Happy Holidays!

From everyone at WoolWinders to all of our wonderful customers! We hope you enjoy lots of time with family and friends along with your knitting needles and crochet hooks!

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Holiday Hours
Saturday, December 24th: 11am - 4pm
Sunday, December 25th: Closed
Saturday, December 31st: 11 am - 4pm
Sunday, January 1st: Closed

Please note: we'll be returning to regular business hours in January: 
Sundays 12pm - 5pm 
Mondays closed
Tuesdays - Saturdays 11am - 6pm 

December 21, 2016 by Ariel Brandt Lautman

WoolWinders Black Friday Sale!

The most wonderful shopping day of the year is almost here, and we're celebrating Black Friday at WoolWinders Yarn Shop in a big way! We've got huge discounts all day in our shop.

WoolWinders Yarn Shop staff will hand out coupons good for either 30% off or 20% off upon entry to the shop. Customers must enter the store before noon to receive a 30% off coupon and before 2 PM to receive a 20% off coupon. Coupons are good all day on November 25, 2016, but must be surrendered at time of purchase.

Do note the discounts are tied to times throughout the day: 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


*30% discount applies from 11 AM - noon on Friday, November 25, 2016. Discounts apply to in-stock items only and may not be used on special orders, classes, private lessons or gift cards. May not be combined with any other discount. All sales are FINAL.


November 21, 2016 by Janet Tate

Announcing WoolWinders Open House - December 4th!

The Farm

Does the whole process of producing yarn interest you? Come meet Laura Johnstone Wilson, owner of Shepherd’s Folly, a sheep farm on the Eastern Shore. Laura will have her all natural, un-dyed yarn on display for sale. Come hear her personal stories of everyday contact with her sheep and alpacas.  You can even read about her adventures on her farm!

Laura Johnstone Wilson
Laura Johnston Wilsom from Shepherd's Folly. Featuring all-natural undyed yarns. 


The Fashion

Style. RESTYLE. Got a sweater, scarf, or wrap you like but thought you would never wear again? Bring it to our “restyling event.” Michael del Vecchio of JUL Designs will demonstrate how to restyle your piece into a lovely new fashion statement using JUL’s innovative, stylish, and unique closures, buttons, and shawl pins. Michael will bring along a few of JUL’s fantastic leather bags. Come get styled by a master!


Michael del Vecchio from Jul Designs. Featuring unique shawls pins, clasps, and leather project bags. 


We'll also have food, door prizes and new merchandise available to browse (perfect for holiday shopping!). Janet and Mark (WoolWinders owners) will be there - so be sure to say hello! We hope to see you at the Open House: Farm to Fashion on Sunday, December 4th from 12-5pm! 


November 17, 2016 by Ariel Brandt Lautman

New Yarns and New Look!

We are excited about all the new yarns and products that continue to come in. We hope you have had a chance to stop by or plan to visit us soon! 


We've changed and rearranged some shelving so more light flows in showcasing the full range of colors of the beautiful yarns!



Open House 12/4/2016

Be on the lookout for more information about our upcoming Open House: Farm to Fashion! Save the Date for Sunday, December 4th from 12-5pm


WANTED: Scarf Donations!

We are again collecting knit or crochet scarves for the Original Pancake House Christmas project! Please bring your donation to WoolWinders by Friday, December 16th

Knit or Crochet scarves

Length: 4 feet – 6 feet
Width: at least 6''
Yarn: Acrylic or washable wool preferred, for ease of care
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Reminder: Thursdays open late!
Until the end of December you can shop and receive knitting/crochet help until 8pm on Thursdays!
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Updated shop hours: 
Sunday: noon - 5pm 
Tuesday - Wednesday: 11am - 6pm 
Thursdays (temporary through December): 11am - 8pm 
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 6pm
November 15, 2016 by Janet Tate

New Announcement from WoolWinders!

Thank you for your warm welcome and patience during the transition. The last few weeks have been exciting and busy. We're getting back on track with regular newsletters, Facebook posts, Instagram, and Ravelry updates.  And all of our fourth quarter classes are now on the website.

It’s finally fall and I know you’re planning your cool weather projects. New yarn, needles, and accessories are arriving weekly. Bring a friend and shop for that perfect yarn or maybe take a class to learn something new. Let our staff help you with ideas!

Our most popular classes - the Safari group knitting classes - are still going strong! There are Safari classes available throughout the week and weekend.

Or check out our many new and returning project and technique classes!

Here is a sneak peek of some new items: We are now carrying The Fibre Company, Brown Sheep Company and new Jul bags! Keep checking the shop as we have more new products coming in!

Finally, we are happy to announce that WoolWinders Yarn Shop will now be open on Thursday evenings until 8:00pm through end of December! You've asked for it and now it's happening. 

See you soon!

October 11, 2016 by Janet Tate

Meet the new owners of WoolWinders Yarn Shop!

I am thrilled to announce that Janet and Mark Tate are the new owners of WoolWinders Yarn Shop!

Let's learn more about Janet and Mark:

Janet and Mark moved to Annapolis in 2012 when Mark began working for a company in Baltimore.  Before moving to Annapolis, they lived in several cities in the southeast. They have three grown children living in Atlanta, GA, Chattanooga, TN and Auburn, AL. The youngest is still in college.  

Janet’s early career was in the area of public administration.  She quit work to raise the three children.  Besides volunteering at the schools and being taxi service for sporting events, she played tennis on a neighborhood tennis team.  She has made many wonderful friendships living in five different cities while the children were in school.  With the last child entering college, Janet decided to go back to work.  She has worked part time at the Brooks Brothers in Annapolis for almost four years.

Janet was taught to crochet by her grandmother who was a tireless crocheter.  She still has a hat that was given to her by her grandmother for a Christmas gift.  At some point in her childhood she learned the basics of knitting.  She picked up knitting again six years ago when living in Bowling Green, KY.  When she moved to Annapolis, she found a wonderful knitting community at the Yarn Garden shop.  She also joined a weekly group that meets at the local Panera.   When the Yarn Garden closed two years ago Janet found herself without a convenient local yarn store.  She continued to knit but missed the weekly interaction with fellow knitters.  It became a dream to consider owning a yarn shop where she could build upon her knitting relationships.

Please drop by the shop and welcome Janet and Mark to the wonderful WoolWinders Yarn Shop family!
August 31, 2016 by Amy Murphy

Spring Socks

I recently finished a cotton throw for my husband's aunt. I started it in January, when the weather was still cold, cold cold, and I finished it in March, as warm weather was peeking out from its hibernation (if you live in MD, you'll know that in late March/ early April spring decided to go back to bed for a little while).

After finishing such a large, long (heavy! it was double held cotton) project, I am ready for something small, lightweight and quickly finished. In other words, time for socks!

I decided to try and learn two at a time, toe up socks, and so far have really been enjoying the process! I'm planning to make some rainbow socks for my son using this fun Boombox sock from Hedgehog Fibres that I got in the shop during the yarn crawl. 

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Have you noticed your knitting changes seasonally?

April 13, 2016 by Ariel Brandt Lautman

Social Knitting

Many of us have known the camaraderie of a group knit, whether it's in the shop, or just a few friends sitting around knitting together. But maybe you haven't see some of the fun stuff that knitters are doing on social media. 

I recently participated in Softsweater's Waiting for Rain KAL, and it was so much fun to follow along with other knitters on Instagram. Here are a couple of my favorites from throughout the KAL: 








This first one is mine, and I found someone else had an almost identical picture:

Fancy bind off (finally!) and iZombie #waitingforrainKAL

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Binding off my #waitingforrainkal and binge watching downton abbey. So juicy.

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It was really fun to see all the ways that different knitters interpreted and changed the pattern, and Sylvia even released a pattern update included some of the "hacks" that folks had done (or asked for). This was my first knit along, and being able to see what everyone else was doing, where they ran into trouble, and connecting with Sylvia via Instagram added an entire extra layer of fun.

You can connect with us on Instagram (and Facebook, and Twitter, and of course, Ravelry!), we'd love to see what you're working on!

April 12, 2016 by Ariel Brandt Lautman

Meet Bristol Ivy (virtually), then come meet her in the shop!

Have you ever wanted to escape your day to day life and go work as a shepherd (or is that just me)? Bristol Ivy, who's coming to the shop in May, did just that back in 2009!

You can read her blog posts about her time at various farms in New Zealand here.

Hailing from Portland, Maine, Bristol has traveled all over the world as a fiber artist. I've loved keeping up with her on Twitter and Instagram; she was just in Scotland for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival! 

 (now that looks like my idea of a good time, knitting in a bar!)

Bristol will be at Woolwinders for the weekend of May 20-22. She'll be leading classes on Brioche, short rows, and finishing. Join us for the full weekend, or just a class or two!

April 11, 2016 by Ariel Brandt Lautman

It's Yarn Crawl Time!

Today is the first day of the Metro Yarn Crawl, we hope you're just as excited as we are to see old friends and meet some new friends!

We're running an extra WoolWinders Yarn Shop-only contest in conjunction with the crawl (April 1-10, 2016): Find Hank!

You may be familiar with Hank, the sheep from our logo. Throughout the crawl, Hank will be wandering through the shop. If you find him, take a selfie with Hank, and post it on Facebook or Instagram (details below) with our specific tags to enter our special contest.

If you're not familiar with Hank, here he is. Cute, right?

Official Contest Rules and Conditions: 

How to Play:

Follow WoolWinders Yarn Shop on Facebook or Instagram. Find Hank in the store. Take a selfie with Hank, and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #metroyarncrawl2016, and tag @woolwinders, OR post it on the Official WoolWinders Yarn Shop Facebook page with the tag #metroyarncrawl2016. All entries must include the following in order to be eligible:

  1. The contestant’s face
  2. Hank
  3. The #metroyarncrawl2016 hashtag
  4. For Facebook, all entries must be posted on the official WoolWinders Yarn Shop Facebook Page
  5. For Instagram, all entries must mention @woolwinders

Here's Amy demonstrating a selfie with Hank! Surely you can be more creative than that!


1. Yarn and pattern for the Berroco Isi Shawl with a Spud & Chloe tape measure and a Spud & Chloe darning needle set all bundled up in a zip-up Spud & Chloe notions bag.

2. 1 skein of Spud & Chloe Stripey Fine Sock with a Spud & Chloe tape measure and a Spud & Chloe darning needle set all bundled up in a zip-up Spud & Chloe notions bag.


3. Yarn and pattern for Plymouth Yarn Company's Vivara lace Wrap with a Spud & Chloe tape measure and a Spud & Chloe darning needle set all bundled up in a zip-up Spud & Chloe notions bag.

4. Yarn and pattern for Stephen West's The Doodler, featuring Hedgehog Fibers Sock, with a Spud & Chloe tape measure and a Spud & Chloe darning needle set all bundled up in a zip-up Spud & Chloe notions bag.

Winners will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries, and prizes will be distributed based on WoolWinders Yarn Shop's decision.


Contest Period: The contest will be open for entries from Friday April 1, 2016 at 11am until Sunday April 10, 2016 at 5pm. Entries received before or after that time period will not be included or considered.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible, entrants must be 18 years of age or older (or have written parent/guardian permission). Contestants must have an Instagram or Facebook social media account through which to submit their entry, and through which they will be contacted if they win.

How to Enter: Follow WoolWinders Yarn Shop on Instagram or Facebook. Submit a picture including the entrant’s face, the sheep (as designated by WoolWinders Yarn Shop), the hashtag #metroyarncrawl2016, and either a tag of @woolwinders (Instagram) or post to the official WoolWinders Yarn Shop Facebook Page (tagging the shop is not sufficient on Facebook). Entries that do not contain these components/meet these criteria will not be considered valid.

You may enter the contest once per day, however, duplicate pictures will not count as additional entries.

Notification of Winners: At the end of the contest, we will make every effort to notify winners via the social media by which they entered the contest (Instagram or Facebook). Winners have one week in which to claim their prize, if they do not claim their prize within that week, a new winner will be selected.

Other Terms: No purchase is necessary in order to enter. Contestants agree that all images submitted to this contest may be used by WoolWinders Yarn Shop in promotional material without compensation. WoolWinders Yarn Shop agrees that all images remain the property of the contestant, and will not be sold to any outside party.

April 01, 2016 by Amy Murphy