’s Lane, are always bubbling over with color and creativity and the most palpable changing of the seasons. If you’re not already following one or the other, rectify that right away!
PREVIOUSLY in Maker Crush: Brandi of purlBknit
Photos © Kate/@foxslane, used with permission
In an effort to feature a larger number of inspiring knitter-sewer-makers wherever they may be (from blogs to Instagram to Etsy to who knows), I’m expanding Blog Crush into what will now be called Maker Crush. And I’m kicking it off with my crush on Brandi of purlBknit, who maintains a beautiful Instagram feed and inspiring Etsy shop of the same name. I just ran across her on Insta for the first time when I saw an announcement of the all-day event she’s hosting as a resident at Marlee‘s sweet Grand Rapids shop-residency, Have Company. (April 10th, wish I could be there!) As one can see at even a quick scroll, Brandi has fierce personal style and a poet’s heart. Her photos are stunning, as are her designs. In particular, I’m dying over her Shawl Collar and wishing for a pattern. The good news is, there are hints on her IG feed that patterns are in the pipeline, and may be coming along pretty much any minute. I’ll be watching and waiting!
PREVIOUSLY in Blog Crush: Temple of Knit