Learn how-to knit a Diagonal Ribbed Cowl and Zig Zag Ribbed Cowl in #ShopShowcase with Cloverhill Yarn Shop in Catonsville, Maryland.
How did you get started?
Cloverhill has two owners, Amanda and Wae. Wae worked for the previous owner of Cloverhill Yarn Shop and Amanda had wandered into the shop looking for a drum carder. Wae had a drum carder and invited her to come by the shop one day and taught Amanda how to use the carder, we like to say we fell in love over a drum carder and the rest is history.
We began to dye yarn together and Tempting Ewe Yarns was born. We became heavily involved in the Cloverhill's Thursday night knitters and when the previous owner offered to sell the business to us we jumped at the chance. We wanted a yarn shop focused on community; knitters, crocheters, spinners, and weavers are all welcome here and you'll always see someone working on something here. There are so many stories of shops with strict rules and unfriendly reputations we strive everyday to break those stereotypes and provide the sense of community we were so desperate for before we became the current owners of Cloverhill Yarn Shop.
Where are you located?
We are located in Catonsville Maryland which is located about 15 minutes south of Baltimore.
Which products do you specialise in?
Our speciality is our own line of hand dyed yarns called Tempting Ewe Yarns, we also have an extensive collection of knitting and crochet yarns as well as supplies for spinning and felting. We've also got a thriving rigid heddle weaving community and we also work closely with the Baltimore Weavers Guild for more advanced techniques. We try to provide our customers with a wide range of yarns keeping in mind not every project or budget is the same from project to project.
Do you have a particular favorite product that you sell?
Tempting Ewe Yarns is our favorite product. We do all the dyeing for our yarn and we take our yarns to several local shows around the area to include Maryland Sheep and Wool and Homespun Yarn Party. We've also been featured in the popular Knitgirllls video podcast.
What's on the stereo?
We've got a mix of 80's hits playing in the store most days. Sometimes there's some quiet Ambient music playing depending on the mood of the day.
Where else should we visit in your area?
We've got a fantastic shop next door called The Stitching Post for those of you who love embroidery and cross stitch. There's also Cosmic Comics next to us and it's a favorite place to send the husband and kids while you browse our yarns.
The shop is located in Historic Catonsville which has several wonderful restaurants and antique shops worth looking at. 15 minutes up Frederick Rd will take you to Historic Ellicott City which is also a very popular tourist destination with lots to see and explore. It's easy to make a day of it in the area if you're coming to see us from out of town.
Do you host any workshops, classes or special events?
We have several weekly social gatherings so if you're looking to sit and craft with kindred spirits we've got you covered. As I mentioned above we also created the Charm City Yarn Crawl, this year's crawl for 2016 featured 11 area shops. We also have KAL's throughout the year as well as classes and private lessons. We've got a yearly fashion show to showcase the work our crafters have created together with prizes provided by the different yarn companies. The other special event we host is called Market Day. We invite people to sign up to sell their stash to other crafters and earn store credit to spend in the shop. It's been a fantastic way for people to get great deals on yarn and it's been a fantastic way for customers to save up and buy that spinning wheel or loom they've been eyeing.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
Cloverhill has a long history in the Baltimore area. 47 years ago the business opened as the Weavers Place. Over the years the shop's name had changed and transitioned into a knit shop. Spinning had become popular and one of the previous owners had introduced spinning into the shop. When we took over our goal was to reconnect to the history of the shop and we're happy to have weaving back in the shop. We're looking forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary of the business with everyone.
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