Introducing Mary & 29 Bridges Studio!

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!

 

Feel Like Royalty at WoolWinders!

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! 

Still Falling for COLORS this season!

Malabrigo Caracol is a newer yarn from one of our favorite yarn companies. This super bulky, kettle-dyed yarn is reminiscent of stained glass. With a binder thread wrapped around the gorgeous single ply of superwash Merino wool, this yarn has a unique visual texture in both the hank and in the finished fabric!

 

When working with Malabrigo Caracol, think warm winter accessories with simple stitch patterns. The beauty of this yarn keeps even endless stockinette stitch from seeming boring!

What we're going CrAzY for....

Zauberball Crazy has evolved! This yarn has two strands that have been dyed individually and then twisted together for a crazy combination. The end result is a self-striping, multi-colored pattern with a bold variegated design. It is clear that the artists behind the yarn, Schoppel Wolle, are dedicated to pushing the envelope of color, texture, and style!

 

Oh the COLORS!

It's clear that COLOR is the trend for the season. And what better yarn celebrates color than Freia Ombre? With the long color runs of Freia Ombre Super Bulky, you'll want the colors to be the star of your finished piece. As you work with this yarn each color will gradually shift into the next to create an ombre masterpiece! This super bulky yarn is a single ply that require a little extra care and attention, so be sure to always hand wash your Freia Ombre knits.

With just one or two skeins you can work up fantastic hats and cowls that will keep you warm and stylish throughout the winter months. Check out all of our different colorways and find your perfect bulky pattern by stopping by the WoolWinders Rockville shop. We love helping you find your next project!

June Cashmere is HOT HOT HOT!

It's no secret that WoolWinders is a huge fan of June Cashmere. If you missed out on the Annapolis or Rockville trunk shows don't worry because we now carry June Cashmere DK yarns at both shops! This luxurious yarn is perfect for heirloom knits. Textured stitches, such as the cables found on this cabled cowl, stand out beautifully. With feature articles on June Cashmere in the recent Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits magazines, we know this yarn is a hot trend in the making!

Trend Alert!!

As seen in the current Vogue Knitting Magazine and this past weekend at Vogue Knitting LIVE! - Yoke Sweaters!

 

 

Yoke sweaters are currently a HOT knitting project - but these beautiful sweaters have a rich history. For example, the iconic Icelandic sweater was created to keep you warm during cold, winter months. 

There are many yoke sweater patterns - and we encourage you to check out Ravelry for some ideas.

Need help with your sweater? The WoolWinders Safari Classes - a monthly class where you bring in the project you want, is a perfect class where you can get help with your yoke sweater knitting. We also have Sweater Academy, a monthly class in Rockville, where you can work on the sweater of your choice.

 

Maybe you would like some ideas for yarn for your yoke sweater? Malabrigo RiosShepherd's Wool, and BlueFaced Leicester are yarns that come to mind. Stop by Annapolis or Rockville to see our full selection of worsted weight yarns!

 

 

Cheers for a Colorful New Year!

We hope you are having a good start to the new year. In spite of the frigid weather, we're feeling cozy here at WoolWinders with lots of winter projects in full swing and new yarns arriving weekly. In addition to the wonderful array of classes at Annapolis and Rockille shops, we also have new products to share with you! 

 

We are excited to carry a brand new yarn that is getting rave reviews from knitters around the country. Stolen Stitches Nua is a yarn developed in collaboration by Jeni Hewlett of Fyberspates and Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches.The blend of different fibers creates an amazing yarn. The merino wool gives it an incredible softness, the yak provides a wonderful (and unique!) silkiness, while the linen gives the stitches striking visual texture and provides strength to the fabric

The blend of fibers also creates rich and interesting colorways. The linen absorbs dye in a way which allows the yarn to have a natural tweed effect, and the yak is the key to the subtle color palette. It adds a natural light brown to the base yarn so all the colors are just that little bit darker in the finished yarn.

Nua is a lighter yarn with a bit more bounce, making blocking easier and helping projects (especially garments) to hold their shape nicely. This yarn will be nice for a poncho or sweater that can be used in many different seasons. Stop by Annapolis or Rockville to see this unique yarn in person! 

 

 

The Open House - Featuring June Cashmere

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.

 

 

The Yarns - June Cashmere

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!