Our Philosophy

At Woolwinders, our mission is to nurture, promote, encourage and share the needle arts through excellence in service, product, and education. We believe there is a project for every person. Our goal is to respect the skills and interests of every customer and to assist them in finding their perfect project.

The Staff

Susan Allaway: 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!

Jessica Armstrong: Jessica hails from Canada, where knitting is as regular as breathing. She is one of two mother/daughter teams at the shop and often works Saturdays with Alison Brown, who is learning the craft as well. Bring all your sock and shawl questions to Jessica, but do so outside of ski season, when she will be found on the slopes with her family!

Terry Cammack: 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 Clemente 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.

Karen Duncan is one of our fresh new faces at WoolWinders Yarn Shop. As one of the charter members of the Wednesday morning safari group, she joined the WoolWinders Yarn Shop family part-time while she is not busy being supermom to her three wonderful children, Sean, Kati, and Julia. Karen’s sense of fun and family can be seen in her knitting as her favorite things to knit are those special, one-of-a-kind gift-giving projects. Look for Karen’s friendly smile weekday mornings this Fall!

Indrani Gnanasiri 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, and teaches crochet classes at Woolwinders. Never underestimate the avid knit or crocheter – we combine our analytic and math skills to decipher patterns, and our artistic and creative talents to select just the right colors and textures of yarn to make a project into a masterpiece. It is the confluence of all these challenges that Indrani loves about knit and crochet. It is truly an art form, and one that she enjoys sharing with others as an employee and teacher at Woolwinders.

Flo Meit: 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 Morin: 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.

Suzy Roy: 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 Schneibolk: Kim started knitting as a hobby after retiring from the Telecommunications industry in 1999. Quickly became obsessed and took every class possible. Currently working toward becoming a Master Knitter, having passed first two levels and well into the criteria for Level III. Especially enjoy teaching others, knitting lace, and finding patterns with interesting construction. Live in Gaithersburg with husband, two daughters, and mini poodle. When not knitting or teaching at WoolWinders Yarn Shop, Kim enjoys leading knitting groups on cruises, hiking, tennis, and watching Washington CAPs hockey.

Beth Sokoloff: Beth started her fiber arts love around age 10 when her grandmother taught her to crochet. In 2008 a friend taught her to knit and the obsession began and a year later, that same friend taught her to spin. She loves to scrapbook the lives of her husband, 2 male dogs and 2 boys – one in college and one will be going to college in 2015. She looks forward to coming to work where she can get new pattern ideas and talk with knitters who share the same love of knitting and crochet.

Liz Symborski: 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..

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