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Meet the FDF Team!
Xander English ~ President of Operations
Xander is the Co-Operator of Farmer’s Daughter Fibers. Originally from the Flathead Valley, Xander came to Great Falls for the Montana Air National Guard. Now he works full-time over at dye studio with the two family dogs, Sumo and Kima. Back in the time when FDF was doing yarn shows, you could find Xander working events with Candice and every once in a while you can catch him at the Downtown shop. Xander brings to FDF the vital consistancy that is much needed and his artsy wife very much lacks. He is the work Dad we all need and love!
Xander likes to spend his free time as any Montanan does; hunting, dirt biking, fishing, rafting, and camping with his family. When he can, he likes to take tropical vacations with Ryder, Adde, and Candice!
Favorite FDF Yarn: Foxy Lady
Favorite FDF Color: Bad Rock
Alyssa Storrusten ~ Chief of Operations
Alyssa was born in Great Falls and graduated from CMR in 2008. Following high school, she traveled to the Great White North (Canada) for culinary school. She then worked as a baker and pastry chef. After learning to knit from the Farmer’s Daughter herself, Alyssa was one of FDF's earliest employees. The things she brings to FDF is her hard work ethic, over the top organizational and multi-tasking skills, and once in a while an amazing sweet treat!
Alyssa spends her free time with her two dogs (Poppy and Java) and two cats (Ivan and Truffle), gardening, knitting sweaters, and binging anything true crime.
Favorite FDF Yarn: Pishkun
Favorite FDF Color: Sinopah
Allison Mace ~ Marketing and Operations Manager
Allison grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and studied Psychology and Biology in college. She worked at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium with the puffins and penguins. She eventually landed in Great Falls and began working for FDF. Allison will take on any task at FDF with a smile and has become proficiant at navigating the back end of our website. She has two dogs, Millie and Roxie, and has even crocheted Millie a pair of pants to keep her warm in the cold Montana winters.
Allison loves walking her dogs, knitting shawls, and reading. Her latest must read recommendation is The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab.
Favorite FDF Yarn: Pishkun
Favorite FDF Color: Evergreen
Michaela ~ Production Assistant
Michaela, known to us as Kyler, is our International Woman of Mystery dye studio assistant. She was born in Leicester, England and has been in Great Falls since about 2017. Like any International Woman of Mystery, she loves photography, traveling, and reading (she studied Book and Archive Conservation!!), and spending time with her smooshy beans Ember and Ash. When she’s not being mysterious, she knits cowls/scarves and tiny sweater ornaments for her Christmas tree. Michaela is the worlds best gift giver and brings to FDF nimble hands that gets the most tedious job done! Michaela would like everyone to know that she wore her wolf shirt on wolf shirt Wednesday when everyone ELSE said they would be wearing theres but clearly did not. And yes, her accent is real ;)
Favorite FDF Yarn: Recollect
Favorite FDF Color: Sipistoo and Theresa
Lindsay Taylor~ Shop Gal
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Lindsay has lived in Great Falls since 2018. She has multiple Accounting degrees and works as a finance manager full-time and moonlights at FDF on Wednesday nights and Saturdays. Linsday brings to FDF a sense of calm we all need in the yarn shop storm. She always has a positive attitude and willingness to pick up the slack wherever needed.
When she’s not busy being a boss-lady, she’s probably knitting socks. She is a self-taught knitter and crocheter (did I mention she’s a boss??). When asked what her favorite thing to knit is, she replied “socks socks socks and a few more socks. I learned to knit to make socks.” She has also been known to crochet amigurumi especially for a white elephant exchange. Lindsay is an avid reader. Her favorite book is Alice in Wonderland; she collects copies and retellings of it. She loves all things Disney, especially for vacations: DisneyLand, Disney World, and Disney Cruises.
Favorite FDF Yarns: Oh Dang, Moon Sisters and Recollect
Favorite FDF Colors: Perma, Sam Elliott, Legend, Man in Black, and BS’n
AJ Ehrlich~ Dyer
AJ grew up in the Pacific Northwest before moving to Great Falls in 2019. Before coming to FDF to work in the dye studio, he was a meat cutter. At FDF AJ rolls with the punches every day, getting done what needs to get done and brings zero ego to the dye table. He brings light heartedness to FDF and knows the intuitive FDF aesthetic better than anyone. AJ learned to knit from his grandma and likes to knit scarves. He’s married, has two kids, and a Yellow Belly Cooter turtle named Miss Magnolia Cooter. He likes to watch shocking and unconventional reality tv shows, playing disc golf and video games.
Favorite FDF Yarn: Craggy Tweed
Favorite FDF Color: Moonshine Lake
Sarah Harris~ Shop Manager
Sarah grew up outside Baltimore, MD. She went to college and law school in Florida where she met her husband, and they moved to Great Falls in 2018. She has been knitting and crocheting since her mom taught her as a child, but it was not until she moved to Great Falls in 2018 and the Great Falls knitting community welcomed her that she ever knit her first garment. After working in the legal field for six years, Sarah decided it was time to make a change and began working at FDF in 2022. Sarah brings to FDF the most authentic customer service skills we have had the pleasure of seeing. The entire (very introverted) staff is in constant amazement of how she socializes and sells with such ease. Even though she is an introvert herself!
When she’s not knitting (if she sits, she knits) Sarah can be found in the kitchen cooking up food for her friends and family. She loves trying out new and difficult recipes and is still hoping to master the perfect risotto one day.
Favorite FDF Yarns: Foxy Lady and Juicy DK
Favorite FDF Colors: Crow Camp, Amos Moses, Moonshine Lake, and Hawkboy
Meredith Lee - Shipping
Meredith is originally from Lumberton, NC. She went to North Carolina State University where she studied Food Science and worked as an Environmental Health Specialist for various health departments before coming to FDF. Meredith's care and attention to detail while packing orders is greatly appreciated here!
She is learning to knit so she can make custom sweaters that will fit her three-legged dog Harley. She also likes to camp and hike in the mountains with her family.
Favorite FDF Yarn: Oh Dang! (becuase it’s fuzzy)
Favorite FDF Color: Dirty Little Dandelion and York
David Kempff - Dyer
David is a dyer for the Farmer’s Daughter Fibers. He was born in Great Falls and has lived here his whole life. No stranger to hard work, he owned his own small business in town before coming to work for FDF. David always has a positive attitude while getting tasks done, and he's always happy to help wherever needed. He would like everyone to know how much he loves his job at FDF!
He doesn’t do any fiber crafting (yet), so in his free time he likes to spend time with his four kids snowboarding, gaming, and watching movies.
Favorite FDF Yarn: Oh Dang!
Favorite color: Warm Melted Butter
Kari Parker - Production Lead
Kari was born and raised in Great Falls. She is a self-taught, enthusiastic crocheter creating amazing graphic blankets of her own design. She uses her amazing attention to detail in every aspect of her job at the FDF dye studio.
She is very connected to nature, and likes to take her vacations in the mountains or at the beach. She also forages for mushrooms, berries, and plants, and takes her inspriation from nature to bead life-sized flowers.
Favorite FDF Yarn: Pintler DK
Favorite FDF Color: All the blues
Ryder English~ Production Assistant
Ryder is our summer help in the dye studio here at FDF. He brings a real unbelievable ability to mind his own business; listening to his headphones while skeining yarn and washing dishes. Ryder is an accomplished athlete who plays football and wrestles. Ryder hopes to continue playing football when he goes to college. He already likes studying science and plans to study psychology in college. He loves sushi, and his favorite pastime is bird watching.
Favorite FDF Color: Zodiac Collection, Cancer
Kima - Resident Boss Bitch
Kima has 2 jobs here at FDF. One is to make sure the squirrel who torments her, the dogs who walk by, and her very annoying little brother knows who is boss. Her second role is taking the most epic naps that everyone wishes they could take.
Sumo - Resident Grade A Clinger
What can we say? Sumo creates more work than what he provides here at FDF. The biggest softie of a dog (or a cat trapped in a dog's body) Sumo knows the invisible lines he is allowed to cross to keep him safe at FDF. But you can almost always find him staring at you endlessly from that line. When he isn't staring at you he is wiggling his butt up against you or going under your legs to give you a little lift that you didn't know you needed. We wouldn't know what to do without Sumo's love and affection.