Collection: Dawn Kauffman & Leah Farnes - Keep Them In Stitches MT

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Keep Them In Stitches’ crocheted creations are made by close friends Leah Farnes and Dawn Kauffman. We have been in business together since 2023 and have been friends for 10+ years! Leah crochets beautiful animal potholders, kitchen scrubbies, pillows and more while Dawn typically sticks to hats/headbands and blankets. We've been adding new products recently and have a fun new claw game for our booth!


I have created under the banner of Keep Them In Stitches-MT since 2014, originally with another friend who unexpectedly passed away in 2016 and still influences my crochet. I started knitting baby blankets in 2008 but never enjoyed knitting hats. After being introduced to crocheting, hats grabbed my attention. I love making hats in all sizes and characters, from puppies to penguins and popular cartoon characters. I also recycle wool yarn into dryer balls and just added hacky sacks to my inventory!

I moved from Pennsylvania to Montana in 2006, fulfilling a high school dream! Six months later I met my husband and we wed in 2009. We became foster parents in 2015 and adopted Little Man in 2019. Now we are navigating the world of parenting an autistic child. 2019 also brought Small Fry to us through a truly surprise pregnancy! I am so thankful that my crochet sales let me be home more with my kids and help pay for therapeutic horseback riding for our son.


I am a mom to two teenage boys and a wife to my husband of almost 23 years! I grew up here in the Flathead Valley playing music and have always enjoyed all the amazing variety of activities that we get to have here. My family enjoys snowboarding, camping and long lake days out in our boat. I am a fiddle, guitar and mandolin teacher here in the valley and when I am not doing all of these other things, I love to crochet! My aunt taught me when I was a kid, but I didn't keep up with it. About 10 years ago, I decided to get back into crocheting and haven't stopped. I wanted to make cute kitchen and household items, but not the traditional kind. I started making animal potholders, kitchen scrubbies, bear bowl cozies, pillows and I enjoy finding new things to add to my collection.

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