WoolWinders Instructor Gives Back to Community

Suzy Roy

 

Susan Allaway, WoolWinders staffer/instructor, was selected as a Judge for the Skein & Garment Competition at the 2019 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.  Susan was thrilled to see and judge the wonderful finished garments that were submitted by our talented fiber arts community.  There were multiple awards for finished items, including those made from hand spun and breed specific yarns as well as items that were made from Maryland fleeces.  According to Susan, all were just stunning.  She urges you to stop by the judged exhibition at next year's festival. 

 

Susan teaches many classes at WoolWinders and is the ongoing instructor for the Fixing Mistakes and Finishing Technique classes.  After having been exposed to all the inspiring handmade items at the 2019 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, she stresses the importance of properly finishing a garment.  Simple techniques such as weaving in the ends, blocking, and seaming are essential to completing a project that was so beautifully made by hand.  Check out all of the classes offered by the extraordinary WoolWinders instructors or stop by the shop for a printed schedule.

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Knitspiring Story

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Jeanne Tufano was recently featured in an article on the Holy Cross Health website titled “After Melanoma, Reconstructive Surgery Helps Restore Jeanne's Quality of Life.”  Jeanne chose the Woolwinders Rockville shop as the location of the photo shoot for the article.  Read Jeanne’s testimonial below which speaks about her connection to knitting and Woolwinders.  We are so happy that Jeanne has conquered her battle with melanoma and has returned to Woolwinders for her weekly Safari class. 

" Woolwinders was a large part of my recovery.  The friends I’ve made through Safari and other classes, as well as the staff, helped me deal with the healing process of my physical “deformity”.  Knitting has always been my happy place. Woolwinders has given me a happy place to knit.  Now I have two happy places in one!  I chose Woolwinders to be the place for the centerpiece of my photo shoot because in addition to its being the best LYS in the area, it's also the best place to learn and grow as a knitter and a person."  -- Jeanne Tufano            

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WoolWinders Featured in Rowan Newsletter

Suzy Roy

 

As you know, WoolWinders Yarn Shop is very proud to be a Rowan Flagship Store, and we were ecstatic to see WoolWinders featured in the Rowan Spring Summer Newsletter 2019!  Make sure to check out our spotlight feature starting on page 30 in the newsletter.  As a Rowan Flagship Store, WoolWinders has a large selection of Rowan yarns and publications, as well as regular Rowan events and trunk shows.

 

 

* Used with permission of Rowan Yarns©, 2019 Mez Crafts.

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FREE Book Signing with Gayle Roehm!

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To celebrate the publication of Gayle's latest translated book, we'll be hosting a (FREE) book signing right before her scheduled Knitted Slippers from Michiyo Class at WoolWinders Rockville. 

 

Saturday, March 9th
12pm - 2pm

ROCKVILLE

                                

 

You don't want to miss out on having your new (or previous) book signed.  So stop by the ROCKVILLE shop on Saturday, March 9th (12pm - 2pm) to meet Gayle!  Books will be available for purchase.

 

More about Gayle

 

Gayle teaches knitting classes around the country with a focus on using Japanese patterns. She loves to introduce knitters to the pleasures of Japanese designs, and her knowledge of the subject is unmatched. She majored in Japanese studies, speaks Japanese, and lived in Japan during and after her college years.

She went on to business school and worked as a management consultant all over the world, including many visits to Japan. She is an avid knitter and has been incorporating Japanese patterns for many years.

With the rise of the internet, anyone anywhere can find a wide range of Japanese books and patterns but many have found the translating difficult. Enter Gayle, who has been able to provide instruction on how to translate these beautiful patterns. Her classes have been VERY popular at events such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, Stitches, Interweave Knitting Lab, Yarnover, Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat, Sock Summit and more. Gayle’s designs have been published in Knitter’s Magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and by yarn companies. For several years she translated Japanese patterns for Dancing Fibers (now Sunrise Yarns/Diakeito), and she prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting Languages. She also sells original work at a local fiber arts gallery.

 

Come meet Gayle at her book signing!
&
Register soon for the Knitted Slippers from michiyo before all the seats are gone!

 

 

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Returning Author & Instructor: Gayle Roehm

Suzy Roy

The popular (and busy!) Gayle Roehm has just wrapped up teaching another full set of courses at Vogue Knitting Live! in NYC and the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat.  We're delighted to welcome her back to WoolWinders Yarn Shop. 

We are looking forward to learning more about her newly published translated work: Japanese Knitting: Patterns for Sweaters, Scarves and More, by michiyo.  This book has been described as: "Create versatile wardrobe essentials with these chic new Japanese knitting patterns for apparel and accessories from cult favorite author michiyo."

 

All of our previous classes with Gayle have been immensely popular, so we're very excited to host one of her first classes from her new book featuring a pair of cleverly-constructed cabled slippers

 

The class is expected to fill up fast so register now!

Gayle Roehm Japanese Knitting Class

Knitted Slippers
from michiyo

Saturdays, March 9 & 30
2 - 4 pm
$65

Register now!
ROCKVILLE shop only at this time

 

 

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10,000 NEW KNITTERS!

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We are participating in this inspiring event on Saturday, November 10th (2pm - 6pm).  Please join us in Annapolis or Rockville to pick up a free "learn how to knit" kit.  The kit contains needles, yarn, and a simple pattern.  

We have a limited number of free kits available - first come, first served.  MUST be a new knitter.     

 

Thank you to Skacel for donating these kits! 

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Cashmere & Chocolate - a June Cashmere Trunk Show!

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Don't Forget! THIS WEEKEND - Cashmere & Chocolate! 

🐐🍫

Amy Swanson, USA Operations Manager for June Cashmere, is returning to Woolwinders for a Cashmere & Chocolate trunk show. She will be on hand to discuss the production of this wonderful 100% cashmere from small family farms in the mountain communities of Kyrgyzstan. Find out why this cashmere is considered “heirloom quality” unlike your ordinary cashmere.

See you at! 
ROCKVILLE on Saturday, November 3rd
11am - 6pm

and 
ANNAPOLIS on Sunday, November 4th
12pm - 5pm

 

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Introducing Mary & 29 Bridges Studio!

Suzy Roy

Woolwinders is happy to introduce 29 Bridges Studio to our local knitting community.  The yarn for 29 Bridges Studio is hand dyed right here in Maryland by local indie-dyer, Mary Herron.  Woolwinders worked directly with Mary to offer you some exclusive color pairings just for this trunk show!

Mary will be on hand at Woolwinders for portions of the Trunk Show.  Drop by to meet her and learn more about her dying process, the specialty yarns she selects, and the inspirations for her colors.

During the two weeks of the trunk show schedule, Mary will be available in the shop on the following dates:

ANNAPOLIS - August 18 & 19 (Saturday and Sunday)
ROCKVILLE - August 25 & 26 (Saturday and Sunday)

Natural Fibers - Earthy, Calm, Cozy Colors!

The yarns of 29 Bridges Studio are inspired by life's landscapes and experiences - from gorgeous neutrals to vibrant bright colors.  The Free Your Fade shawl is just one example of a project that knits up beautifully with Mary's yarns.  We'll have this and many more samples for you to squeeze and be inspired by at both the Annapolis and Rockville Trunk Shows.  We can help you pick out the perfect palette for your fall project!

 

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Did someone say SALE?!

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It's time for our Summer Yarn Sale at WoolWinders Yarn Shop! 
WoolWinders Summer Yarn Sale
20% off select cotton and linen yarns
&
40-50% off clearance yarns

WoolWinders Annapolis and Rockville Shops only
(no online orders)

Sale Hours:
11am - 6pm Saturday, August 11, 2018
12pm - 5pm Sunday, August 12, 2018

 

Additional Fine Print


20% off discount applies to select in-stock items only and may not be used for online orders, special orders, classes, private lessons, needles, crochet hooks, patterns, shawl pins, gift cards or other accessories or notions - ONLY on Marked COTTON and LINEN yarn. Clearance yarns in clearance bins are the only yarns offered at clearance discount. This sale may not be combined with any other discount. No holds on items before the sale.
All sales are FINAL.

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Feel Like Royalty at WoolWinders!

Suzy Roy

Are you like us and excited for THE wedding?!  Stop by this weekend to select your yarn and project that will make you feel like royalty!  Here is just a sampling of the British yarns that we carry at WoolWinders Yarn Shop.

 

 

Rowan Selects Denim Lace is sourced from recycled denim and spun into an incredibly lovely lace-weight yarn.  It's perfect for lightweight shawls, scarves and pullovers that have an old world feel. Rockville only. 

 

 

Rowan Softyak DK is a cotton and yak blend yarn with a chainette construction.  It has a gentle springiness that gives your garment a nice loftiness. Come see this yarn in both Annapolis and Rockville. 

 

 

A classic staple for any knitter - Rowan Kidsilk Haze is a versatile yarn made of 70% super kid mohair and 30% silk.  Use this yarn for all your classic shawls or hold with another yarn to give your project a warm halo effect. 

 

 

Rowan magazines are world renown for their gorgeous images and classic patterns.  WoolWinders Annapolis and Rockville have the current magazine as well as some of the lookbooks for our Rowan yarns! 

 

 

West Yorkshire Spinners Wensleydale Fleece Gems is made with 100% Wensleydale wool from England.  This yarn has a gorgeous luster and subtle shine and works up nicely in textured patterns.  Rockville only.

 

 

West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite is made from British Falkland wool and Mulberry silk.  This soft lace weight yarn has a slight sheen from the silk content and produces a beautiful drape - perfect for shawls or lightweight cardigans.  Rockville only

 

We have many more yarns that will make you feel like royalty... stop by this weekend and we'll help you pick yarns and a project fit for a queen or king! 

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