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Art In The Park Artist Spotlight

Kate Robie has been knitting and crocheting since she was taught as a child by both her mother and grandmother. When she and her husband Ed began breeding their alpacas in 2010, she decided to incorporate the fiber from her own animals.

By hand, she makes totes, scarves, gloves, shawls, pillows, throws and wall hangings. Kate uses fiber from her own herd to spin, knit, weave, crochet and sew. Rarely is the same item made twice, so most pieces are unique.

Kate and her husband live at Ash Hill Farm in Versailles. She lived in Woodford County as a child and returned within the past decade. She has two grown children and other family who live here. Kate says she is happy to be back and be part a such a nice, small, folk craft community. She is amazed at the amount of resources Woodford County has to offer in the way of handcrafted items. She finds it humbling and has learned a lot from folks in Woodford County.

Kate is a Kentucky Proud member and a ‘Homegrown by Heroes’ member, which is a farmer veteran coalition by the Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture. You can find her at festivals and on Facebook at facebook.com/ASHHILLALPACASRU

Visit Kate’s booth at the 10th Annual Art in the Park on Friday, May 25, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday May 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Park Street in downtown Versailles.

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