Meet your WoolWinders Rockville and Annapolis Staff!
Susan has always enjoyed lots of crafts, but knitting was one of the first. She learned to knit in Brownies and remembers struggling over every stitch of that first garter stitch square! She has moved around some, but was happy to move back to her native Maryland when her two children, Robert and Kate, were young. They are now both in college, which leaves lots more time for knitting and more room to store yarn! Susan loves knitting fancy socks, fun mittens and baby things and started spinning several years ago. She admits she is in awe of the whole process of yarn production but her favorite part is still the actual knitting!
Terry decided to come to WoolWinders Yarn Shop two years ago so she could meet friends with a similar interest in knitting and crocheting. She quickly joined the Saturday morning Safari group and has loved every moment and all the great friendships. During the week, Terry is an accountant for a senior living community. There, she helped start a knitting group where residents knit for charity. Terry also enjoys scrapbooking, reading and spending time with her husband who understands her love of yarn. Her daughter Kelly has given her two beautiful granddaughters and her son, Ryan, has happily filled her empty-nest and brought home his rescue dog “Munch” the chiweenie.
Kathy learned to crochet at age 5 at the knee of her grandmother and great, great aunt. After crocheting on and off over the years, she took her first knitting lesson in 2000 and was instantly hooked! Kathy has been a WoolWinders Yarn Shop customer since her addiction began and has been a regular on Thursday nights for years. Always eager to help others choose their yarn for projects, when she is not spending time with her husband or knitting works for Catholic Charities in Baltimore in her spare time, Kathy runs a residential program for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Indrani is an artist who works in acrylic paint, charcoal and graphite drawing, chalk pastels and photography. She also loves to knit and crochet! Most recently Indrani has focused on crochet work.
Flo comes to WoolWinders Yarn Shop with a background in Textile Arts, which she studied in Belgium where she is originally from (French is her native tongue). Flo was taught knitting by her great aunt at age eight. As a teenager she worked at a yarn shop in her hometown where she made samples that people could purchase. After attending college Flo came to the United States as an au pair. She met her husband David in New York City then moved to the Washington area more than a decade ago. Flo and David now live in Boyds with their two children. She enjoys knitting for them and gets to try many different yarns for smaller size garments. Flo loves good quality yarn and would not hesitate to use it for children even if it means hand washing! Recently Flo taught her six-year-old daughter to knit, an activity they enjoy doing together.
Karen has been knitting for 18 years. In the beginning, she was self taught and immediately became addicted…subsequently taking every class she could! She has worked as a test knitter with Norah Gaughan for ten years and in 2000 received a Teaching Certificate in Knitting from CYCA. Karen lives on her family farm in Poolesville with her husband, Joe, and their two teenagers, Jake and Madison. She spends her days working in her studio on her jewelry line and knitting on the back porch with her mini-poodles, Owen and Wilson.
Dolly is an avid crafter in all areas of needle arts including knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing and embroidery. She learned to knit at the age of nine. She grew up in Maine where warm knitted garments and accessories are a necessity in cold New England winters. Dolly relocated to Maryland in 1978 and raised a daughter and step-daughter while working full time. Her hobbies were put on hold during these years but when the girls grew up and started their own families, her passion for knitting was re-ignited!
She has four grandchildren who love and appreciate receiving hand knitted sweaters, hats and mittens. Dolly retired in 2013 and spends her time knitting to her heart’s content at home and with her knit group friends. Over the past 20 years Dolly has taken many classes from renowned designers such as Lucy Neatby, Laura Ashley and Lori Versaci. Like most knitters, she loves to knit for herself. Dolly also does test knitting and sample knitting for Lori Versaci, Corrina Ferguson and Christopher Salas. She has also taught classes at The Knitting Boutique in Glen Burnie until the store closed. Dolly enjoys exploring new and unusual knitting techniques and construction but most especially, sharing her knowledge with other knitters.
She lives in Pasadena, on the shores of the Magothy River, with her husband and 2 cats.
Suzy started knitting several years ago by watching online videos and learning by her usual method of trial and error. Because of the conflicting nature of both simplicity and complexity in knitting, what started out as something to just dabble in has captured her attention and become an obsession and beloved hobby. A native of New Hampshire, Suzy recently moved to Rockville with her husband, two adopted rescue dogs and house bunny. It can be assumed that between the “furbabies” and her extensive yarn stash, their home will be well insulated and warm during the winter months for many years to come. When not knitting, you can usually find Suzy hiking nearby trails or cheering on her New England sports teams.
Kim started knitting after retiring from the Telecommunications industry 20 years ago. At first, it was a hobby, but she quickly became intrigued by all the wonderful benefits of knitting.
Over the last 15 years, she has taken numerous classes at the national level to enhance her knitting skills. She is also working her way through the TKGA Master Knitting Program, passing the first two levels & working on the final level to become a Master Knitter.
Kim currently teaches 4 Knitting Safaris classes at the Woolwinders Rockville location. She especially enjoys seeing the progress of her students in these classes. When it comes to knitting for herself, she loves to knit lace and garments with unusual construction.
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Liz learned to crochet way back in Junior High School and over the years she has tried many different crafts. She learned to knit in 2002 and has been a regular in the Tuesday morning Safari ever since. She finally joined the staff in March 2010. The knitting she likes best is lace knitting and she enjoys the challenge of fixing mistakes, especially finding that elusive missing yarn-over. When not knitting she also enjoys making Japanese dolls and beading. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and two young-adult children who also share her love of crafting, although not her love of knitting. . . yet.
Janet and Mark Tate
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. In August 2016 that dream became a reality when Janet and Mark became the owners of WoolWinders Yarn Shop in Rockville! Then in May 2017 they expanded and opened a sister WoolWinders Annapolis store! They look forward to continuing to provide top quality services and products to the WoolWinders community!
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