The Co-owners of Cloverhill Yarn Shop
Two people, four feet and what seems like a million steps to starting a business!
Thank goodness there are two of us to share the load and walk together on this journey. We are Wae and Amanda and together we own Cloverhill Yarn Shop.
Wae and Amanda met, possibly by chance, because of our common interest in fiber arts and a drum carder. We quickly became friends and teamed up to dye fibers and yarns together. Amanda specializing in natural plant dyes and eco friendly products, while Wae utilizes her background in art and her love of color with more traditional acid dyes. We each had our own etsy shops but we decided to join our fiber businesses to create one label where our customers can find a variety of spinning, knitting, crochet and felting products and Tempting Ewe Yarns Inc was born. Soon after that we decided to take the biggest steps of our lives and become the new owners of Cloverhill Yarn Shop.We invite you to join us on this journey where the “Yarn in Great in 21228!”
The staff and instructors at Cloverhill Yarn
Cloverhill Yarn Instructor
Years Knitting: 11 since (2002)
Spinning: 2 (since 2011)
Ravelry ID: saphill
I fell into knitting accidentally. I was wandering through a book store and happened across Debbie Stoller’s book “Stitch ‘n Bitch” on a display. I was suddenly struck with the need to understand how sticks and string could become fabric. I had no desire to be a knitter at the time, it just seemed like a neat “how does that work?” puzzle to decipher… read more about Stephanie and how she can help you…
My name is Laurie Grim and I have been a serious knitter since 2012, thanks to the inspiration of Wae and the wonderful community at Cloverhill Yarn Shop. I originally taught myself how to knit in 2008 using books, but I didn’t realize I was knitting through the back of all my stitches until I took a class with Wae in 2012. Wae not only taught me how to knit correctly but became my first good friend after I moved back home to Maryland from Northern Virginia. Once she got me to attend the Thursday Night Sit and Knit, I quickly became addicted to not only the fiber arts, but the community that Cloverhill provided. From that point on, I virtually lived at Cloverhill. When I wasn’t working in the public schools teaching music, I was hanging out at Cloverhill knitting. When Amanda and Wae bought the shop in July of 2013, it only made sense that I start working for them.
Since completing the Terra Shawl by Jared Flood with Wae in August of 2012, I have knit many projects including numerous hats, scarves, monsters, fingerless mitts, and shawls. I love to knit things that will make me laugh including silly hats or a pair of mitts with a naughty design. I’m always working on several projects at once, usually something more complex like a sweater, as well as a smaller project such as a hat or a pair of mitts. If you see me in the shop, chances are I will be walking around barefoot. I almost never wear socks, and I don’t plan on knitting a pair anytime soon. Recently I’ve been introduced to the world of spinning. If you think knitting is relaxing, you really should try spinning. Be careful though, soon you will want to blend and dye your own fibers. I hope to delve into the world of dying fiber myself in the near future.
Cloverhill Yarn Instructor
Mary Butler has been knitting and crocheting since childhood, with long hiatuses, but living so close to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival revived her interest and her stash, and retirement from a career with the federal government allowed her to spend so much time at Cloverhill that she eventually began working there part-time and teaching knitting and crocheting classes. She is both a sock and a sock-yarn addict (fave Ravelry group: Sock Yarn Lovers Who Don’t Make Socks), likes to learn new and interesting techniques, and can’t resist hand-dyed yarn.
Coleen learned to knit as a child, but it didn’t take over her life until about 8 years ago. After a brief voyage into the world of crochet, Coleen picked up two sticks and has been knitting incessantly ever since. After realizing that her yarn stash wasn’t nearly big enough, she came to work at Cloverhill 6 years ago.
She is happy to be here at the new shop surrounded by all this gorgeous yarn. Coleen loves lace and fair isle projects, and always has a sock on the needles.