About

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.

 

Meet the Owners

Bob and Paige Waffle: After 25 years of trying to accommodate Paige’s ever-expanding yarn stash, Bob thought it would just be easier to buy a store—so he did! Paige learned to knit at the age of 7 when she made her first hot pink Barbie blanket, and has been knitting ever since. While knitting is truly one of Paige’s passions, helping others with their projects and patterns is what truly motivates and inspires her. Paige loves all things Fair Isle and you will never catch her without her knitting, whether it be a sock in her purse, an afghan square in the glove compartment, or a sleeve in her knitting bag. Despite her best efforts, Bob, however, does not knit—but she’s still trying!

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 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 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. As one of the charter members of the Wednesday morning safari group, she will be joining the Woolwinders 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!

Flo Meit: Flo comes to Woolwinders 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.

jenniferJennifer Raymond:  Jennifer Raymond is a knit and crochet designer who teaches up and down the East Coast. She is the founder of Tinking Turtle and has publications with Sockupied, Knitpicks, Classic Elite and Three Irish Girls. Her family is still baffled that her hobby has become her career. When teaching, her classes feature a high-energy style and ready sense of humor. Jennifer is also recently married and when not knitting or crocheting, she can often be seen zipping around D.C. and the surrounding area on her bike!

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, enjoy leading knitting groups on cruises, hiking, tennis, and watching Washington CAPs hockey.

Linda Snow: “It all started about five years ago when a good friend invited me to go to a weekly knitting group she had started. Then, I began seriously knitting in Paige’s safari class every week and haven’t looked back. Besides knitting, I spend time with my retired husband and my German shepherd Kate. I also look forward to running away with my girlfriends to Stitches East every year! Working at Woolwinders is a new adventure in knitting. It is great fun to work with, teach and learn from other knitters. It’s really the best retirement job I could ask for!”

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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