Gayle Roehm Returns!

Suzy Roy
You won't want to miss this! Gayle Roehm returns to WoolWinders Rockville for a class AND a book signing! Save the date, sign up for the class, and stay tuned for more info! 

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What knitting techniques and projects are you hoping to learn in 2018?

Suzy Roy

Whatever your fiber-crafting goals are, WoolWinders is here to help. We have a full list of classes scheduled for the 2018 Winter season at both Annapolis and Rockville for Safari and Project classes. Below you'll find the classes schedule for January - including a special class and book signing with our friend, best selling author Gayle Roehm!

Please take a look at the classes and make 2018 the year you invest in something that brings you joy, satisfaction, and peace! We hope to see you soon at WoolWinders Yarn Shop! 

 

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The Open House - Featuring June Cashmere

Suzy Roy

Today we continue our feature of June Cashmere, the luxury cashmere yarn company that will be featured at the WoolWinders Annapolis Open House on Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th. 

We hope you've enjoyed learning a little about June Cashmere over the past few blog posts. June Cashmere is an extraordinary company, with extraordinary yarns and an extraordinary story. WoolWinders Yarn shop is very excited to bring June Cashmere to you!

We hope to see you at our Annapolis shop on Saturday, October 14th (11am - 6pm) and Sunday, October 15th (12pm - 5pm). Amy Swanson, of June Cashmere, will be here on Saturday to tell you about the company and show you the beautiful yarns.

We are also giving away door prizes to lucky customers. AND, we're offering 10% off storewide* all weekend! More details about June Cashmere and the Open House can be found on our Facebook Events page. We hope to see you there!

*Discount excludes June Cashmere, patterns, and classes and only pertains to WoolWinders Annapolis during the weekend of October 14-15, 2017.

 

 

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The Yarns - June Cashmere

Suzy Roy

Today we continue our feature of June Cashmere, the luxury cashmere yarn company that will be featured at the WoolWinders Annapolis Open House on Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th. 

June Cashmere yarn has only been on the market for a year, expanding from a few colors to now offering a dozen naturally dyed hues. There are two weights of yarn (DK and lace) in plies of three and six strands. This allows for incredible stitch definition in knitting. The stitches bloom upon washing, showing off the softness of the fiber. This is a luxury yarn that any fiber artist would love to work with and anyone would love to receive as a gift, either as a skein or knit up in a scarf and hat set. Simply, it's warm and beautiful!

 

 

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The Commitment - About June Cashmere

Suzy Roy

Today we continue our feature of June Cashmere, the luxury cashmere yarn company that will be featured at the WoolWinders Annapolis Open House on Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th. 

June Cashmere actively invests in the communities where cashmere is gathered. They promote village-to-village training sessions teaching best practices for increasing the quantity and quality of cashmere fiber production.

This textile company truly cares about producing a luxury yarn that in turn provides betterment for Kyrgyz families. June Cashmere prides itself on restoring cashmere to its most pure and luxurious form with a process that ensures Kyrgyz traditions are not lost. Such an investment in people and resources shows that June Cashmere is a gem of a company that we are thrilled to help support. 

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About our featured company & yarn - June Cashmere

Suzy Roy

June Cashmere started with the vision of J.C. Christensen and his family, owners of Morning Star Fiber, located in North Carolina. In 2007, they met a group of Kyrgyz artisans and became aware of the need for revitalization in the Kyrgyz fiber industry. Shortly thereafter, Christensen connected with Sy Belohlavek from Ohio, who had previously worked in Kyrgyzstan. Belohlavek was drawn toward the idea of working with the Kyrgyz people and revitalizing their fiber industry. In 2010 Belohlavek, with his wife and children, moved to Kyrgyzstan to begin working toward making the the vision of June Cashmere a reality.

Over the next few days check back here, on our blog, to learn more about this amazing company! 

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A Perfect Summer Knitting Project!

Amy Murphy

Look at the gorgeous shawl that customer Jo just completed! This slinky, sexy shawl is Shinkan-Zen by Susan Ashcroft, and is made with one skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk. The unusual pattern name comes from the speedy Japanese bullet trains, but calls to mind the zen-like state you feel when knitting this speedy, but relaxing pattern.

At the shop, we’re often asked to recommend patterns for TV-knitting or travel knitting, and with summer vacations coming up, Shinkan-Zen would be great to take along on car trips (no driving and knitting, please!) or wherever your summer plans take you.

The pattern is written for any size (gauge) yarn, and I particularly love the yarn Jo selected - Handmaiden Sea Silk. Made from 70% silk and 30% seacell (fiber made from seaweed!), I’ve never seen a yarn quite like this. It beckons to you from across the shop, and just asks to be touched. The colors are stunning and the silk gives each skein a wondrous sheen. Finished projects have incredible drape and lightness that are perfect for summer shawls or year-round black-tie events.

We have a brand new shipment of Handmaiden Sea Silk in blues, greens, purples and lovely natural colors coming in any day now - the last time we got a shipment, the yarn was barely out of the box before customers were picking out their favorite skein to take home! Get yours today!

Wonderful job, Jo - enjoy your stunning shawl!

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Come on, Ilene!

Amy Murphy

Are you looking for a great 1 skein project for spring knitting?

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Spring Cleaning to Spring Knitting

Ariel Brandt Lautman

...And, with the spring cleaning and organizing bug still flitting about my house, I decided it would be a great time to build up a supply of wash and dishcloths. It has been so much fun! I've always taken to heart something I read in Mason Dixon Knitting - that it's important to get over the "precious knits" early - knit things that you'll use, wear, and love.

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Closed today!

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Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend! We are closed today, Sunday, April 5, but will reopen on Tuesday, April 7 at 11 AM!

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