LITTLE JO PEEP!

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You've heard of "Little BO Peep?" Well, on Wednesday mornings at our SAFARI GROUP KNITTING CLASS we have "Little JO Peep!" Here's a very pleased JO SEYMOUR good-naturedly mugging for the camera for me this morning to show us her recently completed stunning Fair Isle META MITTENS. Knitted with SHEPHERD'S WOOL, these mittens are not only gorgeous to look at, they also are going to keep her mighty warm during the cold front passing through our region this week. Lovely, lovely job, Jo. Thanks for sharing:)

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SHE'S GOT SKILLS!

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Woolwinders customer, TERESITA MONROE has some serious knitting skills! Just look at this beautiful scarf she MADE UP and knitted using CASCSADE 220 SUPERWASH yarn! Too bad, Teresita is camera shy, but her knitting speaks for itself--loud and clear. Great job, Teresita. Can't wait to see what you do next:) And coming soon to Woolwinders: LANA de NUBE, an exciting new high-end novelty yarn from PAGEWOOD FARM!

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MODULAR SCARVES IN THE MAKING!

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Today our first MODULAR SCARF class met and what a great job they all did! Under the capable tutelage of instructor, LINDA SNOW, everyone left with the understanding of modular knitting and their scarves well underway! I wanted to take a photo of the early stages of the scarf when it looks like a little bikini top but was vetoed for propriety's sake:) There's still two spots left in our second MODULAR SCARF class on SUNDAY, FEBRUAY 3RD from 1-4 PM if you need a good Superbowl Knitting project! Congratulations to a job well done in today's class to: ETHEL MAYER, SHEILA BERNSTEIN, PAMELA BALLARD, SUSAN ALLAWAY, IRENE TRAYNHAM, and RITA WEISS.

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WELCOME DANCING LEAF FARM!

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We are so please to welcome our newest addition to the Woolwinders family: DANCING LEAF FARM! Beginning in February, start looking for new yarns from Dancing Leaf Farm, including BALLET, SALSA, and SOCK HOP. The owner, Dalis Davidson, is well-known for her rich, saturated hand-dyed yarns which have long been favorites at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival each year. So many of you have asked that we carry selections from Dancing Leaf Farm that we just had to listen and are proud to support a local independent dyer:) Keep the great ideas coming--we listen-- at Woolwinders, your neighborhood yarn shop!

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WHAT CAN I DO WITH FINE GAUGE YARNS? JUST TAKE A LOOK!

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What can you do with a fine gauge yarn, like our new ROWAN FINE TWEED? It's perfect for colorwork, of course, like this CABLE ROSE vest by Sasha Kagan! The long winter months after the craziness of the holidays is over is the best time of year for knitters to really up their knitting game and take on new challenges to enhance their skills. This winter, why not up your game with one of our technique classes such as 1) SHORT ROW SHOULDER SHAPING  on Saturday, February 23 from 12-3 PM, 2) INTRO. TO INTARSIA (used to knit the Cable Rose Vest) on Saturdays, March 16 & 23 from 12-2 PM, or 3) INTRO. TO SOCKS on Saturdays, March 2, 9, & 16 from 12-2 PM? The more you try, the better you get! The only thing to fear is...some tangled string, lol! New Today at Woolwinders: A partial order of SHEPHERD'S WOOL. Six out of the fifteen colors we ordered arrived in a partial shipment today: Berries, Frosty Blue, Seabreeze, Beaches, Denim, and Great Lakes.

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NEW EVENING BEGINNING KNITTING CLASS OPEN IN MARCH!

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Will it snow tomorrow night? I don't know about the weather, but I DO know that if it does snow I want to be ready with all my knitting projects lined up!  Need ideas? We're re-stocking new yarns and books everyday including the new issues of KNITSCENE MAGAZINE and ROWAN MAGAZINE #53! We also have NEW STITCH MARKERS handmade from LIZKNITZ and a brand new BEGINNING KNITTING CLASS opening up on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS beginning in MARCH! If you're looking for an evening class--don't get shut out--register for this one early! There's always something new going on at Woolwinders, your neighborhood yarn shop!

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MEET "HANK" AND CHECKOUT OUR NEW ROWAN ORDER!

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First, meet "Hank!" KATE BLANEY is the winner of our "Name Our Little Red Sheep Contest" which we ran on our Ravelry Group Page! She submitted her son Henry's nickname, "Hank," and the staff loved the name so much they voted it the winner and the name of our store's new little red sheep logo! We snagged a photo of "Hank" today when mom, Kate, came in to spend her $25 gift card prize:)  NEXT, we received in a HUGE shipment of ROWAN YARNS today including: 12 colors of FINE TWEED, 16 colors of FELTED TWEED DK, ALL 8 COLORS of the new KIDSILK HAZE GLAMOUR (kidsilk haze with sequences spun into the yarn!) and it's companion pattern book, THE GLAMOUR COLLECTION, and new books ENCHANTED by Kim Hargeaves, WINTER WARMERS, and the NEW ROWAN MAGAZINE #53! Be sure to stop in and check out what's new next at Woolwinders, your neighborhood yarn shop!  

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HAPPINESS IS......

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Happiness is a new pair of handknitted socks on a cold January evening.  All too often I get asked the question from newbie sock knitters whether or not they can knit a pair of socks on a yarn weight other than fingering/sock weight. the answer is a resounding, "YES!" I knitted this pair of EESTI TRAIL HIKING SOCKS by Nancy Bush from the book FAVORITE SOCKS from Interweave (p. 97) for my son and I used MALABRIGO WORSTED--a soft worsted weight yarn and size US #4 needles. Not only do they take less time (despite the large feet they were made to fit!), but they make wonderful boot socks for outdoor activities or comfy house socks to keep your toes toasty on cold winter nights! Our next INTRO. TO SOCKS CLASS is being offered on SATURDAYS, MARCH 2, 9, & 16th from 12-2 PM and registration is still open. Join the crowd and knit yourself and your loved ones up some happiness at Woolwinders, your neighborhood yarn shop!  

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SECOND NIGHT OF OUR DOWNTON ABBEY KAL! TONIGHT: LORD GRANTHAM PATTERN!

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Don't forget--tonight is the second night of our DOWNTON ABBEY KNITALONG (KAL)! Tonight we'll all be knitting along on the second section of our DOWNTON ABBEY SAMPLER SCARF: LORD GRANTHAM. If you haven't already joined us, it's not too late to follow along on our RAVELRY GROUP PAGE at http://ravelry.com/groups/woolwinders-yarn-shop. Happy knitting tonight, everyone!  

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BY POPULAR DEMAND: A SECOND INTRO. TO SOCKS CLASS AND A SECOND MODULAR SCARF CLASS!

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These classes are filling up so quickly we can't fit everyone! SO we're offering them AGAIN! Beginning today, we've opened up registration for another INTRODUCTION TO SOCKS class on Saturdays, MARCH 2, 9 & 16th from 12-2 PM. Once you've knit your first sock, you'll be hooked! We've also opened up registration for another MODULAR SCARF class on Sunday, FEBRUARY 3rd from 1-4 PM (you'll be home in plenty of time for the Superbowl!). Warning: modular knitting can be addictive--plan on making more than one of these beautiful scarves! AND Don't forget about our next installment of our DOWNTOWN ABBEY KAL this Sunday night! Follow along and knit along with us with the next section of our DOWNTON ABBEY SAMPLER SCARF on our WOOLWINDERS RAVELRY GROUP PAGE at http://www.ravelry.com/groups/woolwinders-yarn-shop. Happy all-SORTS-of-knitting, friends!

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