Way, way back—say thirty years ago when The Woolery opened for business— there was no internet, blogosphere, Twitter feed, or friending of the virtual kind. If you wanted to get in touch, you called, visited the farm, or signed up for our all-encompassing catalog that reached tens of thousands of dedicated crafters through their mailbox—you know that thing on a post outside your door?
Flash forward and that catalog has transformed into a comprehensive website. (You can still get a printed catalog!) And, we are finding new ways to keep in touch. Starting with this post, we will offer you regular blog updates to keep you current with what’s going on at The Woolery—and it is sizable. We will be opening a grand new store in the fall with full classroom facilities, including a dye kitchen. More to come on that.
There are other ways to stay in touch, too. Sign up for our newsletter; join us on Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter; or you can still just give us a call. Across these communication channels, we will be posting specials, give-aways, news from the fiber front, and information you need to know about the craft.
But perhaps you want to know more about who we are. Well, we are a little rambunctious, like to laugh, are completely devoted to our customers, and feel very passionately about the community of crafters we serve. The shop is staffed daily by Nancy (answers most incoming calls, orders all of the inventory, and keeps everyone calm), her husband Chris (fumbles around trying to keep up), the other Nancy (most excellent teacher and very knowledgeable in all aspects of fiber arts), Anita (the knitting queen, spinner, and weaver), Dara (spinner, weaver, knitter, and dyer—to name a few), Rebecca (spinner, knitter, and rug hooker), Judy (our shipping magnet), Connie (our web guru), Anna
(newest member, theater buff, and kumihimo lover), and Christian the dog (he thinks he is in charge and keeps the delivery people hopping, requiring a treat if you come in the shop).
But we are more than just a shop of devoted sales and support staff. We feel passionately about the crafters we serve and the joy of making stuff with our hands. One small way we are giving back is we donate 100% of the proceeds of our Woolery Gear to charity. One of the charities that we support is Handspun Hope, a project in Rwanda that supports women and children, who, despite terrible odds, are working with their hands to make their families’ lives better. Supporting their efforts (and others like them) is part of our mission here at The Woolery and connects us to the wider world of those who are as nutty about yarn (and making yarn) as we are.
So, hello! We love hearing from you. To celebrate The Woolery 2.0, we will select a random commenter to receive a free Woolery gear t-shirt.
The party is just beginning!
Chris, Nancy, and the entire Woolery team!